Jason Carignan, Vapur: “The hydration category in general is still very strong. This past year, the industry saw a significant increase in hydration product sales while many other categories declined. People are still drinking water and people are more active than ever. However, we believe that there is bound to be some fall-out among the ‘me too’ players selling parody polycarbinate, stainless and aluminum bottles.”
START YOUR TRAVELS AT VAPUR.CA
Meet the most versatile water bottle on the planet. The New Vapur Element features a patented flexible design that is lighter and easier to hold than rigid water bottles – and folds flat when empty to go virtually anywhere – to keep you hydrated no mater where your travels take you. Available in .07L and 1.0L sizes.
Travel Picks: The blogger from the Travel Bite shares products to make your summer trip no sweat!
SPACE SAVER “Dodge the $6 bottles of water at the airport and fill this one up. It even packs flat!” Shades Anti-Bottle
Foldable Water Bottle
Tired of toting bulky empty water bottles on the trail? Once you’ve drunk the half liter of water held by the reusable Reflex Anti-Bottle, you can fold up the container and tuck it into a saddlebag, fanny pack, or even a pocket. An odor-resistant, BPA-free lining keeps the freezable, dishwasher-safe bottle taste-free. A side clip lets you attach the bottle to your saddle or a belt loop for easy access on the trail. Available in gray, green, pink, purple, orange, and cyan. Cost: $9.99. Contact: Vapur, Inc., www.vapur.us.
Hydration Making a Big Splash
VAPUR: California-based Vapur, Inc. is on a mission to make hydration incomparably portable with their Anti-Bottles: reusable, handheld, collapsible hydration products. Vapur has taken their mission further with the new Explorer Series MicroFilter, MSPR $70.
Weighing 2.7-ounces, the filter and bottle set allows users to filter water in a one-liter Anti-Bottle directly from the stream or lake. The filter is a chemical-free, hollow fiber membrane system with an absolute pore size of 0.2 microns, said to safely remove 99.9999 percent of waterborne bacteria and 99.9 percent of protozoa. The system meets U.S. EPA standards and exceeds CDC recommendations for water purity. Each MicroFilter is capable of purifying hundreds of liters of water from lakes, rivers, streams and tap water over its lifespan. It includes a stop feature so users know it has maxed out its usage when water completely stops flowing through the spout. The Anti-Bottle is manufactured in the USA, is BPA-free, freezable and dishwasher safe.
DRINK UP! While summertime sweat is a good thing (it’s your body’s air-conditioning at work), all that fluid loss puts you at risk for dehydration, whether you’re working out or relaxing at the beach. To ensure you get enough water, tote your supply in one of these BPA-free bottles.
The Travel Buddy – Reminiscent of those Capri Sun fruit drink you used to beg for as a kid, the Vapur is an 18-ounce foldable flask that flattens completely when empty for compact storage. And you can toss it in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
“We are certainly capable of producing anything here in the U.S. The question becomes the cost to do so and the impact on the final cost to the end consumer,” said David Czerwinski, CEO of Vapur, the soft-sided water bottle company founded in 2009, which introduced the award-winning Micro Filter for its bottles this spring.
“The reality is that we all operate in a global environment. Depending on what a company is producing and where a company’s consumer concentration resides geographically, it may or may not make sense to manufacturer here,” Czerwinski commented. “Having said that, I personally feel that manufacturing outside of the U.S. just to skirt environmental, labor, and social responsibility is never a valid justification.”
Best Gifts for Dad 2013
Vapur, $10, www.vapur.us and Target
GET HYDRATED – Looking for a durable yet trendy bottle to use? The Element sports a brand new, proprietary and patented wide-mouth SuperCap, which offers ease of use and quicker drinkability.
The bottle is especially ideal of any urban, sport or outdoor active pursuits as it is durable, lightweight, collapsible and built for adventure. The new Element series is the first Vapur Anti-Bottle available in larger sizes (700ml and 1 litre) and designed to meet the greater hydration demands of athletes in mind.