Like the CamelBak Podium (*Est. $8 for 21-oz. bottle), the CamelBak Podium Chill is made with TruTaste polypropylene, which is said to be 100 percent BPA-free. Instead of using CamelBak's telltale bite valve, the Podium Chill has a JetValve -- a self-sealing valve that's always open but comes with a twisting shutoff lever to prevent leaks. The insulated CamelBak Podium Chill gets high marks for keeping beverages cool, but comes in only the 21-ounce size. These two features are popular with reviewers, though some users say the bottle doesn't insulate as well as others.
BikeRadar.com gives a brief review of the CamelBak Podium Chill's ability to keep water cool for hours, but reader comments paint a better picture. Specifically, owner-reviewers praise the bottle's JetValve but complain that it's difficult to squeeze. Health magazine also provides insight into using the Podium Chill but it isn't clear what other bottles it was compared to. Amazon.com offers a variety of user reviews that give us perspective on real-world experience.
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BikeRadar.com provides both editor and user reviews of the CamelBak Podium Chill. The editors give this bottle 5 stars, which is defined as "Exceptional: a genuine class leader. By definition, this is a rare occurrence -- you can't have more than one class leader." Readers, on the other hand, give it 4 stars -- still a respectable score. Editors praise the bottle's ability to keep drinks cold.
Review: Water Bottle, Editors of BikeRadar.com, Sept. 4, 2009
Health magazine picks the CamelBak Podium Chill as one of the healthiest fitness buys in 2009. Using a panel of expert judges, Health tested hundreds of fitness products and picked 24 products that are "must-haves." The judges love the Podium Chill's self-sealing valve and insulation to keep fluids cool.
Review: America's Healthiest Fitness Buys 2009, Taylor Dahl, Jacquelyne Froeber and Josh Rutledge, June 22, 2009
With nearly 50 reviews, the CamelBak Podium Chill does remarkably well in Amazon.com user reviews. While most reviewers like the JetValve opening a lot, others say it doesn't insulate as well as competitors' bottles.
Review: CamelBak Podium 21-Ounce Chill Jacket Insulated Bottle, Contributors to Amazon.com