Before I tell you about the Camelbak Eddy Thermal Insulated Waterbottle let me tell you a little story:
Some kids have blankies, some have binkies. I had a bottle. One of those plastic open ended baggie type deals with a chewy silicone nipple meant for weaning babies off breastfeeding. I had it well beyond the age when it was socially acceptable to have a bottle.
I imagine people side-eyed the hell out of the 6 year old with the bottle nipple hanging out of her mouth like a tiny marlborough man sucking on a smoke. But I guess people assumed it was a kid comfort thing, so they let it slide without too much razzing.
Bottom line Camelbaks are like bottles for babies, but for adults. Adult bottles, for baby adults.
Q: Does it leak?
A: Almost never. if you leave it upside in your purse or on your pillow it might leak/dribble (like small animals and boyfriends) so I'd call it virtually leak proof, especially if you flip the silicone bite valve back into the closed position
Q: How easy is it to drink out of the Camelbak Eddy?
A: Like taking a baby bottle from a baby... and then drinking from it... only there's a straw, so no tilting your head back and looking like a giant ridiculous baby. Perfect for when you want to sip continuously without leaving an open container of water beside your laptop. Seriously though, in 2009 Camelbak paid some science people at Pepperdine University to do some science stuff and look into the nipple on these things. The study showed that people consumed 24% more water with the Camelbak Eddy style bite valve bottle than they did with wide mouth or screw cap bottles. While this might seem like a big increase, it's not surprising to me I find myself sipping continuously and mindlessly out of the Camelbak Eddy, so I'm going to go ahead and believe the Camelbak funded scientists.
Q: How long will the Camelbak Eddy insulated stainless steel bottle keep things cold?
A: In my experience if you fill this sucker with ice and water in the morning and then forget it on the kitchen counter instead of bringing it to work because you are fundamentally disorganized, It will still have a bit of ice in it by the next morning. Pretty nifty. Great for the beach/sports/bakeries/steam rooms/steam engines/the surface of the sun . Fill it with ice, drink the water and then refill it again for all day refreshment.
Q: Will it hold flavours?
A: The stainless steel will not, so you might be tempted to put coffee or mulled wine/whiskey or something in it.
A: Weight and capacity are a bit of an issue. Because it is double walled it holds less liquid than other bottles of the same size. It's also a bit heavier. That being said, this is quickly forgotten when you take an ice cold swig of water (gin and tonic) and then proceed to drop the bottle and not break it. .
Q: Is it green?
A: Very few things are perfectly green. This is definitely greener than a plastic disposable water bottle but lets be honest, anything is greener than single use disposable plastic. An econoline with a hole in the gas tank, a soyuz rocket on a joy ride, dogs smoking cigars for the fun of it. All infinitely gentler on the environment than plastic bottles, but I digress.
The Camelbak Eddy insulated bottle is made from medical grade stainless steel which takes a lot of energy (read pollution) to manufacture, so that's kind of a bummer, But the fact that it's not plastic or aluminum means that it does not need to be lined with any potentially harmful materials to protect the inside, so it's a healthier and more durable option. The Camelbak Stainless Steel Eddy bottle is also extraordinarily hard so you can keep the bottle indefinitely. Drops and dings will not mean replacing the bottle. To be fair, the cap could wear out, but I have yet to change the bottle I bought 5 years ago. I suspect most people would lose the bottle before the thing actually breaks.
How many Greenish Things does the Camelbak Eddy insulated water bottle deserve?
4.5 out of 5 Greenish Things