Brand launches its first filtration product created specifically for the outdoor user
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (June 3, 2013) – Vapur®, designer and manufacturer of the original Anti-Bottle, announces the launch of its new award-winning Explorer Series MicroFilter. In an effort to continue serving consumer hydration needs for every situation, Vapur moves beyond the bottle to introduce its first filtration system.
The MicroFilter, named Gear of the Year by National Geographic and Gear of the Show by Outside Magazine at Outdoor Retailer among other accolades, is a lightweight, chemical-free water purification system that utilizes the most advanced hollow fiber membrane technology on the market. With an absolute pore size of 0.2 microns, the MicroFilter safely removes 99.9999-percent of waterborne bacteria (such as Salmonella, Cholera and E. Coli) and 99.9-percent of protozoa (including Cryptosporidium and Giardia), making for safer drinking water in the backcountry or while traveling. The filtration system on the MicroFilter meets the U.S. EPA standards and exceeds CDC recommendations for water purity.
“We are thrilled to launch Vapur’s first filtration product and introduce our outdoor-focused Explorer Series,” said Jason Carignan, co-founder and Chief Design Officer at Vapur. “No batteries, no pumping, no waiting, the MicroFilter is simply the easiest way to ensure safe drinking water on backcountry adventures. Our brand is always at the forefront of hydration innovation, and we are proud to have the MicroFilter continue that legacy.”
The MicroFilter is sold as a filter and bottle set with a 1L Eclipse Anti-Bottle in either Olive or Night Blue (MSRP $69.99). In addition to using it with the Anti-Bottle, the MicroFilter can also be used like a straw to drink straight from the water source or squeezed from the Anti-Bottle into another beverage container.
Together, the bottle and MicroFilter weigh just 2.7 ounces for ultimate portability, and the MicroFilter is capable of purifying hundreds of liters of water from lakes, rivers, streams and tap water over its lifespan. The MicroFilter also includes a stop feature, so users will know it has maxed out its usage when the water completely stops flowing through the spout.
For more information and to purchase the new MicroFilter, visit Vapur.us/MicroFilter.
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, collapsible 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.”
If you’re anything like the Vapur Team, you love hiking; it’s a great aerobic exercise that can improve cardio and respiratory fitness, muscle tone and weight control.
A hiking water bottle, like the Vapur Anti-Bottle, is an excellent way to stay hydrated without carrying around excess weight, or taking up valuable space in your pack. On top of getting great exercise, hiking lowers your risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, different forms of cancer or other causes of early death. Weight bearing exercise has also proven to increase bone density and slow down bone loss. Regular hiking can also improve your mood and your quality of sleep. A 155 lb person can burn up to 370 calories in just 30 minutes while hiking! By utilizing your entire body to vigorously hike, you can greatly strengthen your legs, knees, ankles, arms, core, shoulders and neck. Hiking can also be social and entertaining when done with friends or calming when you just some time for yourself to think and de-stress. There are many health benefits to hiking.
Our team’s love of hiking and our love of the outdoors has made us here at Vapur adamant about protecting our planet. The Anti-Bottle, our flagship product, was founded with our obligation to be globally responsible by helping provide an alternative to the 200 million disposable water bottles dumped in landfills and oceans. So wholeheartedly, we ask you to use a reusable Anti-Bottle, enjoy the land and, of course, get out and hike!
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.
Written by Vapur Pro Team member, Jake Norton.
When I was 12, my father and I climbed Mount Rainier in Washington. After our climb, we visited my great uncle, Roe Duke Watson, in Seattle. Sensing that I wanted to understand more about this “game” of climbing, Duke disappeared into his office and shortly emerged with a worn and tattered old book, its pages dog-eared and cover scuffed. On the cover was a simple, yet remarkably inspirational, photograph of two climbers silhouetted against a whale-backed ridge and about to disappear into the vast immensity of a Himalayan peak. The photo – and the climb it depicted – is one of the most iconic in all of climbing, showing Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld on the West Ridge of Everest.
Mount Everest is a magical place from a myriad of perspectives. While much aligned in the popular press today (and much of that being deserved), there still is a great deal to be impressed and inspired by on the mountain. From its sheer height and challenge to the wellspring of motivation it touches in its climbers, from the friendships forged on its slopes to the sunrises and sunsets viewed from its shoulders, Everest has a lot to offer to those willing to accept. For me, however, the greatest inspiration emanating from the highest point on earth comes from the past, from the ascents made decades ago and the people and personalities who made them.
In my brief time on Everest – seven expeditions since 1999 – I’ve been fortunate to brush with those historic climbs. I was a researcher and photographer on the Mallory and Irvine expeditions of 1999, 2001, and 2004. And, last spring, climbing for Eddie Bauer, I was able to follow some of the footsteps of Hornbein and Unsoeld.
Spring 2012 was a tough season on Everest, following a uniquely dry winter that left the upper mountain icy, scoured, and raining rock. My teammates – David Morton, Brent Bishop, and Charley Mace – and I worked hard, but were relentlessly pushed back by the route, the conditions, and our choice of climbing style. We didn’t make it too far on the mountain, but we were able to brush with history, to follow some of those inspirational footsteps of Hornbein and Unsoeld. While unsuccessful from a summit standpoint, Spring 2012 stands as one of my top expeditions of all time.
It was exactly fifty years ago today – May 22, 1963 – that Tom and Willi emerged from their tiny tent at 27,300 feet in the Hornbein Couloir on Everest’s North Face. From there, they climbed through difficult terrain – 5.6 crumbling rock, steep snow, and ice – and reached the summit at 6:15pm. They completed a new route on the mountain, and then descended the Southeast Ridge, making the first-ever traverse of Everest. Oh, and they spent the night out in an open bivouac at 28,000 feet to top it off.
To me, though, the most incredible part of their ascent was not the climb itself – although that was phenomenal. Instead, it was the perspective they climbed with and maintained after the climb was done. Tom and Willi were not after praise and pedestals (although they received plenty of both). Instead, they were after the pure essence of climbing: they chose the West Ridge because it presented deep uncertainty. No step was guaranteed on that route, the risk quotient was high, and that’s exactly how they wanted it. The climb to them was about far more than that little patch of snow on top of the world; it was about embracing the uncertainty which is, as Tom says, an “essential seasoning of life.”
For the past year, David Morton and I have been working with our co-director and editor, Jim Aikman, on a film telling the story of Everest in 1963 and the groundbreaking ascent of the West Ridge. We put the final touches on it last week, and High And Hallowed: Everest 1963 will make its world premiere at MountainFilm in Telluride this Friday.
In his book “Another Roadside Attraction”, Tom Robbins wrote that “history is a discipline of aggregate bias.” That may well be true – and I know where my bias stands: the West Ridge in 1963 was perhaps the greatest climb in Himalayan history, and one to inspire for decades to come.
So, on this day, let’s fill our Vapur bottles and tip them back in honor of Tom and Willi and all those who made their ascent possible.