Camelbak Relay Review

by Brian Mullin on November 13, 2014

The Camelbak
Relay is a water filter pitcher that utilizes a unique double-filter
technology system that facilitates fast fillings and efficient cleaning
of drinking water. The double-filter design removes many impurities,
including Chloramine, Chlorine, and improves taste and reduces odor. The
filter is made with plant based activated carbon and each ‘Fresh
Filter’ lasts for four months. This double design initially filters the
water when filling from the faucet and then a second time when pouring
from the pitcher. The filter sits on top of the pitcher and has a
spill-proof locking lid. The Relay is dishwasher safe (top rack) and has
a 10-cup or 80oz capacity, and its space-saving design and size means
it can fit in the refrigerator.

The BPA-free Relay pitcher retails for $36.99, and the filters are $12.00.

The
family and I have been using a Brita pitcher at home for quite a while
now, and although it does its job just fine, I find it annoying to use.
It takes forever for the water to cycle through the filter, and the
pitcher is somewhat large and bulky, and on occasion, it spills water
while pouring. In addition, it requires fairly frequent filter changes.

Impressions

Preparing
the new filter for installation was a simple task, and only required
you to run water through each side of the filter for 15 seconds. Place
the cleaned filter on top of the pitcher and clip each side of the top
to lock everything in place.  Once the top is locked you can fill the
pitcher with water from the faucet, and it quickly fills itself to the
lower water mark. Twirl the date dial on the filling cover to the
current month and it shows you the fourth-month filter replacement.

I
liked how quick it was to refill the Relay pitcher, and I never had to
slow down the flow of the water from the faucet, which is something
where most of the competitors fail. The 80 ounce capacity was just about
right almost all of the time, though sometimes I wish it was nearer to
100 since I it was easy to drain the pitcher quickly. Of course, the
size, shape and design made it easy to hold and pour, and it never felt
heavy or awkward in my hand. It poured with a nice consistency although
on rare occasions, it could dribble somewhat, and in direct comparison
it poured slightly slower than a normal non-double system, but it was
hardly noticeable.

Bottom Line

The
Camelbak Relay is an excellent water filtration pitcher that removes
impurities and improves taste and reduces odors. The double-filter
design means that it can be filled a fast as the water flows from the
faucet. The size, shape and design offer an ergonomic feel and easy
carry, so there isn’t any overt heaviness and awkwardness when pouring.
The filter lasts for four months, and that facilitates infrequent filter
changes.

I think one of the best recommendations was that my picky mother-in-law highly approved of the Relay and wants one for herself.

Pros

  • Quick filling – as fast as the faucet fills it
  • Four-month filter life
  • Spill-proof locking lid
  • Easy cleaning
  • Easy to pour and hold

Cons

  • Small capacity – would prefer 100 oz
  • Occasionally dribbles

Pitcher $36.99 and filters $12.00

Relay Specs:

  • Hydration Capacity: 10 Cups/80 oz.
  • Spill-proof locking lid prevents leaks when filling or pouring
  • Dishwasher Safe: All parts, except the filter, are top-rack dishwasher safe
  • Double filter technology with 4 month filter life
  • Bottle Material: BPA-free Eastman Tritan Copolyster
  • Total Weight (Pack and Reservoir): 1.85 lbs / 0.83 kg
  • Dimensions: 9.5 X 5.75 X 9.75 in / 24.13 X 14.6 X 24.76 cm
  • Warranty: Got Your Bak Lifetime Guarantee
  • Price: Pitcher $36.99 and filters $12.00

For additional information refer to: CamelBak Relay

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