Reviewers recommend squeezable plastic bottles like the CamelBak Podium for sports. This soft bottle is made with TruTaste polypropylene, with doesn't contain bisphenol A (BPA). It features CamelBak's new JetValve, a self-sealing valve with a shutoff lever to prevent leaks in a backpack or bag. While reviewers say the shutoff lever is effective, some testers wish the lid had a loop to secure it to the bottle. In owner-written reviews, most acknowledge that the CamelBak Podium water bottle is convenient and easy to use, but several users complain about leaks. If you don't need a pliable plastic bottle, the CamelBak Better Bottle (*Est. $14 for 25-oz. bottle) gets very good reviews. It's BPA-free and uses a bite valve. If you're looking for a sports bottle, however, the Specialized Purist (*Est. $9 for 26-oz. bottle) gets good reviews and has no reports of leaking.
The best review of the CamelBak Podium comes from Good Housekeeping, which tests 32 water bottles and assigns pros and cons to each one. How each bottle scored isn't disclosed and there's no rating assigned to any of the water bottles. Several bike-focused websites review the CamelBak Podium, since it fits most water-bottle cages. User reviews are also valuable, but there are fewer for the CamelBak Podium than for other top-rated water bottles.
1. Good Housekeeping
The CamelBak Podium is the second-highest scorer (out of 32 bottles) in this Good Housekeeping test. They like the small shut-off lever, but wish the lid was attached to the bottle.
Review: Reusable Water Bottles Tested, Editors of Good Housekeeping
BikeRadar.com gives the CamelBak Podium nearly 4.5 (out of 5) stars. They like the flow rate and convenience, and say "it's the bottle we've been grabbing before anything else."
Review: CamelBak Podium Water Bottle, Editors of BikeRadar.com, July 14, 2008
David Schloss at BikeHugger.com calls the CamelBak Podium a "joy to drink from." He finds it more comfortable than most sports bottles, but acknowledges that it can be hard to squeeze.
Review: CamelBak Podium Water Bottle, David Schloss, March 11, 2009
Reviewer Stephen Regenold says the CamelBak Podium is easy to drink from, and the bottle refused to leak with the shutoff lever engaged.
Review: Gear Review -- CamelBak Podium Bottle, Stephen Regenold, April 7, 2008
Out of about 60 reviews, the CamelBak Podium gets high marks for convenience and ease-of-use. However, some complain the valve is leaky.
Review: CamelBak Podium Bottle, Contributors to Amazon.com
Owners give the CamelBak Podium above-average ratings at Buzzillions.com, with most saying the bottle provides a good flow rate. They also like the bottle's durability and value.
Review: CamelBak Podium Bicycle Water Bottle - 21 oz., Contributors to Buzzillions.com