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Canyoneering: An Element for the Elements ~ October 6-7, 2012

Written by Vapur Pro Team member, Laura Bylund

On October 6 and 7, with a little help from the Vapur Element Anti-Bottle, a team of adventurers from the University of California, Santa Barbara braved a few good canyons in the San Gabriel Mountains of the Angeles National Forest.

Canyoneering is a sport particularly sensitive to hydration and energy management. Dehydration is cause for many ailments in the human body and we are especially at risk when in the harsh elements of the great outdoors.  A typical canyon route imposes a series of slippery down climbs and steep rappels off waterfalls in a cold, wet environment.  The coordination, physical fitness and knowledge required of executing such tasks assumes that even a completely healthy canyoneer could have trouble getting out safely.

“Hydration is incredibly crucial to physical performance,” says Rod Tucknott, Director of UCSB Adventure Programs and a Wilderness Medical Associates instructor.  “In fact many medical problems that aren’t so obvious, such as hyperthermia and hypothermia, are often exacerbated if not caused by dehydration.”

Prevention of accidents and injuries is key because if anyone on a canyon team goes down, there is usually only one way out.  With steep cliffs on either side making simple egress virtually impossible, the originally intended route must be carried out in sickness or in health.  Neglecting sufficient fluid intake can lead to light-headedness, fatigue and mental impairment, which are exceptionally dangerous conditions to be in.  If left untreated, dehydration can also lead to heat exhaustion and even volume shock.

“The Vapur Anti-Bottles are awesome because they’re translucent,” said trip leader Ben Greiner, “so you can see exactly how much the participants have been drinking throughout the day.  It’s easier to monitor their water intake and prevent any illnesses in the canyon.”

Taking full advantage of the low-profile and light weight nature of the Anti-Bottle, the canyoneers hung them from their harnesses and backpacks, making them incredibly accessible.  With no excuses to not hydrate, this was a successful, healthy and amazingly FUN trip!

 

 

Design is Elemental
By Jason Carignan, Chief Design Officer

Each year, more than 38 billion single-use water bottles end up in U.S. landfills. That equals 1.5 million tons of waste! Appalled at the statistics and the existence of environmental tragedies, like The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, my partners and I, Dave Czerwinski and Brent Reinke, set out to design a product that would help put an end to this senseless waste.

We initially stumbled across the idea of a flexible water bottle by accident. While exploring a solution for another product, Dave discovered the Doypack (TM) (the official name for the stand-up flexible pouch), which was invented by Louis Doyen in 1962 as a packaging solution for fruit juice and olives.

Today, Doyen’s pouch design is spawning something of a sustainable packaging revolution, from baby food to refillable soap dispensers and more. But, at the time, almost no one had thought about using this technology for reusable containers.

The sustainability advantages of a flexible, reusable water bottle were immediately apparent to us. First and foremost, we could make the bottles right here in the USA. We also learned that flexible bottles require much less energy to manufacture than rigid bottles. They are also much lighter than rigid bottles and ship flat which greatly reduces fuel consumption. Best of all, they fold-up, making them extremely convenient for people to take everywhere, reducing the temptation to drink disposable bottled water on-the-go.

The Anti-Bottle Movement is Born
On September 14, 2009, after hundreds of prototypes and thousands of Post-it Notes (TM), we launched our flagship product: the Vapur Anti-Bottle – the foldable, reusable water bottle designed for active, environmentally conscious consumers. In addition to its category-defining foldability, Vapur is also freezable, dishwasher-safe, BPA-free and highly-durable.

We knew that the form factor of a flexible bottle would be new and unfamiliar to most. Because of this, we spent hundreds of hours designing every product detail and crafting the messaging for this radical new product, including our Anti-Bottle Manifesto. Little did we know, we would be sparking an international product trend. Within nine months of launching, we began hearing reports of counterfeit and knock-off “Vapur” products being imported from China. We have been vigorously protecting our trademarks and patents ever since.

Despite the imitators, we continued to believe that a great brand, coupled with an unwavering focus on design leadership, is the best way to build long-term success for our company. Shortly after launching the first Anti-Bottle, we began exploring ways to radically improve its design to meet the needs of athletes and more demanding users (skiers, runners, backpackers, climbers, etc.) who had come to appreciate the foldability and lightweight nature of Vapur products. Specifically, we wanted to develop a larger size, a better spout and a more durable clip. We were also committed more than ever to designing and manufacturing the entire product in the United States, which we knew would pose considerable sourcing and cost challenges.

Vapur 2.0 – Mapping the Customer Experience
We began our quest to design our new bottle by mapping the end-to-end customer experience in order to identify all of the ways people interact with our products (example: Buying, Filling, Drinking, Carrying, Packing, Cleaning, Storing). Then, we interviewed current customers, observed usage habits, reviewed competitive sets and brainstormed ideas. We literally dissected our original Anti-Bottle and counted each of individual components (10 in total, by the way) to identify ways to improve the product from the top-down.

We then invited our key supply-chain partners to join us for an “open innovation” session where we explored new materials, new technologies and new methods for producing our product.  The team ultimately  developed about 10 ideas for further exploration and then began the process of rapid prototyping and user testing to refine the final design.

The result of this 12-month process was the new Vapur Element, the most versatile water bottle on the planet. The Element features the new flip-top SuperCap with integrated carabiner clip, a larger mouth for easier filling and cleaning and holds 30% more water. About 87% lighter than typical rigid water bottles, the foldable Element is easy to stash and go, making it a great hydration solution for any active lifestyle. We were also able to reduce our total part count by 30%. And, true to all Vapur Anti-Bottles, the Element is 100% BPA free and 100% made in the United States.

The new Vapur Element launched in early 2012 and has been garnering rave reviews ever since.

Vapur Element from Vapur, Inc.

By Olivia Wong

Arupokhari-1 is a sleepy village in the Gorkha District of eastern Nepal. It is home to roughly 600 sustenance farmers, school-aged children, buffalo, goats and exotic plant species. Although it is currently a peaceful community of smiling families living with tin roofs, straw huts and chickens, it has been scarred by a bloody civil strife that took the lives of over 15,000 Nepalese people between 1996-2006.

Inspire a Child, a global initiative to improve the lives of those in post-conflict and developing regions, came to Arupokhari-1 to create a soccer field and conjoining classrooms for the 230+ war-affected children at the Sarswati Peace School.

Supporting these efforts in Nepal, Vapur generously donated Anti-Bottles to the Inspire a Child group and local staff. In remote areas, such as Arupokhari-1 where it’s a 16 hour walk to the closest paved road, water is a symbol of life. There is no electricity and all of the village’s water sources come from one outdoor tap in a centralized location. Everyday you can see villagers, mainly young women and girls (as young as the age of four), carrying tin canisters to and from the tap to wash clothes, bathe themselves and for everyday nourishment.

Having the Vapur Anti-Bottles allowed us to carry water with us where ever we went, whether it was from our mud huts to school (an hour’s walk) or to the neighboring village, a severe climb four hours north. The Vapur Anti-Bottle became one of the most powerful tools we owned. It could transport enough water to last each person long stretches through Nepal’s scorching summer, yet light enough that it did not compromise the load we carried on our backs. Also, the Vapur Anti-Bottles left behind a lasting statement. It was a reusable, environmentally protective bottle that would not end up in a trash pile in front of a villager’s hut.

The effort by Inspire a Child to construct the field and two classrooms at the Sarswati Peace School resulted in an increase in primary education in the village and successfully empowered children through sports. Vapur helped to keep the Inspire a Child group hydrated throughout this journey.


Professionals Eric Larsen, Anna Levesque and Laura Bylund Represent Vapur

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (September 10, 2012) – Vapur, designer and manufacturer of the innovative Anti-Bottle, is pleased to expand its relationships with three North American outdoor athletes and explorers; Eric Larsen, Anna Levesque and Laura Bylund. Their adventures will take Vapur Anti-Bottles to the ends of the earth (quite literally!) and their experience in the field will offer insight into what extreme outdoor athletes and adventurers demand.

“Since the launch of our flagship outdoor product, the Element, Vapur has been developing relationships with professionals and enthusiasts in the outdoor industry in order to gain insight, further develop technical lines and to have key players represent the Vapur brand,” said Vapur Marketing Manager, Jenny Guy. “Vapur is very proud to be aligned with these great athletes.”

With a lightweight, portable, functional and easily packable design, these respected individuals of the outdoor realm have chosen to represent Vapur and the Anti-Bottle as members of the official Vapur Pro Team. Vapur Anti-Bottles have proven to withstand extreme temperatures, brave the rapids, and hang on at great heights, offering the ultimate hydration solution for outdoor athletes. As Vapur Anti-Bottles are put to the test, Eric, Anna and Laura will offer invaluable feedback that will help Vapur products evolve throughout the R&D process.

Eric Larsen, a modern day explorer and expedition guide, has spent the last 15 years traveling the most remote and wild places on earth. Eric was the first person to ever paddle through the North Pole in the summer and then to the South Pole. He is also one of a few Americans to have skied to both poles. The seasoned backcountry ranger has dog-sledded in the Canadian arctic and summated Mt McKinley, among many other expeditions. He has been named an Outside Magazine Eco All Star.

Anna Levesque is a world-class whitewater kayaker and instructor dedicated to enhancing the lives of women through kayaking, yoga and travel through her company, Girls at Play. Anna has over 15 years of experience as an accomplished international kayaking competitor, instructor and guide, making her a leading expert in her field. She was a member of the Canadian Freestyle Kayak Team from 1999 to 2003 and earned a bronze medal at the Freestyle World Championships in 2001. She placed in the top 3 in several freestyle competitions and extreme races during that time and has paddled in over 10 countries around the world.

Laura Bylund is a dedicated Outdoor Rope Rigging Professional Specializing in rock climbing, canyoneering and rope rescue systems. Laura shares her enthusiasm for climbing by educating students as Climbing Program Manager at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Adventure Programs. As a freelance guide, certified instructor and stunt rigor, Laura lives her passions daily.

For more information, visit http://vapur.us/proteam.

 

About Vapur, Inc.

Founded in 2009, California-based Vapur, Inc. is on a mission to make hydration incomparably portable and convenient. As the leading designer, marketer and distributor of reusable, handheld, collapsible hydration products. Vapur’s complete line of Anti-Bottles® have been adopted by athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, celebrities, green activists, government agencies, fashion gurus, and families alike. Vapur’s ultra-durable Anti-Bottles® are proudly made in the USA, BPA-free, freezable and dishwasher-safe. Vapur is privately held, with products available in 13 countries worldwide and contributes a portion of all sales to water-related and environmental causes. For more information, visit www.vapur.us and as always, “Live Flexible.” Follow Vapur on Facebook or join the conversation on Twitter.

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Vapur® Establishes Pro Team

Something most don’t know, Vapur Team members are avid music lovers and tunes are constantly streaming throughout the day at Vapur HQ. Music has always been a source of inspiration and expression, defining those that choose to listen by genres, trends and tastes. As a thread that binds people together, it’s no wonder that music festivals have become such a large part of the ultimate listener’s music experience.

But for those making their way to a music festival, it’s important to be equipped with the right tools and, as a foldable, reusable, easily stashable hydration solution, the Anti-Bottle has quickly become a festival “must have.” With the music-enthused Vapur Team on board and the Anti-Bottle already inducted, getting more involved in the festival scene was a natural step forward for Vapur.

This year, Vapur is the proud Hydration Sponsor of the second annual DeLuna Fest, hydrating over 40k festival goers and greatly reducing the waste caused by disposable bottles. The DeLuna Music Festival is held Sept 21-23, gathering music enthusiasts together on the beach of Pensacola, Florida.

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Climbing Adventure for Kids at UC Santa Barbara ~ August 6-24, 2012

Written by Vapur Pro Team member, Laura Bylund

The Vapur Anti-Bottle’s colorful presence graced the Climbing Adventure for Kids this August at UC Santa Barbara.  This 3-week climbing camp serviced over 40 young climbers of all skill levels between the ages of 6 and 13 years.  Vapur was there each of the three weeks keeping them hydrated and fit for climbing through the summer heat.

The climbers learned the ever important skills of how to conduct a thorough safety check before leaving the ground and how to communicate so they can focus on their movement on the wall.  They engaged in a multitude of exercises to help them move up in climbing grade, with much focus on the most important thing and what is often forgotten in good climbing, their feet!

The kids learned the proper orientation for placing their toes on the wall, how to effectively grip climbing holds, techniques for best preserving strength and energy and shifting their weight for lateral movement.  They put these new skills to the test while bouldering, traversing through hula hoops, playing wall twister and braving their project route on the high wall.

“This was the most successful year by far,” said Luke Hetzel, the camp’s founding Lead Instructor. “It feels we have finally been established as a reputable and desirable kids camp and having a company like Vapur provide a quality product for everyone made it feel even more official.”

Many of the kids had their light weight Anti-Bottles conveniently hanging from their shorts or harnesses while traversing or going up the 30 foot sections.  With all of this exhausting climbing activity, it was good to have Vapur kids water bottles there as a bright and accessible reminder to keep drinking water.

It was all the more fitting to promote an environmentally friendly product in the first ever LEED certified recreation center, 100% powered by 816 photovoltaic solar panels on its tall roof, the UCSB Multi-Activity Center.

“It was a lot of fun, ” Hetzel said, “and was really special to be able give the kids a useful and sustainable gift.”

 

Vapur Pro Team member, Laura Bylund, in coordination with Vapur, made a contribution of Anti-Bottles to the kids involved with the camp.

Drink Me. Vapur 0.5 Litres Anti-Bottle ($11; amazon.com)

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Last week, the Vapur Team headed out to Salt Lake City, Utah for the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, ORSM, to promote hydration and talk gear with a bunch of outdoor enthusiasts.

This motley crew included Vapur’s hard working co-founders, David Czerwinski, Brent Reinke and Jason Carignan, National Sales Director, Ashley Doran, Marketing Manager, Jenny Guy (me!) and Creative Director, Frez Ferrino.

ORSM started on August 1 with a Preview/Open Air Demo Day, including stand up paddle board and kayak demonstrations and… a Sierra Nevada beer tent! The day continued on with Brent and Ashley giving out 1L Vapur Elements to GOA members at the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance dinner, while Jason and I rubbed elbows with the writers and editors of sport and outdoor publications at a Speak EZ Media Suite hosted by Verde PR.

Each day of the show, the Vapur Team handed out 1,000 Anti-Bottles to show-goers at the four Vapur-sponsored hydration stations in the Trade Hall and New Exhibitor Pavilion. Vapur partnered with Event Water Solutions to bring these stations to ORSM and to help cool attendees down in the Utah Summer heat. With lines of people waiting at these stations, the Team managed to blow through 1,000 bottles in about 30 minutes everyday of the show.

To meet demand and to (do what Vapur loves to do) support a good cause, each day the Team also sold 1L Elements in the Vapur booth with all the funds going to the Conservation Alliance.

Friday of ORSM, Vapur held a massive booth party made complete with the infamous DJ Knucklz and two kegs of FREE beer. Anti-Bottles were also given to all who showed up to get down with the Vapur Team.

Needless to say, we had a great time! In 2009, Vapur set out to kick the disposable bottle habit and keep the world hydrated. With a calculated 23,270 disposable bottles saved from landfills that week, we did exactly that as the Mobile Hydration Sponsor at ORSM.  Some of the highlights from OR week include: dinner with Verde PR, lunch with Polar Explorer Eric Larsen, chatting new products with partners, participating in the ORSM Ragnar Relay and talking with great buyers, media and our lovely outdoor reps!

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market!

Happy hydrating,

Jenny & the Team

 

Crowd at Vapur Booth Party

DJ Knucklz Spinning at the Vapur Booth Party

ORSM Ragnar Relay

Vapur Hydration Stations

The Vapur Team went all out for Independence Day this year! Our flagship product, the Anti-Bottle is made in the USA and the 4th of July is one of our most celebrated holidays.

Each year, we spice up our holiday parties up with a theme. This year the theme was “American Spirit on a Stick.” This meant that all of the food items that the Team brought to the party had to be on a stick or stick-related!

Ashley Doran, Vapur’s National Sales Director, joked, “The American flag is on a stick and the Vapur Team loves food on a stick, so having a stick theme for our 4th of July party seemed like the most logical idea!”

The menu included:
– Breakfast Dogs on Sticks (sausages wrapped in a pancakes)
– Corn Dogs (and Vegetarian Corn Dogs)
– Fruit Kabobs
– Wedge Salad on a Stick
– Veggie Kabobs
– Corn on the Cobb on a Stick
– Mozzarella Sticks
– Bread Sticks
– Pretzel Sticks

Dessert:
– Popsicles
– Lollipops
– A specialty American flag made of cake pops

We hope you all enjoy this 4th of July holiday as much as the Vapur Team! Celebrate your independence from disposable water bottles with the reusable, made in the USA Vapur Anti-Bottle.

The Vapur Element Anti-bottle, $12 and $14 Leon & Lulu, 248.258.3600 and Middle Earth Gifts, 734.769.2925, is a foldable, reusable, freezable, washable, and attachable alternative to disposable water bottles. It’s 100% BPA free and available in .7 liter (24 fluid ounces) and 1 liter (34 fluid ounces) sizes.

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