Bidon / bottle model & color which will look acceptably good after weeks and months of use

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req110
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by req110

Hey guys.

I am trying to find what is the best colour for bidon/bottle, and maybe also brand/model.

1) BRAND/MODEL/TYPE :

I had couple of

- white or black Elite Fly >> these are getting scratched the fastest from all bottles i had.
- Camelback Podium, these are good, especially the open function
- specialized purist >> good looking (black), but i scratched them soon and one of them has leaking lid a bit
- zefal sense grip >> cheap, acceptably looking but nothing fancy

2) Colour

I only had black or shadow transparent.
Is there a chance that completely transparent bottles or maybe white bottles will look acceptably even when scratched?

Thanks.
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by Omiar

Elite Fly transparent bottles look reasonably acceptably after some use. I don't see what could look better.
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by req110

Can you post a picture how a transparent elite fly looks like after period of use you'll describe?
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by MrCurrieinahurry

I can later on but I'd say bottles should be changed pretty regularly as they do get pretty rank quite quickly especially around and inside the mouth piece.

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by req110

Yup, i usually scrap two sets of bidons per year. But you know, i would prefer if the bottle stays at least couple weeks looking acceptably.
I am using black bidons.
If using transparent bidons helps, i am in.
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by mcfarton

I have been using the same insulted polar bottles for years. They are not hard to clean. Not once have I thought about scratches on them.


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by ghostinthemachine

Elite Ciussi cages with an assortment of camelback bottles. The only ones that are starting to look properly scraped and scratched are those i've used for MTB racing and/or 10+ years old. Or those with printed logos (ex team stuff, sponsorship bottles, freebies).

They're easy to clean, a gentle wash every time they are used and a proper clean once every now and again (dismantle the nozzle and soak in milton for 20 minutes, then a wash).

I'm still using bottles that are probably 15 years old.

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by Flasher

Binned all of my old bottles and now only use the newer version Camelbak Podium clear unbranded bottles, best yet, but the amount of scratching depends on the cage.

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by kode54

Also, scratched bidons depends on whether you ride in gritty conditions (like gravel) or on damp/wet rides where road grit/grime takes its toll on bottle cages and bidons.
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by req110

Can we assume that bidons, which are transparent or smoke-transparent prone to look better when scratched, rather than solid color?

Now what would look better, transparent or smoke-tranaparent?

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Solid color on left, smoke-transparent on right.
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by mike

Water bottles are disposable and look like crap after a months use

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by req110

You don't say.
I am riding in all conditions, so my bidons are scratched within a week, especially after XC race.

That's why i am looking for type+colour which looks scratched the least, so i can use them at least two three months.
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by Flasher

18 month old Camelbak's used with Tacx Ciro cages.

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by req110

Thank you sir. That's good looking!
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