Staying hydrated is a necessity when you're on the bike and the humble water bottle is the best way to do that. We've tested a whole load and we've picked the best for all kinds of cycling, whether it's road, gravel or mountain biking, all of them scoring four stars or over out of five in our reviews.
[Updated 30th May 2020]
Fabric Gripper Bottle
The Fabric Gripper Bottle lives up to it name. It's easy to hold and retrieve from the cage, with just the right amount of squish for fast fluid delivery.
CamelBak Podium Dirt Series Chill 21oz insulated water bottle
The new CamelBak Podium Dirt Series Chill 21oz (620ml) water bottle is an insulated vessel with a valve cap to keep us mountain bikers from tasting the dirt. There's a new valve and lock out on the cap and it's easier to clean than the last iteration of the top too.
Elite Fly MTB 550 water bottle
Water bottles can be pretty similar but Elite's Fly MTB 550 bottle has had a bit more thought put into it than most, with a neat, quick-release cover to keep filth off the valve, lightweight construction and high volume flow. It's great for riders or racers that get out in foul weather, whether on dirt or hardpack.
CamelBak Podium Dirt Series 21oz water bottle
The new CamelBak Podium Dirt Series21oz (620ml) water bottle is a simple plastic drinks bottle with a brand new valve and cap. The new valve is great but the Mud Cap is an afterthought and doesn't work well in practice.
Specialized Purist MoFlo water bottle
The Specialized Purist MoFlo 22oz water bottle is a simple drinking bottle that is easy to drink from and doesn't retain any aftertaste, great for use with electrolytes or other recovery drinks.
Camelbak Podium Chill Insulated Bottle
Cresting that summit on a stifling summer's day, you reach down for your bottle to douse your tongue and throat with cool refreshing liquid only to find a tepid blast of energy drink... never very nice. Camelbak's Podium Chill Insulated Water Bottle is designed to combat that, but while it does help a little, tester Stu doesn't think it makes enough difference to justify the price. The bottle does have some other benefits, though.
Camelbak Podium 710ml bottle
Last October Jim over at road.cc gave high praise to the Skratch Labs version of the Camelbak Podium 710ml bottle, his only criticism being that the shape didn't work with some bottle cages. This latest version looks to have addressed that – though the price has gone up by a chunk.
BackBottle water bottle
This is an old review but the product is still on sale and seeming still very useful. Its a squeezable water bottle to store in your jersey or 'stash bibs' with a lid that opens and closes like a regular bottle. Our reviewer reckons is does it work, and does it warrant the price.
We are well aware that this buyer's guide is a little CamelBak heavy at the moment so we will endeavour to add more variety to the list over the coming months. Check back soon for more.
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