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Vapur Element is a Multi-Sport Reusable Water Bottle

Updated on October 26, 2013

My Favorite Collapsible Water Bottle for Walking, Hiking and Running

When I first purchased a Vapur bottle in 2011 I had hoped that the compact folding design would solve the argument between my daughters over who "had to" carry the water bottle when we were out walking, since it would roll up into a smaller size when we were done drinking the water.

Unfortunately, the Vapur bottle didn't stop the arguing, perhaps that was too much to expect from a mere water bottle. It did, however, become one of our very favorite water bottles.

When the Element bottles first came out in 2012 I purchased several. Since getting the collapsible refillable, reusable water bottle they have become my 'go to' bottle to take into work, for my daily walks and runs and our family's weekend hiking adventures. I get comments on the unique design of the bottle whenever people see it.

Specs on the Vapur Bottles

Of course Vapur reusable containers are more that just a pretty bottle. They are also an eco-friendly and healthy brand allowing users to get a safe reusable and reliable water bottle. Other specs on the Element bottles include:

  • Made from BPA-free plastic
  • Flexible and fold-able
  • Design allows the bottle to stand on it's own
  • Supercap style for one hand flip opening and closing
  • Wide mouth that will accommodate ice cubes
  • Comes with it's own built in carabiner, clip
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Freezable (can double as an ice pack)
  • Comes in 0.5 liters (2 + cups), 0.7 liters (3 cups) and 1.0 liters (4+ cups)
  • Triple layer construction of BPA-free polyethylene and nylon, making it very tough
  • Vapur Bottles are Made in the U.S.A.

You can see how the Vapur Element folds up by looking the background picture for this page to the left. Many of our bottles have stood up to being dropped on the ground.

A Multi-Sport Water Bottle

One of the big plusses with the Vapur bottle is that there are so many different sports and outdoor adventures where it can be useful gear. Some of the obvious sports where one could uses for the Vapur Water Bottle include:

  • Hiking
  • Running
  • Backpacking
  • Climbing
  • Camping
  • Trekking

These are the main sports that we are involved with, but a Vapur bottle would also work well for any team sport that one needs a water bottle, like soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, baseball etc. Since the bottle can be frozen they would make great team bottles to have around in case of an injury.

Using Water Bottles in Yosemite

One of the places we take our Vapur Element bottle it to Yosemite, so we can drink water from a refillable container instead of buying water bottles. This is also a way of leaving little trace of our visit, since Yosemite sees over 4 million people each year.

Earlier reported statistics estimated that if all of the plastic bottles sole in 2009 were stacked up that they would stretch from Yosemite Valley to Half Dome 42 times. On our last visit, there was a sign posted in the main Yosemite store about the number of water bottles sold last year...

In 2012 enough bottled water was sold in Yosemite to power Yosemite Falls for 5 minutes during peak flow season.

That's a lot of water bottles. Empty water bottles also top the list of recyclables picked up as trash.

Bringing Your Own Water Bottles (BYOWB) allows you to refill a bottle at any of the free water filling stations, hydration stations or hydroboosts that have been put in the park. We've found them near Degnan's Deli in the Village, Yosemite Lodge, Happy Isle and at the Stables. There are probably others. We haven't found them yet.

There is a move to have the sale of individual water bottles eliminated in YNP (Yosemite National Park) the way they have been in GCNP (Grand Canyon National Park) In the Grand Canyon disposable plastic bottles make up approximately 20% of the waste (trash) and 30% of the park's recyclables. Grand Canyon is one of the National Parks to already go bottle free. It seems like a good move for Yosemite too.

Let's see how easy it is to refill a water bottle in Yosemite.

Our Vapur Bottles in Yosemite

Photo Gallery

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Vapur Bottle at the Upper Yosemite Falls Trailhead. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. DyerVapur Shades Bottle chillin' in Yosemite. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. DyerWrong way to fill a Vapur Bottle in the Waterfall. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. DyerVapur Bottle at a Hydrostation. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. DyerRefilling a Vapur Bottle. It is easier with the Supercap off. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. DyerVapur Bottle with Half Dome. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. DyerVapur Bottle in the Fall. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. DyerNumber of Water Bottles Eliminated (Spring 2013). Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. Dyer
Vapur Bottle at the Upper Yosemite Falls Trailhead. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. Dyer
Vapur Bottle at the Upper Yosemite Falls Trailhead. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. Dyer
Vapur Shades Bottle chillin' in Yosemite. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. Dyer
Vapur Shades Bottle chillin' in Yosemite. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. Dyer
Wrong way to fill a Vapur Bottle in the Waterfall. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. Dyer
Wrong way to fill a Vapur Bottle in the Waterfall. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. Dyer
Vapur Bottle at a Hydrostation. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. Dyer
Vapur Bottle at a Hydrostation. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. Dyer
Refilling a Vapur Bottle. It is easier with the Supercap off. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. Dyer
Refilling a Vapur Bottle. It is easier with the Supercap off. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. Dyer
Vapur Bottle with Half Dome. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. Dyer
Vapur Bottle with Half Dome. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. Dyer
Vapur Bottle in the Fall. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. Dyer
Vapur Bottle in the Fall. Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. Dyer
Number of Water Bottles Eliminated (Spring 2013). Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. Dyer
Number of Water Bottles Eliminated (Spring 2013). Copyright (c) 2013 Kirsti A. Dyer

Videos on the Vapur Element Water Bottle

If you want more convincing about the Vapur Bottle take a look at these videos that I've selected.

To find out more about the creation and philosophy of the Vapur company from VerdeClients. VapurInc then takes a fun look at the redesign of the initial Vapur bottle into the Element bottle from VerdeClients and VapurInc.

The final two videos are reviews of the Element Water Bottle by outdoor enthusiasts. Upupaepops compares the most common materials used to make backpacking water bottles polyethylene, polycarbonate with the Vapur Element which is a BPA-free polyethylene bottle. If you want to see just the review for the Vapur Bottle, start at the 3:15 mark.

Paul of the Outdoor Adventure reviews the Element anti-bottle as a Gear Review.

More Vapur Collapsible Water Bottles

Vapur Element bottles are available in 0.5 liters (2 + cups) 0.7 liters (3 cups) and 1.0 liters (4+ cups).

One of my favorite earlier Vapur anti-bottles was the Hawaiian Island Series in sunrise and sunset colors, initially released as a limited edition in 2011. This style proved to be so popular with fans that they released it in 2012 on their website.

Vapur 10197 - Shades 0.5L Foldable Flexible Water Bottle w/ Carabiner (Green)
Vapur 10197 - Shades 0.5L Foldable Flexible Water Bottle w/ Carabiner (Green)

My favorite color of vapur bottles. Hoping that they'll be making a larger version of this bottle.

 
Vapur 10159 - Element .7L Anti-Bottle (Fire)
Vapur 10159 - Element .7L Anti-Bottle (Fire)

My go-to size of Element bottle for daily walking or running in the summer.

 

Share Your Thoughts on BYOWB (Bringing Your Own Water Bottle)

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @dawnmichel: Thank you

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      dawnmichel 4 years ago

      Great Product! Terrific Article.

      Dawn Michel

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @girlfriendfactory: Enjoy!

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      girlfriendfactory 4 years ago

      These are sooooooo awesome! My son and I are investigating them right now! So many to pick from ~ the "world" image ones are too cool (says my son) and I love them all!!! This is what I've been looking for! You always have the best stuff!!!!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @lesliesinclair: Being BPA free was probably the most important aspect of the bottle for me. The design cinched the deal.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Knowing it's BPA free is such an important point. This novel idea of a water bottle must be winning awards and helping out outdoors enthusiasts every day.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @athomemomblog: Very handy and you don't have to carry around a large empty bottle.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @getmoreinfo: This is a very functional model.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @Virginia Allain: I've been really happy with this brand. They have worked well for us. Still wish they'd stop the quibbling though.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      What a great idea. We have hard sided water bottles that we use, but they become a nuisance as the day wears on.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I have several water bottles, they really come in handy. I will have to check this one out.

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      Genesis Davies 4 years ago from Guatemala

      I always use reusable water bottles, but I really like the idea of being able to tuck one away! It is a pain to carry a bottle around when it's empty.