User Review: CamelBak Better Bottle .75 Liter
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $12.50
Solid, tough, good for staying hydrated. Compatible with the Camelbak All Clear.
- Easy to slurp down a lot of water
- No BPAs
- Bite valve?
- A bit heavier than a hydration bladder
Just a water bottle, of course, but a well-designed and efficient one.
I bought the Camelbak All Clear UV system, which comes complete with the same bottle, but with only a standard top with no bite valve. The idea was to swap the tops after treatment so I'd have two bottles, and it worked perfectly. Now, one has the standard solid lid that comes with the All Clear and the other has the 'Better Bottle with wide-bore straw and bit valve.
I suspect the bite valve will be the weak point but it does work well, allowing you to get enough water easily without gulping it. Unlike a hydration bladder, you get a good idea of the amount of water you're drinking and how much you have left. And by alternating the bottles, you can keep track of which one's fresher (and colder). I also notice that Camelbak offers a 'lifetime warranty' so if I do run into a problem, I know I'm covered.
On the downside, a pair of bottles is heavier than a bladder, but I prefer a system where I have some redundancy for crucial elements. If a bladder bursts, you have nothing to carry water in. Even if one Better Bottle breaks, you still have one more for backup.
Notice the pair of bottles.