Last Updated on June 18, 2014 by Heather Hart, ACSM EP, CSCS
Every small blogger dreams of having a post go viral. OK, perhaps “dreams of” is a bit of a stretch, but it’s a really cool thing to have happen: you have something you feel is important to say, and not only do people listen, but if feels like the entire internet takes notice. It’s awesome, and slightly overwhelming. As a result of last weeks posts, I now have a significantly larger audience…at least temporarily. So I’ll be upfront with you guys: I’m feeling a little bit of stage fright. I don’t know what to follow up those last posts with. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot to say (ask anyone who has met me.) But between the poignant posts comes a lot of rambling about things such as running shoes and how much I love to play in the mud.
Thankfully, my friends over at CamelBak have temporarily taken the pressure off of me with a product review and a giveaway.
In the endurance world, CamelBak is synonymous with hydration packs, bladders, and water bottles to keep you hydrated on the run (or ride, or hike…you get the idea). But now, CamelBak is infiltrating (and filtering) your home kitchen as well. The CamelBak Relay is a new filtration pitcher that was launched onto the market in March of 2014. When I received the press release, my first thought was that CamelBak in the kitchen was akin to that time I got an Eddie Bauer branded pack-n-play (fold up baby crib for you non parents). In other words: it didn’t initially make sense.
Or did it? After all, CamelBak deals in hydration, which indeed carries over to the kitchen and everyday life outside of the adventure world. Whereas, Eddie Bauer deals in khakis and boat shoes, and I have no idea how that relates to my infants sleeping needs, but I digress.
What CamelBak says :
“CamelBak®, the global hydration innovation leader, introduces Relay™, the first water filtration pitcher to filter water at the speed of your faucet.
Created to keep pace with active lives, CamelBak Relay relies on a unique, pleated Double Filter Technology system that filters water twice – once as the pitcher is filled and again as water is poured. The result is great tasting filtered water more than 10X faster than the leading competitor. The Relay Fresh™ Filter lasts four months with regular usage, twice as long as the leading competitor. When tested to NSF/ANSI Standard 42, independent test results have shown Relay removes 97% of chlorine, taste and odor
CamelBak’s innovative approach continues with a streamlined, space-saving pitcher design that holds 10-cups of water and easily fits in most refrigerator doors. A pair of side-locking latches keeps the lid in place and ensures spill-proof pouring.
“CamelBak Relay is the latest example of our commitment to promote hydration while eliminating disposable bottled water,” said Sally McCoy, CamelBak CEO. “We listened to our consumers’ frustration with existing water filtration pitchers and solved each complaint by creating an all-around better product that filters water fast, prevents spills and fits well into refrigerators.”
-Filter reminder dial
-Spill proof locking lid
-Covered by CamelBak’s Got Your Bak™ Lifetime Guarantee
– MSRP: $36.99*
– Replacement filter: $12.00 (3-Pack Filter available on Amazon for $28.50*)
The construction of the Relay is interesting to say the least. The filter is super easy to use, in that it is one large piece that sits right at the top of the pitcher. While reading the instructions is always recommended, I appreciate a product that immediately makes sense without a 12 step assembly.
I also appreciate the spill proof locking lid, however have found that the “locking” mechanism is finicky and hard to use. I really have to fight with it to make sure it locks tightly.
The pitcher does indeed filter fast, and becomes increasingly faster as the filter is “broken in” for lack of better terms. It also filters fast when pouring (as mentioned above, this pitcher filters the water both when you fill it, and when it pours into your glass/bottle/etc.) There really is no delay like I have experienced with other filtration pitchers.
As far as taste goes, I’ll be the first to admit that my opinion may not hold a lot of clout: I live in Vermont and we have a freshwater well. Therefore there is no chlorine to filter out. That said, I found it interesting that CamelBak doesn’t list any hard minerals that it potentially filters out (our well water is sometimes laden with sulfur. Ick.)
The sustainability and economic impact of the filter is pretty great: one filter = 600 plastic bottles of filtered water. I’ll do the math for you: that’s $0.02 per bottle per filter. Or, for the initial investment of the pitcher, $0.62 per bottle.
Want to see it all in action? Watch this video
In the end, I believe this is a quality product and a superior alternative for those who already use a home pitcher filtration system. Plus, it’s made by CamelBak, so you can feel like you have brought a little bit of your outdoor adventures into your home.
CamelBak has been kind enough to offer a Relay pitcher to one of my readers. To enter, please use the rafflecopter below. Winner must be able to provide a non- PO box address in the U.S. Contest runs until June 25th, winner will be notified via email. Good luck!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclaimer: CamelBak provided me with a Relay pitcher at no charge, however, all opinions stated are my own.
*Denotes affiliate link
Heather Hart is an ACSM certified Exercise Physiologist, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), UESCA certified Ultrarunning Coach, RRCA certified Running Coach, co-founder of Hart Strength and Endurance Coaching, and creator of this site, Relentless Forward Commotion. She is a mom of two teen boys, and has been running and racing distances of 5K to 100+ miles for over a decade. Heather has been writing and encouraging others to find a love for fitness and movement since 2009.