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    Polar vs Camelback insulated bottles

    I was in a LBS the other day and I saw that Camelbak now has insulated water bottles like Polar. Has anyone used these and compared them to Polar?

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    I havent tried them, but it figures they'd do this-- I actually bought a few polar bottles because the tops are interchangeable and the camelback tops don't leak. Of course, only the 21oz polar or camelback bottles will fit my frame size without issues inserting or removing from the bottle holder.

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    6 of one, half a dozen of the other. They looked nearly identical to me. Here in Texas, the polar bottle doesn't keep y our drinks cold long anyway.
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    I have the 'old' camelbak bottle and a polar bottle. I don't like the old camelbak because it sweats, other than that I like both bottles(the polar fits my bike)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peanya
    Here in Texas, the polar bottle doesn't keep y our drinks cold long anyway.
    I carry two Polar and during the heat of the summer, 80-100, I freeze one Polar bottle and half fill and freeze the second overnight and then put cold water in it just before leaving and of course it eventually melts but keeps cold for a couple of hours. I do have to add water to it at rest stops because I'm drinking more than 2 bottles.

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    imo, insulated bottles seems like a waste of space (volume)
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    I own a pair of the insulated Podiums, I'm very happy with them so far. Used them on a 6 hour ride in the high 70's last weekend - water kept cool throughout the entire ride.

    Temperature keeps rising here, so we'll see how they perform in the 90's (probably this weekend).

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    I love the Polars. Definitely no leaking or sweating issues. They're pretty tough to squeeze though, honestly. Do the Camelback ones have the same issue? I feel like I'm getting a forearm workout every time I need to take a drink ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatTireFred
    imo, insulated bottles seems like a waste of space (volume)
    I guess you don't ride in +90 and +85% humidity much.
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    I rocked the Polars for MSBike and I was impressed, I left at 4:30am grabbed the polars and left, on the bike in Miami at 8:30-ish my drinks were still cool. a lot of the rest stops we went to I loaded up on ice in one bottle and usually it stayed cold until the next rest stop usually anywhere from 10 to 15 miles away. if you're cranking like a bat out of hell with a 24oz you'll drink it all before it has a chance to get warm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRT BOY
    I guess you don't ride in +90 and +85% humidity much.


    O RLY? you know the conditions that I ride in?
    I'll take a little more water over *a little* colder water any day
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    That was my question???
    was the colder water better than more warmer water???
    I mean sometimes I could care less if the water was warm just as long as there was water to drink but sometimes when I'm so overheated a cold/cooler drink might help.
    I guess more water might be better....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peanya
    6 of one, half a dozen of the other. They looked nearly identical to me. Here in Texas, the polar bottle doesn't keep y our drinks cold long anyway.
    California, too. I just don't think they have enough insulation. If you put more in you end up with such a low volume that it heats rapidly. The only thing I've found that works (even frozen bottles thaw quickly- probably because they're in the sun) is to use an insulated camel back (not a bottle, a backpack). It's insulated, has a large volume, and protected from the sun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadBikeVirgin
    I love the Polars. Definitely no leaking or sweating issues. They're pretty tough to squeeze though, honestly. Do the Camelback ones have the same issue? I feel like I'm getting a forearm workout every time I need to take a drink ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatTireFred
    O RLY? you know the conditions that I ride in?
    I'll take a little more water over *a little* colder water any day
    No, but I guess then you prefer tiny bit more warm than cold water!

    I carry a 24oz and a 20oz Polar. This will get me through a 2 hr ride in the summer. Longer than that I have to stop. A larger/taller bottle won't fit my frame/cages anyways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadBikeVirgin
    I love the Polars. Definitely no leaking or sweating issues. They're pretty tough to squeeze though, honestly. Do the Camelback ones have the same issue? I feel like I'm getting a forearm workout every time I need to take a drink ;)

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    I was a big polar fan, until I tried the insulated camelback. In my opinion, the camel back is superior for one reason -- no need to open it. Some of my polar bottles have gotten to where the little black thing you pull up to open it, won't STAY up, especially when drinking. The suction forces it closed again. Annoying. For that reason, the camelbacks are superior. Also, the camelbacks are easier to squeeze to force water out.

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    I have 3 polar bottles and I'm kinda getting sick of them.. Sure cooler water is nice but capacity is also nice.. I'm about ready to get a few regular Camel bak podiums..
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    I like the Polars. I bought a couple of 24 fl oz (this is the same volume as a larger size bottle--not sure why there are complaints about volume) Polar's last year. They are a bit hard to squeeze, and don't fit on top rack of my dishwasher (they're taller than normal 24 fl oz bottles). For me, in 90 degree temps, a regular bottle full of ice (not frozen in freezer, just fill with ice then add water) melts in about 30 mins; a Polar full of ice melts in about 1 hour. For me, that's a nice bonus--overall, like them.
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    with the Polar's - you just have to get use to sucking instead of squeezing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptf
    with the Polar's - you just have to get use to sucking instead of squeezing...
    The volume of water you get out of Polar bottles just isn't sufficient. On top of carrying two of them on my frame whenever I ride, I bring one with me to work every day - I drink at least a gallon of water every day, so I'm filling my Polar bottle at least 5-6 times a day. I have to squeeze it - I'm not patient enough to suck it out (NOT code).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptf
    with the Polar's - you just have to get use to sucking instead of squeezing...

    that's what she said

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaegermeister269
    that's what she said
    Well who taught her it was OK to squeeze in the first place?? That's what I want to know.
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    I have cold water on 90+ days for at least 2 hours. I do the unthinkable on long rides - I use the camelbak - the one that actually goes on my back.
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    On 50+ miles I carry 4 Polars and when I get home I still have ice in the last one. I live in Katy Texas and it gets pretty hot and humid. I freeze one completely, I freeze one half way and the other 2 I just add ice. I ride with one open, meaning the little button on top and water doe's not leak out. I think they are pretty easy to use. I haven't tried the CamelBak yet.

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