Not long ago I bought an arctic canteen from my local Army/Navy store and added it to my winter bug-out bag. I use plastic nalgene bottles, plastic military canteens (1 and 2 quart), and metal water bottles and they have all frozen up at one time or another during the winters I’ve used them here in Maine. You can buy an insulated sleeve for the Nalgene bottles, but if it gets cold enough it will still freeze up even during short hikes. One of the metal bottles I had froze and ruptured spilling water all over the place once it warmed up. I knew it would happen, but during one of the cold snaps we had up here I didn’t bother to take it out of my truck. Oops.
Anyway, after using the arctic canteen this winter I’m happy to report that it only froze up once and even then it was only around the neck of the canteen, and this was during single digit weather with my pack left outside in the truck over night.
It’s a bit heavy because it’s a double-walled vacuum sealed flask and I doubt if I’ll carry it in the summer, but the fact that it will keep your water from freezing in cold weather is a real life saver. Also, the fact that it’s double-walled also makes it very tough. It has a plastic stop instead of a screw cap and even with the bulkiest gloves you can still pry it open to get a drink. It also has a rubber gasket that the plastic lid plugs into, so when you take a drink your lips won’t stick to the metal.
The canteen cup is purchased separately and fits the canteen nicely, but don’t expect it to fit your green plastic canteens! It’s shaped to fit the rounded bottom of the arctic style canteen (which is kind of a pain), but overall it’s a nice little system.
Dave Canterbury has a very good video of this canteen. You can check it out here.
4 1/2 stars out of 5 for this bad boy.
Anybody else out there had experience with it? Let me know in the comments below.