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CamelBak Podium Big Chill 25 oz Insulated Water Bottle
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- Double-wall construction keeps water cold twice as long as regular sport bottles
- Innovative, self-sealing Jet Valve eliminates splatters and spills
- Lightweight, easy-squeeze bottle delivers the right flow to quench your thirst
- Removable nossle for easy cleaning
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CamelBak Podium Big Chill 25 oz. is a high performance insulated sport bottle that keeps your water cooler longer. A double-walled bottle construction uses closed cell foam technology to keep your water cold twice as long as a standard bottle. The patented spill-proof, self-sealing Jet Valve allows the user to hydrate immediately without having to open or close a drinking interface and the bottle's streamlined ergonomic design offers excellent squeezability without compromising bottle grip. The large aperture of the drinking nozzle generates an exceptional water flow rate and is easy to remove for thorough cleaning. The Podium Chill also has a lockout dial with easy to read graphics for leak-proof transport.
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To compare the insulation quality, I filled both bottles to the rim with ice cubes, then filled it up with water, closed the bottles and put them out in 95 Fahrenheit for 90 minutes. Eddy had no sweat whatsoever and about 90% of the ice remaining after draining the water. Big Chill was a little wet from the outside, but no puddle as you would know from non-insulated bottles After draining the water, only 20% of the ice was remaining in the bottle. So the insulation is a bid difference.
The Eddy with 0,6 liter is a good on the go bottle to take wherever you go throughout the day. The vacuum steel construction is sure to keep your drink cold all day long.
The Big Cjhill with 0,74 liter is a bit bitter. The soft plastic construction keeps your drinks cold for a while, but this is more of a workout bottle. Good and practical for a one hour workout and sure to keep your drink cool and handy for this time.
In the end, these are two great bottles for different applications and I will keep them both for respective use. One for the go, the other for the gym. Thumbs up for CamelBak.
I considered purchasing the insulated Eddy, but that leakage problem would likely persist. Enter the Podium Big Chill. No, it doesn't have the straw-based convenience of the Eddy, but this thing is fantastic as a daily on-the-go water bottle. First of all, the shape of it is more agreeable (than either of my Eddy bottles) to the bottle holder on my backpack. One thing that I want to highlight that wasn't present in many other reviews: you don't NEED to squeeze this bottle to drink from it. You can put it up to your lips, and very light suction will open the jet valve for you to drink with almost no resistance. Basically, you can drink from it as easily as any "regular" water bottle if you're not in a situation where you need to blast a stream of water into your face.
I agree with the consensus regarding the locking and jet valve seal. This thing doesn't leak, and I'd even say it's less prone to leakage than an Eddy normally is. The only leak scenario I can imagine would be if you left it unlocked, put it in a bag, tipped it to where water is against the cap, and squished your bag. That would suck, but you'd have to be kinda dumb to do that. I typically don't even need to lock it during transport, but I do it for the extra security. The lock is easy enough to operate with one hand; great for cycling, although you could easily leave it unlocked when you're on a bike.
It keeps water cool. Is it the BEST at that job? No, but it strikes a great middle ground of convenience and insulation. I can use this when I'm out and about, and keep it in use when it's time to exercise. If top notch insulation is your priority, then your best bet is to seek a metal bottle with vacuum insulation. However, the Big Chill bottle gets the job done for me. I typically store it in the freezer over night, roughly 30% full and with a 45-degree tilt. The next day that ice is enough to keep my water cold for a very long time. If you're mostly interested in fitness exploits, then a few ice cubes will greatly help extend the duration. I've yet to take it for a long bike ride in hot weather, but I'm willing to bet that a few cubes of ice will keep your water cold long enough to consume all of the liquid.
Lastly, it's worth noting that this listing is technically for the older model. They released a new one this year, and there is at least 1 informative review on the other listing that highlights the slight differences. Apparently the new nozzle is slightly bigger, but it doesn't sound like there's massive improvements that were made. If these old stock bottles stay cheap (I got mine for $10) then you aren't sacrificing much by saving a few bucks. I strongly recommend this bottle for travel, outdoors, and fitness. The Eddy is probably a better choice if you're sitting at a desk or staying at home, but the Big Chill can serve you well in more places. I'm of the opinion that it's worth owning both, especially since the Eddy does travel well in cooler temperatures (below 50F... just don't leave it roasting in the car).
UPDATE: Unfortunately this bottle could not perform as a daily bottle during the summer heat (75F and over). The insulation is sufficient for several hours, as long as you give it plenty of ice. However, I wasn't able to leave it in my car or rely on it to keep water cool for long extended periods when we hit that June heat. For those purposes, I'd recommend Hydro Flask in conjunction with The Coldest Water Standard Straw Cap Lid. This setup is nearly immune to summer heat, but still very convenient to drink from. The Big Chill is still a top notch sport bottle, and can serve well as a daily bottle for temps below 65F.