New HydraPak DualBot Water Bottle

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Available in 20 or 24 oz sizes, the new HydraPak DualBot features our new dual function nozzle. Perfect for any bike cage, pull open the bite valve and get a high flow of water. With the bite valve closed, simply squeeze the DualBot and get a quick spray burst of water from the dual valve. A dust cap for the center valve keeps things clean and snaps in place when not in use. Price: 24oz $10.99 – 20oz $9.99



Available in 20 or 24 oz sizes, the new HydraPak DualBot features our new dual function nozzle. Perfect for any bike cage, pull open the bite valve and get a high flow of water. With the bite valve closed, simply squeeze the DualBot and get a quick spray burst of water from the dual valve. […]

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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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This Week’s Best Posts! Lemond’s future carbon factory tour, Danny MacAskill vid & speedy new things

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This week we visited Lemond Composites, a new carbon fiber manufacturing facility in Tennessee that’s looking to revolutionize not just carbon bicycles, but the carbon fiber industry as a whole. We met with Greg and his team to get the scoop, and found out they’ll be hiring soon.

Danny MacAskill continues to amaze in his latest video Wee Day Out, and Denise Mueller amazed us in totally other ways by setting a women’s bicycle speed record (and nearly toppling the overall record). We caught up with her at Interbike and shot close up pics of the custom, one-off KHS bike she rode.

As for gear, there’s a ton of new stuff still coming in from our Interbike and Eurobike coverage (yes, we’re still posting it…we covered that much!), and this week’s highlights include new, wider aero wheels from Reynolds built on Industry Nine hubs; a massive new range of sizes from Schwalbe, almost ensuring that your favorite tread will be available on more than one category of tire, and Tumbleweed’s unique take on the fat bike that turns it into a proper adventure touring bicycle capable of running more traditional standards while still rolling on 4″ tires. Links to all the rest below…

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This week we visited Lemond Composites, a new carbon fiber manufacturing facility in Tennessee that’s looking to revolutionize not just carbon bicycles, but the carbon fiber industry as a whole. We met with Greg and his team to get the scoop, and found out they’ll be hiring soon. Danny MacAskill continues to amaze in his […]

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EB16: Lightweight hauling with EVOC Hip Pack Race or new light Climate Control backpacks

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Even though EVOC is based in Bavaria, they don’t shy away from the fact that they make a lot of their packs in Vietnam. They tell us that they actually do a lot of mountain bike kit testing there as well. Riding in that hot and humid environment, far away from home, EVOC have a few new packs that are all about staying comfortable, keeping heavy packs off of your sweaty back, and still hauling all the gear you need on the trail. Their Hip Pack Race takes that to the extreme with a modern fanny pack that carries water, tools, and spares low and securely  around your waist, with a few tricks to make it both more secure when bombing down the trail and well vented on your lower back. The new CC series of bags add more hauling capacity and a more conventional backpack layout, but also get a new design to keep your back cool…

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Even though EVOC is based in Bavaria, they don’t shy away from the fact that they make a lot of their packs in Vietnam. They tell us that they actually do a lot of mountain bike kit testing there as well. Riding in that hot and humid environment, far away from home, EVOC have a few new packs […]

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

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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 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?

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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 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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