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    Kleen Kanteen Insulated - review

    As I got back in to biking a few months ago I began to ride further and further so I started to bring water. I noticed that if I used a normal biking water bottle, and even though I filled it with ice and water, within 45 minutes at 90 degrees outside it was melted and getting warm. After 90 minutes it was as warm as the ambient temperature. The one thing I wanted was cold water so I thought I would test the Kleen Kanteen Insulated 20 oz bottle at REI with an adjustable bracket.

    I have to say I love it. Even after a couple of hours when I finally opened it up it was still full of ice inside. In fact for other rides I started only filling it about 1/4 with ice because it would not melt fast enough when I just wanted cold water. In fact after that ride when I got back the bottle sat on my bike in direct sunlight for the whole day that was 90 degrees. The next day there was still lots of ice left in the bottle.

    The bracket that I bought at REI had rubber covering part of the metal. At first it was in a little tight and notice that it would fit in my other water bottle holder which was easy get get access to when I was biking. But I notice that I could hear vibration from the metal bottle in that cage where as the one that had the rubber fittings kept it quite.

    The only real downside to the bottle is that there is no fast drink attachment. It unscrews which causes me to stop when I want to drink. I believe I can they sell a coffee cup attachment that I can use to perhaps drink when riding.

    So if you want cold water during your ride the $29.95 at REI was well worth it for me.
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    I like insulated bottles and this is more insulated than the plastic models I've seen.

    I see that Kleen Kanteen has a bike cage designed to work with some of their bottles. They have a sports cap with a spout that will fit their non-insulated bottles. But the spout includes a ring suitable for hanging the bottle from a backpack, and not ideal for bringing up near your teeth while riding. I don't know how fast that spout would deliver the drink since there's no putting the squeeze on that bottle. And the spout is only available for their non-insulated bottles.

    So if you're looking for an insulated bottle for use while riding, the design needs to be more customized for cyclists, unless you like that Café Cap that fits on the insulated bottles.

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    It's best to drink water at room temp as otherwise you are using energy to reduce its temperature which in turn makes you hotter and tireder

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    My bottles need to be squeezable to make it easy to get and swallow mouthfuls while riding and breathing hard.

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    That may be true, but for me psychologically, nothing like I nice, cold drink on the hottest days...
    Every time we let a vehicle pass there is a little bit of compromise. But compromise allows the city to function and allows cyclists to function in the city. The trick is not to eliminate compromise but to learn how to work safely within it.

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    Similar to HydroFlask which costs a little less and has a flip up spout. I just wish the HydroFlask insulated bottles were bigger.

    Don in Austin

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    I find that Polar insulated bottles work pretty well. However, for the distance I ride, if I need cold water I use a hydration pack

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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
    I find that Polar insulated bottles work pretty well.
    Ditto. I normally go through the (two) bottles mounted on my bike before the ice melts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athens80 View Post
    I see that Kleen Kanteen has a bike cage designed to work with some of their bottles. They have a sports cap with a spout that will fit their non-insulated bottles. But the spout includes a ring suitable for hanging the bottle from a backpack, and not ideal for bringing up near your teeth while riding. I don't know how fast that spout would deliver the drink since there's no putting the squeeze on that bottle. And the spout is only available for their non-insulated bottles.
    My wife and daughter have Kleen Kanteens with the sports caps. They basically deliver liquid as fast as you can slurp it. There is a valve on the cap that lets the air in when you sip. I've never had issues with wanting the cap to deliver liquid faster - it's a pretty good design.

    Haven't tried the insulated bottles, though - but if they are anywhere near the quality of the non-insulated ones, they should be awesome.

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    I'm using the Camelbak Insulated Podiums... great bottles. I had bought the UnderArmour steel insulated bottles (By Thermos...) but they weighed a pound each, empty!!! The CBK Podiums are 5oz, insulated, they have a locking leakproof sporttop and for the price of one steel bottle @ $30 you can get 3-4 podiums. I don't see any advantage steel brings to the table...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winnershcyclist View Post
    It's best to drink water at room temp as otherwise you are using energy to reduce its temperature which in turn makes you hotter and tireder

    During very hot days, 90+, it can be an advantage to drink a cold liquid to drop your core temperature quickly.

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    It's better to drink cold water to cool the inner body so it can work harder.

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