Bear Grylls Canteen Review – A Bigger, Better Canteen

Water is an Indispensable Priority of Survival. Imagine having all the cool survival gear and no way to carry, collect or purify water. You can survive without food for several days if not weeks, but without water the chances of surviving an emergency… beyond a few days… is slim.

So it’s super important to have the right water carrier when the chips are down.

Recently, Gerber designed a new canteen for their Bear Grylls Survival Series line of gear that may be just what you’re looking for. We were pretty impressed, but let’s see what you think.

Here we go…

Military Roots
The Bear Grylls canteen is inspired by, but improves upon the classic military canteen design and nesting cup.

Gerber Bear Grylls Canteen, Cup and Sheath

The water bottle is made out of thick, BPA free plastic, that is reinforced by a series of raised and textured ribs on the outside.

It has a quality leak-proof lid with a quailty built-in gasket. The lid easily spins independent of the soft plastic strap that keep it with the bottle.

Hand holding Bear Grylls Canteen

The nesting cup is made out of food grade aluminum and has two heat-resistant silicone handles, suitable for boiling water or drinking whatever floats your boat!

The overall dimension of the canteen is 10 inches long, 6 inches wide and 3 inches deep and it weighs about 12.5 Oz. empty and around 3 pounds full…

A HUGE win for the Gerber Bear Grylls canteen is how much water it can hold. It holds 1 liter or about 34 fluid ounces of water, which quite a bit more than a traditional military canteen.

Bear Grylls Canteen Comparison

The Bear Grylls canteen is much larger than a traditional military canteen

Canteen Sheath
The canteen sheath is made out of a durable-feeling nylon… the canteen nests in the cup and fits snug into the carrier. Both are then held firmly in place with a stretchy nylon strap that secures with a velcro closure system.

Bear Grylls Survival Series Canteen Sheath

Bear Grylls – Priorities of Survival Pocket Guide
There is a pouch on the side of the canteen carrier that holds the Bear Grylls  Priority of Survival Pocket Guide. The pocket guide is made out of a soft pliable plastic so it won’t get ruined WHEN it gets wet.

Made for Belt Carry
Another great feature of the Gerber Bear Grylls canteen carrier is the addition of a wide durable loop that gives the ability to carry the canteen on just about any sized belt and the loop makes if easy to lash or strap to your pack for easy carry.

Bear Grylls Canteen Belt Loop

The Bear Grylls Canteen is Easily Carried on the Belt

Initial Cleaning
The water bottle does smell like plastic out of the box. SO, I suggest rinsing it out a few times with warm water and baking soda before using it to drink water.

Our Rating

Bear Grylls Canteen Rating - 4.5 Stars
We rate this canteen at 4.5 stars for the quality of build of the canteen and sheath, the volume of water it carries, the silicon handle covers on the nesting cup and the integration of a pouch for the pocket survival guide.

So, Who is this Canteen For?
The Bear Grylls Canteen is well designed for just about any outdoor adventure no matter how rigorous… including, camping, hiking, backpacking, hunting, climbing, canoeing… and any other activity where a regular water bottle won’t cut it… and  you want to easily carry a high volume of water on you…

With it’s “better then military grade” design and a street price of less that $30 we recommend the Bear Grylls Survival Series canteen to you as an essential addition to your emergency, survival, camping or outdoor gear.

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10 Responses to “Bear Grylls Canteen Review – A Bigger, Better Canteen”

  • Brandon

    I’m curious why this canteen received a 4.5 instead of a full 5.0.

    Commonly there are cons listed when a product doesn’t receive a 5/5.

    • Good point. In most reviews I do point out the cons… sorry for the inconsistency. I would say the cost of the canteen is a bit high and the fact that a product really has to WOW! me to get 5 out of 5 stars. Great feedback though. I’ll try to make sure to give the reasons for me taking off stars in future reviews.

      • Steven

        I know the BG canteen in my AO was cheaper then a used GI. I think when they first came out they were pretty expensive. I agree with the 4.5 though, it’s a good kit but BG didn’t exactly reinvent the wheel.

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  • Muskoka78

    Not at all leak proof.
    Bought a slip joint washer for 1-1/4 O.D. tube from Canadian Tire. It fits snug inside the cap and doesn’t leak even when tipped upside down and shaken.
    Simple fix, but still a bit disappointing that Gerber hasn’t spend the pennies to include a washer inside the caps given this is a widespread occurrence.

  • Roger

    No disrespect to Mr. Grylls but a military quart canteen holds 32 onces only 2 less than this ‘huge’ canteen. A surplus quart canteen, cover and canteen cup (preferable stainless steel) can be bought for about $15 and is time (and maybe battle-tested). Also available are different canteen cup stoves that fit around and/or under the cup and add almost no additional bulk. The BG canteen cover uses velcro as a fastener, noisy and unreliable because it attracts various debris and wears out; and the relatively high position and narrow width of the belt loop will allow the canteen to bounce on your hip when moving fast. Personally I wish someone would make a canteen cup for the collapsable 2-quart military canteen with a side-sliding lid and nesting canteen cup stove. A 2-quart canteen takes LESS room than two 1-quart canteens; always an important consideration!

  • archie

    hi david im a big fan of BG.Do you know if there is a steel canteen too.


    • Carin

      Hey there – as far as we know, the BG line only has a food-grade aluminum canteen.

      • archie



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