We’ve seen something similar from Birzman, and a straight-line approach from Fabric, and now there’s a full twist version. The new Fidlock Bottle Twist mount uses a proprietary bottle design with two nubs that slot into the base plate. It’s as clean a design as any of the others, where it differentiates itself is with the magnetic attachment that makes it easier to replace the bottle
hands eyes? free. It seems to be the the exact same thing we saw from Restrap earlier in the year which it appears Restrap had a hand in developing, as Fidlock looks to actually be Restrap’s magnetic clasp supplier.
Fidlock has been making magnetically attaching buckles for shoes and other gear (like that Mindshift pack we reviewed), so from that perspective it’s a somewhat proven design being used in a new way for cyclists…
The magnetic attraction pulls the bottle into the mount, where one-way clasps close around the nubs. To release, simply twist it clockwise and it’ll overpower the clasps and come out.
At the moment, it looks like it’s only available in Europe for about $29 each (which curiously is a good bit cheaper than the Restrap version, although they do manage proper international delivery.) But, poking around their site gives us the impression they’re equally interested in selling the tech to another brand to use on their own bottles.