Camelbak Chute Vacuum Insulated Stainless Review
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The hydration company Camelbak has come a long way since their first prototype of an IV bag filled with water placed in a tube sock. However, what has not changed is this company’s constant strive to create innovative hydration products. Over the past month I have had the chance to use the Camelbak Chute Vacuum Insulated Stainless water bottle. Throughout my testing I have carried this water bottle while hiking in Colorado as well as treks around Hawaii.
Initial Thoughts about the Camelbak Chute Vacuum Insulated Stainless
The Camelbak Chute Vacuum Insulated Stainless is a 40 oz bottle that is kind of a beast. The bottle dimensions are 11” x 3.5” and weighs 1 lb without water. Filled with water the bottle weighs 3.6lbs.
The top of the water bottle features a detachable lid that is dishwasher safe. The lid has an angled spout and a cap that can be snapped down when drinking. This keeps the cap out of the way while drinking or pouring.
The body of the water bottle is made from two layers of stainless steel joined near the top of the bottle. The air between the layers of the bottle is then sucked out using a vacuum which insulates the contents inside the bottle from temperatures outside the bottle. This concept is called vacuum flask or thermos. The base of the water bottle is powder coated and comes in a variety of different colors. The stainless steel base of the Camelbak Chute Vacuum Insulated bottle can be cleaned using a scrub bottle brush and soap.
Experiences with the Camelbak Chute Vacuum Insulated Stainless Water bottle
The Camelback Chute Vacuum Insulated Stainless water bottle definitely keeps water cold. According to Camelbak, water will be kept cold for 24 hours and potentially longer with the addition of ice. However, I have found that this water bottle can keep water ice-cold much longer than advertised. Ice in the Camelbak Chute Vacuum Insulated Stainless stayed for over three days. Water was even stayed cold when the bottle was left in the car where temperatures rose well over 100 degrees in the Hawaiian heat. The insulation of this water bottle is incredible as there seems to be little effect of of outside temperatures on the contents of the bottle.
Additionally there is little to no condensation when using this Camelbak Chute Vacuum Insulated Stainless Water bottle in hot humid environments. Anything cold in humidity condenses moisture and becomes wet in a hurry. This does not happen with the Camelbak Chute Vacuum Insulated Stainless Water bottle. The dry exterior of the water bottle makes it perfect for using in the outdoors because sand and dirt don’t stick the outside of the bottle. The outside powder coating does have a tendency to get scuffed. Most of the marks can be buffed out with a little elbow grease.
While hiking the the Nepali Coast of Kauai I was able to carry the Camelbak Chute Vacuum Insulated Stainless Water bottle along with me. I found the bottle to be a bit bulky to hike with even when placed in a small backpack. Once arriving to the destination on the hike we enjoyed some flattened sandwiches and ice cold water.
It’s getting hot in here…
Not only the does the Camelbak Chute Vacuum Insulated Stainless water bottle keep water cold, but it holds in the heat as well. I tested the water bottle with boiling water over a period of 24 hours while outside temperatures ranged from 30 degrees to 50 degrees. After 12 hours, the water in the Camelbak Chute Vacuum Insulated Stainless water bottle had cooled to around 120 degrees F. In 24 hours the water had cooled to a bit below 100 degrees F. For cold weather enthusiasts the Camelbak Chute Vacuum Stainless will keep drinks warm when it is chilly outside.
Specs of the Camelbak Chute Vacuum Insulated Stainless Water bottle taken from Camelbak
- MSRP 38.00
- Hydration Capacity: 40 oz / 1.2L
- Total Weight: 1 lb / 510 g
- Dimensions: 11 x 3.5 in / 28 x 8.89 cm
Final Thoughts on the Camelbak Chute Vacuum Insulated Stainless Water bottle
The Camelbak Chute Vacuum Insulated Stainless Water bottle is able to keep water icy cold even in the warmest conditions. In climates that are hot and muggy there is little to no condensation on the outside of the bottle. On the flip side, this water bottle also can keep hot beverages warm in cold temperatures. Although a bit bulky it is the perfect water bottle to have when you need a cold drink at the end of a strenuous activity. For more info on the Chute or other Camelbak products, visit www.camelbak.com or www.amazon.com/camelbak.