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!
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.
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…
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.
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