Review of the vapur Shades Collapsable Water Bottle

Overall Rating

4 stars for vapur® Shades water bottle
The Vapur®  water bottle, in color "Cyan".
The Vapur® water bottle, in color "Cyan". | Source
The obviously well-engineered cap with carabiner for storing and carrying and a covered drinking spout to help keep out bugs and dirt.
The obviously well-engineered cap with carabiner for storing and carrying and a covered drinking spout to help keep out bugs and dirt. | Source

The vapur® Shades ½ L Water Bottle: True Hit or Simply Hype?

The vapur® Shades ½ L water bottle actually lives up to the hype surrounding it. This is definitely not your standard collapsing camping bottle. Talk about handy and durable! Made by the Vapur company in the USA. It comes in many different colors and several patterns, so everyone is sure to find a pleasing color: gray, green, cyan, pink, purple, and several different patterned designs. I chose “cyan” (a nice almost-cobalt blue color).

A Close-up of the Cap

A close-up of the cap of the vapor®  bottle. Even with the cap closed, the vapor®  bottle sure looks reliable and high-tech to me!
A close-up of the cap of the vapor® bottle. Even with the cap closed, the vapor® bottle sure looks reliable and high-tech to me! | Source

What’s so special about the vapur® Shades water bottle?

  • It collapses as you drink the water, taking up less and less space among your stuff.
  • Its leak-proof claim seems to be valid, with a very modern, high-tech looking gasketed main lid and sipping “straw”.
  • It is also convenient because you can get a tremendous amount of water out to drink through a fairly small-diameter sipping tube (the “custom Vapur SuperCap”) simply by squeezing the container.
  • Although the incredible seal is tough, it is very easy to open, even by folks with mild arthritis issues.
  • 3-ply construction is very durable for camping, picnicing, and other random occasions in addition to being super convenient on your desktop at work or on your lap.
  • The bottle is VERY efficient at dispensing large quantities of water quickly.
  • For everyone’s benefit, it is made out of BPA-free nylon and polyethylene.
  • It comes with a detachable carabiner to hook to your daily gear anywhere that’s convenient.
  • It's awesome for travel because you can squeeze it into small spaces, especially when it's empty and you roll it up.
  • You can even add ice through the wide-mouth opening!
  • The company’s web site (http://vapur.us/shop/shades/shades) FAQ says that they will last 3-4 years depending on “use and abuse”.
  • And, the price is right: around $10 and under.

and, saving the best for last:

  • It’s dishwasher safe.
  • It’s freezer safe.
  • No, it doesn't do windows. Sorry.

So, next time you exercise, go hiking or rock climbing, or have a kids’ party, toss a couple of these in with your gear or in the freezer in case any bumps require a soft, gentle ice pack that’s reusable time and again, washable inside and out, and multi-purpose.

The Cap, Fully Open

Close-up of the vapor®  bottle top closure. No, it doesn't spray like a spray bottle, but the vapur bottle is VERY easy to drink out of through a "straw" opening that you drink out and that is protected from germs and dirt by the cap.
Close-up of the vapor® bottle top closure. No, it doesn't spray like a spray bottle, but the vapur bottle is VERY easy to drink out of through a "straw" opening that you drink out and that is protected from germs and dirt by the cap. | Source

Easy, One-Finger Closure.

Easy, 1-finger closure design is especially convenient for on-the-go runners or bikers.
Easy, 1-finger closure design is especially convenient for on-the-go runners or bikers. | Source

What’s NOT so great about the vapur® water bottle?

  • Don't fill the bottle all the way up and then drop it on the floor or it will break apart at the seams.
  • I assume that when using this product in the freezer it should similarly be filled only slightly with water, but no such warning was on the packaging.
  • One thing I learned right away: don’t fill up the bottle, open the lid, and squeeze water into your mouth with both hands like you might a regular bottle: I got drenched the first sip I took.
  • This might not be a good choice for young or even school-aged children because, as I mentioned above, it’s easy to get a lot of water all over the place.
  • This might not be a good choice for households with dogs or cats that like to chew on everything: my guess is that one bite from a cat or dog would either puncture the walls of this bottle causing immediate leakage, or would significantly weaken the walls in multiple places, thereby reducing the life-expectancy of the bottle. If used to pour water into a cup or pet dish, and if monitored closely to keep it away from biting dogs and cats, I see no reason why this wouldn’t be ideal for them, also.

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Rana 21 months ago

No, only if you don't increase your cleroias. Weight has recently been proven to be caused by two things (no big surprises here but research did show this regardless). 1. How many cleroias you burn each day 2. How many cleroias you eat.In general, if you were to eat 100 less cleroias per day than you do now and did that for a year, you would lose 10 pounds. What drinking water before each meal does is that it theoretically makes you full faster because you already have something in your stomach when you start eating. If you want another trick: consider eating 1/4 of your meal, taking a 10 minute break and then eating some more. It takes 10-15 minutes for your brain to get the signal that your stomach has something in it so this method helps you to eat less. Discipline is the key.

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