Hydrapak’s PureBot – First “EA” Free Water Bottle

hydrapak-purebot_water-bottleHydrapak has just released their new PureBot water bottle, which claims to be the safest and first/only water bottle that’s “EA” free. What’s EA? I’d heard of BPA (Bisphenol-A), but had to ask, too, and here’s their perfectly crafted, no-need-to-rewrite response:

“BPA is just one ball shrinking chemical in plastics…The new Hydrapak Purebot sports water bottle is the first Plastipure® certified EA-Free plastic sports water bottle on the market! Almost all plastics sold today release chemicals that have estrogenic activity (EA). While estrogens (the female sex hormones) occur naturally in the body, many scientific studies have shown that significant health problems can occur when chemicals are ingested that mimic or block the actions of these female sex hormones. This EA commonly occurs when harmful chemicals leach from plastics into the water and food we consume. Young children, infants and the fetus are particularly vulnerable and sensitive to chemicals having EA.”

Health related problems due to ingesting chemicals exhibiting EA are:
• Early puberty in females
• Reduced sperm counts in males
• Altered functions of reproductive organs
• Obesity
• Altered rates of growth
• Altered behaviors
• Increased rates of some breast, ovarian, testicular and prostate cancers

The Hydrapak Purebot retails for $9.99 (24oz bottle), is EA-free, has a large screw-top lid and is available in Continuous Sinuous (Blue) or Grasslands (Green).  It fits in normal cycling water bottle cages.



Hydrapak has just released their new PureBot water bottle, which claims to be the safest and first/only water bottle that’s “EA” free. What’s EA? I’d heard of BPA (Bisphenol-A), but had to ask, too, and here’s their perfectly crafted, no-need-to-rewrite response: “BPA is just one ball shrinking chemical in plastics…The new Hydrapak Purebot sports water […]

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Hydrapak Reveals new Surge Bitevalve for 2010

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Hydrapak has just revealed their new “Surge” Bite valve which will be featured on all 2010 packs and Reversible Reservoir II Accessory systems.

Details include:

• Rock solid shut off when valve is closed but allows the user to leave in open mode for easy fluid access with absolutely no leaking during the ride.

• Perfect angle and size for optimal hydration intake on the bike.

• Allows easy, one-handed open and close operation to control water flow while riding.

We’re supposed to be getting some of their new packs in to review, which will include the new bitevalve, so we’ll report back in a few weeks on ’em…

Another photo after the break…

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Hydrapak has just revealed their new “Surge” Bite valve which will be featured on all 2010 packs and Reversible Reservoir II Accessory systems. Details include: • Rock solid shut off when valve is closed but allows the user to leave in open mode for easy fluid access with absolutely no leaking during the ride. • […]

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Video: Ridiculous Hydrapak Reservoir Testing

Word on the street is Hydrapak is busily working on redesigned bite valves for the reservoirs and some new designs to debut at Interbike.  In the meantime, for your entertainment (and to make you wish you had a job like these guys), here’s some of their, um, QC testing.

I’ve got one of these (not the pack, just the bladder) and the top sealing system is solid, but I am anxious to see an improved bite valve.  The coolest thing about them is you can disconnect the hose and it won’t leak…except that occasionally I’ve brought the bladder with me to the trail and forgotten the hose.



Word on the street is Hydrapak is busily working on redesigned bite valves for the reservoirs and some new designs to debut at Interbike.  In the meantime, for your entertainment (and to make you wish you had a job like these guys), here’s some of their, um, QC testing. I’ve got one of these (not […]

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Review: Osprey’s Viper 9 keeps it slim but comfortably hauls the short-loop essentials

Osprey Viper 9 hydration pack, action shot

Osprey Viper 9 hydration pack, descending

Whether it’s Bic pens, Zippo lighters or a boutique hand-welded titanium frame, I have an appreciation for quality goods. It’s nice to know some companies strive to make products that stand up to real-world abuse, and Osprey is certainly no exception. Last year I got to test their Syncro 15 hydration pack, which quickly turned into my pack of choice. This year I was sent a Viper 9 to try, and while it’s not as deluxe as the Syncro it left me with little to complain about.

The Viper 9 is a smaller 9L pack but still carries a decent amount of cargo. Its slim shape helps keep you reasonably cool, and I find the shoulder straps quite comfortable. Osprey’s construction quality is excellent so there are no problems or damage to report, but read on for the details on the Viper 9’s storage, reservoir and other features…
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Whether it’s Bic pens, Zippo lighters or a boutique hand-welded titanium frame, I have an appreciation for quality goods. It’s nice to know some companies strive to make products that stand up to real-world abuse, and Osprey is certainly no exception. Last year I got to test their Syncro 15 hydration pack, which quickly turned […]

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Water Works Roundup – Filtration bottles and a wearable dehumidifier?

Dry Active Technologies wearable dehumidifier, on back

It flows around the planet, through our bodies and even hangs in the air – as the basic ingredient for life itself, water is without a doubt the most important resource on planet earth. Athletes especially know the importance of staying hydrated, so in this roundup we’ll check out two new water filtration bottles that make that simple but significant task much easier in any setting.

Unfortunately once you’ve done your job hydrating yourself, perspiration can become a problem, especially under weatherproof jackets. To combat such clammy discomfort, Dry-Active technologies has created a wearable dehumidifier that helps keep your body and base layers dry…
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It flows around the planet, through our bodies and even hangs in the air – as the basic ingredient for life itself, water is without a doubt the most important resource on planet earth. Athletes especially know the importance of staying hydrated, so in this roundup we’ll check out two new water filtration bottles that […]

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EVOC CC 3l Race, a new slimmed down hydration pack for cross country riders

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Just over the weekend Evoc gave us a sneak peek of their upcoming Hip Pack Race that aims to take light weight and compact trail hauling to the extreme. But they’ve also just released a new light traditional backpack for all-day cross-country racing. The new CC 3l Race pack was developed specifically to take on the eight long hot days in the saddle of the Cape Epic with their first year fielding a duo team for the event. As a result the hydration pack is built for endurance comfort with a wide and light hip belt and wide set of shoulder straps, but kept to a bare minimum with its slim construction…

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Just over the weekend Evoc gave us a sneak peek of their upcoming Hip Pack Race that aims to take light weight and compact trail hauling to the extreme. But they’ve also just released a new light traditional backpack for all-day cross-country racing. The new CC 3l Race pack was developed specifically to take on the eight long […]

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SOC16: Evoc teases new Hip Pack Race fanny pack

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Depending on who you talk to, fanny hip packs are either a great way to get the pack off your back, or a total fashion faux pas. We tend to think that they have their place, especially when they are well designed. Your back ends up less sweaty, the weight is down low, and depending on the model, they can carry quite a bit of water and gear.

We got a sneak peek at the new evoc Hip Pack Race that will be debuting this fall, and if you’re a fan of the hip pack, you’ll definitely want the new model from evoc…

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Depending on who you talk to, fanny hip packs are either a great way to get the pack off your back, or a total fashion faux pas. We tend to think that they have their place, especially when they are well designed. Your back ends up less sweaty, the weight is down low, and depending on […]

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New hydration packs emerge from Platypus in all shapes & sizes, for women & men

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The Platypus evolves once again with a new line of hydration backpacks with some updated features. From Cross-country to All-mountain, plus women-specific packs, the updated line from the brand owned by big outdoor outfitter Cascade Designs gets some solid new and welcome features, that continues the evolution of their hydration species

Check out their XC & roomier AM packs below the fold, plus their core bladder that I rather like…

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The Platypus evolves once again with a new line of hydration backpacks with some updated features. From Cross-country to All-mountain, plus women-specific packs, the updated line from the brand owned by big outdoor outfitter Cascade Designs gets some solid new and welcome features, that continues the evolution of their hydration species Check out their XC & roomier AM packs […]

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Endura hauls and protects with two new trail riding packs

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Most of the gear we’ve seen from Endura over the years has been all about keeping the wind and rain off while mountain biking in foul weather, or at the other extremes just cheating the wind on the road with their Movistar team partnership. But outside of a couple of helmets, we haven’t seen much from them that ventured out of the clothing sector. That looks set to change starting with two new great looking and feature-packed trail riding backpacks. The first, in their gravity-fueled MT500 collection, is the Enduro Backpack that can haul everything from pads to helmets and integrates a pretty unique Koroyd back protector. Then there is the lighter SingleTrack Backpack for more everyday trail adventures. Check out the details of both, pricing, and availability, plus a hint of where else we might see Endura growing in the coming year…

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Most of the gear we’ve seen from Endura over the years has been all about keeping the wind and rain off while mountain biking in foul weather, or at the other extremes just cheating the wind on the road with their Movistar team partnership. But outside of a couple of helmets, we haven’t seen much […]

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