Koala Magnetic Cycling Water Bottle: $28 (21oz system)
The Good: Low profile and side/front loading bottle system fits in smaller frames nicely, existing bottles can be fitted with magnetic rings to fit. Made in the USA, always something we can get behind.
The Bad: Taking the bottle out requires a side pull motion, which takes some getting used to.
The Awesome: The resounding click that signals the bottle is securely back in place, which means eyes can stay on the action.
The cycling water bottle hasn’t changed much over the past few decades. But the standard cage and bottle have both been re-designed with the new Koala Bottle. The bottle system features an open cage and powerful magnet that holds the metal collared bottle securely in place. With a simple twist to the side or front the bottle is free, and the 360 degree ring ensures it can be dropped back in easily with a solid click. The cage has slotted mounting guides that can be secured to standard bolt holes or strapped in other variations as the situation fits. Steel rings are available for adapting standard Specialized Big Mouths and Purist (22oz) bottles to fit the system, so there’s a good chance most cyclists have a few that will fit.
We bolted the Koala System on and took it out riding on singletrack and around town. At first it was difficult to figure out how to get the bottle to release from the magnetic cage, it is just about impossible to grab from the top and pull. After a few tries the trick was to pull the bottle from the side or directly from the front, which was simple after getting used to it. The bottle has a soft tip that is easy to open, and the resounding click when dropped into place makes it easy to be sure it’s going to stay put on the next round of waterbars.
This system is a solid alternative to the standard bottle and cage for those looking to replace worn out gear, or needing something that can fit easier in small frames Quality design and affordable price make it easy to make the switch.
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