Arizona heat can be brutal. 100 degree days are relentless during the summer, and require adapting your training routine to avoid the hottest parts of day. Even with all that effort the lows during the night may only drop to the 90s. But don't worry its a dry heat. Anyone who has gone out for a training ride knows that within minutes your frozen water bottle turns to bath water. An hour later and you have an excellent vessel for making tea.
With dozens of options on the market it is hard to tell what really works at keeping your water cold and what is just a gimmick. Early in my exploration into cycling I came across the Polar Bottle. The insulated water bottle seemed like a simple solution to a simple problem, but does it work?
Use- The Polar Bottle just works, plain and simple. Before my commute I freeze the bottle with a third (of the bottles capacity) of water. Right before leaving I head out the door and top the bottles off. The insulating layer keeps the ice frozen and therefore my drink cold. The nice thing about these bottles is that during the winter months I can do the opposite and use warm water, which it insulates well. The bottles fit in the cages just like a standard bike bottle. The drinking valve is easy to pull out and push it with your teeth and is made of semi rigid material. This ensures that no sharp edges will develop on the valve after using this method for years. The tab designed for clipping/holding is effective but I found it to be a nuisance on the bike. The tab is never in the right spot when holstering the bottle (often sticking out to the side and hitting your knee). I also found that the tab actually hits me in the face when drinking, which is annoying while using one hand to steer and the other to drink. This is easily remedied by it's simple removal. Off the bike the Polar Bottle works great. It allows you to keep your liquids cool, while ensuring that everyone around you knows you ride no matter the temp. A win win situation if you ask me.
Initial Impressions- The Polar Bottle Sport is a simple dual walled bike bottle. The outside and inside of the bottle look and feel identical to any standard bottle. But in between the two layers is a small insulating section of air. It isn't rocket science, many bottles on the market have two or more layers to insulate, but few are in the form of a soft sided bike bottle. The bottle comes in three sizes (12, 20, 24oz) and is available for customization. Moving up the bottle there is a removable tab that allows for clipping or holding the bottle. The Polar Bottle lid is relatively standard with one exception. The drinking valve is completely removable allowing you to clean that disgusting sport drink mold that has began growing. The bottles are BPA free and made domestically. The Polar Bottles are build in Boulder, Colorado from domestically obtained parts. Even the damn box it comes in from an environmentally conscious company. Those Colorado hippies...
Final Thoughts- If it wasn't clear enough the Polar Bottle is remarkably simple and effective product for cycling and outdoor activities. The double walled construction, ease of cleaning, and price point make it a desirable hydration solution. If your cycling is not restricted by ambient temperatures then the Polar Bottle may be the solution. You can find out more about the Polar Bottle, as well as their other unique products at their website.
*This product was purchased with my personal hard earned dollars.