Polar Bottle History

Robert Heiberger and Judy Amabile founded Product Architects, Inc. (Polar Bottle) in 1994 from a garage in Boulder, Colorado. As avid cyclists and budding entrepreneurs, they wanted to develop a bottle unlike anything else on the market that would keep liquids cool during long rides. Robert, a mechanical engineer with experience working with heat loss in the field of medical technology design, adapted his expertise to create the insulated Polar Bottle water bottle. From there, he and Judy began making the reusable insulated water bottles by hand with plastics sourced from Denver, Colorado that they picked up themselves in a family mini van. At that time, Polar Bottle had one employee, Nechko Gazibara, who helped produce bottles while Judy and Robert traveled around Colorado selling the product to individual bike shops.

Since the original Polar Bottle Sport bottle was first introduced, it has undergone continual improvements to both form and function. In 1998, a removable valve system was added to the cap to facilitate cleaning, and In 2006, the bottle’s entire aesthetic was updated with a sleeker body design, the addition of a carrying strap, and the introduction of a variety of colored liners. In 2010, the company added several new graphic designs to their existing array of colored liners and, in response to consumer feedback, reduced the thickness of the plastic walls to make the bottle easier to squeeze. In 2012, Product Architects, Inc. expanded the company’s insulated product line with the addition of two new insulated lifestyle bottle designs — Polar Bottle Ergo and Polar Bottle Thermaluxe™.

Today, Polar Bottle has grown to a company of about 50 employees but we have remained true to our roots.  After 18 years, Nechko is still with the company, Judy and Robert still play an active role in sales, marketing and product development and we remain committed to philanthropy and advocacy, particularly within the cycling community that helped us establish our roots back when we started in 1994.


Judy Amabile is the President and Co-founder of Product Architects, Inc.

Robert Heiberger is the Vice-President and Co-founder of Product Architects, Inc., and the head of Engineering and Product Development.