I love cycling in all sorts of weather and since I bought a Surly Necromancer Pugs a few months ago I even enjoy riding in the mud. Unfortunately, the aggressive knobby tread pattern on Surly Nate tires kicks up more mud than a Chicago politician in a close election! The worst part about cycling in the mud (or muddin’ as the Southerners call it) is finding a way to keep the spout on your water bottle clean. It’s not that I am scared of drinking a bit of mud—I am not that picky. However, a few weeks ago I was riding off-road and saw a horse emptying his bladder on the trail when it dawned in me that mud was not the only thing clinging to my bottles! The next day I stopped at the local bike shop and they showed me the Nalgene ATB All-Terrain Bottle and it solved all of my problems.
The Nalgene ATB All-Terrain Bottle is made of Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) and is BPA-Free. The best part of the bottle is the hinged Polycarbonate mud-cap that keeps the drinking spout clean. When you push the dome down it automatically causes the nozzle to retract to prevent spilling. The body of this flexible bottle is textured and provides a good non-slip grip.
This bottle is easy to clean and is dishwasher safe, but keep it away from the heating element. The temperature range on this bottle is incredible (-148 to 176°F) and it is even microwaveable (just take the lid off the container). And, believe it or not, they are made in the USA.
These bottles are available in several colors: Blue, Natural, Pink, and Yellow. The 22-ounce bottle will easily fit in the bottle cages of most bicycles. A 32-ounce bottle is also available, but you are going to need something like the Salsa Anything Cage to carry it.
The 22-ounce Nalgene ATB All-Terrain Bottle retails for around $8 and if your local bike shop does not have them in stock they can easily order them for you. These bottle are also available on Amazon.com, but unless your order is large enough to get free shipping it is not really a very good deal.