The Alex bottle is a modular stainless steel water bottle made to come apart for easy cleaning. The interior is unlined, highly polished food-grade stainless steel. They promise it is non-leaching and 100% BPA-free. I couldn't detect any off-flavor or metallic taste in water left in it overnight. However, the flange around the middle makes it too wide to fit into the bottle holder sleeve of several of my existing water carrying fanny packs.
ALEX Bottle Features
If you fill your water bottle with anything but water, you need to be able to wash and dry it well to prevent bacterial growth. Even with plain water, it needs a good scrubbing every now and then. That is a problem with most water bottles, as they aren't easy to hand wash and their small-diameter necks mean that they won't get clean in the dishwasher.
The ALEX bottle unscrews into sections that are easy to hand wash or wash in the dishwasher. This modular design, where all of the components nest into each other, also makes it more packable. ALEX is made for cold liquids. You can use it with hot liquids (although, their web site says, not with magma) but because it is made of stainless steel, it will heat up and be hard to hold. The bottle will also sweat when holding cold liquids.
The ALEX bottle converts to a 20 oz, 26 oz. and 32 oz.
A drawback of the ALEX bottle is that you have to remove the lid to drink, it doesn't have a sports top you can drink through. It has a lanyard in the top. The mouth is big enough to add ice cubes. It's also that odd size I find on sports drinks where it's hard to take a drink without getting your nose into the opening or dribbling some out the sides. I prefer the sipper nozzles on sports water bottles.
The FAQ at the ALEX bottle web site is worth a read, it is very funny.
Do You Need a BPA-Free Water Bottle?
Many walkers are concerned over reports that damaged clear polycarbonate water bottles might leach bisphenol A (BPA) into the water. Many plastic water bottles are not made of that plastic and many other manufacturers have switched to BPA-free plastics. If your clear plastic water bottle has a 7 inside a triangle on the bottom, it might be polycarbonate, although it could still be BPA-free.
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