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CamelBak Groove Water Bottle Review and Giveaway Drawing

Water – good.

Chlorinated, chemically tasting water – not so good.

Disposable filtered water bottle – not so good.

Reusable filtered water bottle – good.

As someone that prefers filtered water for myself and family but gets nauseous with the thought of purchasing disposable filtered water bottles, I was quite interested when CamelBak offered the opportunity to test out their new portable filtered water bottle system called the CamelBak Groove.

The Groove holds 20 ounces of hydrating goodness and is available in both a BPA-free plastic and a stainless steel version. The stainless steel version arrived on my doorstep.

After a couple months of use, let’s check it out.

Out of the Box

First observations were that the Groove had a real sturdy look and feel to it and I dig the stainless steel look. Clip hook was a nice bonus.

To enjoy a filtered pull – The familiar CamelBak Bite Valve can be pivoted upwards and recessed back into the cap when not in use. The Bite Valve also easily pops off when you want to remove any funky build-up or give it a good scrub down.

The filtration system is basically a giant plug-and-hydrate straw. The plant-based (coconut) carbon filter (one filter included) simply slides into the belly of the straw and attaches to the cap. Pretty simple. Also, if you don’t have a filter, the bottle can still be used as a standard water bottle.

Of note, the carbon filter is for potable tap water only and not for extreme environments or funky hydration concoctions. It is tested (NSF/ANSI Standard 42) for the reduction of chlorine, taste, and odor. I would consider it more of a finishing filter. Each filters is spec’d to last 2-3 months depending on use.

I do have to say one thing about the packaging box. As an environmentally friendly designed product (use less plastic water bottles), I would prefer much, much less packaging. I don’t see anything mentioned about the packaging being made from recycled material either. Anyway…’nuff said.

The Groove-n Experience

Over the last couple months I have had a dozen or so adventures where I would be away from home most of the day and the Groove worked sweet for these situations.

Instead of drinking directly from a water fountain (or consider purchasing filtered water in a plastic bottle), I would refill the Groove and enjoy a very clean tasting water. As a little test, I drank directly from the water fountain and could taste the strong chlorine in the water. No likely! Take a pull from the Groove – ahh nice!

Leakage Testing

In my attempt to give it a thorough shakedown…literally…I tipped it upside down and on it side (with some gentle shakes) and watch for leakage. Nothing leaked out of the Bite Valve but I was able to create a noticeable amount of leakage where the cap and stainless steel bottle meet. I am guessing the water is moving out along the plastic threads of the bottle/cap.

Looking at the inside of the cap, there is no rubber casket of any sort to create a nice seal so the BPA-free plastic-on-plastic likely allows some small gaps for aqua to sneak out if the bottle doesn’t remain in a mostly vertical position. Many situations not a big deal but if in a backpack for example and the bottle gets bounced around…that may not be so cool sitting next to your iPod.

Final Thoughts

My entire family always bring along filled stainless steel bottles of water from our home based filtration system whenever we head out for some errands or short adventures. For those days when the bottles run dry, the CamelBak Groove provides a useful option that delivers a cleaner tasting water and reduces the need to purchase a disposable bottle…just be careful how you transport it.

Cost: $25 (BPA-free Plastic Bottle), $35 (BPA-free Stainless Steel Bottle)

Replacement filters: $25 (6-pack), $10 (2-pack)

The Groove and replacement filters are also available on Amazon.

Get Your Groove On – Win a Free CamelBak Groove

Want your own CamelBak Groove?

CamelBak is providing a free stainless steel Groove and to get your name placed into the mostly clean trail shoe drawing all you have to do is comment and answer the following question.

When would you most often use the Groove?

For those interested in a little bonus fun…include a favorite Groove-n tune – a song that has you toe-tappin’, head noddin’, or movin’ like a funky chicken. No videos required…although may be kind of fun. 🙂

The giveaway will close at midnight CST on Sunday April 17. The CamelBak Groove winner will be notified on Monday April 18.

[4/18 – Drawing Winner]

Using an Excel spreadsheet and the unbiased and a bit boring random number generator, the winner of the CamelBak Groove is…

Rick Emery!

Thanks to all those that entered and huge thanks to CamelBak for providing the free Groove.

I must say I also really enjoyed the music you all shared. Thanks for playing along. 🙂 I hadn’t heard of the Paper Tongues…really dug the tune.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

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About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

9 Responses to “CamelBak Groove Water Bottle Review and Giveaway Drawing”

  1. on 12 Apr 2011 at 9:46 pm Derek W

    I would use the groove most often everyday at work. I’m in sales and spend all my time driving around, so having the Groove would keep me from buying bottled water all through the day.

    OK, don’t laugh but my grooving tune is country! Travelin’ Man by Bleu Edmonson.

  2. on 13 Apr 2011 at 12:36 am Bill

    As a firefighter, I’m away from home for 24-hours. It would be great to have clean filtered water for the duration of my work shift.

    While reading your review I was swaying side-to-side while listening to BECK “Where Its At”.

    Bill Cox

  3. on 13 Apr 2011 at 4:44 am Pery Ligona

    Camelbak rocks! Love my pack and I’m sure a CamelBak Groove will too. The song in my head while hiking with a CamelBak Groove would definitely be Groovin’ by The Rascals – of course!

  4. on 13 Apr 2011 at 5:11 am David


    I’d use this at work. The lab environment I work in has tightly controlled (low) humidity and temperature…..difficult to stay hydrated. Would be great to have an easy access filtered system that didn’t fill the landfill!

  5. on 14 Apr 2011 at 3:07 pm Niecey Docherty

    I’d use it when toiling in my garden in the hot Nebraskan summer.

    My fav tune to groove to just now is Ride to California by Paper Tongues.
    Here’s a you tube

    Disclaimer: only listen to the tune if you are prepared to be overwhelmed with awesomeness. I do have exceptionally good taste in music.

  6. on 15 Apr 2011 at 9:21 am Blaine Moore

    I’d use it at work. I always have to bring my own water from home because the water has a metallic taste to it here. This would make it easier and mean less to carry back and forth.

    I’d probably bring it with me when camping/hiking, too.

  7. on 15 Apr 2011 at 10:06 am Rick Emery

    SO I stumbled across this water bottle while I was reading Blogs on They had a giveaway going on there for one that I missed out on, but the Groove totally caught my eye..I quickly briefed myself on it, and decided I needed to find one.
    After a quick Google search (what did we ever do without it) I came across your post.
    The truth is, if I won this bottle, I’d want to give it to my loving wife of 15 years, and let her use it every day.
    Reason being is, she goes to work everyday without a water bottle, & I feel bad!
    She won’t go to the cafeteria and buy any bottled water, or ice tea or anything for herself, as she’s so money conscious that she won’t treat herself, any extra money she has she spends on our 2 sons..

    In addition to taking it to work, she’d have it at home while working out, yoga, treadmill, or when she goes out and jogs the trails…

    I on the other hand, always have a water bottle at work, although not nearly as cool as the “Groove” but I can at least fill it with filtered water throughout the day at work.

    Yes, I want it for her because, I question the quality of the water at work that she drinks, and would like her to have something NICE, that is all her own…(hands off boys!)
    She would Love the Groove!
    and who knows, she may even tell me to go buy one then..

    Speaking of Grooving, I’m listening to some of our favorite music by Sade, “No Ordinary Love” ( appropriately so)

  8. on 18 Apr 2011 at 8:54 pm David Hanenburg

    FYI – drawing result is noted at the bottle of the article.

  9. on 28 Jun 2011 at 4:31 pm Megann

    I always have my Camelbak water bottle with me. Its like my best friend! The Groove has some great features, liek the filtration. It makes my water taste much better. And i love th bite valve Camelbak puts on every bottle.
    Thanks for the great blog and pictures!:)