The CamelBak Performance is one of several sport bottles that CamelBak offers. While the CamelBak Podium (*Est. $8 for 21-oz. bottle) and Podium Chill (*Est. $12 for 21-oz. bottle) have the JetValve mouthpiece, which requires users to tip the bottle and squeeze, the CamelBak Performance uses CamelBak's trademark bite valve. The mouthpiece reviewers prefer seems to be a matter of preference, although it's worth noting that the bite valve doesn't require you to tip the bottle, allowing unimpeded vision. If you're uncomfortable with a bite valve, consider the CamelBak Podium.
The CamelBak Performance also offers a squeezable body to aid water up the straw as well as markings on the outside of the bottle to track water consumption. The CamelBak Performance features a dial-closed shutoff to prevent leaking in a gym bag or bike cage. The Performance bottle is said to fit almost all standard bike cages.
The best reviews of the CamelBak Performance come from the Gardenaut blog and About.com. Gardenaut reviewer Jeremiah McNichols lives with each of the 10 reviewed bottles for five weeks and reports on their pros and cons. About.com Walking Guide Wendy Bumgardner is less detailed in her review, but mentions a few favorite features. User reviews from Amazon.com and Buzzillions.com are also helpful in evaluating the CamelBak Performance bottle.
1. Gardenaut (blog)
Blogger Jeremiah McNichols evaluates 10 BPA-free water bottles over a five-week span using four criteria: design, durability, insulation and value. The CamelBak Performance receives a Gardenaut top pick for its value. "For a mere $8, the Performance bottle offers Camelbak's well-designed bite valve straw lid in a lightweight, flexible polypropylene bottle," McNichols writes.
Review: BPA-Free Water Bottle Showdown, Jeremiah McNichols, May 12, 2008
Wendy Bumgardner, the guide to walking for About.com, reviews six water bottles. The CamelBak Performance bottles are a favorite among the writer's "walking buddies," though it's not clear if she herself used the bottle. Bumgardner makes note of the gradations on the side of the bottle as well as the dial for extra leak protection. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: BPA-Free Water Bottles, Wendy Bumgardner, Updated Jan. 24, 2011
The CamelBak Performance bottle doesn't get as many reviews as its cousin the Better Bottle, but it does nearly as well. Users give it an average 4-plus stars out of five, finding this bottle to be leakproof thanks to its dial-closed feature. Like other CamelBak bottles that feature the bite valve, some users say this bottle is difficult to drink from. One user also notes that, unlike the ConsumerSearch Best Reviewed Better Bottle, the CamelBak Performance doesn't flip closed, raising hygiene concerns.
Review: CamelBak Performance 22-Ounce Water Bottle, Contributors to Amazon.com
While the CamelBak Performance still does well on Buzzillions.com, it doesn't do quite as well as in Amazon.com reviews. Multiple reviewers find the lid to be difficult to clean, though many say the bottle is ergonomic and durable.
Review: CamelBak Performance Water Bottle - 22 oz., Contributors to Buzzillions.com