Easy-squeeze Polar Bottle redesign keeps your fluids colder – or hotter
Aching for a tech fix now that the annual Sea Otter Classic trade show has been pushed back to October? Never fear! In its place, we bring you Pond Beaver 2020, our own virtual trade show where we’ve went ahead and gathered up a mountain of information and images of new gear to come this season, all of which we’ll be rolling out to you in a satisfyingly steady stream over the next few weeks.
You’ve certainly seen Polar Bottles around, maybe at a bike shop, but more likely at big-box sporting goods stores and other major retailers: those colorful insulated water bottles that look like someone rolled up a bunch of aluminum foil and stuffed it inside. Maybe you’ve squeezed one and noticed how crinkly it sounded. You were probably intrigued, but even the promise of ice-cold water in the middle of a hot ride wasn’t enough to make you ignore how goofy the things looked and felt.
Well, Polar Bottle — which was purchased by Hydrapak in 2018 — is looking to shed that reputation and get a little more serious with the introduction of its new Breakaway bottle range.
The insulated models still uses a double-walled construction, but instead of just a Mylar sheet of the original model to help maintain temperature, the new version adds a layer of closed-cell foam that the company claims keeps contents hot or cold for twice as long as its predecessor (and eliminates the crinkle factor).
A redesign to the bottle itself supposedly makes it easier to squeeze, too, and the new top design incorporates a one-way, self-sealing valve that can be readily disassembled for cleaning. Polar Bottle says the whole thing is dishwasher-safe as well.
Retail price for the insulated version is US$15 / AU$25 / £16 for the 24 oz size, and US$14 / AU$22 / £14 for the smaller 20 oz size.
There are also non-insulated versions available that feature the same redesigned top and bottle shape, but without the insulation.