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CamelBak Podium Chill Insulated Water Bottle - 21oz

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Item # CAM001C

Because nobody wants to drink warm water during a hot summer run or ride.

Like most water bottles, the Camelbak 21oz Podium Chill Insulated Water Bottle keeps you hydrated on runs or bike rides. Unlike most bottles, this one keeps your water cold from the first hour to the last. Its BPA-free TruTaste polypropylene material is safer to drink out of than polycarbonate plastics and it won't distort your water's taste, and HydroGuard insulation keeps your beverage chilled twice as long as regular sports bottles. The Jet Valve cap is spill-proof and self-sealing so you can squeeze some deliciousness down your gullet quickly and get back to what you were doing.

  • BPA-free TruTaste polypropylene bottle
  • Jet Valve cap
  • HydroGuard insulation

Tech Specs

BPA-free TruTaste polypropylene
21 oz
Manufacturer Warranty:

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Great nozzle!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a huge fan of the camelback bottle's nozzle. The insulation is nice too, but the nozzle is the key for me.

It is easy to drink from, but then actually seals off when locked. Like 100% sealed. As in, I can put it in my backpack with a computer and not worry about it. It's great.

One thing to note is that I've found it's much easier to "unlock" the cap while it's still in the cage, then pull it out and drink, rather than with traditional bottles where I "unlock" them with my teeth.

My wife loves it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this for my wife and she took it for a ride up "The Wall" in Southern Utah and loved it; good insulation, water flow, no leaking, no plastic taste, fits well in standard cages.

Better Bottle

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own many of these and they have been my daily bottle for many years. Great size fits in cages and cup holders with ease.

Avg. ride time: 5m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Great Bottle

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

One of my favorite bottles. The squeeze cap on the top is the best I've ever used. I've since switched to Specialize Purist simply b/c they're more affordable and fit better in my cages, but I still find these to be the best I've had.

Avg. ride time: 18m per week
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"Slate" bottle isn't as pictured

It is more of a faded red/pink color. Also there is a pattern on the bottle.

"Slate" bottle isn't as pictured
Avg. ride time: 18m per week
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good bottle, but colors not accurate.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used a couple insulated bottles and to tell the truth I can't tell the difference between them. My only complaints are
1) what I ordered didn't match what is in the picture. I ordered the "Slate" which I expected to be a nice red color, and instead what I received has a faded pinkish hue, along with a pattern on the bottle that isn't what is pictured (I will upload a community picture so you see what I mean).
2) the bottle diameter is slightly larger than my other camelback bottle. Not a big deal, but it is just large enough to make getting it in and out of my cage cumbersome.

Keeps water in liquid form

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love this thing. I can leave it in the car in the morning before skiing and my water is still in liquid when I get back, regardless of the freezing temps.

Avg. ride time: 3h 36m per week
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Keeps it cooler.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ride in southern California with frequent summertime rides through the desert at temperatures reaching 100 degrees. Nothing worse than reaching down and taking a drink of hot water. In a standard bottle the cold water will get pretty hot in less than an hour, but with the insulated bottle the water stays cooler much longer. Quality construction and leak proof spout are great as well. One of these lasts me a long time, as long as I don't lose it ;)

Due to the insulation they do hold a bit less water than a standard bottle, so keep that in mind on potentially longer rides.

Good Commuter Bottle

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great commuter water bottle. The valve mechanism allows for a secure leak proof full closure if you are just transporting the bottle with liquid in it. No plastic taste. Doesn't keep water cold for too long but better than the average water bottle.

Best bottles on the market

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are just fantastic bottle for what really only cost a few bucks over a cheap "standard" bottle. You get a much better nozzle and also insulation. Now the insulation doesn't work wonders, so don't expect a cold drink after 4 hours, BUT, what it does do is keep cold liquid inside your bottle from making it sweat like crazy as soon as you go outside if you live in a humid place. My old bottles would get covered in sweat and then my hands/gloves would get wet when I'd take a drink. These stay nice and dry, and they do stay a little colder longer, which doesn't hurt either.

Great bottle for biking

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two of these and use them on both my road and mountain bikes. The valve is easy to use - just give the bottle a good squeeze and you've got water. The squeeze valve also does a pretty good job of shedding dirt if you're riding in wet/muddy conditions. You don't actually have to put the valve in your mouth (as long as your aim doesn't suck) so I haven't had issues with sucking down dirt. The valve also locks up pretty securely so you don't have to worry about spills in the car. The insulation won't keep things cold all day unless you have a ton of ice in your bottle, but it is plenty to keep things cool for a couple hours on a hot day. The bottles are easy to clean and I've never had any issues with plastic or rubber taste, even after leaving the bottle filled for a couple days by accident.

I pair these with the Elite Cannibal Water Bottle Cage and it makes for a very secure fit. I haven't had any issues with the bottle popping out, even on rowdier mountain rides. The bottle is compact enough to easily fit on my mountain bike (Santa Cruz Bronson, large frame). I've found that the 21oz size is perfect for an hour or so on a hot day. I take two with me if I'm taking my road bike out for a longer trip.

The Perfect Bottle

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a few of these, and I use them both on and off the bike. The 21oz size is a perfect for a backpack with bottle holders. For a bike ride at 80-90 degrees F, I'll get 2-3 hours before these get warm. BTW, this is the "new and improved" model with a larger valve and easier twist-to-open functionality. Use these for water, NOT for Gatorade or Hammer Heed, Etc. Also, wash these with an unscented dish soap (like Seventh Generation)or baking soda as mentioned below because the scented ones can leave a residual odor.

I like it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

For my mtn bike ride that lasts 45min, this does great! I put a couple cubes of ice to keep it extra cool. By the time I'm done the ice has melted but the liquid is refreshing. For longer rides I still get to the point where the water is air temp, but it's much better than my non-insulated water bottle that was warm by the time I hit the trail head and was undrinkable after an hour. Keep the top unlocked so you can just squeeze while you ride, easy to twist while I ride if I do keep it locked.

Avg. ride time: 38m per week
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Go to bottles for biking

    I have a set of these for every one of my bikes. I love that the insulation keeps my water cold a little longer than the non insulated and they're much easier to drink from than most bottles and I don't worry about them spilling. Fits standard bottle cages well (I use Arundel cages).

    how do you keep these bottles clean you know after a while plastic starts to smell

    There's really only one answer to that question: WATER ONLY in the bottle. That should prevent any odor.

    If they do start to smell, here are three strategies:

    1_) Let the bottle sit overnight with baking soda mixture in it. Helps quite a bit.

    2) Leave the bottles, open, in strong sunlight. The UV radiation helps kill the bacteria.

    3) Fill the bottles with unsweetened fruit tea for a while. This will make them smell like fruit tea, which is a far fresher smell.

    How do you GET INTO IT? Twist the top? Pull on it? No instructions, and I don't want to break my brand new bottle.

    Get into it like to fill it? The cap twists off. Get into it like get water out? Twist the locking mechanism to the open position and squeeze.

    These bottles are a bit of overkill on the closure, but they are otherwise awesome.

    There's a lock at the base of the nipple. Twist that to open the valve. After that, you can EITHER suck on the nipple or squeeze the bottle to dispense.