Got thirst?

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  1. Industry_Hack

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    Just like there is no limit to data underscoring the importance of proper hydration, there is also no shortage of information online about the unnecessary waste produced by drinking bottled water. In an effort to help you make a wiser, greener choice, and help keep empties out of landfills, the following is a review of 9 different hydration bottles for hot or cold drinks. Included are bottles for biking, hiking, or even daily use at the gym or office. All the bottles are BPA-free, in either stainless or plastic. Some allow one-handed operation, others require two-fisted drinking. The group photo at the bottom shows them left to right, in order of the review. I lugged them around (not all at once) for anywhere from a few weeks to more than two months in a backpack, with only one leak, which I attributed to user error.

    Each description includes some facts as supplied by the manufacturer, then my comments and observations. While there are certainly no losers in the bunch, this should help you weigh their pros and cons to find one that suits you best. Prices are not listed as they vary so much between retailers, but the least expensive bottles listed are under $10, and the most expensive doesn't even top out at $30.

    The order of review is single walled bottles, then double walled/insulated. Participants include:

    Stanley Nineteen13 - Stainless steel, 24oz capacity. One handed hydration, hot or cold. Bike cage and car cup compatible. Replaceable lid, lifetime warranty.

    The one hand feature is great, with a handy button easily depressed to open the 360 degree spout. Between that and the gasket on the inside of the lid, this one's leak-proof. While the lid's opening is wide enough to fit even the biggest ice cubes, the bottle is single wall, so iced drinks make it very cold to the touch. The rubberized hook is handy for attaching it to a backpack or messenger bag. Speaking of which, based on Stanley's Youtube video featuring this bottle, it's aimed squarely at the tattooed, single speed riding artist type who also enjoys taking his girl to the beach. It even features PBR in the clip. All kidding aside, if you're looking for a durable bottle that offers a few extra style points and mostly prefer your beverages at room temps, (or don't mind your bottle being hot or cold to touch) this one's for you.
    ShopStanley-pmi.com

    Polar Half Twist Stainless 28oz - Thick 18/8 single wall stainless. Dishwasher safe. The easy to fill and clean wide mouth bottle features their Innovative Half Twist™ cap.

    I'll be the first to admit that I was skeptical of the Half Twist™ cap at first. Even after taking it apart and fiddling with it, it still confounds me. But it works. The silicone seal in the cap mates to the plastic of the bottle's mouth, and when tightened all the way down, is leak free. Back it off half a twist, and you can drink out of the either side easily. Maybe it's magic. Either way, it makes it easy to use and easy to store your drink without worrying about a backpack full of water. Due to the design, I wouldn't use this bottle for hot drinks though. They offer some different graphics, from plain stainless with the small Polar Bottle bear logo in various colors, to the cool wood grain one pictured. While it's clearly just a high quality decal, strangers couldn't help but comment favorably on it.
    Polarbottle.com

    Polar Half Twist Light 24oz - Single wall plastic, this bottle is basically a lightweight HDPE version of the Half Twist Stainless.

    Other than the material and capacity, this bottle is not terribly different than their stainless bottle. The main feature is impact-resistance. Drop it, and it should bounce. At the very least, it will hide its battle wounds better than the stainless version will. The other noteworthy feature is the subtle graphics embossed on the sides. This takes a step out of the production process, while eliminating the need to worry about sourcing an ink that is both durable and environmentally friendly. One side shows the remaining contents in ounces, and the other in milliliters for those who prefer the metric system. It's available in a variety of colors, and once it's outlived its usefulness, it can be recycled.
    Polarbottle.com

    Clean Bottle - No more moldy bottles! 10% of profits donated to eco-friendly charities. The wide mouth cap unscrews, the base unscrews, and both are replaceable. 22oz capacity. Easy to clean, and dishwasher safe (top rack).

    Oh no, did I really use the word "Balls" in my original post about Dave running alongside riders in the Tour de France? At first glance, this bottle doesn't look much different than the ones cyclists have been using for years. The shape itself is an improvement though, as it's much easier to grab and hold, even for smaller hands. A nice large valve is easy to open and close while riding, which is a plus, even though it's pretty basic. Of course, the big selling point is that it's easy to clean, with gaskets in the lid and base preventing leaks. This one is strictly for cold drinks. If you mix a lot of energy or electrolyte powders in with your water, look no further.
    Cleanbottle.com

    CamelBak Groove 20oz - Flip & Sip Big Bite valve with a filter built into the straw, so tap water always tastes fresh and clean. Dishwasher safe. Replaceable filters and bite valves, and it's even offered in stainless.

    This one is for the gym, the office, or anywhere you want to enjoy filtered water. Mrs. Outsider has claimed this as her favorite, with good reason. The straw contains a replaceable carbon filter produced from burned coconut, which reduces chlorine - the source of bad smells and unpleasant taste in tap water. Note that it only works with tap water, it won't kill harmful bacteria or anything else. While it's possible to use with hot drinks, we didn't test it, as drinking coffee or tea through a straw has little appeal. Refilling it 3-4 times per day, the filter should last about three months, keeping approximately 300 disposable bottles out of landfills, and saving a considerable amount of money. Top pick if you don't like the taste of tap water, and don't have access to filtered water at work or school.
    Camelbak.com

    Hydro Flask - Double walled, vacuum insulated 18/8 stainless steel. Features: Food grade powder coating, soy based inks for logos. Claims: hot for 12 hours, cold for 24. Available in a variety of sizes from 12 to 24oz and up. Yes, a 33oz and a 64! Accessories include a variety of caps, an ice stick tray, and filter options coming soon.

    This double wall stainless drink vessel is tough and good looking. My morning coffee gets poured at 5:40AM, and on one busy day where I didn't finish it until noon, it was still plenty hot. While I didn't test it for the full twelve hours, I have no doubt that if you pre-warm the bottle with hot water before adding your beverage, it will still be hot at the twelve hour mark. Ice water stays deliciously cold, with no noticeable taste issues. If you need to carry a large amount of hot or cold liquids, this would be a great choice, as the double wall design not only maintains the temperature, but the outside is always safe to touch, and it doesn't sweat. As a bonus, 5% of the gross cost of your water bottle gets donated to the charity of your choice, via their fivepercentback.org program.
    Hydroflask.com

    Stanley Classic 16oz - Double walled and vacuum insulated, liquids stay hot or cold for 15 hours. Insulated lid doubles as an 8oz cup. Lifetime warranty, and all parts are replaceable.

    Since 1913, an enduring way to keep liquids at a desired temperature. It's cool in a retro way, yet still modern. Your grandpa probably had one. Maybe he gave it to your dad. It's not uncommon for these to get handed down, since they last virtually forever. I've filled one with coffee the night before a fishing trip, and it was still scalding hot the next day. The gasket in the lid prevents leaks, and the big 8oz cup is a huge plus. While it's great for keeping liquids cold, this is the one you want for coffee, tea, cocoa, or soup. Note that it's the only one in this review that includes a cup.
    ShopStanley-pmi.com

    CamelBak Podium Big Chill - 25oz, also available as the Podium Chill in a 21oz size. Insulated. Jet Valve. Lock it shut for zero leaks.

    Fits your bike, but you'll want to take it everywhere. The wide mouth makes it easy to add ice, and the insulation keeps your water cold right up to the last drop. Its narrow midsection makes it easier to grip and squeeze, which you'll have to do to get water through the self-sealing Jet Valve. There's a lockout on the valve (you just turn it) and the seal prevents water from coming out, even in the open position, until you give it a squeeze. While there's no gasket in the lid, I couldn't get it to leak. This was my go-to cold water bottle after throat surgery. An excellent choice for those that like their cold water to stay cold all day, and are wary of leaky valves. I'd trust it to share backpack space with my laptop.
    Camelbak.com

    Polar - 24oz (shown) and 20oz varieties. The original insulated bottle, since 1994. Double wall construction, wide mouth, and a removable carrying strap. Dishwasher and freezer safe. Cold tastes better.

    Don't need the fancy Jet Valve of CamelBak's Big Chill? Check out the Polar bottles. I had one of these long before I tried the CamelBak - it works as advertised, and at a price point only slightly higher than an uninsulated bottle. It has a very clever ergonomic shape that fits both small and large hands well. For smaller hands, that can be a real plus, since most bottles are an otherwise fairly constant diameter. The carrying strap seems to be either a love it or hate it feature, but it comes in handy for hanging your bottle off a backpack when you're off the bike. At least once cyclist I know combines this bottle with the Big Chill's lid, as they are both 63mm.
    Polarbottle.com

    Further reading:


    Disposable bottle facts

    More plastic bottle facts

    Bamboo Bottle - too late to be included in this review, but worth a look.


    Originally published on IndustryOutsider.com on 4/5/2011
     

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  2. SprocketGirl

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    i love my camelback "always open always closed" podium bottle.... cheap and i like the jet valve. honestly the only bottle i have ever bought. everything else i have came free as promo from shops or manufacturers
     

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    I'm weird. I carry lots and lots of water. Much of it I carry in $3 plastic canteens that fit on your belt, but I will put them in a pannier. Summer time in Texas you don't just need to stay hydrated, but you need extra to cool the body down. Every so often you need to pour some water over the head, and thats hard to do if you don't have any.

    My latest want is a cool vest. Its a vest you wear and just wet it with water. The chemical inside react to the water and cool. You wear it under your shirt or jersey (I'm a Fred so I might have a tee shirt that says "I'm a Fred but at least I know it. Do you? " on instead of a jersey) I have kicked myself every since I didn't buy one at the hotter than hell 100 last year. In hot climates it looks like a dream come true.
     
  4. Eagle

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    Luv my Camelback "Podium" bottles, I have about a dozen kicking around haha.
    never had a leak, for long rides put 1 on the bike 2 on the outside of my back pack and a few inside, they bounce all over and never leaked. I'm lookin' at getting some of the Chilly ones.
     
  5. chibibike

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    I like the podium bottle too!
     
  6. Industry_Hack

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    If you look at the Polar on the far right, you can see how it would be popular with cyclists that have smaller hands. And CamelBak's cap fits it too.
     
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    I like the CamelBaks. I have two insulated and two non-insulated. I have the Podium Chill for the insulated versions. There is a step-up from the Chill called the Ice that has more insulation. I will say that my water/drink, with the addition of ice, stays cool for a hour plus in 95 to 100 degree weather. The thermal retention with regards to heat was not as good. I put some hot tea with honey in the bottle in about 25 degree weather, and it was cool/cold within 30 minutes.

    I will say the chill is more than adequate for the vast majority of what I need it for.
     
  8. Industry_Hack

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    What about off the bike? I like the idea of 64oz of coffee to start my day.
     
  9. chibibike

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    yeah i take a thermos of coffee to work with me but i never finish it all but i save it for the next day. we have a few camalbaks that we can wear on our backs too but we don't usually wear them but they carry a lot of water.
     
  10. Industry_Hack

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    I have an upcoming test - CamelBak vs the new guy.

    Does anyone still drink bottled water?
     
  11. SprocketGirl

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    evian when i want to think of home... jk
    i try to use water bottles... better for the world we live in and a lot cheaper.
     
  12. Industry_Hack

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    At least Perrier comes in a glass bottle. Even if it poisoned a few people, it was environmentally ok.

    Fuji - still the worst water you can drink.
     
  13. chibibike

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    no bottled water is a wate of money and plastic. I have a water cooler that I fill my reuseable bottle up with. It only costs like 1.50 for 5 gallons of good filtered water.
     
  14. jeepster93

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    I have read where cold water gets absorbed by the body FASTER than warm water.
    That is a good reason to use thermal resistant water bottles...

    On real hot rides I will fill 1 bottle with ice or freeze it the night before.

    NOTHING refreshes quite like ice cold water...
     
  15. Industry_Hack

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    Actually, it requires energy for your body to warm up cold water.
     
  16. chibibike

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    bottled water is so 90s
     
  17. chibibike

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    i don't like cold water, even at home I usually keep my water cooler unplugged or at room temp. I don't have it unplugged all the time cause it's nice to have hot water when I wanna make tea.
     
  18. photosbymark

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    well I learned the hard way in a farm field back in the mid 70s if you drink too much ice water when you are too hot, too fast, you will get cramps. Then you are doubled over, hurting and still hot an sweating.
     
  19. Eagle

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    I drink a ton of bottled water. being up in goods country on a well, the water ain't good for drinking so bottled it is. although I have been thinking lately of starting to glue them all together and make some kind of art, or a giant mess of glued together water bottles.
     
  20. chibibike

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    how about recycle?