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The Fabric Gripper Bottle lives up to it name. It's easy to hold and retrieve from the cage, with just the right amount of squish for fast fluid delivery.
I've been using the Fabric Gripper bottle for the last month or so, just as the weather started to get better, and have been pleased with the features of the bottle.
Living up to its 'Gripper' name, the dotted surface texture around the neck of the bottle enables it to be easily pulled from its cage and handled with ease. I've not had any fumbling issues which you might get with completely smooth-necked bottles.
The mouthpiece is shaped to enable it to be very easily pulled out with your teeth, and with each squeeze the Gripper bottle delivers a good mouthful of water. No need to suck on it, or struggle with prolonged squeezing to extract liquid. It's literally pull out of cage, squeeze, done, replace in cage.
The mouthpiece can be pulled free of the bottle for cleaning, too, or is easily wiped down to remove any dust or dirt.
The Gripper is also BPA-free, BPA being "bisphenol A", an industrial chemical that there have been health concerns about regarding it contaminating the food or drink it contains. The Gripper bottle contains none of that, which is a good thing. In everyday use, I noticed that water that had been in it a couple of days still tasted fine, with no plasticky taint.
My only issue during the four weeks of constant use was that the 'BIKES BIKES BIKES' writing on the side started to get a bit scuffed off. This is pretty common to most water bottles I have, though, so I wasn't too bothered.
Compared to other bottles on the market, I would say the Fabric Gripper is pretty good value at £8.99 – looking at similar reviews on road.cc the Zefal Sense Pro scored well for a pound less, while the 620ml Camelbak Podium is £10.99. However, Elite's Jet is also BPA-free but just £4.99 (for a 500ml size).
In hot weather, 600ml was enough for me to do rides of about an hour and half, but Fabric also makes a larger 750ml version for those of you who get a bit thirstier, for just £1 more. The Gripper is also available with other colours to match your bike or finishing kit – black, green, blue and red.
Grippy to hold, delivers fluid fast with just the right amount of squish, easily cleaned and BPA-free
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Fabric Gripper Bottle 600ml
Size tested: 600ml
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?
Fabric says: "Get to grips with your thirst, with our innovative Gripper bottle. The unique non-slip surface gives you maximum grasp, whatever the weather. The bottle is BPA free and features our high-flow valve and silicone mouthpiece."
I agree with the statement – it's easy to grab, and delivers liquid very quickly.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
* Valve: High flow
* Material: BPA free
* Texture: Integrated non-slip
* Volume: 600ml
Very well made; only the graphics on the side are showing signs of wear.
Performs very well in all aspects. Easily pulled from a bottle cage and replaced because of the textured surface.
I can't see why it wouldn't last a good few years, though the graphics on the side won't.
Its 69g is about right and comparable with the competition at similar prices.
Shaped mouthpiece makes for easy teeth gripping.
I'd say it's pretty good value for the performance, just £1 more than the Zefal Sense Pro, although Elite's 500ml Jet is just £4.99. The 750ml version for £1 more is perhaps better value, and I noticed when searching online that sometimes the 750ml bottle is the same price as the 600ml.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Perfectly, easy to get a good mouthful.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The textured neck means an assured grip, and fast fluid delivery from an easy squeeze.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing, just the 'BIKES BIKES BIKES' logos starting to rub off after a few weeks, but this has happened with pretty much all my water bottles.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Just a quid more than the Zefal Sense Pro, which John reckoned that was one of the cheapest 'posh' bottles we've tested, and it's cheaper than Camelbak's Podium.
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 overall score
It's very good; it's the first bottle I've seen with a textured grip, it worked really well, and it's pretty good value.
About the tester
I usually ride: GT Grade My best bike is: Boardman ASR 8.9
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,