You know you have to drink out of something while cycling, so why not choose a high-quality bottle that won’t change the flavor of what you’re drinking? I’ve used Camelbak bottles for three years now and can’t imagine riding with anything else.
The Camelbak Podium Chill bottle has double-wall construction, so your cold drinks stay cold about twice as long as compared to normal bottles. On extremely hot days I put my bottles in the freezer for about an hour before my ride (store it right side up and don’t fill the bottle all the way up). During the winter I start my ride with two Podium Chill bottles filled a warm sports drink and that seems to keep the bottle from freezing for about two hours (I often ride when the temperature is in the single-digits).
The bottle is made with Camelbak’s proprietary blend of BPA-Free polypropylene so it does not alter the taste of your favorite sports drink. The JetValve nozzle on the bottle does a great job of preventing spills and drips and you won’t have to close the valve when you’re finished drinking (however, you should close the valve if you are shaking a drink mix before your ride). The bottles can be washed in a dishwasher, but the Camelbak Website recommends washing by hand in warm water.
I replaced my old Camel Podium Chill bottles a couple of weeks ago. My old pair of bottles had traveled with me for over 12,000 miles on my bike and had been washed several hundred times. The bottles still worked fine, but all the paint had finally scraped off and they looked a bit rough.
The Camelbak Podium Chill bottles retail for around $12.00 each.