Camelbak Eddy Bottle, $15
The Good: One handed operation, doesn’t obstruct view, no spillage while driking
The Bad: Doesnt fit in all cupholders. Too much heat causes the one way valve to purge.
The Ugly: Nada! These bottles are even available at races with logos printed on them.
Super simple and super practical, the Eddy is my go-to bottle when on the road. The drinking straw combined with an upright drinking design allows for you to safely drink water (or any liquids) without the chance of spilling or obstructing your view of the road. The bottle is 750mL and the bottle has a built in straw that connects to a bite valve which flips down to prevent accidental spillage. The bottle is super durable considering it is made out of plastic. I toss mine around all the time and it is still holding up fine. There are even replacement straw/bite valve kits that you can purchase should your wear out. I have not had to buy one in the 2 years that I have owned my bottle.
This bottle also comes in a stainless steel version, insulated version and even a 1L version. You can even interchange the lid between the .6L and the 1 L bottle as your needs change. There is a large plastic loop that makes carrying your bottle easy. The loop is big enough that you can effortlessly clip it onto a carabiner. The only downside to this bottle, if you can call it a downside, is that when it sits in the sun, the pressure in the bottle increases and the one way check valve purges to lets some water escape. The reason I say that this might not be a disadvantage is that if too much pressure built up, you would have a fire hose shooting water into your mouth. I think that the little bit of purging is kind of like a built in safety feature, plus its only a mL or two of water that is released.
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