Saturday, June 18, 2011

Heart Rate Monitors USA Camelback Water Bottle Review

Heart Rate Monitors USA is a Pennsylvania based company that sells not only heart rate monitors, but hundreds of other health products. They have everything from jump ropes to fitness watches to blood pressure machines. If your goal is to be healthier, Heart Rate Monitors USA has some products that can help. 

I was sent a 500ml (0.5L) Camelbak water bottle to review. I have heard a lot of great things about Camelbak, but I have never tried any of their products. So, I was really excited to check them out. Here is the water bottle I received:

First of all, I love the design of the bottle. The color is nice and the design is fun and playful. It makes you think of movement which can be encouraging when working out. The bottle also has a nice plastic loop at the top which you could use to carry it or hook it onto your bike, jeans, backpack, etc. with a carabiner. It makes it much easier to take your water bottle with you on your work outs.

One of the biggest differences between the Camelbak water bottle and the other water bottles I have had in the past is the straw and "bite valve" system. The mouthpiece is actually designed for you to bite it and then sip (while the bottle remains upright). It was really awkward at first to bite down on the silicon instead of tilting the water bottle back and just letting the water pour into your mouth like you do with traditional bottles. It took a little bit of get used to. It was also a little frustrating that you could only get a small amount of water through the valve at a time. The reason why it is designed like this is because it is not good to drink too much at one time when you are working out and dehydrated. So, while it can be a little frustrating at first, it is better for you.

The bottle is also BPA free. This means you don't have to worry about getting cancer from the chemicals in the plastic. I reuse a lot of old plastic bottles and I am always worried about the BPA. At least I know my Camelbak water bottle is safe. I am hoping to eventually replace all of my water bottles with Camelbaks. 

Another feature that I really love is that the water bottle is spill proof! I take water bottles everywhere with me including to work and sometimes I have to toss them all into a bag just to be able to carry my lunch, my water bottles and my book (I know, I am a nerd). Its really devastating to have your entire lunch and everything else in your bag ruined because your crappy water bottle leaked. I don't have to worry about this with the Camelbak. I have twisted, tossed and held this water bottle upside down and it does not leak. 

Visit Heart Rate Monitors USA for all of your health product needs. I could not find the exact water bottle I received on their site, but you can buy the solid color version for only $10.59 (and the price decreases if you buy large quantities!).

Disclaimer: I received the above product(s) in exchange for this post. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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