CamelBak’s New Podium Bottles

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Water bottles may not be the most technical piece of gear that you own and you probably don’t consider improvements in water bottles as integral to your ride enjoyment. But sometimes it’s the little things that just make life a bit easier. Improved water flow, easier cleaning, more flexible walls and new styles and shapes are all part of CamelBak’s improvements with their Podium line of bottles.

We have been using these new bottles for a few weeks now and we can definitely say that the easier “squeezability” is a welcome feature. I didn’t know that the old valves on the Podium bottles were also removable, but on these new bottles removal and cleaning takes much less effort. CamelBak calls their increased flow feature “Jet Valve™ technology” and along with the thinner walls, there is definitely a noticeable increase in how much water easily flows out (previously one of our complaints of the old bottles).

New attention to detail has been paid to the shape of the Podium bottles both for more ergonomic finger placement as well as for ease of taking the bottle out and putting it back in your cage. Even the lockable open and close feature has been improved with larger ridges on the rotating interface. And if you happen to be driving to your ride and you hear a weird squeeking noise, check your water bottle before you check your engine. Sometimes these bottles have a tendency to emit a very minor sound as air pressure settles (even more noticeable if you are driving at elevation.) This is easily remedied by locking the nozzle closed.

If you are like us and you prefer your hydration needs cool on hot days, go for the “Chill” models of Podium bottles which provide a temperature saving insulating layer.

Pricing ranges from $9 for the Podium 21 to $14 for the Podium Big Chill. These new versions will be widely available by January 2014.

Product Details
  • NEW for 2014
  • Innovative self-sealing Jet Valve technology
  • Removable nozzle for easy cleaning
  • More flexible walls on the bottle create a higher flow rate
  • Enlarged, ergonomic lock-out toggle for leak-proof transport
  • BPA-Free and taste-free bottle
  • Top-rack dishwasher safe
  • Covered by CamelBak’s Got Your Bak Lifetime Guarantee

Podium® 21 – Hydration capacity: 21oz. – MSRP $9
Podium® 24 – Hydration Capacity: 24oz. – MSRP $10
Podium® Chill – Hydration capacity: 21oz. – MSRP $13
Podium® Big Chill – Hydration capacity: 25oz. – MSRP $14

CamelBak Podium 21oz

“The CamelBak® Podium® Bottle incorporates Jet Valve™, a revolutionary self-sealing valve into a taste-free bottle with a high flow rate. CamelBak is the official hydration sponsor for the pro cycling team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda. The team uses Podium bottles in training and during races.”

  • 21 oz / 610 ml Hydration Capacity
  • 2.5 oz Total Weight (Pack and Reservoir)
  • 100% BPA-Free
  • Wide-mouth opening is easy to fill with ice and water and a breeze to clean
  • Lightweight, easy-squeeze bottle delivers the right flow to quench your thirst
  • Positive lockout for leakproof transport
  • 100% BPA-Free TruTaste™ polypropylene with HydroGuard™ lets you taste your water, not your bottle
  • Innovative, self-sealing Jet Valve™ eliminates splatters and spills and is made from medical grade, self-sealing silicone
  • Got Your Bak™ Lifetime Guarantee
  • $9.00

CamelBak Podium Big Chill Insulated 25oz

“Double-wall construction keeps water cold twice as long, while our innovative Jet Valve™ ensures you’re drinking the water, not wearing it.”

  • Double-wall construction keeps water cold twice as long as regular sport bottles
  • Large 25 oz (750ml) water capacity
  • Innovative, self-sealing Jet Valve™ eliminates splatters and spills.
  • Lightweight, easy-squeeze bottle delivers the right flow to quench your thirst
  • 100% BPA-Free TruTaste™ polypropylene with HydroGuard™ lets you taste your water, not your bottle.
  • Positive lockout for leakproof transport
  • Wide-mouth opening is easy to fill with ice and water and a breeze to clean
  • Also keeps warm beverages warm during cool weather rides
  • Dishwasher Safe: All parts are top-rack dishwasher safe
  • CamelBak® Got Your Bak™ Guarantee: If we built it, we’ll Bak it™ with our lifetime guarantee.
  • $14.00

Check for more product info at www.camelbak.com.

CamelBak’s New Podium Bottles Gallery
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CamelBak Podium Water Bottles

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CamelBak Podium Big Chill - insulated 25 oz.

New, redesigned removable valve makes cleaning even easier.

Double-wall construction keeps water cold twice as long, while our innovative Jet Valve™ ensures you’re drinking the water, not wearing it.
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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of RoadBikeReview.com for many years and enjoys riding local Portolla Valley roads. Besides being an avid cyclist, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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