CamelBak Podium Squeeze Insulated Water Bottle, 21-Ounce

Last updated: December 29, 2022

This water bottle is perfect for your next bike trip and fits securely in bottle cages. It has a high-flow sealing cap for easy drinking. The lid does not spill or splash.

We looked at the top Insulated Water Bottles and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Insulated Water Bottle you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: This bottle is designed to fit securely in bottle cages.

In our analysis of 26 expert reviews, the CamelBak Podium Squeeze Insulated Water Bottle, 21-Ounce placed 10th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

INSULATED CAMELBAK WATER BOTTLE: The CamelBak podium chill insulated water bottle sets the standard for optimal performance in the bicycle industry. Its double wall insulation and positive lockout cap keep liquids cold and secure while in transit. Optimized cage fit: the podium bike squeeze bottle is designed to fit securely in a variety of bottle cages. It’s easy to squeeze, which ensures that you get more fluid intake with less effort. High flow, self-sealing cap: this camelbak bike water bottle is engineered with a high flow, self-sealing cap. This maximizes flow rate while eliminating spills and splashes. Easy to clean & BPA-free: the camelbak podium chill is the ultimate water bottle for rapid, reliable, superior hydration. All parts can be separated for easier cleaning, and plastic materials are 100% free of BPA, BPS, and BPF. If we build it – we’ll back it: our got your back lifetime guarantee covers all reservoirs, backpacks, bottles, and accessories from manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The Podium's Jet Valve is very easy to use and being self-sealing it rarely spits its sticky contents out over your frame. Hold it up to your mouth and you can squeeze to drink and let go to close it, rather than having to suck. The tapered mid-section of the bottle and upper ridge mean it'll stay put too, even when riding off-road.
Once all the ice is gone, the Ice bottle keeps the remaining liquid cold longer. In one test, at the end of 4 hours at about 80 degrees (27C), the final 2 swallows from the Ice bottle were still cool. The Chill bottle lets unfrozen contents rise to the ambient temper relatively quickly. In this sense, Camelbak’s Ice claim — twice as effective as the Chill — is pretty accurate.
A feature on most CamelBak cycling water bottles, the self-sealing jet valve is designed from medical grade, self-sealing silicone. This ensures the cap is spill-free while also delivering a strong flow of water when squeezed.

What reviewers didn't like

A basic test of a few hours in the sun out on the patio next to a transparent High5 bottle saw the Camelbak delivering a serving just 2°C cooler; so yes it works, but not by the margin I'd expect for a £14.99 water bottle. You'd be better off leaving your standard bottle in the freezer for a bit before you ride, or bunging in a handful of ice cubes.
The nozzle’s major drawback is the eventual spawning of mold — or whatever that dark stuff is between the parts.
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