Friday, October 14, 2016

CamelBak Podium Ice Bottle

I have been using CamelBak hydration packs for about 15 years.  Their products keep getting better.  CamelBak started in 1989 when Michael Eidson, who was an EMT by trade, took an IV bag filled with water and stuffed it in a tube sock.  Michael then put the contraption in his bike jersey pocket, put the hose over his shoulder and clamped it with a clothespin.  He wanted to have extra water during the “Hotter’N Hell 100.”  That was the first CamelBak.   

CamelBak feels strongly about “Giving Bak.” They started a program called We Know Water.  It is designed to teach 4th and 5th graders the benefits of using a reusable bottle.  CamelBak also believes in being environmentally responsible in their day to day operations.  The CamelBak headquarters is located in Petaluma, California.    

Here is a video that talks about the Podium Ice Bottle.

The Podium Ice features aerogel insulation that keeps your water cold four times longer than traditional bottles. It will also keep beverages warm if that is your thing.  It holds 21 ounces of water and has a TruTaste polypropylene coating with Hydroguard that lets you taste your water and not what was in your bottle last time (i.e. leftover electrolyte drink).

The cap has a self-sealing Jet Valve that eliminates spills and has a wider opening for more water flow than previous models.  You can lockout the cap with a simple twist and the nipple part of the cap comes off easy so you can clean it. 

The bottle itself has a wide mouth for easy filling, especially when adding ice.  The Podium Ice is 100% free of BPA and BPS so you don’t have to worry about that either. 

I have been using the Podium Chill for years, which is one of CamelBak’s insulated bottles that claims to keep water cold two times longer than a regular bottle.  It would keep my ice water cold for about 20-30 minutes as opposed to a regular bottle that would last about 10-15 minutes.  Those times were when I would ride in 85-90 degree temperatures.  I tested the Podium Ice and the ice water lasted an hour and there was still ice left in it.  It was 80 degrees out that day.

I also did a comparison in my house.  I filled a Podium (un-insulated bottle) - green bottle, Podium Chill –black cap, and Podium Ice Bottle – white cap with ice water.  It was about 72 degrees in my house.  The ice in the Podium Bottle melted after three hours.  The ice in the Poduim Chill lasted five hours.  The ice in the Podium Ice lasted eight hours.  The results were not surprising to me. 
Keeps fluids cold or hot 4 times longer
Jet Valve reduces spills
Larger opening for easy filling
Lockout valve
Awesome guarantee

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CamelBak will repair or replace (at its discretion) any manufacturing defect at no cost to you. The Got Your Bak™ Lifetime Guarantee does not cover normal wear and tear, if you lose your hydration gear, improper care, or negligence.  Product must be purchased from an authorized CamelBak dealer and should be returned to CamelBak for evaluation.  Click here for their full warranty policy.
If you would like to have cold water on your next bike ride, be sure to pick up a Podium Ice Bottle or two.  They are well worth it.  Get yours today on the CamelBak website for about $25 or at a local retailer near you.  Stay hydrated out there folks.
Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

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