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The Passport Frostbright Reflective Water Bottle is a decent bottle that sits well in cages, is easy to use, and keeps cool drinks cool and warm drinks warm. It could perhaps be easier to squeeze, but all in all it's a decent bottle at a decent price.
The first thing you notice about the bottle is that it has been designed with reflective qualities in mind. It has a clear outer layer of plastic, but inside is a high-vis material with snowflakes on. It works too – when light shines on it, it really lights up well.
As well as being high-vis, the bottle is thermal, keeping drinks cold or warm. It worked relatively well at this – I put in cold water and it seemed to be around the same temperature a couple of hours later. It works with warm drinks too, but a bottle full of tea isn't really what you want this time of year.
The shape sits well in bottle cages – I didn't notice much movement and it was never close to popping out.
At the top, it has a traditional screw-on cap and the nozzle is a simple push up or down affair. Both work well, and the nozzle is made from a relatively malleable rubber, which doesn't leave any kind of taste in the mouth.
It isn't the easiest bottle to squeeze, probably because of the space between the outer clear plastic and the inner, where the liquid is held. I had to squeeze it considerably harder than most other bottles to get the same amount out.
As for price, its RRP of £11.99 is very reasonable for a thermal bottle. It also comes in silver and red, blue or black, so you can probably match it to your bike, if you're into that kind of thing.
Overall, it's a decent bottle. Its thermal properties are good, it doesn't move around in the cage, and has a useful high visibility element – all at a decent price. I'd like it even more if it was a bit easier to squeeze.
Good thermal bottle, though you do need to squeeze it harder than most
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Passport Frostbright Reflective Water Bottle
Size tested: Volume 550m
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?
Passport says: "It is a high visibility, thermal water bottle, for keeping drinks cool or warm whilst improving your visibility."
It works well for all of these purposes.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Insulated double skinned PVC bottle.
Safety reflective liner.
Large access screw-on cap.
Seems well made, stayed in the cage nicely and kept everything as warm or cold as I needed.
Performed fine, although did need to squeeze a little harder than I would like to get liquid out.
Seems well made and the tough outer means it is likely to last a long time, even if it's dropped a few times.
Good price for a decent bottle.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It performed well, nice and high vis, but perhaps could be easier to squeeze.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The high vis element is a nice touch.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Needing to squeeze hard to get liquid out was a bit of a pain.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
Good price, well made and innovative features, a good choice for a water bottle.
About the tester
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George is the host of the road.cc podcast and has been writing for road.cc since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between.
Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.