Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Gear Review: Avex Brazos AUTOSEAL® Water Bottle

First, I must start out by saying that I am EXTREMELY delinquent in getting this water bottle review out. I hope both Avex and the Outdoor Blogger Network forgives me for my lateness. I won a water bottle a few months back through the OBN, which was supplied by Avex and in return, I was to do a fair, unbiased assessment of their product.

I had never heard of the company, Avex, prior to winning this bottle. When I did get it, I notice a few things right away which I’d like to mention. First, it was skinny. The bottle supplied was the model Brazos Autoseal and holds 25 fluid ounces, but still maintains a thin profile. I liked this feature because a lot of mesh water pockets in today’s backpacks can be pretty small and standard size Nalgene bottles just won’t fit most of the time. This skinny profile was perfect for these types of pockets.

The second thing I noticed was that it had a cool loop that clicked in and out of position. If you didn’t need the loop, it seated perfectly to the cap so you wouldn’t notice it. However, it could also be used to clip onto an overnight pack very easily.

Third, I noticed that in order to drink from the bottle, you needed to do two things. The first was to pop open a cap. Second, you needed to push a button to open a spring loaded water seal at the mouth piece. I thought this might be a little too much at first. Does someone really need two lines of protection to keep water from leaking? And, would it be a hindrance to push a button to drink? The only way to tell was to try it out.

After trying the water bottle out for a few days, I was pleasantly surprised at how convenient the setup was. I can easily pop the cap with my thumb while holding the button with my index finger. This can all be done with one hand. When compared to a Nalgene bottle, this is much easier since you typically need two hands to unscrew the top of one of those. I give the Avex Brazos Autoseal two thumbs up! It has actually become my wife’s water bottle of choice for outdoor activity! I would highly recommend it for anyone that is in the market for a new hiking water bottle!


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