Drinking vessels might look like a simple product, but rest assured, the drinkware business is cutthroat competitive. CamelBak, a major player in the hydration pack segment, is no stranger to it ever since it ventured into bottles and insulated bottles not long ago.
With the Horizon Collection, the Petaluma-based company is extending its burgeoning lineup into insulated drinkware that is both rugged and classy for indoor and outdoor use. The collection consists of eight vessels, from tumblers in four sizes (12, 16, 20 and 30 oz), a camp mug, a rocks tumbler, a wine tumbler, and a wine bottle large enough for an entire 750ml bottle. Makes sense for a company that calls California’s wine country home.
That’s a lot to cover but the line features vacuumed insulated 18/8 stainless construction, BPA/BPS/BPF free lid with tri-mode flow control for the mugs and tumblers, an easy to drink and a clean design, a durable powder coat finish, and a non-slip silicone base.
Prices for the Horizon Collection range from $19 for the 10oz Rocks Tumbler to $35 for the wine bottle in a variety of colors. Available now.
Insulated (top) and regular (bottom) CamelBak Quick Stow flask. Photo: Stephen Lam/Element.ly
The CamelBak Quick Stow Flask, folded. Photo: Stephen Lam/Element.ly
At last year’s PressCamp, I got so many water bottles that I ran out of space in my luggage. So while packing for this year’s PressCamp, I thought I could get away with not bringing any. Well, day one and there’s no bottles in sight. Joke’s on me now.
But, perhaps it was a blessing in disguise. Seth from CamelBak came to the rescue and I ended up with two of their new Quick Stow flasks for my gravel ride.
Let’s be clear: Soft bottles aren’t a new “thing.” They’ve been around the market for quite sometime. What CamelBak did with the Quick Stow, however, was incorporate their technical know-hows to improve upon a soft bottle.
At first glance, the existing CamelBak hydration pack user will feel instantly at home given that the water bottle uses the same blue polyurethane material (BPA and BPS free in case you’re curious) from their hydration reservoir. For the cap, CamelBak designers incorporated the design cues from their podium bottle, plus a self-sealing silicone bite valve similar to the ones found on the hydration packs. There’s also a lockout switch to prevent leaks during transport.
I was given both the normal ($20) and the insulated version ($28) and both worked very nicely. The cap was easy to thread on/off with an opening large enough for ice cubes and drink powders (whisky anyone?). And it never leaked. The textured surface also gave it a nice grip while I was sweating under the Utah sun.
The Quick Stow holds 17oz of fluid, a bit less than your standard water bottle but overall that’s not a huge deal. It’s wonderful for short rides, or longer rides where you want to carry a bit more fluids without the clumsiness/real estate issue of a hard bottle. Its small footprint also allows one to stow it inside the pocket of say, a Specialized SWAT liner bib … plus it’s great for traveling.
Now, the insulated version works the same way but with the addition of an insulation wrap that will keep your drink cold for about twice as long as its non-insulated brethren. After a few rides with both, I found myself liking the non-insulated version as it was packed down smaller and was slightly easier to squeeze given the single wall design over the double-walled insulated version. Alas, that’s just a personal preference.