CamelBak eddy Glass
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (Trailspace!)
This is a review of the CamelBak eddy glass bottle. For those who fear chemical leaching from plastic, the glass bottle offers a chemical-free experience. CamelBak was smart enough to sell the bottle with a grippy sleeve. Due to my concerns about breakage and the weight of the glass bottle, I expect to use this more around the house or in a canoe, rather than for backpacking.
- Silicone sleeve imparts excellent grip
- Glass is chemical free, easy to sterilize, and just plain cool
- Well-known CamelBak top
- It's heavy
- Glass is more likely to break than plastic or metal
I have a feeling that CamelBak's foray into the world of glass bottles has a lot to do with concerns about BPA and not so much to do with backpacking. It is, in many ways, a sort of throwback in its simplicity and old-school character, and that carries certain risks as well as rewards. Nonetheless, I like the bottle and will no doubt use it regularly where it makes sense.
Carrying water used to be simple. There weren't that many choices. Today, we have bladders, plastic bottles, steel bottles, insulated bottles, "unbottles." I am already getting dizzy writing this.
A couple of years ago, we threw out three perfectly good hard plastic (lexan) bottles due to concerns about the possibility that a chemical, BPA, could leach into the water and cause some kind of genetic damage. Some research, which is of course subject to interpretation and dispute, suggests that all kinds of plastic containers have the capacity to leach...something into the water which may or may not be good for you.
Steel seems to have become an acceptable antidote, though most metal bottles come with an inside coating, and some of those coatings can, over time, break down and leach BPA. I'm getting dizzy again.
The bottom line is that you have to be careful about your water storage choices if you are concerned whether chemicals might leach into the water.
Oh, and some people just don't like the taste of plastic.
One thing that CamelBak's new eddy glass bottle will not do is leach chemicals or minerals or taste like plastic. It's a food-grade glass bottle, dishwasher-safe, made in France. The small symbols of a wine glass and fork on the bottom are industry code for "food and beverage safe."
The bottle is also less likely to slip out of your hand than a comparable CamelBak plastic bottle because it has a soft, grippy silicone sleeve. The bottom of the sleeve has just enough substance that it might cushion a limited knock on the ground, but for me, the main value of the sleeve is the ability to grab and hold a glass bottle, even if it is wet.
The design is classic CamelBak — same shape, .75 liter, same top, spout and straw as all the newer eddy bottles.
This is not a bottle for ounce-counters. The comparable CamelBak Tritan plastic bottle weighs a little more than five ounces. This bomber comes in at 20 ounces for the same storage capacity.
Also, while the glass feels robust, I'm reasonably confident that like any piece of glass, no matter how solid, an ill-timed whack would probably risk breaking the bottle. Anyone who has unthinkingly tossed their daypack or dropped their backpack should think hard about how this bottle might suffer if the exterior bottle pocket on their pack hits the ground hard. Or how often you have accidentally dropped a water bottle while hiking.
I'm fairly careful but probably won't end up using this much on the trails. On the other hand, I have taken it to a couple of soccer games recently and have been using it pretty regularly around the office. For those purposes, I like it a lot. I would also be more inclined to use it for fruit drinks, milk-based beverages, and the like because glass is easier to clean and sterilize than the alternatives.
Back when our family dumped the BPA bottles, we also stopped buying supermarket milk in favor of weekly delivery from a local dairy. We have observed that our kids drink a lot more milk out of those big glass milk bottles than they did from plastic or waxed paper cartons. It's hard to explain, but there is something about the glass bottles that makes the milk seem cleaner, tastier, and more appealing.
I think the same logic may apply here. While I will probably hesitate to take this bottle on the trail due to its weight and risk of shattering, it has already become a bottle of choice for places where I don't care how much it weighs and don't fear it will hit the deck.
Kudos to Trailspace — this bottle was part of a goodie bag I received for Reviewer of the Month.
Where to Buy
CamelBak combined the redesigned and re-engineered eddy cap technology with an easy-grip silicone sleeve that shows off the glass, protects the bottle, is simple to remove for cleaning and easy to customize. The glass bottle is constructed from durable glass manufactured in France.
Like all eddy bottles, eddy Glass features the one-piece, spill-proof Bite Valve and thumb tab making it easy to grip and sip without tipping. eddy Glass also incorporates the larger, easy-to-clean straw that delivers improved flow rate, which means more water with less effort. A shielded vent valve also helps protect against dirt and leaks.
eddy Glass is available in four different sleeve colors, including Aqua, Purple, Lime and Charcoal.
Here's what other sites are saying:
The spillproof CamelBak Eddy bottle you've come to love now comes in a glass version. The Eddy Glass Water Bottle is naturally BPA-free, won't retain any tastes or odors, and makes it easy to stay hydrated on the go.
Enjoy spill-proof sipping at home or in the office with the crystal-clear CamelBak Glass eddy(TM) water bottle. Redesigned cap and Big Bite valve provide faster flow than previous versions; just bite and sip, and your beverage flows through the valve. Bottle is made from glass, which is naturally BPA free and doesn't retain taste; silicone sleeve protects the bottle from impacts and ensures you have a good grip on it. If lifting and tipping is your preferred method for drinking, no problem; just remove the straw inside. Carry the integrated handle in the crook of a finger, or connect it to a pack or waistbelt with a small carabiner (not included). Simply unscrew the cap to uncover bottle's wide-mouth opening for easy filling and cleaning; opening is compatible with standard 63mm caps, filters and accessories. Not for use with hot liquids. All CamelBak Glass eddy water bottle components are dishwasher safe (top rack only). CamelBak does not recommend the use of carbonated beverages with the straw configuration; remove straw and drink by tipping and sipping.
If you tote the same plastic water bottle day in and day out, you've probably noticed that after a day or two, your water starts to smell, and taste, like dirty socks. With the CamelBak Eddy Glass Water Bottle, you can ensure your fluids taste mountain-stream fresh from first sip to last. A silicon wrapping helps protect the bottle from impacts, and the comfy bite valve provides easy sipping.
A beautiful bottle made from naturally BPA-Free and lead-free glass. The eddy Glass .7L water bottle won?t retain odors or tastes, so you always get clear, clean hydration that?s good to go. You can sip without tipping thanks to our patented flip-top bite valve technology. The whole package is wrapped in a stylish silicone sleeve that adds protection to potential impact areas. Dishwasher safe.