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by Secret ShopperfromFunky After tasteNot sure if I got a bad filter, but this bottle gives a bad aftertaste. I have the older style better bottle without filter and there is not after taste.
Date published: 2010-10-27
Rated 2out of5
by kmarellafromDissapointedSo after buying this bottle, I rushed home to use it. I put the filter in and washed it out a couple of times...Now I had recently bought a ZeroWater filter which came with a TDS Tester. So I tested the water that came out of my water bottle (it was hard to get out but I did) and it was 60! That's not good! The water from my tap tested 40 and the water from ZeroWater filter tested 0...zero is what I want...any comments? Does it take awhile?
Date published: 2011-06-15
Rated 2out of5
by sfnativefromMore trouble than it's worthI'm not really sure I understand the purpose of this bottle. I guess if you live in an area where your water tastes bad there may be some benefit to filtering it. I didn't really notice any major difference between my San Francisco tap water and the filtered version. The bottle leaks slightly. I find that using the mouthpiece feels very unnatural and almost irritating. The cleaning instructions are rather extensive in their detail. I'm all in favor of putting an end to serial bottle usage and resulting waste but this isn't a product I could recommend. I'd prefer a plain bottle with a tight-fitting lid.
Date published: 2011-07-13
Rated 3out of5
by janmariegfromNot for well waterWe have well water that has a sulfur smell and iron/metallic taste. The filter so far is 50/50 for taste. Some days, presumably after our water has ran for a while, the filter does great and my water tastes excellent. At work, same situation; the water fountain is from well water with a very metallic taste, too strong for the filter to handle. I go into the ladies room, let the water run for a minute (i know, i know, i hate wasting all that water too...) and then fill the container and the filter works decent removing most of the bad taste. Conclusion: not so great for well water, better to buy something with a stronger filter intended for removing particles. For the price, and the fact that I can use it in airports, most of the time at home, and anytime I'm out and about I'm still glad I bought it.
Date published: 2011-01-11
Rated 3out of5
by sy83fromCan be good, depending on your needs.I intended on using this product at work, when I go to the climbing gym and for travel, since I fly 4-8 times a month. I had gotten this as a gift this past December and upon using it, it constantly sucked up bubbles/air with the water and leaked horribly when placed sideways even when it was closed or tipped. I looked at the lid, looked on the Camelback website and did what I could to keep it from leaking (checked the little valve, but it didn't stop, so I returned it and got a new bottle at REI. After using my new bottle here are a few things I realized:
- If you fly/go to high altitudes keep in mind that this is wear and tear on the bottle and it can mess with it's leak-proofness. If you read the manual, they recommend that you keep the bottle upright and that there could be water spurts. DO NOT leave it sideways - this will lead to a pool of water whereever you leave it!
- The water sometimes tastes filtered, and after using it for several months, i sometimes felt a minor irritation in my throat due to the charcoal. It went away after the filter was used 4-5x. Otherwise, I thought the water tasted fine.
- Capacity is small, but camelback expects that you fill up the bottle 3-4x a day.
Due to my water situation at work, I tend to tolerate a lot and this has helped me drink more water. Hopefully second time is a charm and that this new bottle lasts!
Date published: 2011-04-02
Rated 3out of5
by vansfromOK, as long as you don't bikePurchased to improve taste of water at rest stops, parks, etc. BUT it doesn't fit into a standard size water bottle cage on a bike, so not very useful to us.
Date published: 2012-05-27
Rated 4out of5
by 4CampersfromSo far so goodI've been a fan of the classic .5L Camelbak for years, and apparently my son was paying attention when I'd mention trying to drink while walking or hiking and spilling on myself. I was leery of these straw bottles and keeping them clean enough to prevent mold. I'm pretty impressed on how it can be disassembled & run thru the dishwasher for cleaning & sanitizing. No problems with leakage or spilling so far.
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 4out of5
by Yodeling NeighborfromReally enjoy this water bottleThis is the second CamelBak bite valve bottle I have purchased. Few years back I bought my first (non-filtered edition), but found after a few months it became too moldy to salvage. Using my member dividend I bought this water bottle because my girlfriend uses it and loved the filter. Indeed water does taste better, let's just hope I can keep this on from the same fate as the last.
Date published: 2014-05-01
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CamelBak Groove Filter Bottle - 20 fl. oz. Customer Reviews