The CamelBak Podium Chill 21oz. Insulated Bike Water Bottle is designed to give bikers and cyclers cold, clean-tasting hydration. The Podium Chill water bottle is double-wall insulated to keep water cold twice as long as standard bottles. The TruTasteTM polypropylene and 100% BPA-free construction ensure your water tastes as clean and refreshing as possible. Plus, the Podium Chill 21oz. features an optimized shape designed to fit a wider variety of bottle cages. Stay hydrated on your next bike ride with the CamelBak Podium Chill 21oz. Insulated Bike Water Bottle.
Positive lock-out for leak-proof transport
Optimized cage fits a variety of bottle cages
Double-walled construction keeps water cold twice as long
TruTasteTM Polypropylene with HydroguardTM for a clean taste
High flow, self-sealing cap maximizes flow rate while eliminating splatters and spills
I put ice as well as very cold sports drinks in this bottle and within an hour, or so, the ice has melted and the drink is warm. Thus, I have a "cold" drink on a hot day for only a little while -- disappointing. The other thing is that it seems to retain residual flavor and/or smell of sports drink(s), really bothersome. I too agree with the other reviewer that this bottle "hisses" or whistles at times. But, it fits my bike water bottle cage.
This is the worst designed drink bottle I’ve ever had. First, the on off valve on top is not needed as the open setting doesn’t leak and it’s just annoying, second it doesn’t really work to drink out of because of the insane suction on it and after using it it ticks and hisses after drinking out of it. Should just buy a normal drink bottle.
I wanted a bottle to put in the cage that holds a beverage on our bikes. We had been taking a ordinary bottle of water. Most of the time we would be chasing it because it didn't fit well in the cage. The CamelBak did the trick. Fits our cages well and dose not fall out. It stay cool long enough for our rides. If I was out longer then a couple hours then I would want something that stays cool longer. I find the bottle easy to drink out of. We bought two and my wife had a little learning curve. Both of us found the on and off lever very tight and difficult to move with out two hands. Makes it a little difficult to take a drink while actually riding. When drinking the water has "0" taste of plastic. Kudos to the engineers that choose the material. Feels great in the hands and doesn't slip in you hands. Nice product. I would have given it a 5 except for the extra tight lever to turn the water on and off.
Leaks around the lid, even when closed tightly. Also as stated above multiple times, absolutely no instructions on literature included with the bottle or the website to which the literature referred us to.
I just love these Camelbak bottles. The single greatest feature is no having to physically pop open the drinking spout. Once the open valve is turned to the drink position, the bottle self seals and all you have to do is squeeze. I simply cannot have another type of bottle.
My particular model is in a nice yellow and even has reflective surfaces. They are light and keep liquids fairly cool for at least an hour. When it's hotter than 90f (30c, then the insulation doesn't last that long, but it really has not been a problem with me.
This bottle has everything I wished for. Does not drip while on the bike, the lid fits securely and will not drip, opens easily to refill, and is easy to drink from by squeezing the bottle while on the bike. The Chill, with its lightly insulated walls, is still easy to drink from even with small and sort of weak hands. Perfect fit in carbon bottle holders on a 49" (That's pretty small) size road bike frame. I also purchased the 24 OZ regular Podium, and they fit the same as the 21 Chill (with insulation). I use the regular Podiums for those months when temps are less hot. I live and ride in extreme heat, and in the summer I ride ONLY with the Podium Chill, just a few more grams of bottle weight is worth it. (Seriously, very marginal difference from the regular Podium.) For super hot rides, I freeze about 1 inch of water overnight in these, then fill with ice-cold water for a tolerably chill liquid to drink during the ride. In all, the 4 Camelbak bottles I own now have proven to be so excellent, I ordered 4 more today. They hold up, are no fuss, and there is no plastic taste!
Many people here have complained that they could not find cleaning info. I just bought my bottle yesterday so don't have an informed review, but complete cleaning instructions are on the site. Go to the Help Center, Care and Cleaning. There is a section for each product, with text and a video. Could the highlights be on the tag or bottle? Yes, there is definitely room for improvement in communication. And yes, it is upper rack dishwasher safe.
This one used to keep liquids cold for a good 4 to 6 hours--not doing so any more. Does the insulation go bad with timing? Aging, that is... Used to love this bottle, less so now. I also have a Chute and an Eddy but those have no insulation which I knew when I bought them.
I use this water bottle daily and love that it keeps my water cold! However, the cap and nozzle are hard to clean, and then reassemble. I would like to purchase a replacement nozzle as the seal has ripped and the bottle is no good, but have been unable to find one. Many other bottles allow you to replace the nozzle/straw/cap!
I've used the Camelbak podium chill for Ironman races. The old version was as perfect as can be. When I saw that they changed the bottle, I purchased the coveted black version. Horrible difference! Bottle was super had to hold while riding and had a difficult time working with it. Seems like a step backwards for this product. Bring the old bottle back!
On/off valve is too tight on every bottle I’ve seen, often requiring two hands to open. That makes it hard to open your second bottle on a ride. And trying to clean the valve makes it worse. The older design was flawed in that it was hard to clean at all; this one is easier to clean in parts - although some small parts apparently can’t be cleaned at all - but the basic functionality of the top is worse. And I tried asking on the company site for help loosening the twist tops and got no answer.
I bought the bottle because of advertised ease of cleaning. However, there is no information on how to remove the valve and best way to keep it clean. I've had camelback bottles before and the valves become moldy after some use. They are virtually impossible to keep clean and must be discarded. So, the promise of the new bottle is attractive only if Camelbak would share the secret of how to properly clean them
The bottle definitely keeps water colder longer than a standard bottle with no insulation. Will it keep ice for hours? No, it won't, but it isn't designed to function like this. It's not a vacuum insulated bottle. They advertise twice as long as a standard bottle and I'd say that's about right.
What I like about it the most is that it seals. On long rides, I mix powder with my water. I have never had a standard water bottle that didn't seep at least a little. The seepage causes the bottle to get all stick and sometimes if roads are really bumpy it dribbles down the side of my bike. Not the end of the world, but annoying nonetheless. The Camelbak bottles seal nice - both the cap and the nozzle.
Many reviewers said they could not find cleaning instructions. They are at https://www.camelbak.com/en/customer-service/help-center/care-cleaning/product-cleaning/how-to-clean-podium which is in the help center link on the home page. I have not used my bottles yet, but they appear to be what I was looking for.
I’ve had two of these for about 4 years. Although no instructions, cleaning is simple, I just put a little soapy water in and squirt though the nozzle then rinse water squirted through the nozzle then into the dishwasher for sterilization. My major gripe (why I cannot give 5 stars) is because on a 2-hour bike ride in moderately warm weather the ice is melted and the water warmed to ambient temperature. I bought a steel vacuum bottle at Walmart for a few dollars and it keeps ice and drinks cold for hours, however I have to keep it in my handlebar pack because it won’t fit in my bottle cages.
As another has commented, please put the instructions on the bottles or on your web site! A simple thing really :-( If there is an easy way to clean these bottles, it should be available for users to view.
I bought these bottles because the redesign was supposed to be easier to use and clean. While yes, the parts do come apart and are easier to clean once disassembled, the process actually hurts my fingers. I am not making a mountain out of a molehill here--turning the valve via the small wing arms hurts because the edges are too sharp, and the fit is too tight. The old version could be unlocked with one hand or with the bottle in the cage, but the new one is so tight that you have to hold the top in place so it does not come unscrewed while opening the valve. Taking the top apart to clean is even worse. Pushing the valve through the top requires you to again press your fingers against sharp plastic edges to force it through, and popping the retaining ring back in place when reassembling is equally painful. It would be one thing if this was just due to initial tight fit, but I have disassembled these bottles after every use to stay on top of keeping them clean, and they have continued to be a challenge. I would also chalk it up to an outlier with tight manufacturing tolerance, but I bought six of these bottles (two insulated 21oz, three standard 24oz, and one 21oz with dirt cap), and they are all terrible.
Have to agree with another reviewer that there are no instructions with a bottle that works differently from the typical water bottle. The info that says there will be instructions on the website is just untrue. There are none! Please correct this oversite and provide the info needed. Until you do I will never buy another product from this company again. There are too many other good ones to bother with this one again.
Replaced my old Podium Chill bottles with the new ones. The biggest positive is that they better fit a variety of cages. Of the five varieties of cages that I use, they fit them all well. The shape works well in that the bottles sits straight in the cage. As always, they keep drinks cool nicely.
This is my first CamelBak product. Can I put it in the dishwasher? It's got a big tag with no real useful information. It says to go to the website for care instructions. This is irritating. I don't want to have to do more work to find out information that every other plastic food container I have ever bought has imprinted on it. Anyway, I go to the site and what do I find? Nothing about what I was told to come here for. I find the product (this one, of course and does it tell me if I can put in the dishwasher? Nope. I wasted 15 minutes rereading the description over and over. Don't think I did.