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My boyfriend bought this for me as a liitle present, very thoughtful! For this reason I cant comment on the price of this item however I will rave about the excellent preformance of this item!
My bottle is pink and looks very funky and stylish. It was bought for me as I was changing job roles and needed to make sure I remained hydrated throughout my shift.
This item does this brilliantly. I had been getting head aches from not having enough water intake whilst at work and so needed something.
I had started using normalplastic bottles which had had bought water or fizzy drinks in them but found they tatsed the water after a while and I lost them as they were just a water bottle. Also I kept losing the tops to bottles and then had to through them out.
This bottle changed it all. It is a lovely sturdy design and holds 750ml of liquid. The material is nice and thick and so feels sturdy and durable in your hands.
The top has a screw on lid with a wide opening so filling the bottle is easy and the lid has a rubber sel around the top so once you screw it tightly it is really water tight.
The mouth part is a bite valve the same as is found in the Camelpac bladders. The straw goes right to the bottom and is quite wide so a lot of fluid can be sucked up each time.
The bite valve mechanism is a great invention and does make you drink more. I like using these when out walking and so when I saw this had the same valve was very happy with it.
I try to drink three full bottle of water per shift and this bottle really makes this easy. I have found that since using this item I have remained hydrated at work and no longer leave work with a headache and feeling exhausted.
I would say that these bottles dont pack too well into a rusksack if you are trying to travel light. A Camelpac Bladder is better as these end up as a flat bag when empty and so do not take up space. However to take to work, around the house or at the gym these are brillaint and I really can not say how much they have transformed my working day.
The importance of hydration for a clear mind is so great and this really solves the probem. The funky colours make the bottle distinguishable too and everyone in my department know it is mine if I leave it lying around!
If you ever go for a jog or visit the gym you will find that a water bottle is very useful to carry your water or juice in. With the capacity of this one being half a litre it is more than enough to have. With the majority of water bottles being of very poor quality and leaking all the time I wanted one which was very reliable and of a good standard.
You can get dfferent capacity water bottles, I have seen the 0.5L version for around £5 and the 0.75L for just over £9. I found that the 0.5L version is more than enough when I am either on a jog or at the gym. You could get a water bottle for a couple of quid but I find they are very poor quality and will not last long at all.
The quality of this water bottle is very reliable and secure when you fill it. It also has a bit of weight to it so you can tell it is not made of a cheap material which will break in a matter of days. I have used this for over a couple of months and it is as good as it was when I first purchased it. The lid on the bottle is also very secure and very easy to screw on, once the lid is on it will stay in place without a doubt.
Even though the bottles come in different colours you can always see the measurement of water which is currently in your bottle. This is a good thing for me as I try to drink a certain amount of water every day so by having the measurements infront of me I know if I am on target or not.
Overall as a water bottle I would say this is a very good one. Even though many people will say a water bottle is a water bottle I totally disagree. I would rather spend £5 on this one than spend £2 on one which won't even last me a quater of the time. If you would use a bottle frequently then I do recommend spending that extra bit of money and purchase this.
I much prefer for us to take drinks with us when we are going on train trips or coach ones as we always find that the drinks at statios cost an absolute fortune and if I am honest I absolutely hate paying that extra 50p out as it is feels as a bit of a take on for the convenience. I have however always found that our drink bottles leak in bags causing things to get wet with mineral water which isn't what you want when you are on a journey with nowhere to dry anything.
I popped into Millets one afternoon when I saw they were having a closing down sale and I came across the Camelbak Better Bottle. They were priced at £3.99 each in the sale and seeing as we were in need of new bottles and I liked the look of these ones I thought I may as well get them for the three of us seeing as we travel a fair bit to see my husband's mother.
The bottles are available in a variety of colours which include: green, blue, red, pink, black, grey and more. Our bottles were blue, red and pink.
The bottles are made based on military designs and they are spill proof. They have a bote valve straw which you have to bite down and suck on before any liquid inside the bottle is released. The straw is made of a rubber like material so is fairly soft to bite down on. Camelbak even go as far to say that these bottles are completely spill proof even if they are knocked over when they are in the "open" position - to be honest I did find myself thinking "Yeah, right. My daughter will give that statement a good kicking!".
The actual bottle is clear even though coloured so you can always see the amount of drink you have left or how much you are filling it up. The top of the bottle has a twist tight lid and the rubber straw is attached to this. The lid also has a little loop at the top which is made from plastic which allows you to attach it to a keyring or on to a belt or bag to make for easy transportation. The whole thing does come apart completely for cleaning purposes. The bottle is made of hard plastic and is very durable. Ours have been dropped on to hard floors many times and have still lived to tell the tale with no damage.
When we used these bottles I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. we each kept a bottle in each of our bags and when we go to Waterloo tran station and went to have a drink nothing had leaked or dripped from any of the bottles. Usually when using a normal type of sports bottle they would have leaked everywhere and we would have had dripping bags but you would never have even known these bags had been in our back packs.
My daughter really unintentionally tested the bottles for me as she didn't twist the lid to block the straw completely when she had finished drinking and she just put it into her bag. I didn't realise and neither did my husband until we were on the train and I got the bottle back out for her. The bottle had not leaked at all. She then proceeded to knock the bottle over without it being locked and again, nothing spilt nor even dripped from it. I was very impressed.
The bottles really do go down well with kids as my daughter sees it as a bit of a challenge to get the water out of the bottle and finds it quite fun to bite and suck the straw to get it. No doubt the novelty will wear off but I have noticed she drinks more from her Camelbak bottle than any other sports type bottle she has had before.
Definately a great product and well worth the money I paid. I recommend them for travelling or if you just like to take a drink with you to work or when on the tubes etc. I also recommend them for sticking in your child's back pack for school.
ETA: The bottles we had were all bottles which held 500ml of drink.
We bought our Camelbak bottles from our local outdoor activity shop - on sale at £4.99 down from £6.99, otherwise I wouldn't have considered them.
They have a unique design: you drink through a straw but you can only get the liquid out by biting on the rubber nozzle to open it as you suck, which prevents spills if the bottle gets knocked over.
If you won't be drinking for a while the bottles are made extra secure by twisting a mechanism in the lid which blocks the nozzle completely.
We've never had much luck with school water bottles in the past and have never tried this sort before, but so far so good. The twisting lid does indeed make the bottle watertight and it hasn't leaked once in my bag on trips out.
The kids think the biting nozzle technique is hilarious and it's been a huge novelty. I've also noticed it's getting them to drink more than usual - there's something more conducive about drinking from a straw than one of those sports caps that they all seem to have.
My one reservation is that the rubber spout pulls off quite easily. It's good for washing ( the whole thing comes apart for easy cleaning) but I can see it coming off - accidentally or through messing about - at school and getting lost. The straw system will work without it but it'll be little less spillproof.
Our bottle is slightly different to the one shown in that its shape tapers in nearer the top than the bottom, so is easier for carrying. The lid is shaped into a loop as shown, so the bottle can be clipped to a belt or bag or can be carried comfortably by a finger or two which I like as big water bottles are sometimes too chunky for small hands to carry easily for long walks.
We'll see how ours survive a few months at school, but they're coping well with day-to-day knocks at home these summer holidays, so thumbs up so far!