I’ve been training for a sprint distance triathlon. Part of the training has been going on long bike rides. Staying hydrated during these rides, especially as the weather gets warmer, is very important. Rather than wastefully pick up a Poland Spring bottle for each ride as I’ve done in the past, I decided to invest in a proper water bottle.
I never gave much thought to a water bottle. I’ve collected a few free ones over the years from participating in century bike rides, but I never liked how they made the water taste plasticky. I prefer using my Sigg bottle, but its small size and twist-off cap make it less than ideal for drinking while riding.
At a bike shop near my apartment, I came across Polar Bottle. The one at the store was 24 oz. in size, which I thought was ideal for my needs. It’s also insulated with a lining around the bottle, which keeps the water colder. I didn’t really like any of the color options there, so I picked one up with a patriotic theme. It cost $11.99.
The bottle is BPA and phthalate-free. BPA, or Bisphenol A, is a chemical that’s often found in plastic products. BPA is an xenoestrogen, which is a group of compounds showing hormone-like properties. While there hasn’t really been a link between BPA and adverse health effects, the fact that BPA can leach into food and water has made it very unpopular with consumers. Consumers who buy baby products made of plastic have especially been critical of BPA, and rightly so. You wouldn’t want to store food or liquids in a product made of chemicals that may find their way into whatever you or your baby will consume. Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastic. They, too, can leach into food and liquids.Polar Bottle emphasizes that it is BPA-free and that it’s also made in the USA.
Our current bottles have undergone extensive testing by independent third-party services (Columbia Analytical Services, Inc. and Specialized Technology Resources, Inc.) to ensure that they are free of all known potentially harmful chemicals, including BPA and Phthalates. Our bottles exceed the standards for FDA-approved food grade materials and meet the standards for many countries with stricter regulations.What the bottle looks like inside.