When you are planning to put in some serious time on the trail, the goal is to pack light. There is nothing more annoying than having a bunch of fiddly gadgets for everything. That's why integrating the purifier — in this case a UV bulb — into the lid of your water bottle is such a good idea.
The All Clear bottle from CamelBak just requires you to fill the bottle with water, put on the cap and hold down the power button to activate the UV bulb.
The LCD screen on the cap pretty much walks you through it. It counts down the 60 seconds it takes to purify the water and includes information about your battery life. The only thing you have to do is swish the water around while the bulb zaps your water to ensure all the water is treated and you are good to go. The UV bulb is supposed to kill the bulk of all bacteria, viruses and protozoa — in fact all but .01 percent of each type of intestinal nightmare per 25 ounces of water, according to stats released by the company.
The UV bulb is projected to last for 10,000 cycles that should clean approximately 101 ounces of water a day for seven years. Plus, the battery is rechargeable.
Interesting tidbit: Camelback introduced the All Clear in 2009 but then decided it wasn't good enough for release. The company held back the product to make it better, faster and stronger — okay, to clarify: it's not bionic — and now it purifies faster, the bulb lasts longer and the battery is more seamlessly integrated.
How often do you hear of a company holding back an item from sale to make it better? That's pretty cool.
So is the fact they lowered the price. When it finally hits shelves next month, you'll get the cap, a 25-ounce Tritan Better Bottle, a regular lid for drinking, a protective case and a mini-USB cable for recharging the battery for $99. For an extra $15 you'll get a pre-filter with a 100-micron screen to get rid of bigger particulates.
A better product at a better price like this is a pretty safe bet.