These are the only bottles I buy anymore. In the summer, they keep drinks cold for a fair long while, and in the winter, they don't freeze up. Cleaning has always been a pain, though, and this new nozzle design is much more easily disassembled for thorough cleaning/rinsing.
This bottle is a bit stiffer than the older design, but not horribly so for me. However, if you had squeeze problems with the older design, you may have an even worse time with this.
This redesign (2019?) is terrible. They may be incrementally easier to clean than the last design, but the lid traps liquid where the valve fits in the silicone spout - so unless you completely disassemble the lid and valve and clean it with bottle brushes, they are moldy within a couple weeks no matter how much you rinse them. The new lid design protrudes into the bottle with a 1 inch cap, limiting how much ice you can put in to about an inch below the top of the bottle - or else you can't screw on the top. As others have said, the on / off is very tight and the bottle is pretty stiff. They do stay colder than most bottles, but it's not worth it.
I stopped using the Camelbak bottles a few years ago. There was always trouble cleaning the mold from the valves. Camelbak has supposedly solved this problem with the new easier to remove jet valve. The smaller size (by 1 oz) is a little easier to handle than the previous model. I filled up one bottle with ice, topped it off with water, and my water was cool up to 2 hours in mid 90 degree temps. I filled up the second bottle with water and put it the freezer overnight. Topped it off with water before my ride and the water was ice cold when I reached for it after my first bottle was empty. The water tastes good also, not a plastic after taste like some bottles. For info-the Elite Custom Race cages are a perfect fit for these bottles. Nice snug fit, you won't lose a bottle, and no more rattles.
Have two of these. Insulation works great. The only ding is the mechanism on the lid extends into the bottle when screwing it on which means you canï¿½t fill the bottle completely with ice - maybe 97%. Minor issue and happy with my purchase l.
I bought these bottles because I could use it without using my teeth or fingers on the actual spout. This way I can share water with other cyclist on longer bike rides. It works for that. My issues with the bottle are based on how stiff the valve is and how far you have to move it to use it. I am used to grabbing a bottle from the bike cage and open the valve without looking. That move is almost impossible with this bottle. Once I open it produces a sloppy stream of water that will spray in places other than your mouth. The good news is you don't have to touch the spout with your mouth or fingers. The other issue with this bottle is the insulation. Its pretty weak. If you're headed out on a 100F day, don't bother with ice or cold water. Its as if the bottle didn't have any insulation.
I find that Camelbak valves are a little annoying to maintain and clean. I take apart the gray plastic ring and leakproof interior cap (I think that's the function..) after every ride and let them properly dry out. I use these for road riding and they hold up, though plastic like this won't keep super cool once it hits 80+ for a long ride. I stick them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes on extra hot days, and that helps a little with the cooling insulation.
This nozzle on the bottle is changed. Along with the body of the bottle being more stiff, it is hard to get any volume of water while riding. Switched to a Specialized bottle that is much easier to use . It doesn't keep liquids as cold, but if you can't get a decent drink while riding, that doesn't help
This is the only bottle I use on my longer rides as it does a pretty good job at keeping my drinks chill. The only downside it that it does require a bit of grip strength when taking a sip. This isn't a deal breaker for my mechanic hands, but my wife doesn't llike this bottle at all.
This is the worst water bottle I have used, it is hard to squeeze on a ride and then a trickle comes out. The mouthpiece is hard and the on/ off lever is very hard to operate. Have 7w Ed Camelbak for years but not anymore
I ditched my old Camelbak Podium Big Chill bottles after dealing with mold in the valve several times. The new Podium Chill bottle has a new valve that is easy to clean. It's shape is easy to grab out of your bottle cage. I ride in 90o temps during the summer and it keeps my water nice and cold. I full them up with ice first and then full with water. When I grab for the second bottle, usually around the two hour mark, it's nice and cold. The only complaint I have is you have to squeeze hard to get water to come out, and it's near impossibe to get the last 2 or 3 oz of water out without taking off the cap and drinking it like its a water glass. The taller shape made me lower the bottle cage on my seat tube as low as it would go, otherwise it would hit the top tube when I withdrew it ( I have a compact frame). I have yet to find a perfect insulated water bottle, but this is close to it, even with the couple of complaints. These work very well with the Elite Custom cages.
The shape is nice and it is easy to get in and out of the cage. Not too tall to cause any problems in my 54cm frame. BUT if this is insulated, then I am Chris Froome! Ha! Water gets warm just as fast as an uninsulated bottle. I leave before sunrise to start rides and the water is always warm within 30 minutes or less.
I like how the Podium Chill bottle keeps the liquid just a bit cooler ... especially helpful in Florida but bottle is a bit too big. I like the 21 oz size better for fit and use but you do get more with this one.
Works as well as the older model podium chill, but is taller. I like the drinking nozzle better - easier to drink from and to clean. However, it is taller, so harder to fit in some of my bike bottle holders, and doesn't seem quite as tight.