It’s been a long time but MKDaddy has his Groove. I’m not sure who was more excited me or my DW! Oh yeah baby!! Fresh, crisp, clean, refreshing and life-sustaining water! I can taste the non-flavor if you know what I mean. You do know I am talking about the CamelBak Groove Stainless .6L and not some weird mid-life crisis… right?
First off, a little bit about water. In some circles it is known as the “super solvent.” This moniker is due to its ability to dissolve a variety of materials due to its polarity and ability to hydrogen bond. Hey, I didn’t lose you with some science mumbo-jumbo… did I? Anyways, water dissolves many things and will “pick up” stuff from the air or containers after a while. Of course most tap drinking water is “treated” with materials… you know like “chlorine.” Some areas of the country have “hard water” which is water with a high mineral content, usually salts of magnesium and calcium… the soap scum creators!! Sometimes you can detect a little bit of sulfur too! Ewww!
If, like me, you are a little snooty about drinking water (preferring bottled water quality), then this is where the Camelbak Groove portable filtration device comes in. It has a little filter … activated charcoal, I believe, that reduces chlorine, taste and odor for about three months.
The Groove also has a nifty bite valve to prevent spilling. Cool fact: this is the SAME bite valve used by NASA astronauts in space. If that doesn’t make you cool…well, at least the water you’ll be drinking will! In fact, a study by Pepperdine University concluded that these bite-valves actually help you drink 24% MORE water! (My wife agreed – and she’s a hard case when it comes to trying to get her to drink enough water, but she can down a full CamelBak bottle in no time!).
And of course the bottle is re-useable…duh! And BPA-free… because it’s made of stainless steel. (The Groove also comes in BPA-free plastic).
I have to admit the Groove lives up to its billing. It definitely reduces the chlorine taste and odor in our tap water. I can taste and smell the chlorine in our tap water when I brush my teeth. (Of course, do not swallow fluoride toothpaste! Fluoride is bad for you… unless the government says its o.k. to have in your drinking water… Think!)
I know someone out there is saying… “Why did I read this?” or “They let this guy have kids?” or more to the point, “Why not get a large scale household filtering system?” O.K., finally a good question. Answer: Are you always home? If you are active and out and about quite a bit, the Groove gives you fresh, crisp water where ever you are! Like at that public water fountain. Or camping. Try hauling a reverse-osmosis system around with you… yeah… thought so!
CamelBak also has great children’s bottles. Our son loves his dinosaur stainless steel bottle. And we, of course, love the no-spill bite valve…especially after the baby-opened-the-sippy-cup-of-milk-in-his-car-seat incident!
BUY IT: Online at CamelBak’s website, or outdoor gear retailers like Cabela’s, REI, Eastern Mountain Sports, Dick’s Sporting Goods, etc. The Groove retails for $35, and the Kid’s Stainless Steel bottle retails for $20. For more details, follow along with CamelBak on Facebook !
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Disclosure: I was sent a product to facilitate this review, and was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are 100% my own.