Some products require extensive use and testing before rendering a formal review, whereas others simply need to be used once to confirm that they live up to what they claim to do. The Hydrapak Gel Bot falls into the latter category. I initially came across the Gel Bot when a friend asked a question about it on Twitter a week or so ago. I was intrigued, so I published a short preview post on the Gel Bot, and the folks at Hydrapak got in touch with me and offered a free sample to formally review (thanks guys!).There’s generally www.tamarastein.co.uk not much you can say about a water bottle – if they’re comfortable to carry and you Nike Air Max 90 Femme Rose can drink effectively from them on the run, they more or less accomplish what they’re supposed to. What makes the Hydrapak Gel Bot unique and innovative is that it doesn’t just carry water. In addition to 20oz of fluid (they also make a larger, 24oz bottle), the Gel Bot also has an internal chamber that can be filled with energy gel (it’s the red cylinder in the picture above and to the left) – thus, you can both hydrate and fuel up from the same place!.The reason the Gel Bot initially appealed to me is because I hate carrying gel packets when I run. In addition to having to find a place to put them, the act of ripping them open and eating them usually results in my hands turning into a sticky mess, which is virtually impossible to deal with Nike Air Max 90 Femme unless you’re also carrying water and are willing to give some up for the clean-up. In race www.marmarisco.es situations I’ve resorted to carrying small, disposable gel bottles (travel shampoo bottles from Target) in which I mix gels with a bit of water to make them easier to ingest – this works for me in a marathon, but isn’t ideal for long training runs where I usually prefer to carry a handheld water bottle. Hydrapak Gel Bot spout/lid (left) and gel chamber with plunger (right).The Gel Bot solves this problem because it allows me to carry both water and gel in one place, and yes, it works. Before a 10 miler a few days ago, I loaded up the Gel Bot’s gel chamber (see above picture – holds about 3oz of gel) about halfway with Carb BOOM! banana-peach gel (I have a large bottle of gel – thanks @petfxr! – which makes for easier filling than using Adidas Superstar Femme individual packets), then added a little water to thin it out. I pushed the cartridge plunger up a Nike Air Max 2017 Femme bit until the mixture was level with the top of the cartridge, and popped it into the lid (see video below for a demo on the filling mechanism). Next, I filled the bottle with some ice and water and screwed the lid on. Very easy, and no mess.The way the Gel Bot spout works is that when it is pushed down, you get gel when you suck or squeeze (get your mind out of the gutter please!). When you pull the spout up, it delivers only water. It’s an easy switch, and the mechanism works great. The spout is rubberized, which is my preferred kind, and is very easy to drink from on the run. The gel mechanism also worked great, with the only drawback being that I ate Nike Air Max 90 Herr it all too quickly – apparently I got more gel per suck than I realized (I really wish Nike Air Max Classic BW Dames there was a less euphemistic way to write this).In addition to the bottle, Hydrapak sent along Adidas Superstar Femme a handheld strap with the Gel Bot – I’m not sure if this is inlcuded if you buy it at a store, but it’s very basic and doesn’t have a pocket or tightening strap (these are essentials for me in a hand-held bottle strap). I opted to use a Nathan handheld strap that I already owned that had a pocket for my cellphone and a cinching strap – it fit the Gel Bot perfectly. Another point is that the cap for the Gel Bot also fits perfectly on a few other bottles I own, so it’s conceivable that you could interchange it with bottles of different size if you happen to have some that work with it (and what runner doesn’t have about 20 bottles laying around???).One Nike Air Max 270 Femme last note on cleanup. I’ve read a few reviews of the Gel Bot where people have complained www.philshotton.co.uk that they forgot to clean the gel chamber and it got moldy. I view this as operator error, and I Nike Air VaporMax Dam honestly had no trouble cleaning mine out after the run by disassembling and rinsing some water through it. No problem at all.