The CamelBak Podium ChillJacket water bottle is my new favorite water bottle.
It was pretty warm this past weekend in northern California, with high temperatures in the 90s F / low 30s C. Heat radiating from the road surface quickly warms any beverage sitting in a bottle just 20 inches from the ground in a bicycle bottle cage.
Enter CamelBak’s Podium ChillJacket water bottle. When I saw the thin foam insulation built into this bottle I was skeptical, but it kept my water cool for most of my two hour ride in Santa Cruz County last Saturday. The polypropylene plastic (unlike the low density polyethylene used in almost every other bottles) doesn’t impart that icky plastic taste to my water.
CamelBak brags about their no bite valve — you just squeeze and the water comes out. I kept finding myself biting the valve and trying to pull it out. I suppose I’ll get used to it.