Friday, July 1, 2011
Product Review: Hydrapak Gel-Bot
The Hydrapak Gel-Bot is a clever way to carry your water and your gel together. No stashing, no sticking, no trash, nada. Genious.
When the nozzle is pulled open, you get water only. To get the gel, just leave the nozzle closed, and give the bottle a squeeze while you suck.
While not readily apparent in the picture, I should also note that the neck of the bottle has two deep notches making it comfortable to grip for extended periods, even for small (female) hands.
1) I thought that I would put two gels in, and actually only be able to get about 1.5 out, due to chamber inefficiency. In other words, waste.
2) I assumed it would be a hassle to clean properly.
Hydrapak clearly thought through these issues in their design process, because neither issue proved problematic. You can see to the left there is a (green) pressure plunger that moves up the chamber as you suck out the gel (much like deodorant, except it is happening automatically). So when you have eaten all of your gel, the plunger is at the top, you have consumed every last drop of it, and it is a piece of cake to wash up from both sides. Hallelujah.
The Hydrapak Gel-Bot is available in two sizes: 20oz for $13.99, and 24oz for $14.99.
Posted by Paul Shippey at 10:56 AM