Camelbak Podium Big Chill Bottle
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1. It keeps the drink colder for longer
2. There are never any leaks from the bottle with it's own open/close function.
3. Very flexible, so can be easily squeezed to ensure good flow of liquid.
4. The grip and design make it easy to hold, especially if on an excercise bike.
5. With it being available in the 750ml size, ensures a good amount of drink.
6. Has a nice soft bite valve.
Overall an excellent product.
It's very good at keeping the water cool, putting a few ice cubes in it does wonders. The water dispersal out of the top is brilliant. It won't leak water unless it is firmly squeezed, and its locking mechanism lets nothing passed when you have it set, but I rarely have that locked.
The colours aren't quite as 'luscious' as they are in the promotional pictures for the Clear/Blue model. Think plainer blues.
My only annoyance with this bottle is sometimes water comes through where you screw the lid down onto the bottle, which is very embarrassing when you're at the gym and take a bit swig of water only to look down and find yourself covered in water. This happens despite me always securely screwing down the lid, but it seems it needs a seriously high amount of twisting to make this occasional fault go away, so much so that I feel like I might damage the plastic threads.
Anyway, aside from that, I love this water bottle and am very happy with my choice.
I gave it one star off the 5 because it doesn't fit what I call a standard bike cage (I think it is because the bottle is slightly tapered). I also brought one for my wife at the same time and it will not stay in the cages of either our bikes and we have different style cages. I have tried it in a couple of shops on various other cages and found a couple of cages which will hold it secure, so I will be purchasing two new cages to hold them (too risky to buy a cage for it, off the internet).
If you are lucky and it fits securely in your cage, I'm sure you will give it 5 stars.
On the plus side the nozzle does not leak when inverted and is very easy to sip from without having to 'extend' it first with your teeth. If you want to stop dust getting in the cap though, you will have to purchase a dust cap for £5 or more.
For what it is worth, my advice is to buy a conventional bottle, preferably one with a built-in dust cap as on mine, and save yourself some money.
These bottles - let alone on the bike ride - have become the defacto standard water bottles in our house.
Used by the kids when they are out and about.
Half filled with water, they can be put in the freezer on a hot day and topped up just before you go out - cool ALL DAY.
Now for the flaws, first one is what someone else mentioned. Occasionally, unless you tighten the lid with hulk like determination, it can inexplicably leak when you take a drink. All of the bottles occasionally do it. You soon learn to do it up really tight so it isn't the end of the world.
Now, the second one is more of an annoyance. The spouts go mouldy. It means that periodically you have to dismantle them, which is straight forward enough. I suspect it is because I am putting electrolyte solution in them rather than just water so it could be my own fault.
To dismantle them you just twist off the rubber bit and then pop the white cap off with a knife edge. Then you can clean the blue diaphram bit and the other pieces. It only takes a few minutes.
I've still given the bottle 5 stars as it is by far the best bottle I've owned. Being able to seal it is really useful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Insulation adds a little extra cool time, but not much. Issue with drips when in use, could be the valve as the bottle doesn't seem to leak when in my sports bag and not being... Read morePublished 17 months ago by C.
Great Quality Product, worth every penny! Delivery came on the first expected day of delivery as well!!Published 22 months ago by Wiremu Te Hiko
larger than most bottles and fits into holder, keeps water chilled a wee bit longer.Published 22 months ago by Janice U.
great bottle the top stops all leaks just have to be sure to screw the top on normallyPublished on 21 Aug. 2014 by jacob
Bought this for my son as a gift and it does keep the water cooler for longer, I leave it in the fridge over night or add ice cubes. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2014 by Luos
a very good quality drinking bottle that actually does keep water cooler for longer. the water also doesnt taste like plastic like you get with most bottles. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2014 by Jennifer Russell