Brand unveils new filtration system for tap water that’s activated by shaking
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (October 7, 2013) – Vapur®, creator of the original Anti-Bottle, introduces the ShakeFilter, a new tap water refresher. The ShakeFilter is the brand’s next step in expanding efforts to make drinking water more portable and accessible than ever by using activated carbon technology to remove unwanted odor and taste from tap water.
Safe, easy to use, portable and biodegradable, the ShakeFilter offers the most convenient way to reduce unwanted odor and taste from tap water. Simply fill a reusable bottle with tap water, drop in the ShakeFilter and shake to safely remove chlorine and other agents that may affect the odor and taste of water. Vapur’s new filtration product is sold as a set with three ShakeFilter packets per wallet. Each ShakeFilter packet lasts up to 50 uses, based on a 500ml bottle for up to a 30-day period. MSRP: $4.99
“Since the ShakeFilter essentially works with any bottle, it’s perfect for on-the-go use wherever there’s a municipal source,” said Vapur co-founder and chairman of the board, David Czerwinski. “There’s no more fearing the taste of tap water. Plus, kids and adults alike will have a blast shaking their way to great tasting water.”
“Fill. Drop. Shake,” the Vapur ShakeFilter is rolling out to retail locations nationwide and is also available online at http://vapur.us/shop/filtration/shakefilter.
For more information on Vapur and the ShakeFilter, visit www.vapur.us.
About Vapur, Inc.
Founded in 2009, California based Vapur, Inc. is on a mission to make hydration incomparably portable. As the leading designer, marketer and distributor of reusable, handheld, flexible hydration products, Vapur’s Anti-Bottles® have been adopted by athletes, celebrities, activists and families alike. The ultra-durable Anti-Bottle is proudly manufactured in the USA, BPA free, freezable and dishwasher safe. Privately held, with products available worldwide, Vapur contributes a portion of all sales to water-related and environmental causes. For more information, visit www.vapur.us and as always, “Live Flexible.”
Written by Vapur Pro Team member, Laura Bylund.
THE TRAVEL BUG
Many westerners travel the world in search of wondrous adventure and new cultural experiences, but quite often get more than what they bargained for… for no less than two or three days. Sure as scheiße, I’m talking about diarrhea.
Every world traveler I know has at least one story about that time they had a bad experience with some street tacos in Mexico, or was it that fruit stand in Thailand? It could’ve been the meat in Morocco, the veggies in Vietnam or even the coca tea in Peru. Perhaps the bacalhau in Brazil or from swimming downstream in the Dominican… The scary truth is you never really know for sure!
One thing is certain, however, and that is a lot of the common causes often boil down to good ol’ H2O. Our day to day lives are replete with the consumption of water and that doesn’t change when we’re abroad. We ingest it directly, make other drinks out of it, wash our fruits and vegetables with it, we do the dishes, we shower, we brush our teeth with it… The list goes on.
When you travel to far off places or even into local wilderness areas, you’re simply not immune as the natives are to the bugs that may be lurking. I’ve always been a little weary of tap water, so when I first started venturing away from home, the paranoia was slightly unsettling. I went down to Mexico and stocked up on bottled water, brushing my teeth with it and all. Even when I moved to England, I was looking at how much it rained and all the sheep roaming around, wondering where the tap water came from.
I then calculated what it would cost to keep hydrated on bottled water in Europe for a year. Ouch. Around that time, I also stayed in fairly large “Botel” in Amsterdam and refused to drink the water straight from the tap. How could they possibly provide that much clean water for that many people on a freaking boat? I filtered it through my old backpacking purifier, which was gigantic and time consuming. Well, that was 10 years ago and this is now…
VAPUR MICROFILTER TAKE OVER!
In the quest to keep well-hydrated in the wilderness, I’d been resisting the urge to follow my colleagues in purchasing other brands touting a water bottle with a built-in filter. The main reason– the flow seemed so incredibly restricted and slow that I would actually get out of breath trying to suck the water through. This seemed counter productive. You were on a long hike, in a thirsty climate and fatigued from the simple task of trying to get a drink of water!
Or it SHOULD be a simple task, I should say. The process of filtering water has been complicating backpacking and travel for years, causing many people I know to go back to chemical treatments. I am not of that camp, as I think it’s a little gross to have to filter silty water through a sweaty bandanna and I just don’t like the idea of voluntarily ingesting more chemicals in life than I need to.
THE MICROFILTER ABROAD AND OUTBOUND
Earlier this summer, my friend Michelle Jung and I went to Spain for a climbing trip/birthday bash. We had plans to go to the Balearic Islands and then spend some time up in the mountains near the French border, so I took the Vapur MicroFilter along. Mid-June is a time when the snow melt is still in full swing in the Spanish Pyrenees, which lends to some pretty radical cascading waterfall action and plenty of chilled, fresh water to drink.
Michelle is a well-traveled, 5.12 climber. She has spent countless hours both abroad and in backcountry environments, and has a lot of experience with different types of gear, so I was a little surprised by her unbiased excitement at the MicroFilter:
“This is simplicity at its best!”
She recently took that same MicroFilter with her on the John Muir Trail, where she broke the women’s unsupported, uncached speed record by 47 minutes. The entire hike from the top of the highest peak in the continental US, through the Sierra Nevadas up to Yosemite (215 miles) in 6 days, 6 hours and 5 minutes, all on her own for food and water (umm… I was busy that week). That’s covering almost 40 miles a day at high elevation, all necessary supplies on your back for a week, using the Vapur MicroFilter all the way. Notice how it didn’t slow her down one bit.
This MicroFilter packs a mega punch! Oh yeah, and Michelle’s pretty awesome too. 😛
Flying with the MicroFilter
In preparing for Spain, I had this grandiose plan to pack super minimalist and light for once. This trip was going to be pretty gear and travel intensive. I had to pack climbing gear for one, and two, also had to keep in mind that I was going to be on a boat for 9 days in the Virgin Islands on the way back, with a day in New York City in between. An overweight pack on my 110-lb, newly 30-year-old frame just wasn’t going to be an option.
I was simply going to pack the filter separate of the bottle and take an extra SuperCap to use when I didn’t need filtration. Let’s just say I found bringing one Anti-Bottle vs. two a negligible difference in weight and pack space, and so afforded myself the luxury of also having the .7 L size with me; my favorite for daily use, plane travel and harness jewelry. Ultimately, if the bottles weren’t so darn light and compressible, I might have been disciplined enough to stick with my plan. Thanks for encouraging my gluttonous packing habit, Vapur. Gosh.
Stand up paddleboard yoga, also known as SUP yoga, is a new trend sweeping across the US. It’s been around the coastal areas for a number of years and is now moving inland to lakes and rivers. It’s a fun and unique way to get outside, strengthen and stretch. As one of my students, a popular yoga instructor here in Asheville, NC described: “So fun to have river as the floor, and sky as the ceiling of the yoga room.” Many yoga teachers talk about connecting with nature in the classroom and that connection is so much more powerful when you’re actually practicing outside.
SUP yoga also requires a good deal of focus and mindfulness, much more so than yoga on a regular mat that isn’t moving! I had a student recently comment, “I had to move more slowly in and out of the poses. I couldn’t just pop into a pose.” I really like this aspect of paddleboard yoga – moving slowly, paying attention to our alignment and to how each movement affects our balance. In this way, SUP yoga strengthens our bodies and our minds.
I’m fortunate enough to live very close to the French Broad River here in Asheville and one of my favorite workouts is to paddle upstream against the current up to the Biltmore House and then practice yoga as I float back down to my start point. I especially love doing this on summer evenings when the light is beautiful and everything is starting to quiet down from the bustle of the day.
Staying hydrated while practicing SUP yoga can be challenging because regular round water bottles tend to roll around and can easily roll right off of the board. You need extra equipment like attachment points and carabiners to hold them on the board. Luckily, I am equipped with Vapur Anti-Bottles that easily rest on the front of the board while I practice making it easy to move around freely and hydrate when I need to!
VISIONARY AWARDS 2013 – Packaging Development & Design Finalist
The Vapur INC. and Ampac team, consisting of Jason Carignan, Vapur co-founder and chief design officer, and Sal Pellingra, Ampac director of innovation.
The awards entry quoted Carignan on the team’s success: “Ampac not only partnered with Vapur to develop the original Vapur Anti-Bottle, but by partnering through their IDEA program, Vapur was able to develop a defined short- and long term product strategy that was perfectly aligned with our strategic growth goals. Many of the product concepts generated during the IDEA session were subsequently refined by Vapur and introduced to the market, providing significant company growth.”
BACKPACKING FAVES FOR THIS FALL
Vapur MicroFilter. This ultra lightweight military-grade filter and bottle system capably filters 99.9999% of bacteria out of even the nastiest of water sources, transforming muck into something super safe and tasty to drink. Chemical-free and only 2.7 ounces, the MicroFilter removes 99.9% of Giardia- and Cryptosporidium-causing microorganisms. $69.99; Vapur.us
Written by Vapur Pro Team member, Chris Davenport.
I just finished my fourteenth year in a row visiting Portillo, Chile during the month of August. The last ten of those years have been spent running my successful Portillo Superstars ski camp, a week of good, hard-skiing, geared-toward experts looking to up their game. My history with Portillo goes much further back however.
My Dad came here for a few years in the ‘60’s as a ski racer, so I grew up hearing all sorts of tales about this amazing ski resort hidden high in the Andes Mountains. My Dad and his teammates would stop a few times on the flight down to refuel in places like Panama City or Lima or Quito, since the planes couldn’t make it all the way on one tank. These were the days before the international highway that links Chile and Argentina through the high pass at Portillo, so after arriving in Santiago, they hopped on an overnight train, inevitably with several bottles of Pisco, and settled in for the long grind up the mountain. Hearing these tales as a kid made Portillo sound larger than life – a place where ski dreams came true.
I first came to Portillo back in 2000 to run a ski photography competition called the Andes Photo Challenge. Partnering with Skiing Magazine, I brought six of the world’s top ski photographers and their athlete of choice to Portillo for a week of shooting a variety of subjects, including air, powder, and lifestyle. After the photo challenge concept was played out, I needed to find another way to come to Portillo, make some money, and ski every day with my friends. Portillo, with its incredible snow, terrain, and hotel/party life, has a way of getting under your skin and becoming a bit of an addiction. The camp concept was born and that first year I invited Shane McConkey, Wendy Fisher, and Chris Anthony to coach along side me. Somehow I convinced twelve bold souls to sign up and we were off. Shane was with us for the first six years of the camp, and early on I added Mike Douglas and Ingrid Backstrom as well. Now it’s grown so much that I’ve added a sixth coach, Daron Rahlves, to the roster. We also have a videographer, Jesse Hoffman, who started as a camper ten years ago and has been with me ever since. My twelve-year-old son, Stian, is on his seventh visit to Portillo this season and has been my assistant coach for a couple years.
We’ve been so lucky to get to ski with so many amazing clients over the years. Our campers range in age from 14 to 69, both men and women, with the common theme being that everyone is pretty much an expert. These folks trust us to show them the best snow and terrain Portillo has to offer, and we spend quite a bit of time working on skill development. Our campers ski in small groups and with a different coach each day, so they really get to pick up lots of individual tips from some of the best skiers in the world. Imagine ripping steep powder lines with Ingrid Backstrom one day and then Daron Rahlves the next. Or, allowing me to guide you on a hike up a steep and deep couloir. You could be learning to do your first 360 with Mike Douglas, the “Godfather of the New School,” or even dancing on tables in the bar with Wendy Fisher as the band rocks the stage. Regardless, Portillo is always a good time and my camp turns it up a notch for our guests with the guiding and teaching program.
Another element of the camp that make sit special for our campers is all of the coaches are on new gear – meaning next year’s gear, so our guests get to check out new skis, boots, clothing, and accessories before much of the industry has even seen it. For many years Mike Douglas and Shane, and me for that matter, would show up with white, graphic-less skis to test and evaluate. We’ve got a pretty authentic and inspired consumer group with us so they enjoy getting first looks, and in some cases, first tests of lots of new gear. One example is this year everyone was rocking their new Vapur Anti-Bottle on the hill, as they are so easy to roll up in your ski jackets or cargo pants. Another aspect of the camp that everyone really appreciates is the media side. Every day our resident media expert, Jesse, films and shoots images of the guests as they coach and ski with the pros. They take home plenty of epic shots and we edit up a nice highlight real for everyone. And in the evenings each coach gives a presentation, a slideshow of a recent trip, expedition or perhaps even a ski film segment in the works to be released in the Fall. These little details go a long way with our guests and are really fun for the coaches.
Fourteen years into my relationship with Portillo, I feel like we have gotten to know each other pretty well. It’s truly a home away from home for me during the dog days of summer here in Colorado. I know the other coaches of the Superstars Camp agree with me when I say it’s one of the trips I look forward to most every year.
A month in the Andes allows me to ski with all sorts of amazing people, both in the camp and private clients as well. My family comes down now every year and my boys have been lucky enough to experience some incredible skiing and deep storms over the years. I really enjoy the opportunity to work on my own skiing while I’m down there, figuring out new ways of doing things with my body position and balance, and developing skills that really take a lifetime to even get close to figuring out. But more than anything Portillo gives all of us a chance to share our passion for skiing with each other. My goal at the end of our camp, and at the end of every season in Portillo, is to send people home with the best ski vacation they have ever had. I’m proud to say that our record in that department is pretty darn strong. So thanks to Ingrid, Wendy, Chris, Daron, Mike, Jesse, Stian, Maureen, my Dad, and most of all the Purcell Family, the owners and gatekeepers of one of the world’s greatest ski destinations.
See you next season,