Spotlight on: The Bivo Trio insulated water bottle brings the heat

I made it very clear how much I love Bivo’s stainless steel water bottles. Stainless steel bodies are arguably more eco-friendly than plastic – and certainly help water taste better – but the real draw for me was the super-fast flow nozzle design. The water comes out as fast as you can swallow it, without squeezing it.

Bivo came out with a larger size a few months ago, and now the company has followed up with a double-walled, vacuum-insulated model called the Trio – and it’s amazing.

In fact, it almost works too good.

One particular trick stuck out in my head while testing the Bivo Trio. It was 100°F (38°C) when I opened the door, and the mid-afternoon high altitude sun was absolutely blazing. I put three ice cubes and cold water in two Bivo bottles, one non-insulated and one of the new Trios.

Half an hour later, the non-insulated Bivo One was already lukewarm. However, after ninety minutes, the water in the Bivo Trio was not yet ice cold, but the ice cubes weren’t even completely melted yet.

Other positive attributes of the other Bivo bottles are also found with the Trio. The flow rate is still incredibly high, the stainless steel interior gives absolutely no taste to the water, and everything comes apart in seconds for thorough cleaning (and drying) in a conventional dishwasher. Bivo also sells replacement tops if and when one wears out, although I wish the company offered small individual pieces as well.

Unfortunately, the same disadvantages also apply.

The stainless steel body is prone to dents if you drop it, the silicone rubber exterior is quick to scratch (especially in a metal bottle cage), and given the double wall construction, the Bivo Trio is even heavier at 273g while holding a modest 620ml (21oz). For reference, that’s almost 200g more than a standard Specialized plastic bottle of the same capacity, and over 100g more than the already heavy Bivo One.

The Bivo Trio is also quite expensive at US$49 (pricing for other regions is TBD).

But is it too dear, or is it too heavy? I can’t answer that question for you, but personally I like cold water in hot weather, and I like my water to taste like water, not plastic. Weight isn’t everything.

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Wiley C. Thompson