I was looking for a collapsible bottle that I could use at home and in the office. My work bag is usually busting at the seams and I figured a collapsible bottle would be easier to transport than a Nalgene or old Gatorade bottle. I found the Hydrapak Stash in a Google search. Looking at the wide mouth of the Stash, I wondered if it would be easier to clean than the other bottles I was considering. If cleaning wasn’t too difficult, I figured that I could also use the Stash with electrolyte replacement powders or drops. This got me thinking about my upcoming hikes in the Sierra Nevada.
In the Sierra, all “smellables” must be stored in a bear canister overnight. A bottle that’s been filled with an electrolyte drink may or may not fit this description depending on who you ask, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. A collapsed Stash (2″ tall x 3.5″ diameter) would easily fit in a bear canister without taking up much space. Here is some information from the manufacturer:
New for 2015 is the collapsible Stash™ Bottle. The soft TPU walled bottle integrates an innovative molded top and bottom that snaps together for easy storage and transport. When ready to drink, simply squeeze to release, remove screw-cap, and fill. The Stash™ is a perfect companion for camping, adventure travel, and every day use.
When I first received the bottle, I had difficulty taking it out of it’s collapsed state. Not realizing how durable it is, I was afraid of damaging the molded top or bottom. After watching the video above, I gave it a good whack and the tabs released. The bottle appears to be well made and constructed of quality materials. I was particularly interested in looking at the bottle’s seams and seeing how the collapsible body was attached to the top and bottom. The seams have a wide overlap and it’s hard to imagine them being the source of a leak. Here are some pics of the Stash right after I took it out of the package:
I received the Hydrapak Stash in February, and I’ve used it nearly every day since. I take it to work and the gym, use it around the house and have carried it on several hikes.
- Packs down small (2″ tall when collapsed).
- It’s free-standing, unlike similar products. You can take the cap off and place the bottle on a flat surface and not worry about it falling over.
- When my pack is full, I’ve had a hard time getting some plastic bottles to fit. The flexible sides of the Stash work better.
- In the past, I used old Gatorade or Powerade bottles to carry water. When they’re empty, they tend to fall out of my pack’s side pockets. The Stash has a loop that I attach to my pack, or I can put it inside my pack since it is so small.
- The large mouth on the Stash allows for easy cleaning and the bottle works great for electrolyte powders and drops.
- Comes with a ‘No-Leak’ Product Lifetime Warranty.
- A little tricky to collapse and open the first couple of times you try, but once you get it, you get it.
- There is a slight learning curve when figuring out how to hold it when drinking. If I drink one-handed, I grasp the molded top then support the rest of the bottle with my palm. A bite valve or a push-pull cap could help with this and make the bottle even more versatile.
I’ve put the Stash through a month of solid every day use, taking it to work and the gym, using it around the house and carrying it on several hikes. I have been very impressed with its durability, usefulness, and advantages over similar products. I am looking forward to taking it on my overnight trips in the Sierra this summer and will continue using it every day.
Do you have experience with Hydrapak products or questions about the Hydrapak Stash? If so, please comment below.