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Item # STS0073


Ultralight water storage for the backcountry traveler.

Bring along the Sea To Summit Folding Bucket for you next trip down to the water hole. This welded watertight bucket packs up small when you don’t need it and weighs nearly nothing, making it ideal for basecamps and campsites away from your water source. Welded handles on the top and bottom make for easy carrying, and a zippered pocket holds your purifying tablets.

Tech Specs

coated 420D nylon
2.6 gal, 5.2 gal
Claimed Weight:
2.8 oz, 3.9 oz
Recommended Use:
camping, expeditions

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For the Desert

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I purchased this bucket to help me get more mileage out of my water filter cartridges in the desert, and it definitely has helped. Fill it before you go to bed, allow the sediment to sink to the bottom, and filter in the morning. Pretty simple. It appears to be well made, durable and the weight it adds is negligible in my book. As others have said, it does tip over. To prevent this from happening I do not fill it over the 200 oz mark, if I am planning on having it be freestanding for any length of time. Although this is not to capacity, it is still plenty of water for filtering in one session.

Packs small

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Good bucket to have around since its so light and packs well. The material of the bucket is quite nice and will probably last a while.

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Bucket for your Bug Out Bag

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Haven't used it yet but it is light and stands up on its own. Perfect for a bug out bag in case of apocalypse.

A wonderful bucket for backpacking

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

We used this bucket when we hiked the AT for months, several times in the last 4 years. Will continue to use it for our backpacking trips. Very convenient for getting water to the shelter or our tent site. Sometimes the water source isn't ideal so we used a little cup to get water into this bucket, then filter the water from the bucket. It's also very convenient to use to do a quick little wash. We loved it! Highly recommend!

Great, but

    This is a great bucket for backpacking because it is light and easy to use, but I was under the impression that it had a lid or a cover and it does not. That makes it a little difficult to store clean water for any long amount of time.

    Does the trick

      idea for high country backpacking or any camping situation where your setup a bit off the water. easily haul water back and forth for dinner or dishes. Small and pack able as well

      I had to have it ... now what?

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      Ok so this was introduced to me at a Backpacker Magazine's Get Out More event two years ago. I was rather captivated by it at the time and not long after I was the proud owner of a Sea to Summit Folding Bucket. *much rejoicing* Yet to my ever lasting shame nearly 2.75 years later I have yet to use it in the field. Certainly no fault of the product, it itself is exceptionally well thought out. It has a very small foot print and lo and behold it stands up by itself. Just because I decided to seek alternative means of water collection doesn't mean this doesn't belong in your gear locker. This would very well be included in my kit if heading out for a Canoe trip, I think it would double as a fantastic bail for removing water from a craft. Also if you were part of a large group on a trek this would be great for collecting water for a nightly water boil. Keeping the insides of ones water bottle clear of contaminants is essential and while I use the fill bags for my Sawyer filter to collect water this S2S design is a great tool, certainly beats hauling water back to camp in a paddle stem. #Les Stroud

      Great bucket

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I love this thing. Great to have by a fire as emergency use, or to haul water for dishes, or to haul water to sit comfortable while filtering for drinking. Yes, it's material, so it won't stand up perfectly. I found if you don't fill it up all the way, and lean it against a tree, or hang it from a low branch, all is well. It does exactly what it's meant to do.

      Essential camping kit

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      It is very sturdy and reliable, folds down really small and weighs next to nothing but when needed, it opens up to 20 litre capacity and makes washing up an absolute cinch. I love this product for reducing the ecological footprint and helping preserve sanctity of water sources.

      Water at the campsite

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      It is annoying to have to go back to the water source before each meal with just a nalgene and hydration bladder. you can use to for washing dishes as well but I like to keep that separate and only use the bucket for I guess you could say potable water. I or someone else in the group will carry the kitchen sink for dishes. this bucket is nice to keep water at the campsite. I have solved the tipping problem by tying a length of 550 cord to the handle and a carabiener to that then you can attach that around the trunk of a tree or a branch and you are good to go. Highly recomended

      Buy it or a kitten will die

        This is a great product but like others have said it will take a bit of ingenuity at times to keep it standing. folds as small as a wallet and weights about the same.

        Stikine River

        Fishing in bear country - This is a great, small, lightweight addition, well executed product

        Stikine River

        Love the set-up here: porch, tackle, pistol, knife, binoculars, beer & WHISKEY!! Looks like a sweet trip!

        Good Utility Bucket

          I love this thing...I take it with me on MTB BikePacking trips. Perfect for helping filter water, cleaning up dishes/pots and yourself!

          Good for filtering turbid

            I've used the other style (10 L "Kitchen Sink") that has the metal ring around the top, and also have this style, the "Folding Bucket" (also 10 L). Overall, I find this style works better for me. The Kitchen Sink doesn't tip over as easy, partly because of the metal ring, and partly because it's not as tall as the Folding Bucket. If I'm filtering turbid water, I find the Folding Bucket is better, because it is taller. (Also, if you're really counting ounces, the Folding Bucket is slightly lighter, and packs a little smaller.) I did find a suggestion as how to keep the Folding Bucket from tipping. Slide a stick through the handle and have the stick resting on a couple of rocks or logs, with the bucket between. If needed, I will cover the Bucket with my bandana to keep debris from falling into it. I like the 10 liter size, as I find it to be the perfect size to filter 4 or 5 liters of water and still have enough left to wash out dishes, etc., without having to make another trip to the water source.

            Seeing reviewers say it collapses easily,...

            Seeing reviewers say it collapses easily, has anyone tried hanging it from a tree limb?? Wonder if that would solve the problem...

            Best Answer

            Scott Smith,

            We used buckets very similar to these (if not the same bucket)to carry and filter water with while base camping the last several summers. You're right, buckets that weren't hung from a tree or trailer hitch were inevitably knocked over. If you hang it, cover it with a bandana or some other cover tied to the handles, as you'll get a lot of debris if you don't.

            Happy trails!

            Good concept, but...

              Does as advertised. Recommend using this only on flat surfaces. As noted from previous reviews, any and all disturbances will collapse the sides of the bucket. I use it as a temporary container where I filter my drinking water from, especially if I need to bring a large volume of water up from the riverside and treat it at my campsite; also, it packs down to nothing, so in that sense it is a good concept. If only they made it more sturdier (and maybe a different color, LOL!)...

              Blame Game

                I loved the weight and the amount of water this bucket would carry. My son filled it, set it down, and was walking near it as it sat on the ground. It collapsed and all of the water was gone. I was perturbed and assumed it was his fault. I filled it myself and placed it on the ground. A light wind came up and it collapsed again. Very unstable!!! We ended up tying the handles to a rope and hanging from the tree above. Worked well but tree needles etc accumulated in the water.

                Folding bucket

                  Very sturdy and small when collapsed. I found it easy to pour with the handle on the side toward the bottom.