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    I let the dogs out AlphaDogg's Avatar
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    Polar Bottles are the only way to go!

    I have two 24oz polar bottles. The first one I got on amazon. It then started leaking, so I contacted polar and they sent me another. That one also leaked, so I just dealt with it. About 2 months ago, one of the lids stopped being watertight, so I used the other lid from the replacement bottle. Last week, it cracked (probably because I threw it about 20ft in the air and it landed on the valve), so I called polar to see if I cold buy a new lid. They went beyond my expectations and apologized for it cracking (even though it was my fault) and sent me two new lids. I just got them today. Plus, they are run out of Boulder, CO. I live in Denver, CO. I love local businesses!
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    Wait. You got not one but several faulty products from them and you're happy? Have you already checked the new lids, does either of them actually work as supposed?
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    Camelbak bottles are much better than Polar.

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    Its not just the Chinese, building cheap plastic crap...

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    I let the dogs out AlphaDogg's Avatar
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    They didn't leak significantly. Just when I have it overfilled with ice, which makes it harder to screw the cap on fully.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryPitts View Post
    Camelbak bottles are much better than Polar.
    Agreed, my Camelbak Chill bottles don't leak at all.
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    I've retired three Polars this year. They were 3-5 years old, and had all made it across the U.S.A. two years ago. I figure we wore them out. I'm looking at one of those veterans right now, sitting in a place of honor on top of the bookshelf.

    Quote Originally Posted by GaryPitts View Post
    Camelbak bottles are much better than Polar.
    I'd like to know what makes them better. I've seen the Camelback bottles, and started to buy one just to try it, before I figured, why mess with a known good item? So I bought more Polar bottles.

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    I "retired" my Polar bottles after the second (out of two) was defective.

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    I use camelbak as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryPitts View Post
    Camelbak bottles are much better than Polar.
    Agreed.
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    Speaking for myself, I prefer the Camelback Podium Chills, with the optional flip-top that keeps dirt from the nozzle.

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    Clean Bottles! I still want a Bottle Boy bobblehead...

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    Okay, from this thread I've got two reasons Camelback may be better than Polar:

    (1) Some people bought defective Polar bottles, and some other people bought non-defective Camelback.

    (2) Camelback has an optional flip top.

    Now, since the Polar bottles I've bought haven't leaked, (1) doesn't apply to me. And riding mostly roads, I don't mind wiping off a bit of dust, so (2) doesn't apply.

    After using my Polars daily for 80 days, plus 2-3 uses per week for 3-5 years, I don't know of anything else that would last through that much use. Are Camelback bottles better? just more fashionable? or am I really missing something here?

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    Try one. They're 10 bucks. You'll understand.

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    I don't particularly find either to be a revolutionary product.
    I pick up whatever is cheapest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryPitts View Post
    Camelbak bottles are much better than Polar.
    +1000

    And you won't break your front teeth trying to put the cap open to get a drink -- because there is no cap to pull open.
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    I have had 2 polar bottle. Both leaked and made my water taste weird. Threw both of them away, and bought a Camelbak Podium and a Podium chill. The valve is soo much better and they never leak.
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    Well, you guys were right. I was at REI today to get supplies for my 5wk-long trip to Israel and I saw the Camelbaks there. I thought "hey, the guys at bf know what they're talking about, I may as well just try it!" So I got a Podium Big Chill. LOVE the valve on it! And hey, IT DOESN'T LEAK!! WHAT A CONCEPT!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaDogg View Post
    Well, you guys were right. I was at REI today to get supplies for my 5wk-long trip to Israel and I saw the Camelbaks there. I thought "hey, the guys at bf know what they're talking about, I may as well just try it!" So I got a Podium Big Chill. LOVE the valve on it! And hey, IT DOESN'T LEAK!! WHAT A CONCEPT!!
    Add to that you can always use the top of a Camelback on the Polar if you like. I have both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobile 155 View Post
    Add to that you can always use the top of a Camelback on the Polar if you like. I have both.
    I didn't think I'd be able to do that, but I can (I just tried it). I thought for sure that they would use different thread pitches for their caps to have some level of propriety.
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    Today was my first ride with the Camelbak. I kept trying to push the valve closed with my teeth, but I couldn't as it is completely different than my Polar bottle. No water splashed on my legs. I LOVE IT!!!
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