I've got several of these and probably the only way I'd get something else is if I get a free bottle at a race, and even then I'd probably just gift it away. I've never had issues with leaks at the lid and the valve design is perfect. With most bottles you have to either open the valve when you want a drink or risk having the contents splashing out every time you hit a bump on the bike. Not so with the Podium's, you just set the valve to open and forget about it. Unless you squeeze the bottle, nothing's coming out even with the valve open and if you want to throw it in the bottom of a pack just use the manual lockout feature for the valve and you'll never have a mess. Oh, and your water still tastes like water, not some toxic mix of plastic residue.