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Gear review: Best water bottle ever? Maybe, if stealth’s not a priority

I’ve never written a gear review. Best leave that to the experts (like our gear guy Stephen Regenold), I say.

But after using the Avex Wells AutoSpout water bottle for the past few weeks, I just had to tell you about it.

Turns out, it’s the best water bottle I’ve ever used. Here’s why:

I’ve tried a lot of H2O vessels in my time. I’ve used them indoors and out, on the trail and on the street. I’ve shoved them into backpacks, car cupholders, and bike cages.

Each one, though, came with a compromise. The traditional Nalgene, with me through it all — Philmont treks, college classes — has that large mouth that’s great for mixing in Gatorade but less useful for actual drinking.

I like the look of Sigg water bottles, but I dropped one from waist height and put a quarter-size dent into it.

A CamelBak flip-top I used for a while made sipping simple, but I needed a second hand to open.

And then came the Avex. Could a company I hadn’t heard of make the perfect, compromise-free water bottle?

Yep. It’s got it all: a one-hand design (push a button and the spout flips open; use your thumb to shut the lid when you’re done), durable (BPA-free) plastic that has already survived a few drops in the parking lot, and a so-called “spout shield” to keep germs out.

And at $14, it won’t dent the wallet.

What I liked

  • One-handed drinking (crucial on a bike or in the car)
  • Spout shield to keep nasty stuff out
  • Durable, BPA-free plastic
  • Built-in clip that can attach the bottle to gear
  • Reasonable price

What I didn’t like

  • Bottle makes a faint whooshing sound when you’re drinking. Don’t buy if stealth is a priority.

Features (from the manufacturer)

  • Patent-pending AUTOSPOUT™ lid features a press-to-release button that opens the drinking spout. When the button is pressed, the durable silicone spout pops open for drinking.
  • This water bottle features one-handed operation for easy drinking during activities.
  • Patent-pending AUTOSPOUT™ lid design eliminates leaks.
  • Spout shield covers and protects the spout when the spout is retracted.
  • Water bottle has a handle with built-in carabiner clip to attach to gym bags, backpacks and gear.
  • Handle folds down out of the way when not in use.
  • Rugged high-imact-resistant design and materials.
  • Volume markings help you gauge water intake.
  • No plastic odors or taste because this water bottle is made out of FDA-approved, BPA-free Tritan™.
  • Water bottle is top-rack dishwasher-safe.
  • 25 oz. capacity.

Where to buy

At the Avex online store.


Disclaimer: Avex sent me a free, unsolicited product sample. Avex did not pay or otherwise compensate me for writing this review.

5 thoughts on “Gear review: Best water bottle ever? Maybe, if stealth’s not a priority

  1. Seems like a good bottle, but I have adopted the “Klean Kanteen” water bottle myself. It is made of stainless steel so you can boil water in it if need be. That and the top has the same threads as my water filter.

    Just my .02

  2. I’m not impressed with the size, especially for the price, and would prefer a 32 ounce to 1 L size bottle.

    Bottles with straws usually work ok when new. After a while the straw can get lost while cleaning or stop staying seated in the cap either of which means the bottle no longer functions. Good luck finding a replacement straw. thus a 1 cent part renders a $14 bottle useless. If they tossed in a dozen replacement straws for the price I might be interested in taking a second look.

    It’s pretty hard to beat a basic “tip and sip”

  3. Bryan, I am a designer at AVEX and worked on this bottle; I’m stoked to have found your good review and wanted to tell you we are making a line of AVEX bottles that will improve the way you drink during all your outings. I am an Eagle, as well as another one of our designers, and we’re all passionate about making high quality products that enhance performance. To address the comment above, the thread size on the AVEX Wells bottle is the same as your wide mouth Nalgene or Camelbak, so a filter that fits those will fit the AVEX. Keep an eye out for us!

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