Available at Dick’s Sporting Goods and many area cycling and outdoors stores (camelbak.com for locations), online at amazon.com; $36.99 for 80-ounce (10 cups) pitcher
The pitch: “Relay goes from your faucet to your fridge in a snap. It’s so fast and easy, you’ll discover all kinds of new uses for filtered water, from making your morning coffee to washing fruits and vegetables.”
The skinny: There’s a lot to like about this CamelBak pitcher — including an innovative filter that works on the water twice — during the fill and again during the pour. It’s been shown to remove 97 percent of the chlorine, taste and odor.
But for me the very best features are all about convenience, starting with the shape of the pitcher, which fits perfectly on the shelf inside my refrigerator door. When you love soda the way I do — and water not so much — the pitcher has to be RIGHT THERE to get me to think before I drink.
Another plus: The Camelbak’s filter works as fast as you can fill it from the tap. There’s no waiting around for the water to drip ... drip ... drip into the pitcher.
And though it holds a lot of water, it’s easy to lift and pour.
There are some less-important bells and whistles, including a lid that latches on tight, and it’s BPA-free and top-rack dishwasher safe. It comes in three colors (charcoal, aqua and purple). And the filter, though pricey, doesn’t have to be replaced as often as most — about every four months. There’s a little dial on the top that reminds you when it’s time.
But it’s the ease of use that has me drinking more water every day. I never liked the idea of paying a ton of money for bottled water, and
though we recycle, I prefer not to toss any more plastic into the environment that I already do. So this pitcher checks a lot of boxes.
And the water tastes good.