After the excellent results that I got when looking for a trail thermometer, I've decided to test my luck and get some suggestions on water bottle holders. Currently, I have a 'thing' that I bought at Academy years ago that's basically a very thick o-ring on a piece of webbing with a carabiner on it. I hook the carabiner to the loop on my shoulder strap and then the o-ring goes around the lip of my bottle. I carry 2 x 1L SmartWater bottles and keep one in my pack and one in my little o-ring thing. It works ok, but a) it moves around a LOT (and, on hot days, it's sweaty and there's friction and, well, it's unpleasant) and b) it bounces (one time, I ended up chasing it on the rocks at the base of Amicalola with a 30LB pack trying to keep it and me from going for a swim in the pond). Anyway, I want something else. I've see a lot of Youtubers that have a mesh sleeve that attaches (top and bottom, it looks like) to the shoulder strap that looks perfect. I've tried to find them and found one at Zpacks (with a 1 to 2 week lead time, and you pay $25US + shipping) and one on Etsy (Justin's original) that's sold out. I've found a few on Amazon, but they look like heavy "tacticool" type devices rather than backpacking. Anyway, anybody got the inside scoop on a lightweight, affordable water bottle holder that'll hold a 1L SmartWater (or similar) bottle on the shoulder strap of a backpacking backpack?
This is what I use;
I have two of them.
I use one on my hydration pack, attached with 3/4" velcro strips (two strips). The bottle I use with it is a 20oz stainless steel bottle.
I use the second one as a handle for my 25oz Stanley Master Thremos (which doesn't have its own handle).