My name is Shea, and I have an addiction to water bottles. One of the walls of my kitchen is covered in a homemade contraption made of static climbing rope and carabiners to hold the 30 or so water bottles in my collection. I have a whole bevy of Nalgenes, a fair number of Sigg bottles, a random Cambelback bottle or two, and a few no-name bottles picked up at trade shows and on press junkets. One thing that they all have in common is that they are all made of either plastic or metal. I purged my collection of any bottles that had BPA in them a couple of years ago, but I can't help but wonder if some new harmful chemical will turn up in the new formulations (even most metal bottles have plastic liners) sometime down the road.


That thought must have been running through the minds of the folks at PURE when they designed their glass bottles. PURE bottles are unique in that they are glass bottles coated in a thin outer plastic layer that is designed to contain glass shards should the bottle break. You get all the benefits of drinking out of a glass bottle without the messy and potentially dangerous possibility of broken glass.


I am happy to report that the plastic lining works as advertised. I was sent a (free) bottle for review and put it through the paces for a couple of weeks before accidentally dropping on the sidewalk outside my apartment. Here is the result of my drop:



The plastic coating works!


In the time I had the bottle before it broke, I was pretty happy with its performance. The top of the bottle has an easy-to-grip shape with two large plastic loops that clip nicely to a carabiner or buckle. The bottle's curvy lines make for a nice grip when you're guzzling down water on a hot day, and the its large volume means you can take enough to get you through a long game of Ultimate (my sport of choice).


The only thing I don't like about the PURE bottle is that the plastic outer coating makes the bottle appear to be dirty. It's the difference between looking out of a windowpane made of glass and one made of plexiglass. Even so, it didn't bug me enough to be a deal breaker. I'd be happy to have a PURE bottle in my collection.


This is a great bottle if you are willing to trade off some shock resistance for not having to drink out of plastic.


PURE sells three models of bottles, each for $20. Swing over to the website to check out the entire run.


Full disclosure: PURE gave me a bottle for free to review.


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Shea Gunther is a podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur living in Portland, Maine. He hosts the popular podcast "Marijuana Today Daily" and was a founder of Renewable Choice Energy, the country's leading provider of wind credits and Green Options. He plays a lot of ultimate frisbee and loves bad jokes.

Review: PURE glass drinking bottles
The PURE glass drinking bottle combines the benefits of drinking from a glass container with the safety of a plastic or metal bottle.