I love a water bottle that doesn't stink. Or leak. This does neither. Carries just the right amount of fluid for long or short rides. The top stays in place and nothing drips down your jersey. The mouthpiece closes tightly to keep road debris out. A BPA free bottle that you can squeeze. How cool is that?
It's well designed and really doesn't leave a bad taste in your mouth like other bottles. Easy to pull out and back in to your cage once done using it. The mouth is great too when getting water and it's spill proof. But not good for hot summer rides here in Florida. May need to get something that's insulated.
I buy 3 bottles a year. Two bottles on the frame and one in a jersey pocket and I'm good to go the 2-3 hours between water stops here in the high desert. The valve is a little stiff when new but butters in quickly with use.
What else can I say. It adorns the biketiresdirect logo, which kind of makes me wonder why I paid to advertise for them...but it doesn't bother me that much because having a cheap spare water bottle is a good thing. They should be transparent and that's my only real complaint- you can't really see how much water you have left or what kind of color your sports drink looks like.
I often see the same or similar bottles in local bike shops adorned with the shop's name and symbol selling for at least twice the price. Pretty simple/reliable product at a great price. I purchased red with black top/lettering and am very satisfied.
These are a good basic bidon. The valve works OK, and the ones I bought have survived so far with no issues. I have had other inexpensive bidons split around the cap with less use. They had a strong plastic smell / taste which took a lot of soaking to get rid of, but once I had done that water can stay in there with no ill effects.