There’s No Rolling Around With Vapur! – 12/5/12

Written by Vapur Pro Team member, Anna Levesque.

My favorite thing about whitewater kayaking is that it keeps me in the present moment. To be successful I have to keep my focus on my next move and the rapids in front of me.  This is true whether I’m teaching on a Class II or challenging myself on a Class V. When I allow myself to get distracted I end up where the river wants to take me instead of where I want to go.  Distractions can show up in many different forms, including fear, obstacles in the river or… the feeling of a fat water bottle rolling around inside my boat.  I’ve trained myself to block out distractions and focus on the path in front of me, but eliminating distractions is even better. I was really excited the first time I used the Vapur Anti-Bottle and no longer had to deal with a bulky water bottle rattling around in my kayak!

To be fair, there are bungee cords in my kayaks that can help secure water bottles in place, but the bottles somehow always seem to sneak out. The first time I used the Vapur Anti-Bottle while paddling I was so excited that it fit nicely in the bungee chords because of the shape and clipped in easily with the small carabiner already attached! No need to carry heavy carabiners to attach a water bottle.

When I’m teaching and guiding I like to bring extra water in my boat and the only place to pack it is in the back with my first aid kit and throw bag. This is where I get a lot of movement from bulky, round water bottles unless I spend more time and energy packing float bags to fill up the space.  Vapur Anti-Bottles are wonderful because they don’t roll around even if there is a lot of space in the back of my kayak. Easy packing means I get to spend time on what matters most – helping my clients overcome fears, build confidence and develop their paddling skills.

The ‘no roll’ factor also makes Vapur Anti-Bottle perfect for SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) on flat-water.  Most boards don’t have attachments for water bottles on the decks and there is very little chance of a traditional round water bottle staying on the board while you try to balancing, paddling and tricks like pivot turns.  The Vapur Anti-Bottle lies flat on the deck of the board and doesn’t move around, especially if the board has a nice grip deck pad. I’ve even had my Anti-Bottle balance easily through a SUP Yoga class.

I love how the Vapur bottles pack down for travel so that I can easily carry them with me when I guide kayaking trips in Costa Rica or when I travel to Hawaii to SUP/surf.  It’s so nice to not have a bulky water bottle take up precious space in my luggage.

I’m hooked on Vapur and there’s no going back for me. How could I when that would mean inviting distraction back into my life with big, bulky, round water bottles? Vapur makes hydrating on the water easy, effective and they look amazing too! I’m grateful for all of it!

 

Anna’s class sporting their Anti-Bottles

 

Anna on the rapids

 

There’s No Rolling Around With Vapur!