Brian Cizek, the owner and inventor of the Aqua Clip was kind enough to send me a few samples to check out late 2013. It’s an interesting little product that makes changes the way a water bottle is carried. Of those samples I took a handful to the GGG West event in January 2014 and gave them out to interested backpackers, I gave a couple to friends, and kept a few for the family. As I promised Brian I’d write my thoughts about the Aqua Clip… so here they are!
What is the Aqua Clip?
The Aqua Clip is a small and lightweight Lexan plastic clip that can snap to the neck of any standard water bottle with a simple push (or pull to un-snap). It can be slipped behind a belt, into the waistband of your pants or shorts, or behind any suitable strap on a backpack. It provides a convenient way to carry a water bottle hands-free.
- Weight: 0.5 ounces
- Color: 16 colors available :)
- MSRP: $3.00 which includes shipping
Usefulness When Backpacking?
Some things we post about here fall outside the realm of backpacking, or possibly along the fringes. I think for the Aqua Clip this really depends on personal preference, how you carry water, and how you stay hydrated.
I use a hydration bladder and don’t normally carry any sort of water bottle I actually carry TWO water bottles now and have moved away from using a bladder, however the bottles are sports bottles that don’t work with the Aqua Clip. For the folks who carry wide-mouth bottles for use with a Steripen (etc…) the Aqua Clip won’t help either. However, for all the backpackers that carry a typical water bottle, the Aqua Clip opens up some new options on how to do that.
Many backpacks have enough excess webbing on them that there are at least a couple of placement options. Slipping it behind the hip belt webbing is yet another way to go. One of the people I gave an Aqua Clip to was My buddy Max. He carried it on his PCT thru hike attempt last year – he said it was one of his favorite pieces of gear, and also that quite a few other PCT hikers wanted to know where to get one.
I wanted to at least give it a try. My backpack doesn’t have the necessary webbing on the shoulder, so I picked up a $2 strap with velcro and a ladder lock from REI and fastened it to my shoulder harness. This was quick and dirty and mainly for demonstration purposes. I used a 1L Smart Water bottle, the same one Max is carrying which is a popular bottle among many hikers I know.
To avoid further beating around the bush, personally I would favor the Aqua Clip for day hikes, and definitely for off trail use like a day at the fair, where it can free up space and free up my hands from having to carry it. I know that some people will appreciate it for backpacking use, but it’s just not the way I prefer to carry water.
The Aqua Clip is one of those simple and neat ideas that does what it’s designed to do. Whether or not it’s for you as a backpacker is totally dependent on individual preference and if you do carry a water bottle often it’s probably worth considering! Hike It. Like It.