The first two things I liked that CamelBak improved upon were the Jet Valve design and the larger removable nozzle. The lockout on the Jet Valve is larger than the old design and much easier to turn to lock or unlock with one hand while riding. The nozzle of the Jet Valve is larger delivering a faster flow and is easily removed for cleaning. This new nozzle contains the self-sealing blue valve making it a breeze to clean, unlike the old design.
The grip was redesigned, too. It fits perfectly to your thumb and index finger providing a secure grip. This design makes it easier to squeeze the bottle to produce flow whereas the old design was much more rigid and required more squeeze pressure.
In conclusion, the new CamelBak Podium water bottles are an improvement on an already good design. Forget about those inferior standard water bottles, CamelBak did it right with this one. Whether you are a serious cyclist or a casual weekend rider, you will enjoy the new and improved CamelBak Podium Series bottles.
CamelBak Podium bottles come in 21 & 24 oz. sizes and also an insulated version called Podium Chill in 21 & 25 oz. sizes. Available at Penn Cycle, other fine bike shops and from the CamelBak Shop online.
Disclosure: CamelBak provided the review samples for this article, but offered no other form of compensation for this review.