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    Water Bottle to keep water cold on hot days

    Is there one out there that will fit in bottle holders. I froze my water bottles and 30 mins. into the ride the ice was gone and the water starting to get warm. By the end of the ride (1hr) water was almost hot. Any ideas. Thanks

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    Same here.

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    insulated bottle

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    I've used Polar and Zefal and the Zefal are crap, they crack when you freeze them. I've been using Polar for years. Depending how hot it is, I may freeze one bottle and then fill the other 1/3 and freeze that one. The morning of the ride, I'll fill up with water.

    I've been very happy with the Polar but plan to buy the Camelbak next.

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    Thanks everyone. I went and bought 2 polar bottles today. As amatter of fact I am testing them out in the hot sun now.
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    I like a regular camelbak (not bottle)- the pouch stays relatively insulated, plus there's a much smaller volume to surface area ratio which helps keep the water from losing heat.
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    Polar is great. I'll fill up a normal bottle and the polar half way and freeze it. The ice in the normal bottle will melt within 25min of riding, but the Polar still has ice after 1 hour.

    Next time, I'm going to fill both bottles up wit 2/3 of water and freeze them. That Texas heat is brutal..

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    Put a sock on it.

    Seriously. Rowan passed this idea along to me, and it works fairly well. Get a sock, a cotton one, soak it well in water, and slide your bottle into it. You might need an elastic or something to hold it up.

    The air blows against the wet sock while you ride and creates an air conditioning effect. And if the sock dries out, you can usually find a water source of some sort - small stream, puddle, tap - to get it wet again.

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    You could just deal with it and HTFU. Start out with hot water. That way you don't have to worry too much about the water getting any warmer. If you're lucky, it gets cooler.

    Back in reality however, Polar bottles seem to work well. I heard the camelbak thingers aren't so great in real usage.

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    i use the 24oz polar bottles. they work very well.

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    Tried out my nice new Polar bottle today. Since it was insulated, I used it as my secondary bottle. Started the ride with the bottle full of ice. Two hours later, I had a bottle full of warm water. You be the judge.

    That said, the Polar was just a dollar more than the comparably-sized non-insulated Camelback bottle. Both were good quality, easily squeezable, and free of BBD...or DBB....or bdb.....or whatever the heck that stuff is that's supposed to kill you within ten minutes of even mentioning it. The Camelback is made in China, while the Polar is made in Colorado. The Polar wins by virtue of its domestic manufacture.

    Bottom line - in my opinion - if you want a thermos, buy a thermos. If you want a good quality American made water bottle, buy the Polar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMX View Post
    Tried out my nice new Polar bottle today. Since it was insulated, I used it as my secondary bottle. Started the ride with the bottle full of ice. Two hours later, I had a bottle full of warm water. You be the judge.
    OTOH, I use the sock method. Started with a frozen bottle and after about 3 hours the ice was melted but the sock on the outside was now soaked from condensation. That kept the water cool (but not cold) for another hour. Then refilled and wetted down the sock again - good for another hour. Repeat as needed.

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    Camelbak Podium Chill

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    You're totally ruining this thread with your logical & rational thought. Stop it.

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    I use the camelbak (non insulated one). All I do is freeze over night. On my ride, it usually melts enough for me to drink some water. Towards the end of the ride, its almost completely melted but still cold. This is on a 26mile ride in about 80degree weather.

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    The Camelbak Podium Chill works great.
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    We tried the polar one and it gets warm just as fast as a regular uninsulated bottle. We bought the camelbak stainless insulated ones, they hold a little less water .5L instead of .75L since they have the insulation, but they are basically like a thermos. I put ice in from the ice maker on the fridge and water and left it sit in the hot humid garage overnight and there was still ice in it the next day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enine View Post
    We tried the polar one and it gets warm just as fast as a regular uninsulated bottle...
    not sure what you're talking about. i've tried the polar and camelbak insulated bottles and both keep the water cold a lot longer than non insulated bottles. i live in florida so in the summer non insulated bottles are warm in 15 min. insulated stay cold for hours. maybe if you live up north it might not make a big difference.
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    I prefer using the CamelBak Podium Chilljacket to the Polar Bottle, but both are good options for keeping drinks cooler, longer.

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    I live in south florida and even going out last sunday for an hour in 95 degree heat at 2:00pm my polar kept my drink cold-cool the entire hour with no problem. That was the peak of the heat and when I normally go out later in the day my drink stays cold for 90 minutes +
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    there is no better 'standard plastic' water bottle. they rule at
    keeping temperature. expensive as hell. I own two of them
    and they work as advertised.

    blows Polar and Camelbak out of the water

    Camelbak is really close though....better than Polar
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    Quote Originally Posted by melkman View Post
    not sure what you're talking about. i've tried the polar and camelbak insulated bottles and both keep the water cold a lot longer than non insulated bottles. i live in florida so in the summer non insulated bottles are warm in 15 min. insulated stay cold for hours. maybe if you live up north it might not make a big difference.
    This is/was the plastic polar one where you can see through from the outside and see the insulation. We put ice and water in and it metled just as fast as a cheap rubbermaid non insulated bottle from the grocery store. Maybe they have b atter ones than the one we bought I don't know but the ice cubes melted and water was warm within an hour.

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    I like my Camelback backpack. I am unable to say if it lasts longer, but with the cold on your back at least if it gets warmer it's cooling you not the breeze. Also the ability to sip constantly is a big bonus. Also it's a place to put the wallet.

    Looks a bit silly, but beats reaching for a bottle, flipping the cork and trying to drink while dodging traffic and potholes.
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    Get used to wearing a camelbak pack. Take out the bladder, fill it with water halfway, blow it up the rest of the way, arrange it in the freezer so resultant ice doesn't clog the tube or lid. Then, you'll have all the cold water you want for a few hours. Not sure where you're from, but in Dallas TX, that works for me quite well in the summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by melkman View Post
    Camelbak Podium Chill

    I just picked up two of these. They work. I haven't tried filling and freezing a half-full bottle yet and I'm not sure I want to try given the comment about some bottles cracking. I loaded it with ice and the water was reasonably cool two hours later with temps in the low 80's with moderate humidity. They have essentially no odor and the valve is a nice feature. I'd buy them again.

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