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Filtered Water and Endurance Sports – Part 3

Water, Water, Water…during a workout, after a workout, driving, doing errands, at work, etc.

If you want to drink portable filtered water but you don’t want to increase the environmental impact that is attached with plastic bottles, there are choices available that can cost you a few dollars down to nothing – nada – zero.

In part 3 of this series we will look at some of the portable options available so that you can drink clean water almost anywhere and in a more environmentally conscious manner with just a little bit of preparation. This stuff isn’t rocket science but sometimes it helps to be reminded that there are convenient choices available besides the habitual plastic bottled water purchased by the case or at your local convenient store.

You can take a look at part 1 of this series that provided some overview of filtered drinking water systems.

Here are three alternatives to the tossed or recycled plastic bottle assuming you have a method to filter if necessary.

  1. Plastic Re-usable Sports Bottles – Most all endurance athletes have a few sports bottles laying around. Fill them up with filtered water before heading out the door. With all of the buzz about the dangers of BPA in plastic bottles you may consider some BPA-free water bottles. The Nalgene bottles also fit in this list.
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  3. Stainless Steel Bottles – Another convenient option. Various types also presented in the BPA-free water bottles link.
  4. Glass – This is probably the best option due to no leaching (as far as I am aware) of contaminants into the water but unfortunately it can’t be used in all situations due to its obvious ability to break. Aquasana carries some ~25oz personal bottles along with protective methods to transport (AquaKoozy and Earth Tote). Love Bottle carries some cutesy designer bottles if you are looking for a bit of casual flare. Plus you can create your own design to put on the bottle which could be kind of fun if you are in a creative mood.

Also keep your eye open for various “food” glass bottles you buy that could be reused for your filtered drinking water. Whenever glass is a viable option this is what my wife and I use. It works slick and doesn’t cost an extra cent!


These options are fairly simple ways to greatly reduce our environmental impact while drinking the most important fluid for our body. Make the change!

Happy Training!

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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