Summers are going on and hydration is super mandatory. On long riding days you often have to drink warm water from your water bottles. But it’s always nice to have a sip of chilled water and hydrate with style. This is where insulated water bottles come in.
But could “Camelbak’s Podium Big Chill” be the best answer to this problem?
We decided to check it out and see if this is the one for you.
The 25 fl. oz. CamelBak Podium Big Chill Insulated Water Bottle uses double-walled construction to keep water cold long after you start pedaling. This bottle might attract you with flashy colors and logos placed with style. However the overall design does not seem practical to use while riding.
The Podium Big Chill comes with self-sealing Jet Valve which is supposed to eliminate splatters and spills. It is definitely a good feature but could become frustrating while riding as it’s too much of an effort.
We decided to leave the twisting lockout system open ever since.
The bottle also feels bulky as it requires bit of squeezing to get it in and out of the bottle cage. You will observe rubbing marks in less than a week.
INSULATION: Our experience with the insulation part was not a very pleasing and the name “Big Chill” sounds incorrect. We loaded the bottle with refrigerated water and used it while riding in the temperature ranging from 27 to 45º. We expected the water to remain “chilled” for at-least an hour. The water became slightly warm and much sooner than we expected but not like a regular water bottle.
The water temperature remains fine if the bottle remains covered in your backpack.
If you are the one who wants the water to stay chilled in insulated bottle then we would recommend insulated bottles by Polar.
The Camelbak Podium Big Chill can store 750ml of water and also features a removable nozzle for cleaning.
The bottle rating is average and gets 6.5/10 rating.
Camelbak Podium Big Chill insulated bottle is available at Himalayan Bike Bar @ INR 1000