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Most people who are active in regular sport or those that love going to the gym will have a hydration bottle...or if your like me and forget it regularly and end up buying a bottle of Lucozade sport ! But generally i do use this bottle to hydrate and also to hold my protein shake in too for the end of my workout. Its main feature is that its outer shell has the ability to hold water, which can then be frozen and this outer shell then keeps the inner liquid cool. This is a great little light hydration bottle, it comes in a variety of colours , dark grey, pink and blue depending on how secure you are with your sexuality and more practically whats available in the store. You can also get this bottle in two sizes, a smaller 450ml size and a larger 700ml size. I found that the hydration bottle 700 ml size is great for my protein shakes. The bottle itself is a hard resin plastic and has a small tube inside of it, to fill up the outer shell bottle you just have to remove the tube from the indside, fill the bottle with water and nothing else ! Once frozen, this section will be full of ice and this sits in the middle of the container and this keeps the other liquard, sport drink or protein shake nice and cold.. The bottle is robust hard resin and will bounce if dropped so you wont be able to break it easily. Its fairly ergonomic and has rubberised grip sections for you and so its easy to hold when you have sweaty hands. The bottle is a little difficult shape wise and its wide at the top so it is difficult to run with unless oyu have bigger hands. The weight of the bottle is also heavier as the ice blockin the middle does give it quite allot of extra weight, along with the liquid in there, rather then just liquid on its own - so it isnt for holding whilst running , just to hold whilst resting or keeping it on the floor, in the treadmill etc. To wash the bottle you only need warm soapy water depending on what you put in it, you should just be putting water in the inner tube and once this melts its easy to clean. But it can be a bit fiddly to clean both the outer and inner elements. The lid is easy to open and therefore it is easy to refill the bottle, as is the lid of the inner ice tube, in terms of removing and refilling. It uses a rubberised locking vaccum syste to lock and so most of you will be familiar with this and so you know it does not leak until the rubber starts to degarde after a couple of years (in my experience). There is a flip lid top, which keeps everything where it should be , but I dont like this type of lid I like the cycling popper type of lid and not the lid top becaus eyou have to hold it open whilst your drinking and this becomes annoying very quickly and can fell uncomfortable on the face. This is a pretty cheap bottle for £4 from Amazon or Ebay, most sports bottles you buy will cost this much so its good value, and most dont even have the whole Henieken plastic beer pitcher ice cooler system, which is a nice touch I think....I just think its a little too much bother and some people wont bother with it, plus it doesnt let ice go all the way to the topa nd so the first bit of the drink will not be ice cold , only the lower parts of the drink, so this is a case of a great idea but it is it really worth it.
Our eldest son does a lot of sport, and he always needs to take a water bottle with him. However, he has a habit of forgetting to pick it up afterwards and this inevitably leads to me travelling to each place he does sport and asking if they'v had it handed in. Usually, he has a generic bottle and there are a few of the same ones there, and it means I'm reluctant to pick one up in case it's not his. No one likes a second hand water bottle. This particular one though, isn't one I've seen kids using before, at least not those where he goes. Nor is it one that we would normally buy for him - it was a gift from one of his uncles. It has a unique design that is instantly noticeable and also a clever interior design. The exterior is contoured to enable a better grip, sleek lines making it look sporty. The interior though houses an internal compartment that can either use or not use, that slots onto the rim at the top, and allows a sealed area to dip into the liquid you're drinking. Our son loves doing this with ice, as he finds that after a long time on the tennis court there's no way of keeping the drink cool. The compartment isn't particularly big, so it won't last for ever, but the actual bottle acts as a thermos, and so it will maintain the temperature of the contents for a lot longer than other water bottles do. The mechanism is particularly clever in that it works perfectly but doesn't require any faffing around to fill it. The interior element comes completely away from the rest of it and has a screw action, you just fill it with ice and then it just sits on top of the rim. The lid itself goes onto the top of this and screws onto the rim, securing tightly as you'd expect it to. The drinking element is also very easy. The lid flips open easily and quickly and allows you to drink very easily indeed from the spout. It closes relatively easily as well, although for some reason it seems as if it hasn't closed some of the time. Still, it's never leaked that I know of and we've never had an issue with it despite being aware it might happen. Overall then, this water bottle is very reliable and pretty cool. Our son actually takes better care of it because it's more special than the usual ones he has. He always brings it back from sport, and virtually demands to use it for his packed lunch every day as well! The bottle is perfect for all of these events, and so is well worth getting. It usually costs around the £5 mark, or just a bit over, which I suppose it understandable when you consider it's a bit more complex and useful than the usual sort of water bottle we would get. It's really up to you as to whether or not you want to get this one, as the price is quite steep just for a water bottle, and we probably wouldn't have bothered getting it ourselves because of this coupled with him forgetting them all the time. However, as a gift it'd be perfect for kids, so bear this in mind. Recommended.
This is the actual feed bottle that I used for my channel swim 6 weeks ago. I had it in three colours, pink, blue and grey. This allowed me to put different feeds into differnet bottles and visualy underrstand what feed was coming over the side of the support boat. The bottles come with a central piece that you can put in the freezer and chill down, this would keep your drink colder for longer and I can see the advantages of this but did not use it in that role myself. Instead the majority of the contents I had were warm to hot which did not cause any issues with the plastic bottle or lid. The lid is extra large with small raised pieces to allow you to get the top off with ease. The opening is a flip up and this can be done with cold hands after 16 hours of swimming - I know because thats what I could do. The large opening also allows the contents to flow fast without the need to demand the drink form the container. This also has an advantage over more sports type bottles as you do not take any air in whilst you drink, which in the channel can mean the diifference in keeping your drink in your stomach or venting to the sea. The clear sides also allow the right amount of feed to be given to you with a basic line of 250ml and a "to the top 500ml" The clearsides of the bottle also allow you to check the contents prior to drinking which is another benefit especially if you have just filled up from a mountain stream. Easy to grip and has the ability to tie a cord around the bottle between the main body and the neck this also allows you to attach a line if throwing into the sea for feed or just having a line attached if you are going up a mountain so that you dont drop and lose it. Good robust quality container that allows you to drink large amounts.
I bought this bottle a few years ago. Although I mainly wanted one to use at the gym, the idea of the ice tube appealed to me for days out during the summer. The bottle is dishwasher safe, made from BPA free materials and is pretty durable, as I said I've had mine a few years now and it's still going strong. It is shaped, allowing for a comfortable hold and there is a rubber trim around it providing a better grip. The top flips open to reveal a rapid flow lid - in other words it has a large opening! This means you can take big gulps of your drink, which is lovely during a tough work out. As for the ice tube, it couldn't be simpler. Fill the tube with water up to the line, screw the top back on and freeze it. Then when you want to use it take it out and place it in the bottle where the top sits nicely in the rim and the tube in the bottle to keep your drink nice and cool. But, in all honesty I very rarely use the ice tube. I tend to find that this bottle doesn't really hold enough liquid for a day out, and if you use the tube it holds even less (as obviously the tube takes up space in the bottle). If I am using it for a day out I tend to just half fill the bottle with ice cubes (easy to do as the neck of the bottle is so wide), then add water. This method helps keep the water cool for a good few hours without reducing the amount of liquid in the bottle. However, it isn't often I use this bottle for a day out as I just don't trust the lid. This isn't based on experience, just fear! The lid fits quite firmly and needs a decent push to open it, but as my days out tend to involve my two young children, who WILL be rumaging through the bag to see what goodies are in there, I can't guarantee the bottle will remain upright, or that it won't be tugged out, catching the lid on something and spill. And, because of the rapid flow lid it wouldn't be a little spill, it would be the entire contents of the bottle. So, I keep this bottle for using as the gym, or on journeys where it sits, perfectly upright, in the drinks holder in the car! And for this use it does the job perfectly!
This bottle I've actually had now for a goodcouple of years and I originally bought it from a small independent shop for about a fiver and the reason I bought it was for the gym and for when I went out brisk walking. I like many of people like to take my own drink with me to places and the reason I bought it was not only cos it looked and felt secure but that it has a tube to the middle of it you can you fill with liquid to freeze it (not with carbonated drinks mind you) and thus keeping my drink cold! This comes in two different sizes as far as I am aware of and that is a 450ml and a 700ml size and I bought the smaller of the two as I didn't need it too big and didn't want it to be too heavy to carry around and mine is a pink colour though again this is available in black, blue, purple and allsorts of colours are being added all of the time to this range as it seems quite popular and from a well known, premium brand. Made from BPA free plastic (which basically means it healthier!) it is a mainly see through bottle with grips all over it made from plastic (of course!).We are told in black lettering on the front of it it that it is indeed Thermos and it has a slight curve to the middle of the bottle for ease of handling though it is a rather large and wide bottle all in all. To the top of it mine it has a twist on/off black cap that twists on and off with complete ease and the see through tube comes out of the centre of it and you fill it with water or whatever and let it freeze and pop it back in, screw back on the cap and thats that. There is a stopper idea to the top of it too and an opening to drink from. The whole thing feels very quality and I had and still do on the occasions I remember to use this one have no problems as long with it as long as I screw the lid on correctly and put the stopper at the top of it and have never had a problem with leakage with mine. I am a clumsy person and I have dropped it and knocked it over and things like that and I haven't damaged it at all. This is dishwasher safe but also easy enough to rinse out too. It isn't suitable for fizzy liquids though but all in all this is a great quality and money saving item that looks really classy and I do like the ice tube within this being easy to use and it really does help to keep my drinks chilled and being someone who can't stand ice cubes in her mouth at the best of times this is simply superb for me! Available from all good supermarkets and online shops such as Amazon. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I bought my Thermos Hydro Active sports bottle in Tesco. I had seen bottles like this online and wanted to get one for a while, but this was the first time I'd actually noticed them in the shops. There were two different brands available and I chose this one because Thermos is a well known brand and the other one available looked quite flimsy. I bought the bottle in a dark grey colour, but having since looked online, it seems a pink and a blue colour are also available. I also noticed that this bottle is advertised in two sizes - 450ml and 700ml - the one I have and am therefore reviewing, is the smaller 450ml one. The idea of this bottle is simple, it is a sports bottle, which has a small tube inside of it. To use it, you simply remove the tube, fill with water and then freeze. Once frozen, this little cylinder full of ice, just sits inside the container and keeps your drink cool. The bottle itself is BPA free plastic and has rubberized grips all over it, making it easier to hold. I do find the bottle is quite wide at the top though and having fairly small hands, it's not always all that comfortable to hold - the bottom of the bottle is much narrower so I tend to hold from there instead. The plastic the bottle is made from is quite tough - it has survived being knocked over a couple of time and is showing no signs of wear and tear. I find the lid of the bottle and the lid of the tube inside easy to remove and replace and the lid always screws on tightly, so we've had no leaks. The only problem I've ever had is when emptying/washing the bottle I sometimes find it difficult to remove the ice tube as it sits quite tightly inside. There is a flip top lid covering the opening of the bottle and I find that it is quite stiff and does not seem to have loosened up over time. The actual hole in the top of the bottle from which you drink, is a wide oval and I do have to make sure I keep one finger holding the lid back when I drink or it flips forwards and hits me in the nose! As for the ice tube, I do find this is very effective at keeping drinks cold. The only slight issue I have with it is that the tube stops around two inches above the bottom of the bottle. This means that if you only have a little bit of your drink left, the ice doesn't touch it, meaning it is not always as cold as it perhaps could be. I wash the bottle alongside the rest of the dishes and I've not had any problems with it fading or anything like that. The Thermos website says this is dishwasher safe, although I've never tried it. We paid around £3.99 for this in Tesco, but it is also available on Amazon for £4.99 and £5.50 directly from Thermos. Overall, I'm quite pleased with this bottle, although it does have one or two flaws - the top is a bit too wide to hold comfortably (at least for my small hands!) and the ice tube doesn't reach the bottom. That said, it is an effective way to keep drinks cool and I can see it getting a lot more use when the hot weather finally turns up!
wanted to get a few things last year to equip me to start running, even though as a beginner again (I used to run a bit before but then seemed to stop doing it) I didn't want anything too fancy. When it comes to a water bottle, I wanted something easy to use and practical, knowing that I'd get a lot of use out of it whilst running because I get so thirsty! The Hydro Active has been a good choice that I've been very happy with. Thermos as a very reputable and popular brand with a wide range of food/drink container style products, and I trust them to be practical yet stylish and effective. The Hydro Active bottle can be bought in a 450ml or 700ml capacity, and it's available in pink, charcoal, clear blue or blue. I opted for the 450ml blue. It seemed to stand out from the crowd in terms of its design as it looked very robust and sporty, yet still attractive. In terms of specifics, the bottle is spill resistant and has a 'rapid flow' lid to make drinking easier. It's dishwasher safe, made from BPA free materials, has a 'contoured polypropylene body' to make holding it more practical and has a refillable ice tube in the middle. At 19cm in height, 450ml is a reasonable amount for keeping hydrated on a run, but if you want something to keep you going for more than an hour or if you get extra thirsty, the 700ml would be a good option. I find 450ml to be fine for going out running/walking for 20-30 minutes. This sets itself apart from the competition by means of the 'ice tube' that runs down the middle. The lid itself twists off to reveal a removable tube; you can fill this with water, freeze it and pop it back in to keep the drink cooler for longer. You don't have to keep the tube in if you don't want, which is the great thing about it being removable. The body of the bottle is contoured and shaped to be more ergonomical to hold. It's quite a chunky, robust looking thing, but the black rubberised grips and way it is shaped makes it easier to hold than your average plastic bottle or sports bottle. I've only got small hands (midget hands according to my boyfriend) but I find this fine to hold and the grip means it's far less likely to slip from clammy hands when running. To drink from this, you lift up the flap on the lid, which is rubberised also on the top and around the sides (to make it easier to twist off when filling with water or whatever you choose to drink). The 'spout', if you can call it that, is almost oval in shape and means you can glug away at water rather than having to squeeze the bottle to get small amounts out of a small hole. I like this because it makes drinking from it far quicker and easier. It's quite a tight fit to push the lid back down but once done, it feels firmly in place so that it won't leak. I guess the slight difficulty in replacing the lid after use in my only small grumble, but it's only a very small one. Thermos is written in black text on the bottle but it looks neat rather than shouting out to you that it's a brand name. The bottle as a whole looks good and makes me feel good about using it, in the sense that I feel more equipped to go out and exercise and having something I like to use makes me more inclined to do it. It's strange because it's 'only' a water bottle, but hey, whatever helps motivate you that little bit more, right? It's good to know, just for peace of mind, that Thermos products are 'produced in socially compliant factories' and 'undergo rigorous quality inspections', so you can rest assured that you're getting a good quality product that meets all of the performance and quality standards. Overall, this is definitely something I would recommend if you're looking for something durable, that holds enough water for exercising and that's practical yet stylish at the same time. 450ml selling for £4.99 / 700ml selling for £5.99 (Amazon) [Also reviewed by me, gothic_moon, on Ciao]
I am currently doing a geography degree at university so we spend a huge amount of time outdoors! I love being out doors, makes me feel great and that's why I love geography! Our uni recently went on a trip to Greece and I needed a new bottle that was able to fulfill my needs. I bought this from tesco for under a fiver and what really sold it to me was the fact that you can fill up a little container inside and pop it in the freezer! This then acts as a cooler so your water or whatever you choose to fill it up with will stay cold for most of the day! It's great that you don't have to drink hot water, especially in Greece when it was over 25 degrees most days. The bottle itself is funky and can hold 400ml of water. It is great to hold and easy to use. All you need to do it pop open the cap and gulp down your drink. In theory it should be sealed so that no water will fall out. Mine doesn't seem to keep water tight, it always leeks a little bit into my bag! Which is rather frustrating. My mate has one and his doesn't do it. So maybe I picked up a faulty one! Typical :) haha. It is easy to wash up and fits nicely in th dishwasher, which is good because it doesn't need to be handwashed. You can use it without the freeze able section. It does still keep drinks cool without it! I would recommend this bottle for you if your an active person who likes a cold drink to cool you down and refresh you! It's great. Hopefully yours won't leak like mine though :) Thanks for reading :)
I have bought loads and loads of water bottles over the years for my children. It seems to me that unless you are prepared to pay for a decent water bottle, that you will almost always end up with one that leaks! I have bought ones before that weren't that cheap and they still leaked! Both of my children needed water bottles; they are great for them to use at School or when out and about or going on day trips etc. Also, they are really good for saving money; if you go out with the children and don't have some sort of water bottle you can end up spending a fortune on cold drinks! I went to my local Robert Dyas a few days ago and I saw this Thermos Hydro active sports bottle (450ml). They had 2 colours available, Pink and Blue; this was ideal for me as the Pink one is for my daughter and the Blue one for my son! The bottles looks great. It has contours on it making it very easy to grip and handle. On the outside of the bottle there are measurements which let you know how much you have filled the bottle. Its important not to go over the 450ml mark otherwise you could end up with leakages I suppose. What I love about this bottle is that it has a tube inside it which comes out; you then fill this up with water, place it in the freezer and within about 20 minutes you have a tube of ice; even the tube has measurements on it! You then place this back in the bottle and this keeps your drinks chilled. This is an excellent idea as there is nothing worse (especially on a hot day) than having to drink warm drinks. Once you pop the iced tube back in the bottle you then screw the top lid on tight. This seals down really well. The lid has a sort of flip top; you just push it up with your thumbs and it pops open. It is essential to ensure that you close this lid properly to avoid leakages. The water bottle is also dishwasher safe. The only drawback is that I have noticed that the bottle is for Non-carbonated drinks only. However, before I noticed this information I did send my son to School with some fizzy drink in the bottle and he didn't have any problems; no leakages or anything so I would suggest you could use it for Fizzy drinks too. The cost of this good quality water bottle is around £5; so its quite expensive, but well worth it in my view. This is a really good Thermos product; despite the cost, because I think its great, I am awarding the Thermos water bottle 5 Dooyoo stars.
Thermos are renowned for manufacturing flasks which can keep drinks warm for an extended period of time - but they also make sports bottles. One such example is the Thermos Hydro Active, which is widely available from a number of high street stores and online retailers. I picked mine up from Halfords for just over £4, but they can be bought a little cheaper if you shop around. Made from a durable soft plastic, the bottle is available in three colours and has a 450ml capacity. The Hydro Active has a handy feature which takes the form of a hollow plastic section running down its centre that can be filled with water and subsequently frozen. Although this may seem like a bit of a gimmick, it does work very well and helps keep your water, juice, or squash cold for longer. The bottle is easy to fill via a screw section on its top, and the hole to drink from uses an easy-to-close flap with a rubber seal inside. The good and the bad points - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Safe for dishwasher use, the Thermos bottle is comfortable to hold and easy to grip with its contoured body featuring rubberized sections. After washing out, the bottle thankfully doesn't absorb the odour of the previous liquid as some bottles do - there's nothing worse than filling up a sports bottle with fresh water, only to taste a mild version of the squash you had in it a few weeks back! In terms of the bottle's bad points, well there's only one really... sometimes, and for no apparent reason, it will leak. Obviously a leaky sports bottle isn't a good sports bottle, and on the occasions it has leaked, the lid has been fastened correctly and securely. Final Word - - - - - - - Although it's comfortable to hold and easy to drink from, the Thermos Hydro Active bottle has leaked once too many times for my liking, and is therefore not my primary bottle of choice when I go to play squash. Perhaps i've got a faulty one - but I can only report on my personal experience, which hasn't been completely satisfactory.
For some reason we seem to go through quite a few flasks in our household, the reason for the high turnover is because of high use, them getting lost by my sons but mainly because we are yet to find the perfect flask. The latest in a long line of water containers is the Thermos Hydro Active sports bottle. My son spotted it in Homesense just before Christmas and thought that it would be perfect for his lunchbox so I bought it for £3.99. ~*~ The Style ~*~ The Thermos bottle looks stylish which is probably what attracted my sons' attention. The main body of the flask is clear blue plastic so you can see the contents inside. (This product also comes in pink and charcoal) Up the side there are measurements in millilitres and ounces printed in white. The bottle has black rubber detailing in such a style so as when you hold it, your thumbs are holding the rubber making it easy grip and less likely to slip from your grip - especially if you have sweaty hands from doing sports. The bottle fits nicely in your hand and feels good to hold, probably because it tapers slightly towards the bottom thus fitting snugly in the clasped position of the hand. In total the flask stands at just under 20cm high, is 7.5cm in diameter at its widest point, weighs 130g and holds 450ml of liquid. The top of the bottle comes in the form of a screw on lid with a flip top. The lid also has the black rubber detailing and the plastic is also blue but not see through. This flask is a little different to any other flask that we have owned in that it has a tube inside which can be filled with water and frozen - I thought that this perfect for a lunchbox because it would keep the other contents cold as well as the drink which is always a worry of mine as lunchboxes are not kept in fridges at school during the day. The ice tube unscrews at the top for filling, then sits back into the bottle resting on the lid. All in all this flask looks great, but as I very quickly discovered - looks aren't everything. ~*~ In use ~*~ The first time I filled this bottle I knew we had a problem. After putting it through the dishwaher before its first use (it is perfectly dishwasher safe) I filled the flask, secured the screw top and put it side down in my son's lunchbox. I got the other bits and pieces together to go in there and by the time I returned, the lunchbox had a rather large puddle in it - not exactly what you need minutes before the school run. I took the flask and screwed the lid shut as firmly as I could but this is not where the problem lay - I soon discovered that it was dripping from the flip lid. Inside the hinged flip bit there is a rubber seal which is quite simply not adequate. If you push the lid down as firmly as possible - which is the natural thing to do in my opinion - it is down too far and drips profusely, but if you only push it a little bit it fits much more snugly which is ridiculous as then you are in danger of the whole lid flipping up. The first time I used it I didn't put the ice tube in as it was quite cold anyway and it wasn't needed, but I put the tube in wondering if it was needed to stop the flask from leaking. It makes no difference whatsoever but now I have a different problem. The top of the tube has a swirl on it so it can be easily "screwed" out but this just isn't the case - I finally got the tube out again with the aid of my husbands pliers which definitely is not ideal. So now I have a dilemma. I have a very nice looking bottle that is pleasant to hold and nice to drink out of, but it leaks till the sun goes down making it a pretty useless piece of kit in my opinion. If you are going to the gym or something like that where you can hold it all of the way then put it in a cup holder and so guarantee that the bottle is not going to be tipped at all, then it is ideal but if you live in the real world and just want to throw a reliable bottle into the bottom of your bag then this is not the flask for you - or me! I have experimented for a long time with this bottle, but there is just no way that I could trust it now so it will languish at the back of the cupboard with all of the other imperfect specimens. If you do want one, and I could never guess why, they are available in supermarkets, department stores, online and in many other shops where you would go to buy a water bottle like Halfords and Dunelm Mill and prices seem to range from £4 - 7. Also posted on Ciao under my username chilcott1
A drinks bottle is a drinks bottle, right? Wrong! Thermos are very well known for their drinks storage products and the Thermos Hydro Active sports bottle is a product that will solve problems you never thought you had! Priced at around the £6 mark you may be wondering what you are actually getting with this product compared to a basic plastic bottle you might have lying around the house. Well, the Thermos Hydro Active sports bottle has a refillable ice tube. What this means is that you simply fill the ice tube with water and freeze it, then when you put your drink into the bottle and screw the lid on you will be able to drink a cool and refreshing drink for hours. The bottle itself is made out of a very robust polycarbonate which is almost indestructable (well, within reason!). The bottle holds one litre of liquid and is available online in almost any colour imaginable. My bottle is a charcoal grey colour, but there are lots of brightly coloured bottles available too. The lid pops off easily and has a very tight seal which is essential for sports use. The bottle itself is odour free. This might seem a little odd to mention, but you don't have to worry about that awful rubbery or plasticy smell when you take it out of your kitbag or drink from it. The body of the bottle is also very well designed, shaped to fit into your hand comfortably. As the bottle is dishwasher safe this also allows you to clean it without the hassle of running it under the tap to remove stubborn marks. This is unlikely to occur anyway as the bottle is stain free. The 1 litre capacity is an ideal size and suffices for my needs. The bottles are available in 450ml and 700ml sizes also, but I recommend the 1 litre size as I have no experience of the other sizes. Personally I really do enjoy using this product. With the warmer days becomign more frequent at this time of year the ice tube is a handy feature and overall that £6 begins to look like money well spent.
Being a bit of a skinflint I had been recycling old pop bottles to ensure I always have water with my for my zumba class (and believe me, in that class you really do get very thirsty). I simply filled them with whatever squash we had in the house and it sufficed, but after using the same bottle for a while the lids become less reliable and I kept finding I had had small spillages in my gym bag - which not only meant a damp towel but also less water for me to drink! When I did the race for life last year I had been surprised by how many people carried proper water bottles like this one and having some dooyoo amazon vouchers to use I was pleased to bag a pink version of this Thermos bottle for under a fiver. Being a thermos product this is a great quality bottle - I have to say I associate Thermos more with keeping products hot than cold - but this bottle is just the ticket. The ingenious bit is that it has a removable inner tube which you freeze and then when it is attached back into the bottle it keeps whatever fluid you have in there lovely and chilled for hours. The lid is easy to use, spill proof and absolutely secure once closed, for me it is ideal for using whilst out walking/running and the shape makes it easy to hold while exercising, it is a fairly ergonomic curved side which sits easily in the hand. Easy to clean and the tube fits in and out very easily too, this is a joy to use and works very well at keeping drinks cold. My only niggle is that it is only 500ml and for me that is only just about enough when I am doing an hour zumba class, I think I may invest in a 750ml one too but for the price it really does seem great value. It is only in the last few years I have taken a keen interest in ensuring I am hydrated at all times, for me I know my migraines can be triggered by dehydration (it took many years to pin this down as a possible trigger for me) and therefore having a source of fluids with me is important. The difference when those fluids are lovely and chilled makes this bottle a key investment to my keep fit plan and one which I use every week.
My boyfriend and I love anything to do with the outdoors and spend a lot of our free time climbing or cycling. Whenever we do any activities we always take a bottle of water or squash with us to keep us hydrated and avoid paying over the odds for bottles of water at cafes or shops. The main problem we experienced though, when bringing our own bottles was that we could not keep them chilled and on hot summer days we ended up drinking warm water that was not very refreshing. When I spotted these bottles for sale at John Lewis and in a range of colours I bought two. The main selling point was that they have a refillable ice tube inside to keep the drinks cold. I paid £4.99 each for them and I purchased one in blue and one in pink. Thermos is a household name and has been making insulated food and drink containers since 1907! A rather impressive history coupled with continually leading the industry in creating new innovative products has led them to be the world renowned trusted company they are today. The product The sports bottles are 19cm tall and made from toughened polypropylene that is virtually unbreakable. I have dropped mine so many times and it has hardly had a scratch on it. The bottle is designed to fit comfortably in the contours of your hand and they are slightly opaque so that you can see the liquid inside. The bottle is designed for non carbonated drinks and I only use mine for juice or water. At the top of the bottle is a lid that prevents the drink being spilled and the spout of the bottle is easy to get the liquid out due to the rapid flow design. The lid of the bottle is spill resistant and it is easy to pour out. By far the best feature is the removable ice tube. To use this feature remove the tube from inside the bottle and fill with water to the little fill level line on the side of the tube. Freeze it and then replace back in the bottle, filling the rest of the vessel with squash or water and it keeps the drink deliciously chilly. We always use our bottles and find the whole bottle stays cool for up to 3 or 4 hours. At 0.5L I find the bottle just a little small as I tend to drink quite a lot through the day so often drink mine and then start on my boyfriends! They do a 700ml bottle in black that I may think of getting in the future as I absolutely love the design and could just do with a bit extra to last me a full day. The bottles are easy to clean as you can just stick them in the dishwasher. Thermos claim that the bottles are odour and stain resistant. I have not had any stains in the bottle but I'm not sure they are fully odour proof. My boyfriend took his to the gym and filled it with a protein drink. Even after sticking it through the dishwasher it still smells a bit! There have been a number of health concerns about a certain property contained in polycarbonate called BPA. Thermos assure its customers that they use plastics free from this dangerous material and so give us peace of mind. Overall Both my partner and I are especially happy with our bottles. We use them regularly and find them really useful to have a round. It is great that you can get different colours so when you put them in a joint bag you can find your own easily. The bottles also sit well in the outer pockets of most rucksacks as the elastic pockets fit neatly around the neck of the bottle. I would definitely recommend this product. you could even use it for work. You are saving money by not having to waste money on disposable bottles and doing your little bit towards cutting your carbon footprint. You don't even need to make a sacrifice and settle for warm drinks, thanks to the trusty little ice tube inside. Well done Thermos. A real winner.
I really don't drink enough fluids during the day, apart from my 4-5 coffees, I drink very little else in the way of fluids, but didn't really realise until lately, just how dehydrated I was. When I do buy a bottle of pop/flavoured water, my usual drink of choice is Lucozade, and upon reading the label, I disovered just how much sugar these drinks really do contain, and I always end up drinking half a bottle and then wasting the rest, so a better choice is either plain water (which I really struggle to drink), or a small drop of cordial diluted. Now I really love either Vimto or Ribena, so I decided that is what I would do, and as well as getting more fluids into me, it would also work out cheaper in the long run, now I just needed a suitable bottle to take backwards and forwards to work with me, and also one that would slip easily into my drinks holder on my bike. Me and my OH were in TKMaxx when we came across these Thermos 'Hydration Bottles', and straight away were impressed by not only how stylish they looked, but also how functional they are. I mentioned about how this fits into my drinks holder on my bike with ease, well it also sits snuggly into your hand, it's contoured nicely to be a comfortable fit, which makes it a very good bottle to take with you if you go for a walk or a run, or if you go to the gym. I think another good point to mention -and something that clinched it for me- is that they are made from BPA free materials, which to me is an important thing to look out for, as I have read in the papers about how some plastic bottles can have these BPA's in which can be attributed to causing cancer. They were priced up at £3.99, which I thought was a reasonable price for a bottle that I will use day in day out, is made by a well known company and is perfectly designed for my needs. I have since seen them elsewhere at a higher price, so I think we got a good bargain there. We got one each, as my OH is planning to start walking into work when the weather is nice. I got a pink one and he got a dark grey one, those were the only two colour choices there, but I see from searching on the internet that they also come in blue too. Another cool (pardon the pun!) feature, is that these bottles also contain a removeable middle core, which you fill with water and freeze, and then when frozen pops back into the bottle, and helps to keep your drink cold for alot longer than it normally would. I left mine in my car at work, it was probably there for an hour before I realised, and it was a really hot day, but when I realised and went to retrieve it, my drink was still lovely and cool, very impressive! If I'm just using it in the house, I tend to just make a drink up and put it in the fridge and then leave the middle bit out, because by putting that in it does reduce the amount of liquid it will contain. They are spill resistant and have a secure lid that snaps shut tightly, so if it does get knocked over, your drink won't leak out everywhere. The mouthpiece where you drink out of is a good size, probably just a little bit bigger than a can of pop size, and I much prefer it to those sport bottles where you've got to pull a spout up and suck to dispense the liquid. Thermos call it a Rapid Flow lid. They are dishwasher safe too, so no worries there, and are also very light, only 130gms. The size of the bottle is 450ml and like I say, I paid £3.99 for it, but they are priced up at £5.50 on Thermos's own website, you can also get a bigger version, 700ml for £6.95. I would definitely recommend this sports bottle to anyone!