There are times on very cold or very hot rides when you wish you could have a warm or cold drink to hand. The Zefal Arctica bottle gives you this option thanks to the inner insulation.
It works reasonably well. It has kept drinks cold having been frozen first for up to two and half hours before reaching ambient temperature. With a warmer liquid it has managed at least two hours.
The Zefal Arctica is well made, with a screw cap that's easy to attach or remove. Depending on your preference it also comes in several colours so you should have no issues matching one to your bike.
Both the inner and the shell are made from polypropylene and the weight without liquid is 210g. As with most bottles, it's 100% recyclable and dishwasher safe.
The walls of the bottle are flexible which makes it easier than some to squeeze. It's been washed many times and hasn't discoloured.
The downside is the size, the Zefal Arctica bottle is on the large side at 700ml capacity, which makes it quite heavy when it's full, and any insulated bottle works better when it's full. The weight penalty might put you off carrying two of these on a long ride.
The idea is good but you would need to be riding in extreme conditions to warrant carrying a noticeably bigger and heavier bottle. Price wise you would expect to pay a little more given the properties but it won't suit every rider.
Prevents your drink reaching room temperature for up to two hours
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Zefal Arctica bottle
Size tested: 700ml
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
If you have the fortune to ride in such temperatures where you need you drink to stay cooler for longer then the Zefal Arctica bottle is worth considering. It would certainly hit the mark more if it wasn't so big. It does do a good job.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Made from polypropylene the Zefal Arctica bottle is also 100% BPA free.
There is no doubt, the bottle is well made inside and out with a good nozzle.
The Zefal does what it has been designed for, keeping your drinks cooler for longer, almost up to 2.5 hrs.
Made from 100% Polypropylene it has proved to be durable.
At 210g and capable of carrying 750ml this will add to up to a hefty load. If you need your drink to be cold then it could be worthwhile.
Prevents your drink from reaching room temperature.
You are paying more for the privilege but if it matters that much then yes it is worth it. If it is for the occasional ride them perhaps not.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
On the money.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
It does work and could offer an advantage on cold commutes too.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Just too big and cumbersome for my liking.
Did you enjoy using the product? Limited.
Would you consider buying the product? No.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? If they were specifically looking for this sort of bottle.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
The Zefal Arctica bottle does the job of preventing drinks reaching room temperature but it is a sizeable bottle.
About the tester
Age: 45 Height: 178cm Weight: 80kg
I usually ride: Currently riding a Pinnacle Evaporite Three My best bike is: As above
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, mtb, Not yet but looking to dip my toe in the world of TT