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Polar Bottle

polar bottleI have to admit, I was a bit skeptical when Polar Bottle sent this insulated bottle in for review. Not just as to whether it was insulated enough to make a noticeable difference, but whether I would really care. The answer is yes and yes. I was also surprised to learn that the Polar Bottle is made in the USA.

I didn’t conduct any controlled scientific experiments to determine if the Polar Bottle in fact keeps liquid twice as cool as typical bottles, but it does keep your drink cool. And once the temperature reaches the high 80′s and I’m going to spend 5 hours out on my bike, it’s kind of nice to have some cool water available. The Polar Bottle has double wall construction which forms a barrier of air between the liquid and the environment. I’ve had my drink stay cool for more than five hours in steamy mid-August weather. The construction also makes the bottle seem more sturdy than typical cycling water bottles. Or perhaps it’s the particular LDPE plastic they use.

LDPE plastic is free of BPA and doesn’t contain certain nasty chemicals. The lanyard is removable, and so is the tip of the cap (for easier cleaning). The whole bottle is dishwasher safe, too.

The 24oz Polar Bottle retails for $12, the 20oz for $11. They can be purchased from lots of popular retailers. Visit www.polarbottle.com for more information.

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  1. Phil S.August 17, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I, too, bought one and was skeptical. Down here in Austin this summer, it’s been 105 degrees every day at 5:30 for the commute home. Got a Polar bottle and I have coooold water the whole way home. I just fill it halfway with ice and the rest with water and I still have ice an hour later. It’s a little bulky, but I think it’s worth the trade off.

  2. MattyhoffaAugust 17, 2009 at 10:56 am

    I have been using these bottles for road riding for over a year, and now off road. I usually have 2 bottles, and the insulation works well enough to keep the second bottle cold enough when I really need cool water (later in the ride). I haven’t gone through as many bottles as I used to ($ pricey), and I am happy with the polar bottles.

  3. locusAugust 17, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I recently acquired a camelbak podium bottle that has similar properties. Double-walled with a layer of styrofoam inbetween. It kept the ice from melting during a short afternoon ride (less than two hours). The really nice thing about this bottle is that the top can be completely closed so that no leaks are possible. I have not found that to be the case with almost every other bike bottle.

  4. yuriAugust 18, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Come commute a day in Summer in Phx and I’ll show you how great these bottles are. If the air temp is 115, what is the pavement temp?
    I fill with ice and water and freeze one solid and they’ll get me home and help me not overheat.
    Sounds like the camelback podium is worth checking out tho.

  5. MarkDecember 22, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Another great thing about these bottles for those of us that live in Minnesota is that it keeps water from freezing in the winter time.

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