Mike Driverwrote a review of CamelBak Podium Water Bottle - 24oz on September 12, 2015
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
We purchased these bottles for a no leak solution for bottles placed in feed bags. We wanted a bottle that would not leak if tipped over. That part works.
On the bike, not so much. There are a couple of things that happen, that are a nuisance. The end result is your favorite beverage leaking out on your bike, on every ride.
- Between the jet valve, and the valve for the cap, there is a space for liquid to be trapped. If the main valve is open, and the bottle upright, gravity will take this liquid back to the bottle. If the main valve is open or closed, and the bottle is full and not upright (downtube), the liquid leaks out the jet valve and onto your bike / bottle. If you ride a lot, or are supporting a group of riders this presents you with a sticky mess to be cleaned in the case of a sports drink.
- Cleaning... The valve and jet valve really need a good rinsing after every ride. If you don't and let mold grow (happens overnight in the sugary environment of a sports drink), it can be very challenging to try to clean it out.
Overthinking, yup, it's a waterbottle. Does not leak in the feedbag, happy with that! We will probably use these bottles for feed bags, and regular bottles for daily riding.