3 February 2016 7:13 am
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UPDATE/ March 2013: for those who are interested, I found a company that makes custom sized glass straws. It’s called “GLASS DHARMA” and they have a website. If you order their “smoothie” sized straws and ask that they be custom cut to 7 & 3/8 inches, they will fit great with these camelbaks. I’ve been using their glass straws for years and they are really durable- last forever if you don’t drop them on a hard floor (they are glass after-all), but this is the first time I realized they did custom sizes so I measured and ordered a couple and they fit/work great! Their straws come with a life-time guarantee. I even dropped my camelbak on the floor once and luckily it didn’t break, but I lifted the lid and checked the glass straw to make sure it was fine- not a scratch. If you decide to use these you should wet the glass straw and inside of the camelbak lid before twisting the straw in- The lubrication will make it slide in without you having to worry about being too rough. The straws hold up perfectly inside these camelbaks. (Oh- and since they are glass I wouldn’t use them in bottles that you use for sports activities or anything like that.) They look cooler than the plastic straws too because you can see the cloudy white plastic straw through the bottle vs the crystal-clear glass straw that matches better with the bottle (and the water).
I still use the plastic straw when I leave the house so that I don’t have to worry about breakage during transport etc… but when I drink indoors (which is 99% of the time for me) I use these glass straws instead. The plastic straw is ok- unlike when I use plastic bottles which give off a plasticy taste almost immediately- the straw only seems to leech a plasticy taste if it’s been sitting in the water for a couple of days or more… but Still I like to avoid plastic whenever possible and if you are like me you might appreciate this alternative too.
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On the whole I’m very pleased with it with my camelbak:
Pros:Glass – no BPA nor plastic-tasting water, the main reason I got itLack of screw or flip top makes it easy to access water. Just grab, bite, drink. All with one hand.For those who have concerns about the use of a plastic straw, good news, it works well without it. You just tip it up to get water to the opening like you would any other water bottle without a straw. My only advice is tilt the bottle before you bite to open the nozzle, otherwise you’ll find you’re sucking on air before the water gets there, which can lead to some embarrassing burps as a result!Even though it took a couple of days to get used to, the bite action to get water to flow is really nice. Only a relatively small bit of pressure is needed, and there is a generous flow. Although this is not one for guzzlers. But, guzzling water isn’t good for you anyway.Easy to carry thanks to silicone grips and handle
Cons:It’s the heaviest water bottle I own. It’s glass, so a higher weight is to be expected, but it’s quite a bit heavier than my lifecycle bottle (also glass) by comparison, which is only 100ml less in capacity. I’m one of those people that carries everything but the kitchen sink when I leave the house, so when I carry this, even when empty, it feels like a brick has been added to my already ample load.Not 100% leak-proof. This is one to empty before putting it in your bag. I’ve never had a major accident, but there was one time I put it in my bag and a few drops had escaped out the top. Maybe something was lying on it providing enough pressure to open the hole in the nozzle. I couldn’t be sure.The flip action needed to bring up the nozzle can be a bit sticky, for lack of a better term. So for that reason I often keep it open during my entire workout and only fold it back down when it’s in my bag.
Unknown:How easy it is to break. The heavier weight may mean it’s made of thicker and more durable glass, but I still have my fears – as unfounded as they may be. So for this reason I still use my Intak when my workout is only on the gym floor. I worry about this one breaking if it accidentally falls/gets knocked over. In classes it’s easier to set it out of the way or in a cup holder (for spin).No problems yet (after a month of use) but I do worry about bacteria being trapped in the nozzle. You can pinch it while you’re cleaning it, but cleaning isn’t as straight forward as it is with a normal screw or flip top. I’ll update my review according if I do find that the nozzle begins to smell or show signs of bacteria.
So while it’s not perfect for all my needs, relatively speaking it is a healthier and more convenient alternative to my previous water bottles. But the cons are why I’ll still keep one eye out for future glass water bottle designs.