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girwrote a review of on April 2, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was attracted to the interesting looks/color of this vessel, as well as their non-profit side which reminded me of Miir bottles. I really like the quality and design of my Miir bottles and really love how much good they do as a company, but Mizu is no match. This bottle is downright disappointing. The construction feels cheap especially the threading of the lid. I cringe at the rough feeling and sound each time I screw the lid. It reminds me of the cheap or free steel bottles you get as a promo. The string attachment is quaint but useless because the lid flops around as I drink if I don't hold it, and the wide lid is awkward for my hands to hold both it and the bottle at the same time. If my drink is not water, I dirty my hands and bottle with drippage. So for me, this essentially requires two hands to drink or a lot of concentration and dexterity to do it one handed. Finally, it doesn't keep my drink very cold. I'll toss something in the morning to drink in the late afternoon/early evening. For something that claims 24hrs of cold insulation, my drink is just chilly. Slush becomes liquid. My other 24hr bottle has it darned cold. Slush remains 80% slush. I haven't tried hot liquids. If it kept it cold like my other bottle, I'd forgive its other flaws.

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girwrote a review of on August 11, 2009

2 5

This pack seemed to have potential to replace a bulkier daypack for longer hikes yet carry my essentials, particularly 2L of water, rain gear and munchies...and then plus some. Unfortunately, it seems I'm a bit too small at 5'4" as all the straps were pulled to the minimum yet there was still some wiggle room. It was really on the edge for me so I opted against it. Plus, I found my water bottles seemed to want to pop out easily as the bottle pouch openings are actually cut at an angle. I can only imagine an awkward movement would result in dumped water down a hill no less. ;) The upside of that is the bottles are really easy to grab which is nice. I also didn't like that the shoulder strap clips were plastic and seemed rather flimsy. One last gripe is that there is no reinforcement of any sort between the water bottle/shove-it pouch and the main compartment. That means if you've got it loaded with water, the bottles' weight end up collapsing the main compartment if it's half empty or you're pulling stuff out/putting stuff in. Likewise, if you unclip the shove-it pouch open, the bottles flop about. Not sure how smaller bottles would behave as I intended to use this with only my 1L chuggers on each side.

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