This is not a bite valve.
Thanks to the pressurized bladder of the Giegerrig system, the new Nano hydration tube is like a constantly running IV – only for your mouth. As one of the weirdest and at the same time most intriguing products of the show, the Giegerrig Nano system could change the way we see hydration systems. You know, if you can get used to water constantly drip, drip, dripping into your mouth…
If it wasn’t for Giegerrig’s signature pressurized bladder, the Nano system wouldn’t be feasible. For those unfamiliar with Giegerrigs, they essentially use a modified Hydrapak bladder with two quick connect fittings – one for the drink hose and the other for the pump. Using a hand pump users pressurize the system which until now has simply caused the somewhat standard bite valve to flow massive amounts of water.
The Nano system will provide a new option. Utilizing a tiny biteless valve attached to the end of stretchable Nano tubing, the Nano valve is paced between your cheek and teeth and can be left there while riding. Depending on how you set the control valve, a steady drip or stream of water flows into your mouth for constant hydration. Think smaller amounts for a longer period of time than with a traditional pack. The thought is that with constant hydration that you don’t have to think about, you will be better hydrated over the course of the ride. According to Giegerrig, they’ve had endurance athletes shave up to a half hour off times while testing the new system.
The valve allows you to shut off the flow completely if you prefer to not drink at all. The system also includes a standard bite valve if you want the smaller tube, but a standard valve.
For those who aren’t keen on trying out the Nano system, Giegerrig will continue to offer their packs with standard bite valves and as always are dishwasher safe, and can utilize their inline water filters.