The Scalatore drinking bottle from Elite is a stylish and functional piece of kit that would look the part on most road bikes. Its understated colour scheme and decals are far from garish, there's even a stylish picture of a mountain well, sort of - the graphics depicting a famous Giro climb (Stelvio) on the side of the bottle are a nice touch.
In use, the Scalatore is a highly practical and easy to use bottle. It has a wide screw-top cap with a raised ridge design, which makes it easy to open and shut, even when wet. The wide opening ensures that is easy to mix up energy drinks for longer rides and simple to wash. The softer rubber push-pull nozzle on the Corsa cap works very well, and I never had any trouble getting it open or closed during rides. The Corsa cap is also designed to pop off when the bottle is run over so that it won't fell another rider in the peloton if it falls from your cage; we didn't have cause to use that feature in anger but it's a good idea, and car-park testing proved that it works very well.
The outer surface is easy to grip and nicely shaped for the bottle's straightforward placement or removal in conventional bottle cages. In fact, it never came loose from any of the various carbon, aluminium or plastic cages in which it was placed. The whole thing can be stuck in the dishwasher when you need to get it clean, and despite its pale colour scheme it doesn't mark up too much and retains the graphics well over time.
Excellent bottle with a dash of extra Italian flair for a reasonable price.
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Elite Scalatore bottle
Size tested: M
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Elite's Scalatore 750 ml Bottle with the renowned Corsa cap is now available at a lower price point
Same cap and valve design as the market-leading team-issue Hygene model
Triple-function cap with soft rubber push-pull nozzle is easy on the mouth and delivers fluid fast
Easy to grip bottle with ergonomic shape
Stylish and understated design brings a touch of Italian flair to any bike
Dishwasher safe and BPA-free
It does exactly what it should and doesn't leak.
The nozzle is softer than many and kinder to your teeth as a result.
Offers high level quality for a low price.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The wide neck opening that makes it easy to clean in the dishwasher and the functional cap/nozzle.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 36 Height: 1.78m Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Surly Long Haul Trucker My best bike is: Litespeed Saber
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: time trialling, commuting, touring, mtb, Triathlon