User Review: CamelBak UnBottle
Source: bought it new
Camelbak quality is great, and this is a super-versatile hydration solution for just about any application.
- Versatile use in a variety of situations
- No leakage
- Very hard to remove tube from bladder
- A bit hard to remove bladder from sleeve
The Camelbak Unbottle, available in 2 or 3 liter capacities/sizes, is a cleverly designed piece of gear which allows you to add hydration in just about any situation. It consists of an outer insulating sleeve with four clip-on strap holders, a top clip-on loop, and a bottom strap.
The insulating sleeve holds the hydration bladder, which has a detachable tube with a mouthpiece on the other end. The four strap clips allow you to clip this onto a backpack or any other implement which has straps, or you can supply your own straps and attach this just about anywhere you might want to. Of course you can also drop it inside an existing pack, put it in a gym bag, attach it to your fishing tackle bag, strap it to your bike frame, strap it onto your desk chair at work — the possibilities are pretty wide open.
I have hydration backpacks too, but there are times when having the whole pack is overkill and the smaller Unbottle works better. I have no problems with the mouthpiece, which opens for drinking when you bite it, and have never had any of my numerous Camelbak bladders leak. There is also an "on/off" valve that you can switch for times when you're transporting the Unbottle and want to completely shut off the flow.
The only negatives I can find are that it's a little bit of a pain to remove the bladder from the sleeve. Since many backpacks have built-in hydration storage compartments, there may be times when you want to pull the bladder from Unbottle sleeve so you can use the bladder alone. You can remove the bladder, it's just tricky. More difficult is removing the tube from the bladder.
I have several Camelbak bladders and can never manage to disconnect the tube from the bladder, even though it is designed to be removable. The fit is so tight that attempts to remove the tube have resulted in stretching it and deforming it a little, so I've given up trying. Cleaning the system would be easier if I could remove the tube, but I manage anyway. Neither of these issues is enough to detract from the usefulness of the Unbottle to any significant degree.
Overall a great product. Big thumbs up from this user!
Helpful tips I got from other online users: when you use this in hot weather, fill it with water the night before your activity and freeze it overnight. It will melt slowly while you use it and you'll have cold water all day.
Also, the liquid that sits in the tube after each drink will get warm between hydration stops. Easy solution is to blow the liquid back up into the bladder when you finish a drink. It will stay cool that way amd you'll avoid a mouthful of warm water each time you drink.