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Old 10-27-11, 09:41 PM   #1
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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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Old 10-28-11, 01:07 AM   #2
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I think free advertising is a noble way of saying, "Thank You!".

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Old 10-28-11, 02:32 AM   #3
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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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Old 10-28-11, 06:16 AM   #4
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Camelbak bottles are much better than Polar.
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Old 10-28-11, 06:41 AM   #5
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Its not just the Chinese, building cheap plastic crap...
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Old 10-28-11, 07:37 AM   #6
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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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Old 10-28-11, 08:44 AM   #7
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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.

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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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Old 10-28-11, 09:59 AM   #9
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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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Old 10-28-11, 11:20 AM   #12
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Old 10-28-11, 02:53 PM   #13
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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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Old 10-28-11, 06:03 PM   #18
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+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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Old 10-29-11, 07:57 PM   #20
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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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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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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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Old 10-30-11, 02:49 PM   #23
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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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