Attention all ultralight outdoor gear diehards: if you’ve already shaved as many ounces from your hiking kit as possible and are looking for another way to shed weight, may we recommend investing in a quality titanium bottle. That is, if you've got some disposable income.
As with any new gear purchase, it's important to make a cost-benefit analyses. Which can be rather tricky when it comes to titanium. From a price point alone, its accessibility score is low. Ti water bottles tend to cost three times the price of your average stainless steel water bottle, and many more multiples than a Smartwater bottle. But on the flip side, a high quality titanium water bottle will be crazy lightweight, virtually indestructible, and naturally mold and bacteria resistant (especially important if you’re the type to sometimes wait a long time between washes).
Titanium is also non-reactive, meaning the biocompatible alloy won’t rust or leach chemicals (like harmful BPA) into your drink. If you hate tasting metal or plastic when taking a big swig of water on a hike, you can trust that titanium won’t add any flavor or aftertaste to the fluids. (This is also what makes titanium the perfect material for sporks!) Plus, you can put single wall titanium bottles directly on the stove or over a flame to boil water.
With a few of the more reputable drinkware MFGs dipping a toe into the ti water bottle market, plus a handful more titanium focused newcomers, there's at long last quite a few sleek designs available, in both vacuum insulated and single wall varieties. Below, we rounded up our top picks for the best gram-saving titanium bottles. Less bottle weight means more pack room for GORP!
8 Best Titanium Water Bottles for Backpacking, Hiking, and EDC
With a sleek, minimalist look that is the trademark aesthetic of Japanese outdoor camping brand Snow Peak, their durable single wall Titanium Aurora Bottle is extremely lightweight for its capacity, and is available in a range of colorways from stealth brushed titanium to eye catching anodized rainbow. The easy carry lid is a clever and functional bonus.
Weight: 5.2oz | 147g
This titanium-only product manufacturer operates their own factory in China and offers a wide range of outdoor gear products but specializes in cookware and drinkware. Their single and double wall offerings are well regarded and reputable—I personally use their titanium long spork when backpacking. Of the lot, we appreciate the 28oz bottle for its simplicity and ease of use. With a silicon leakproof sealed lid, D-ring for easy carrying, and durable single wall titanium construction, it’s easily one to add to your wishlist.
Weight: 5.8oz | 166g
With a slim, minimalist design, the Vargo Titanium Water Bottle is the lightest option on our list, weighing only 111 grams. While light as air, it’s also commended for being especially strong and sturdy. They even went the extra mile for weight and style by ditching the standard plastic lid for titanium to eliminate the use of plastic entirely and give it a cohesive look.
Weight: 3.9oz | 111g
With a sleek design and minimalist branding, this handsome titanium bottle is lightweight, functional, and according to reviews, high quality. Also based between the USA, Europe, and China, where the products are manufactured, the brand boasts a wide variety of titanium products like cookware, cutlery, drinkware, and even some outdoor gear for climbing and camping like carabiners and tent stakes. As for the Keith Titanium Sport Bottle itself, we like the D ring lid for easy carrying and also appreciate the included neoprene sleeve to increase insulation.
Weight: 3.9oz | 110g
When it comes to hydration, the 36oz Boundless Voyage is unmatched in capacity, weight, and price. Weighting just over one half pound and capable of being placed directly over a flame (for boiling river water, for example), the unique design perfectly blends form and function. Though we can’t personally vouch for the Amazon-focused, Chinese brand, reviews and ratings do.
Weight: 8.35oz | 237g
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The titanium Kanpai bottle from Japan’s Snow Peak is a superb double wall vacuum insulated option for everyday use. The 165g wonder comes packaged with three lids: one for sipping, a hot lid, and cold lid that is especially effective when stored in the freezer prior to use. With the cold lid in place, a 12oz can fits perfectly inside-a very nice touch.
(Kawaii option: The new Tsuzumi Bottle is a bit more budget-friendly.)
Weight: 5.8oz | 165g
The OG Seattle-based maker of double wall insulated bottles recently released a 3-piece line of Titanium drinkware, and the largest of the line, this 14oz traveler, is 40% lighter than the standard stainless steel thermos version. With the hefty price tag comes a lifetime warranty from an iconic brand that has been perfecting vacuum insulated technology since 1913.
Weight: 7.4oz | 210g
With the Trail Series, one of the most trusted brands in insulated drinkware, Hydro Flask, found a way to shed an impressive 35% of weight off their four popular sizes ranging from 40 oz to 21 oz. 16oz. Originally, the collection launched with a double wall 21 oz titanium bottle. Unfortunately, Hydro Flask has since discontinued the ti water bottle version. Good news is, the vacuum insulated stainless steel Trail Series bottles are made with the same precision engineering and high quality materials, and weight only a hair more. A range of attractive colorways helps soothe the loss of the impressive ti bottle.
Weight: 11oz | 311g