We've had a couple of these Rapha bidons (water bottles) on test at La Velocita for a couple of weeks now. If you are a Rapha fan it's a no brainer addition to your Rapha collection. But for the non-Rapha contingent out there, the question is are these water bottles any different to others?
First thing to note is that the Rapha bidons are made by Camelbak for Rapha. Camelbak has been keeping cyclists hydrated since the start of time (25 years now) so they really know what they are doing here.
The plastic used is high quality and has a soft feel to it, making it really easy to squeeze. Even when we have been out on freezing mornings the bidon retains this quality.
The main difference with the Rapha bidon over others we have used is the valve. It's self-sealing and will not leak while on the bike. There is no need to open and close the valve with your teeth. A quick squeeze, you get a shot of water, the valve is sealed and you are done.
Our only tip would be to make sure lock the valve before leaving a full water bottle in your kit bag. If it gets squashed you'll be dealing with wet gear.
Available for $20 (small) to $25 (large) at Rapha.cc
- Self-sealing lockable valve
- Taste free plastic ensures a natural water taste
- Easy-squeeze body
- Dishwasher safe
- BPA free
- Chartreuse (yellow)
- Clear (smoke grey)
- Small – 610ml / 21oz
- Large – 710ml / 24oz
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