Best one on the market in my eyes hands down
This item has Fidlock on it which makes it intrinsically sweet and worth 5 stars by itself, but once I tried it, that's when the magic happened. After checking to ensure that the bottle was properly attached, I walked from my van to the trailhead and was immediately approached by women. The women knew from the bottle on my bike that I, like a wolf, am a mysterious loner who knows how to 'howl at the moon' from time to time (if you catch my drift!). The women that approached me wanted to know if I would be their boyfriend and/or give them money for something they called mehth. I told them no, because they didn't have enough teeth, and frankly a man with a Fidlock bottle shouldn't settle for the first thing that comes to him.
I arrived at the trailhead with bottle mounted so that the Fidlock logo would show. While I was putting on my full-face, I could hear aroused asthmatic breathing behind me. I turned around to see a slightly sweaty dream in sweatpants and flip-flops standing there. She told me she liked the bottle on my bike, I told her I wanted to howl at her moon. She offered me a swig from her mountain dew, and I rode my bike, with her shuffling along side, into the rest of our lives. Thank you Fidlock.
Pros: Fits my bike, has Fidlock logo, attracts women
Cons: Cannot see logo at night. Would have been better if it glowed in the dark.
Great bottle: easy on, easy off, no problems...!
Locking system great, bottle capacity okay, bottle doesn't insulate so it's kind of expensive considering the only thing special about it is the molded bottle integrated with the connector. When I consider I've purchased two of these for both my bikes, it's almost $100! For that money, some sort of customized Koozie with cutouts for the bottle-holding mech would be nice to keep the ice colder for longer and sop up some of the bottle-sweat. Sucks when all that condensation goes right down to the Bottom Bracket on a hot summer day and your ice is gone in under 10 minutes. Another great idea would be for fidlock to make a bottle strap that works with the base so you can use other bottles, like those insulated ones. My only other gripe is that the nozzle is pretty bad. I usually just end up unscrewing the top to drink the water. I see they have newer bottles now with better caps, but not in the same capacities. That said, I still bought two of them and use them near-daily for about the last few months and have not had any issues with losing the bottle on jumps or aggressive trail rides.
The system install super simple and the bottle snaps in and out very easily. The bottle however seems to be designed very poorly. There is a ton of air that comes in when you are trying to drink from the bottle. I can't believe there aren't more complaints about the bottle - or maybe mine is faulty?