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January 22, 2011

CamelBak Groove Bottle Review and Giveaway

I remember when drinking water used to be so simple.

There was a time when you didn’t have to worry about tap water impurities, plastic bottle toxins, or contributing to a Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that we didn’t know that we should worry about such things.

Times have changed, though – and fortunately, water bottle technology has kept pace with all of the concerns that modern consumers have about the once-simple act of drinking water. Exhibit A is CamelBak’s Groove, a reusable bottle that’s a culmination of several of the company’s recent innovations.

CamelBak Groove

The Groove is a 20-oz bottle made from 100% BPA-free Tritan plastic, with a stainless steel version available as well. It has conveniences such as a thumb loop for convenient carrying or clipping onto a bag, a “flip and sip” straw which prevents leaking when closed, and a Big Bite valve to provide a larger volume of fluid per sip. Most importantly, though, is that the bottle contains its own replaceable filtration system that can purify water from any tap source.

CamelBak’s filtration device sits inside the straw, making it less top heavy than other bottles with filters in the cap. The filter is made of coconut carbon, a plant-based (and therefore sustainable) source that effectively absorbs particulates and chemicals for up to 300 refills. With the filter removed, the remainder of the bottle is completely dishwasher safe, and when the filter’s life span is expired, you can use replacement filters to continue using the bottle for as long as you like.

I've been using my bottle for about a month now, and I can attest that it's extremely user-friendly. The loop makes carrying very easy, the flip top straw prevents any leaking at all, and the taste of water from the valve doesn't have any sort of odd taste to it. This is the only reusable bottle of mine that has a straw, and I've found it a nice convenience to not have to tip my bottle upside down to drink from it - this feature seems especially handy during work meetings. The straw goes practically all the way to the bottom, so you're only lacking a half-ounce or so when it's time to refill. I have the graphite color, which looks pretty cool, but there are a few others you can choose from to suit your preference.

At $24 from Amazon.com (or $32 for the stainless steel version, from the same link), the Groove offers an affordable way to eliminate the consumption of disposable bottles while ensuring that your drinking water is safe no matter where your daily routine takes you. Drinking might not be as simple as it used to be, but CamelBak’s Groove bottle takes almost all of the hassle out of doing the right things.

For one reader, the deal is even better: CamelBak will give away a free Groove bottle to a winner selected at random from the comments below. Leave a comment, and I’ll announce the winner this weekend. Thanks very much to CamelBak, and good luck to everybody!

*Product provided by CamelBak
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Stuart 1/23/11, 9:30 PM  

I am in, I always need a bottle to hand!

Komickid 1/23/11, 9:31 PM  

I love CamelBak products, this looks fantastic!

pablotrejo 1/23/11, 9:41 PM  

I get laughed at at work cause i carry a water bottle everywhere. Love this one!

Yakov 1/23/11, 10:17 PM  

I try to carry around a reusable bottle, but my old Nalgenes (with BPA) are so beat up. I'm up for a new one!

drunkmonckey 1/23/11, 11:02 PM  

I really like that camelbak has included the bite valve and added a filter; I have an older or different version of this one that I think I got from amazon, or possibly woot.com and my only complaint is that the base is too large for a cup holder and it leaks a little thru the air intake if I have it full and leave it fallen over in my vehicle.
And a stainless version which will hopefully hold water colder longer all the better!

drunkmonckey 1/23/11, 11:06 PM  

Edit: I'll add that according to amazon reviews, this one will fit into a cup holder. Mine is slightly bigger at 32oz and I'd definitely trade for a smaller 1 (or 2) if it'll fit there.

Asko 1/23/11, 11:57 PM  

Oh yeah. I've never won anything as cool as a Camelbak.

krystyna47 1/24/11, 1:31 AM  

I'm going to put my name into the draw for the bottle. Cheers!! :)

Jason 1/24/11, 2:58 AM  

Count me in as well!

Caleb 1/24/11, 3:38 AM  

Nice! Thanks for the contest! I'm in!

Jesse - Run To The Border 1/24/11, 4:12 AM  

I've got a cupboard full of Nalgene bottles, but I'd be willing to give this one a try!

Puller 1/24/11, 4:31 AM  

sweet, totally need a new water bottle!

wayne 1/24/11, 4:41 AM  

I love the idea of the built-in water purifier in a light-weight package. This may become the standard bearer for ultras and adventure racers who sometimes need a refill between aid stations. Plus, I think if we looked inside some of the coolers at races, we'd be glad to have the contents filtered :).

Eddie 1/24/11, 4:46 AM  

Camelbak makes quality stuff. I have their low end model and it's great. This one would be even better, especially with the filter!

jeeters,  1/24/11, 5:22 AM  

handy looking device!

Carly 1/24/11, 5:57 AM  

I have been eyeing these for a while. I carry a bottle with me everywhere, would be great to have one with a filter! Count me in :)

TK 1/24/11, 6:33 AM  

The bottle looks great! I'd love to give it a try.

Meg T 1/24/11, 6:52 AM  

Awesome bottle!

John L.,  1/24/11, 6:59 AM  

I'd like to try it out!

Trail Clown,  1/24/11, 6:59 AM  

Cookie Monster needs new Straw Bottle

Jenny Davidson 1/24/11, 7:07 AM  

Definitely interested in getting the Groove! (Actually my current main water bottle is an old Camelbak one from a waist pack I don't use much now - it also has the top suck/straw feature, which I agree is more seemly in meetings!)

Tait,  1/24/11, 7:08 AM  

I could definitely use a new water bottle!

treklightly 1/24/11, 7:31 AM  

I'm always up for testing a new water bottle... count me in.

RD Jim 1/24/11, 7:42 AM  

I thirsty thinking about it.

Woodrow 1/24/11, 7:46 AM  

Nice to know Camelbak among others is continuing to make progress.

rbrown10 1/24/11, 7:53 AM  

Thanks, Donald. Sign me up!

JimDog 1/24/11, 7:53 AM  

Count me in! I love my Camelbak with JetStream lock. This would be great to have as well.

mtlion 1/24/11, 7:54 AM  

I like the straw idea.... good for when driving too.

Matt K @ GearGuide 1/24/11, 8:04 AM  

Big fan of CamelBak. Own a bunch of their stuff and could always use another bottle.

Anonymous,  1/24/11, 8:24 AM  

Looks neat - would love to try it.
steeplechaser29 (at) yahoo (dot) com

david 1/24/11, 8:40 AM  

This would be great for work where the water fountains taste horrible.

Heather 1/24/11, 8:47 AM  

That is a great looking bottle!

Timothy 1/24/11, 8:54 AM  

Well... had a nice little comment typed up but blogger ate it.

Would be interested in trying out one of these.

Knuckles 1/24/11, 9:07 AM  

I'm in.

Phil Hamilton

highperf 1/24/11, 9:19 AM  

Thanks for the news of this nice addition to the Camelbak product line.

Tyler S.,  1/24/11, 9:40 AM  

I love Camelback products! Count me in!

MDMatt 1/24/11, 9:51 AM  

I would love to win one of these. Thanks.

Robb B. 1/24/11, 10:20 AM  

I want to win one!

Bryan Mullaney 1/24/11, 10:26 AM  

This would be great! Fingers crossed

John Nguyen 1/24/11, 10:31 AM  

I want one! You can never have enough water bottles!

jbgodf,  1/24/11, 10:45 AM  

looks like another nice product from a smart company. I'd like to try it. Thanks.

My Life and Running 1/24/11, 12:24 PM  

Very cool. Seems perfect for traveling. Love that it's
completely dishwasher safe!

I've got my first giveaway going on, Donald. Throw in an entry! :)

Andy 1/24/11, 1:15 PM  

Struck out on all the 2010 giveaways. Here goes nothin!

Amanda Tiemeyer 1/24/11, 1:37 PM  

Looks pretty neat, would love to try it out :)

Michael Yoon 1/24/11, 1:50 PM  

I want that bottle!

Josh 1/24/11, 2:43 PM  

Always looking for a good water bottle!

Jim G,  1/24/11, 3:06 PM  

Sign me up!

Kohhal 1/24/11, 3:15 PM  

Nice review, looks good!

ajones 1/24/11, 3:38 PM  

I saw this in a store the other day and debated getting one to try it out.

Phillip 1/24/11, 3:44 PM  

Another excellent review, sign me up!

Jobu007 1/24/11, 4:08 PM  

I've been looking to get a new bottle. This one looks like it might fit the bill.

marathonmaiden 1/24/11, 4:13 PM  

i've always wanted to try one of these. count me in!

nhill,  1/24/11, 4:27 PM  

Count me in!

Lisa 1/24/11, 4:37 PM  

Cool bottle -- thanks for the review & giveaway!

Sara 1/24/11, 4:51 PM  

Fingers crossed! Would love a new water bottle!

Jamie H.,  1/24/11, 5:16 PM  

Pick me please!

Boris Terzic 1/24/11, 6:40 PM  

Cool thanks for the review! I'd love to get my hands on that bottle.

Timothy 1/24/11, 7:05 PM  

Is the straw able to suck out all the water? That is usually a concern for me with these type of water bottles.

Mamarunsbarefoot 1/24/11, 7:27 PM  

yes I have this water bottle!! LOVE IT!

Bob 1/24/11, 8:37 PM  

I have a double-wall stainless steel camelbak bottle that I love, but the built-in filter in the Groove makes me jealous.

Thomas O,  1/24/11, 10:08 PM  

Nice thorough review as always. Pick me : )

shel 1/25/11, 4:45 AM  

i like free stuff

Lesser is More 1/25/11, 5:16 AM  

I have a Klean Kanteen that I love, but the built in filter in the Camelback is really appealing. Thanks for the giveaway!

runputt 1/25/11, 9:40 AM  

Sweet bottle; great for those trips to the urban jungle.

Corey Singletary 1/25/11, 1:40 PM  

We have chromium-6 in our water! Help me Camelbak Groove Bottle, you're our only hope!

Paul, ShaRee & Kids 1/25/11, 2:00 PM  

Please enter me! I love the filter. I've been looking for a good bottle.

r(un)on 1/25/11, 2:03 PM  

Green, bullet-proof and it defunks water fountain water? Great review!

Chris 1/25/11, 2:44 PM  

I want a CamelBak Groove!


Al D. 1/25/11, 4:52 PM  

I love water, I love your blog, I love your book. If brown nosing helps, I'm going to try!!

maxamilian 1/25/11, 5:09 PM  

I had a camelbak water bottle when I was at tech school in MS but it started leaking, I think it was all the marching we were doing everyday. Anyways I really liked it so another one would be awesome. Ps just found this blog after reading born to run and I love it

Matt Dubs,  1/25/11, 6:28 PM  


Tozilla 1/25/11, 9:11 PM  

Another giveaway !! Yeah,
I am in.

Itao , San Jose

ratherbeswimming 1/26/11, 6:40 AM  

You know how much I love water (and your blog :) )


kathleen 1/26/11, 8:26 AM  

i've never tried a camelback product but have been meaning to get a water bottle with a sippy top for biking. bonus that it has a filter! you never know what comes out of public water fountains.

Fincher 1/26/11, 9:56 AM  

Might be a cool break from my nice (but heavy) Kleen Kanteen!

raul 1/26/11, 11:51 AM  

use less cups!

chris talley 1/26/11, 6:56 PM  

Thanks for the contest Camelback!

Andrew,  1/26/11, 7:47 PM  

Andrew from Monterey is in!~

Chad 1/28/11, 9:51 AM  

Big fan of Camelbak

Jeff 1/28/11, 12:57 PM  

Looks great, sign me up.

Joey C,  1/28/11, 5:10 PM  

I could definitely use a new water bottle.

TheRunningNobody 1/29/11, 8:46 AM  

Nice ! ... a must have !

Ironman,  2/11/11, 12:53 PM  

Everyone should have one - it would save this planet from the plastic wasteland being created now. We need more forward thinking companies like this one - good job!

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