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Reviews > Hydration Systems > Bottles > Humangear capCAP > Test Report by Thomas Vickers
I grew up in the piney woods of southeast Texas. Camping was a quick trip into the mosquito-infested woods behind the house. My style has evolved and over the last 4 or 5 years, I have begun to take a lighter weight approach to hiking gear (I still use sleeping bags and tents, just lighter versions). While I have flirted with lightweight hiking, I feel that I am more of a mid-weight hiker now. My philosophy is one of comfort, while carrying the lightest load possible.
July 11, 2008
Year Manufactured: 2008
(all measurements approximate)
Weight: 1.4 oz (40 g)
Height: 1.5 in (4 cm)
Diameter: 2.75 in (7 cm)
Initial tester expectations:
The humangear website easy to navigate and after spending a few minutes poking around I came away with a decent idea of what the capCAP was going to be. I liked the pictures and fact that humangear lists the bottles that this item is supposed to work with. Of course for some of us who don't know which bottle we have, some mention of the diameter of the bottle mouth that can be used might be helpful as well.
The capCAP is the civilized, 2-in-1 accessory cap for popular wide-mouth hydration bottles (Nalgene, CamelBak, Guyot, Cyclone, Stansport, etc.). 100% BPA-free and 100% Polycarbonate-free. capCAP uses #5 Polypropylene plastic.
The capCAP comes in three separate parts that all work together to form the capCAP unit. The first part is the base which is the largest part of the capCAP.
It is circular in shape, with six indentations around the outside
edge. The inside of the base is threaded and this is how it connects to my Nalgene bottle.
The drinking spout/hole is also located in the base unit. It is raised
(0.5 in/1 cm) from the base and measures 1 in (2 cm) in diameter. It is threaded
near the bottom so that the lid portion of the can attack to the base. There is also
a small depression that runs around the entire bottom (outside) of the base. This is where
the strap portion of the capCap attaches to the base. The entire base measures
approximately 2.75 in (7 cm) in diameter at its bottom and stands 1.5 in (4 cm) tall.
The next part of the capCAP. is the strap portion.
The strap consists of two plastic rings attached by a center piece.
The larger of the two rings measures 2.75 in (7 cm) in diameter and attaches
either to the base portion of the capCAP or around the neck of my Nalgene bottle. The
capCAP instructions say to attach it to the neck of my Nalgene, but I am leaning towards
leaving it attached to the base of the capCAP. The strap itself measures 0.5 in
(1.25 cm) wide and 4.75 in (12 cm) long. The smaller circle attaches to the lid
portion of the capCAP and is 1.75 in (4 cm) in diameter.
The last part of the capCAP is the lid portion.
The lid is a small green circle that is threaded on the inside (so
that it can attach to the base portion) and has a groove to which the strap portion
attaches. The lid measures 1.75 in (4 cm) in diameter and 0.75 in (2 cm) tall.
The humangear capCAP is simple to take apart, simple to put together, and simple to attach to my Nalgene bottle. I am not a fan of spilling my drinks all over me when I use my Nalgene, so I am hoping that the capCAP can live up to its claims and make drinking out of my Nalgene easier.
I don't normally use a Nalgene, except during the summer months when I change activities rather quickly and when I am working at the ropes course. The need to have an easily accessible drink container that will hang off of various pieces of gear (backpack, climbing belt, metal staples) is what makes my Nalgene so useful. If the capCAP can improve on this in any way, them I am going to be very happy.
So far I am excited about the capCAP. It is small, light-weight, and easy to install. It appears to be just what I need to make my Nalgene even more user friendly. I also like the fact that none of the plastic pieces feel brittle (hard) to the touch. The lid even seems to have a grippy consistency to it that makes it easier for me to open with my weak hands.
Things I like:
1. None of the plastic feel "hard" or "brittle"
2. Easy to install
3. Fits my Nalgene
Things I don't like:
1. Color isn't bad, but more selection would be nice