Title:
Collapsible bottle container
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The present invention is directed to a collapsible bottle container comprising a base having a fold axis, a bottle bag having a top and bottom portions, where the bottom portion is coupled to the base and the top portion terminates in an opening configurable to receive a bottle, and a carrying strap. The carrying strap is coupled to the base and extends upwardly along the bottle bag from the bottom portion past the top portion to form a shoulder strap, coupled to the bottle bag. The container is configurable between an open and closed configuration, such that when in the open configuration, a bottle is held in the container by the bottle bag and the base, and, when in a closed configuration, the bottle bag and the strap are collapsed onto the base, such that the base is folded about the fold axis around the bottle bag and the strap such that the collapsible container is enclosed within the base.



Inventors:
Tyberg, Theodore (Brooklyn, NY, US)
Application Number:
10/163072
Publication Date:
12/11/2003
Filing Date:
06/05/2002
Assignee:
TYBERG THEODORE
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
383/29, 383/43, 383/117, 224/148.6
International Classes:
A45C7/00; A45F5/00; B65D23/08; B65D77/04; A45C5/06; A45C13/10; A45F3/02; (IPC1-7): B65D33/06
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Foreign References:
DE344413C
DE273166C
DE374975C1923-05-07
Primary Examiner:
HYLTON, ROBIN ANNETTE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
SOFER & HAROUN, L.L.P. (New York, NY, US)
Claims:
1. A collapsible bottle container, said container comprising: a base having a fold axis; a bottle bag, said bottle bag having a top and bottom portions, said bottom portion coupled to said base and said top portion terminating in an opening configurable to receive a bottle; and a carrying strap coupled to said base and extending upwardly along said bottle bag from said bottom portion past said top portion to form a shoulder strap, said strap coupled to said bottle bag, wherein said container is configurable between an open and closed configuration, such that when in the open configuration, a bottle is held in said container by said bottle bag and said base, and, when in a closed configuration, said bottle bag and said strap are collapsed onto said base, such that said base is folded about said fold axis around said bottle bag and said strap such that said collapsible container is enclosed within said base.

2. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 1, wherein said base is circular in shape, such that when in the closed position, said collapsible bottle container is substantially semi-circular.

3. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 1, wherein said base is elliptical in shape, such that when in the closed position, said collapsible bottle container is substantially semi-elliptical.

4. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 1, wherein said base is rectangular in shape, such that when in the closed position, said collapsible bottle container is substantially rectangular.

5. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 1, wherein said base further comprises a zipper track configured to support a zipper element used to connect first and second portions of said base to one another in the closed position when said first and second portions of said base are folded about said fold axis, enclosing said bottle bag and said strap within said base.

6. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 5, wherein said zipper track attached to said base is disposed about the outer circumference of said base.

7. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 6, wherein said base is attached to said bottle bag at a region beyond the circumference of the zipper track.

8. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 6, wherein said base is attached to said bottle bag along the same attachment seam as said zipper track.

9. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 1, further comprising button closure means on said base, configured to connect first and second portions of said base to one another in the closed position when said first and second portions of said base are folded about said fold axis, enclosing said bottle bag and said strap within said base.

10. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 1, further comprising snap closure means on said base, configured to connect first and second portions of said base to one another in the closed position when said first and second portions of said base are folded about said fold axis, enclosing said bottle bag and said strap within said base.

11. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 1, further comprising Velcro® closure means on said base, configured to connect first and second portions of said base to one another in the closed position when said first and second portions of said base are folded about said fold axis, enclosing said bottle bag and said strap within said base.

12. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 1, wherein said base of said collapsible bottle container is constructed of nylon.

13. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 1, further comprising an elastic closure ring disposed at said top portion of said bottle bag, configured to hold said bottle in said container.

14. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 1, further comprising a draw string closure ring disposed at said top portion of said bottle bag, configured to hold said bottle in said container.

15. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 1, wherein said bottle bag is constructed of nylon.

16. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 15, wherein said nylon bottle bag is formed by a net region.

17. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 15, wherein said nylon bottle bag is a formed by a solid material region.

18. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 1, wherein said bottle bag is constructed of an insulating material.

19. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 1, further comprising an adjustment clip disposed on said strap configured to allow said strap length to be adjustable.

20. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 1, wherein said strap is attached to said base at first and second positions disposed opposite one another.

21. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 20, wherein said strap is periodically attached to said bottle bag on both opposite sides as it extends upwardly from said bottom portion to said top portion of said bottle bag.

22. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 20, wherein said strap is continuously attached to said bottle bag on both opposite sides as it extends upwardly from said bottom portion to said top portion of said bottle bag.

23. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 2, wherein said collapsible bottle container, when in the closed position, is semicircular in shape, measures substantially 4″ along the fold axis (length), substantially 2″ perpendicular from the center point of the fold axis (height), and substantially 1.5″ thick between first and second folded portions of said base measured across the center points of said first and second portions (width).

24. A collapsible bottle container, said container comprising: a base, said base having a bottom portion and a lid portion mounted about a pivot region; a bottle bag, said bottle bag having a top and bottom portions, said bottom portion of said bottle bag coupled to bottom portion of said base and said top portion terminating in an opening configurable to receive a bottle; and a carrying strap coupled to said bottom portion of said base and extending upwardly along said bottle bag from said bottom portion past said top portion to form a shoulder strap, said strap coupled to said bottle bag, wherein said container is configurable between an open and closed configuration, such that when in the open configuration, a bottle is held in said container by said bottle bag and said base, and, when in a closed configuration, said bottle bag and strap are collapsed onto said base, such that said bottle bag and said strap are placed between said lid and lower portion of said base, and said lid portion is folded about said pivot region, so as to enclose said collapsible container within said base.

25. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 24, wherein said base is circular in shape, such that when in the closed position, said collapsible bottle container is substantially cylindrical.

26. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 24, wherein said base is elliptical in shape, such that when in the closed position, said collapsible bottle container is substantially elliptically cylindrical.

27. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 24, wherein said base is rectangular in shape, such that when in the closed position, said collapsible bottle container is substantially rectangular.

28. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 24, wherein said base further comprises a zipper track configured to support a zipper element used to connect said bottom portion and said lid portion of said base to one another in the closed position when enclosing said bottle bag and said strap within said base.

29. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 28, wherein said zipper track attached to said base is disposed about the outer circumference of said base

30. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 29, wherein said base is attached to said bottle bag at a region beyond the circumference of the zipper track.

31. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 29, wherein said base is attached to said bottle bag along the same attachment seam as said zipper track.

32. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 24, further comprising button closure means on said base, configured to connect said bottom portion and said lid portion of said base to one another in the closed position when enclosing said bottle bag and said strap within said base.

33. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 24, further comprising snap closure means on said base, configured to connect said bottom portion and said lid portion of said base to one another in the closed position when enclosing said bottle bag and said strap within said base.

34. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 24, further comprising Velcro® closure means on said base, configured to connect said bottom portion and said lid portion of said base to one another in the closed position when enclosing said bottle bag and said strap within said base.

35. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 24, wherein said base is constructed on nylon.

36. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 24, further comprising an elastic closure ring disposed at said top portion of said bottle bag, configured to hold said bottle in said container.

37. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 24, further comprising a draw string closure ring disposed at said top portion of said bottle bag, configured to hold said bottle in said container.

38. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 24, wherein said bottle bag is constructed of nylon.

39. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 38, wherein said nylon bottle bag is a formed by a net region.

40. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 38, wherein said nylon bottle bag is a formed by a solid material region.

41. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 24, wherein said bottle bag is constructed of nylon.

42. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 24, wherein said lid portion of said base is attached to said bottle bag.

43. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 24, wherein said lid portion of said base is provided with a zipper pouch.

44. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 24, wherein said bottom portion of said base is provided with a zipper compartment.

45. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 24, further comprising an adjustment clip disposed on said strap configured to allow said strap length to be adjustable.

46. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 24, wherein said strap is attached to said base at first and second positions disposed opposite one another.

47. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 46, wherein said strap is periodically attached to said bottle bag on both opposite sides as it extends upwardly from said bottom portion to said top portion of said bottle bag.

48. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 46, wherein said strap is continuously attached to said bottle bag on both opposite sides as it extends upwardly from said bottom portion to said top portion of said bottle bag.

49. The collapsible bottle container as claimed in claim 24, wherein said collapsible bottle container, when in the closed position, is cylindrical in shape, measures substantially 4″ in diameter (length) and substantially 1.5″ perpendicularly from the diameter from at the center point (height).

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The present invention is directed to a collapsible bottle container. More specifically, the present invention is directed to a collapsible bottle container for supporting and carrying drinking bottles.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] In many situations it is advantageous for an individual to carry a drinking container when exercising or traveling. For example, water, or sports energy drinks are often carried by runners, hikers or cyclists. However, when not actively drinking from the containers, the individual must store the container for use at a later time. Carrying the container in hand is not only uncomfortable and annoying but it can also be dangerous, particularly in the case of hiking and cycling.

[0003] One method used for storing drinking containers while traveling or exercising includes placing the container in a travel bag. Travel bags are commonly used for carrying personal goods and drinking containers when traveling from place to place or when exercising. According to their sizes, shapes, storage volumes, and carrying methods, traveling bags can generally be classified into shoulder bags, waist bags, hand bags, and back packs.

[0004] However, one drawback associated with the use of travel bags is that the drink container is usually stored in a position which is difficult to access when running, jogging or cycling. Additionally, travel bags are usually significantly larger than necessary for carrying drinking containers, thus adding unnecessary bulk to the individual.

[0005] Some additional advancements include the making of bottle containers specifically for the purpose of carrying beverage containing bottles in an easily accessible manner. However, these containers, although more convenient than standard travel bags, still suffer many of the same drawbacks. For example, when not in use, these bottle containers are difficult to store especially noting the limited space for storage on runners and hikers.

[0006] The present invention looks to overcome the drawbacks of the prior art and provide for a small lightweight collapsible bottle container that is easily storable and configured to both provide easy access to and stable support of the bottle.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0007] FIG. 1 is a front elevation of a collapsible bottle container, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;

[0008] FIG. 2 is a front elevation of a collapsible bottle container from FIG. 1 and a bottle, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;

[0009] FIG. 3 is a front elevation of a collapsible bottle container from FIG. 1, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;

[0010] FIG. 4A is a perspective view of a closed collapsible bottle container from FIG. 1, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention;

[0011] FIG. 4B is a perspective view of a closed collapsible bottle container from FIG. 1, in accordance with another embodiment of the present invention;

[0012] FIG. 4C is a perspective view of a closed collapsible bottle container from FIG. 1, in accordance with another embodiment of the present invention;

[0013] FIG. 5 is a front elevation of a collapsible bottle container and bottle, in accordance with another embodiment of the present invention; and

[0014] FIG. 6 is a front elevation of a closed collapsible bottle container from FIG. 5, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0015] As illustrated in FIG. 1, a collapsible bag 10 with expandable storage volume according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention is illustrated. The collapsible bag 10 comprises a base 20, a net region 30, and a carrying strap 40.

[0016] In one embodiment of the present invention, as illustrated in FIG. 1, base 20 is circular in shape when in an open configuration. Base 20, is preferably constructed of a nylon or vinyl substance, however, this is in no way intended to limit the scope of the present invention. For example, a base 20 constructed of any durable flexible or molded material capable of supporting the weight of a drinking bottle is within the contemplation of the present invention.

[0017] As illustrated in FIG. 1, base 20 is provided with a zipper element 22 and a zipper track 24 disposed around its outer circumference. It should be noted that, as illustrated, zipper track 24 is disposed on the outer circumference of base 20, however, a portion of base 20 also extends inside and above zipper track 24 such that zipper track 24 is entirely supported by base 20. This allows base 20 to be stitched directly to net region 30 without interference from zipper track 24, providing additionally stability to container 10. Zipper element 22 and zipper track 24 can be substituted with any suitable replacement which can be used to close base 20 such as Velcro®, buttons or snaps. For example, as illustrated in FIG. 4B, button elements 23 are used to close base 20. In addition to the configuration pictured in FIG. 4B, button elements 23, snaps or Velcro closures can also be used at a single closure point as illustrated in FIG. 4C.

[0018] It should be noted that this embodiment is intended only as an example of one connection between base 20 and net region 30, and is in no way intended to limit the scope of the present invention. For example, net region 30, base 20 and zipper track 24 may all meet a single seam. Any similar container 10 having a circular base 20 having a circumferential zipper track 24 and a similar attached net region 30 is within the contemplation of the present invention. For the purposes of illustration, the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 1 showing net region 30 connected to a portion of base 20 extending past the outer circumference zipper track 24 will be used to demonstrate this embodiment.

[0019] In one embodiment of the present invention, as illustrated in FIG. 1, net region 30 is cylindrical in shape connected at a bottom end 32 to base 20, and is open and unattached at a top end 34. Net region 30 is preferably constructed of a flexible lightweight material such as nylon, however this is in no way intended to limit the scope of the present invention. Any material used to construct a similar net region for a bottle container, having a lightweight, durable and flexible construction is within the contemplation of the present invention. Furthermore, it should be noted that container 10 may use any similar bottle bag in place of net region 30, provided it is collapsible and storable within the base. As such, the bottle bag can be a net region, as used for example through the application, or it can be constructed of a solid sheet using similar materials such as nylon. It may also be constructed of a flexible insulating material to maintain the temperature of the liquid contained in the table for a longer period of time.

[0020] In one embodiment of the present invention, as illustrated in FIG. 1, an elastic closure ring 36 is disposed along the edge of top end 34 of net region 30 so as to provide additional stability to container 10. In this configuration, container 10 can securely hold a bottle, which is inserted through elastic closure ring 36, down through net region 30 to base 20, such that the top of the bottle extends upward beyond closure ring 36, accessible to the user for drinking.

[0021] In one embodiment of the present invention, as illustrated in FIG. 1, carrying strap 40 is attached at two portions along the circumference of base 20 in positions located opposite from one another. As illustrated, strap 40 is stitched directly to the portion of base 20 located inside and above zipper track 24. Alternatively, as discussed above, in the event base 20 does not maintain such a portion located inside and above zipper track 24, strap 40 may be directly stitched to base 20 along the outer circumference zipper track 24.

[0022] After attachment, strap 40 extends from base 20 upwards along opposite sides of net region 30. In one embodiment of the present invention, as illustrated in FIG. 1, as strap 40 extends upwardly along opposite sides of net region 30, strap 40 is periodically attached directly to net region 30 so as to add stability in supporting a bottle held in container 10 along the entire longitudinal axis of the bottle. Alternatively, strap 40 may be continuously attached at intervals along net region 30. In either of these configurations, because strap 40 is attached to both base 20 and along the entire longitudinal axis of net region 30, additional stability is added to container 10, limiting unwanted movement of the bottle contained therein.

[0023] After reaching the top end 34 of net region 30, both sides of strap 40 extend upward, loop around forming a single strap 40, creating a shoulder strap. As illustrated in FIG. 1, strap 40 maintains a standard adjustment clip 42, useful in extending and shortening strap 40 based on a desired length by the user.

[0024] In one embodiment of the present invention, as illustrated in FIG. 2, when open, container 10 forms a collapsible bottle support with strap 40. In use, a user places the desired drinking bottle through elastic closure ring 36 down through net region 30 to base 20 such that the bottle is held securely in net region 30 with the opening of the bottle extending beyond the top of closure ring 36. In this configuration, the bottle is supported along its longitudinal axis by opposite sides of strap 40 which extends along net region 40.

[0025] In another embodiment of the present invention, as illustrated in FIGS. 3 and 4A, collapsible bottle container 10 can be stored in a small compact manner when not in use. Net region 30 and strap 40, being of a lightweight construction are folded and placed in the center of base 20. After net region 30 and strap 40 are compressed, base 20 is folded upwardly on two sides about a fold axis 21 defined by a diameter, for example the axis extending from the location of zipper 22, directly across the center point of circular base 20 to a point directly opposite zipper 22, as illustrated in FIG. 3. When folded along axis 21, two semi-circular regions 27 and 28 are formed by the two halves of base 20 formed by the folding such that the material of net region 30 and strap 40 are contained between these two regions. After substantially all of the material of net region 30 and strap 40 are contained between regions 27 and 28 of base 20, zipper element 22 is moved along zipper track 24, so as to close net region 30 and strap 40 between regions 27 and 28, as illustrated in FIG. 4A.

[0026] In this configuration, as illustrated in FIG. 4A, after zipper element 22 is moved all the way across zipper track 24, all of net region 30 and strap 40 are enclosed within regions 27 and 28 of base 20. Thus, when closed, base 20 of collapsible bottle container 10 forms a compact container for net region 30 and strap 40. Thus, when not in use, collapsible bottle container 10 is compact and self contained, easily capable of being stored in an athlete or traveler's pocket for deployment and use at a later time.

[0027] For example, in on embodiment of the present invention as illustrated in FIG. 4A the closed collapsible drinking container is compactly stored when closed in the dimensions of 4″ inches long, 2″ inches tall and 1.5″ inches thick. These dimensions are provided only as an example, and are in no way intended to limit the scope of the present invention. Similar collapsible drinking containers, with similar components which maintain comparable compact dimensions when closed are within the contemplation of the present invention.

[0028] In another embodiment of the present invention, as illustrated in FIG. 5, a collapsible bag 100 with expandable storage volume according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention is illustrated. The collapsible bag 100 comprises a base 200, a net region 300, and a carrying strap 400.

[0029] In one embodiment of the present invention, as illustrated in FIG. 1, base 200 comprises a bottom portion 210 and a lid portion 215. Both lid and bottom portion 215 and 210 are cylindrical in shape when in an open configuration. Base 200, is preferably constructed of a nylon or vinyl substance, however, this is in no way intended to limit the scope of the present invention. For example, a base 200 constructed of any durable flexible or molded material capable of supporting the weight of a drinking bottle is within the contemplation of the present invention.

[0030] As illustrated in FIG. 5, base 200 is provided with a zipper element 220 and a zipper track 240 disposed around its outer circumference, configured to connect upper and lower portions 210 and 215 in a closed position (FIG. 6). It should be noted that, as illustrated, zipper track 240 is disposed on the outer circumference of base 200.

[0031] In one embodiment of the present invention, as illustrated in FIGS. 5 and 6, zipper compartment 500 is provided attached to the underside of bottom portion 210 of base 200. Zipper compartment 500 remain to be opened and closed via a zipper compartment element 505 which extends around the outer circumference of both zipper compartment 500 and the under side of bottom portion 210 of base 200. When closed, zipper compartment 500 is formed in a similar cylindrical form to that of the rest of base 200. When open, zipper compartment 500 provides additional storage space for items such as mirrors, keys or first aid supplies.

[0032] In another embodiment of the present invention as illustrated in FIGS. 5 and 6, a zipper pouch 510 is provided attached to the top side of lid portion 215 of base 200. Zipper pouch 510 is configured to be opened and closed via a zipper pouch element 515 which extends across a diameter of upper portion 215 of base 200. Zipper pouch 510 provides additional storage space for the user.

[0033] It should be noted that zipper pouch 510 and zipper compartment 500 on container 100 are intended only as examples of possible additions to the base form of container 100. Any similar additional storage compartments added to a similar container 100 is within the contemplation of the present invention.

[0034] In one embodiment of the present invention, as illustrated in FIG. 5, net region 300 is cylindrical in shape connected at a bottom end 320 to bottom portion 210 of base 200 and is open and unattached at a top end 340. Net region 300 is preferably constructed of a flexible lightweight material such as nylon, however this is in no way intended to limit the scope of the present invention. Any material used to construct a similar net region for a bottle container, having a lightweight, durable and flexible construction is within the contemplation of the present invention. Furthermore, it should be noted that container 100 may use any similar bottle bag in place of net region 300, provided it is collapsible and storable within the base. As such, the bottle bag can be a net region, as used for example through the application, or it can be constructed of a solid sheet using similar materials such as nylon.

[0035] In one embodiment of the present invention, lid portion 215 of base 200 is connected to net region 300 such that when opening and closing container 100 via zipper element 220 and zipper track 240, net region 300 is held in position relative to lid portion 215 of base 200 making it is easier to configure net region 300 and strap 400 between lid portion 215 and bottom portion 210 of the closed base 200. Additionally, the attachment of net region 300 to lid portion 215 of base 200 adds stability to the bottle contained within container 100 by providing additional lateral support for the bottle. However, it should be noted that this is in no way intended to limit the scope of the present invention. For example, a similar container 100 having similar features where an upper portion 215 of base 200 is not attached to net region 300 is also within the contemplation of the present invention.

[0036] In one embodiment of the present invention, as illustrated in FIG. 5, a draw string closure ring 370 is disposed along the edge of top end 340 of net region 300 so as to provide additional stability to container 100. In this configuration, container 100 can securely hold a bottle, which is inserted through draw string closure ring 370, down through net region 300 to bottom portion 210 of base 200, such that the top of the bottle extends upward beyond draw string closure ring 370, accessible to the user for drinking.

[0037] In one embodiment of the present invention, as illustrated in FIG. 5, carrying strap 400 is attached at two points along the circumference of bottom portion 210 of base 200 in positions located opposite from one another. As illustrated, strap 400 is stitched directly to bottom portion 210 of base 200 located inside zipper track 24.

[0038] After attachment, strap 400 extends from bottom portion 210 of base 200 upwards along opposite sides of net region 300. In one embodiment of the present invention, as illustrated in FIG. 5, as strap 400 extends upwardly along opposite sides of net region 300, strap 400 is periodically attached directly to net region 300 so as to add stability in supporting a bottle held in container 10 along the entire longitudinal axis of the bottle. Alternatively, strap 400 may be continuously attached at intervals along net region 300. In either of these configurations, because strap 400 is attached to both bottom portion 210 base 200 and along the entire longitudinal axis of net region 300, additional stability is added to container 100, limiting unwanted movement of the bottle contained therein.

[0039] After reaching the top end 340 of net region 300, both sides of strap 400 extend upward, loop around forming a single strap 400, creating a shoulder strap. As illustrated in FIG. 5, strap 400 maintains a standard adjustment clip 420, useful in extending and shortening strap 400 based on a desired length by the user.

[0040] In one embodiment of the present invention, as illustrated in FIG. 5, when open, container 100 forms a collapsible bottle support with strap 400. In use, a user places the desired drinking bottle through draw string closure ring 370 down through net region 300 to base 200 such that the bottle is held securely in net region 300 with the opening of the bottle extending beyond the top of draw string closure ring 370. In this configuration, the bottle is supported along its longitudinal axis by opposite sides of strap 400 which extends along net region 400.

[0041] In another embodiment of the present invention, as illustrated in FIG. 6, collapsible bottle container 100 can be stored in a small compact manner when not in use. Net region 300 and strap 400, being of a lightweight construction are folded and placed in the center of bottom portion 210 of base 200. After net region 300 and strap 400 are compressed, lid portion 215 of base 200 is folded downward about a fold region 201. When folded over fold region 201, lid and lower portions 210 and 215 of cover 200 are converged such that the material of net region 300 and strap 400 are enclosed between them. After substantially all of the material of net region 300 and strap 400 are contained between lid and lower portions 210 and 215 of base 200, zipper element 220 is moved along zipper track 240, so as to close net region 300 and strap 400 between lid and lower portions 210 and 215, as illustrated in FIG. 6.

[0042] In this configuration, as illustrated in FIG. 6, after zipper element 220 is moved all the way across zipper track 240, all of net region 300 and strap 400 are enclosed within lid and lower portions 210 and 215 of base 200. Thus, when closed base 200 of collapsible bottle container 100 forms a compact container for net region 300 and strap 400.

[0043] As such, a collapsible container for storing bottles is provided which is not only lightweight, durable and sturdy, but also is self contained and collapsible to be stored within its own base. Thus, when not in use, collapsible bottle container 100 is compact and self contained, easily capable of being stored in an athlete or traveler's pocket for deployment and use at a later time.

[0044] For example, in on embodiment of the present invention as illustrated in FIG. 6 the closed collapsible drinking container is compactly stored when closed in the dimensions of 4″ inches in diameter and 1.5″ inches thick. These dimensions are provided only as an example, and are in no way intended to limit the scope of the present invention. Similar collapsible drinking containers, with similar components which maintain comparable compact dimensions when closed are within the contemplation of the present invention.

[0045] It should be noted that some of the features included in described embodiments are interchangeable with one another. For example the elastic closure ring 36 of container 10 may be exchanged with the draw string closure ring 370 of container 100 and vise versa. Additionally, compartment cover 500 attached to the under side of bottom portion 210 of base 200 from container 100 may be added to the bottom side of base 20 of container 10. Likewise, zipper pouch 510 located on the back side of lid portion 215 of base 210 on container 100 could be added to the under side of base 20 of container 10. This list is in no way intended to limit the scope of the interconnection possibilities contained in the present invention. Any such components described above in the various embodiments that can be used in similar fashion in a different embodiment is within the contemplation of the present invention.

[0046] While only certain features of the invention have been illustrated and described herein, many modifications, substitutions, changes or equivalents will now occur to those skilled in the art. It is therefore, to be understood that this application is intended to cover all such modifications and changes that fall within the true spirit of the invention.