- Gender: Male
I recently made the decision to go without a hydration pack on my MTB rides. I carry a tube, levers, a multi-tool, and my keys in my under-seat bag, and rely on a frame-mounted water bottle for my juice.
I have been quite happy with the setup, but finding a good water bottle is tougher than it seems. Many of them don't stay open, and others leak. The Podium is always open (in open mode), and hasn't leaked on me yet. The bite valve is easy to use, and it seems (for the most part, anyways) to keep trail dust out of the bottle.
I went with the 21-ounce bottle over the 24 because the shorter bottles are easier for me to get in and out, and don't interfere with the CTD switch on my rear shock.
I am very happy with this bottle; zero complaints after a number of rides. I will pick up a couple more, because we all know that these things have a way of dying premature deaths...