AP Pro Aerobar Hydration System, Hyper SpeedFeed Nutrition Box, QuickShot Plus Insulated Flask, Haul-It All Bag, Lock Laces REVIEW
Triathlon training-like golf-are athletic endeavors we spend a lot of time (and $) on…and are also activities where the amateurs can compete on the same courses as professional athletes (neat!).
... Or even with the pros -at some competitions.
So we understand why many amateur athletes identify with the competitors who earn cash from races-and have to have the 'stuff'' the pros wear-from the performance apparel--- to the gear they swim, bike, run- or swing with. The entire endorsement industry is bulging with athletes contracted as brand representatives.
However, we barely pay attention to what the professionals are wearing/using-because we are not professionals even though in our minds anyway-we're skilled amateurs at the aforementioned sports.
Point being-we don't care who endorses it----"it"-preferably priced in our budget, something we don't need to pay someone to install/figure out…and of course- has to work for us.
We summarized NATHAN™Sports reflective portable hydration solutions- a few months back but this week actually got to review some affordable selections from their Tri Series for hydration, and eating on the go.
Even judging by the pictures on the website-we could tell that a lot of thought went into every product… and immensely practical designs popped off the screen-no matter where we clicked.
AND when we got the AP Pro Aerobar Hydration System, the Hyper SpeedFeed Nutrition Box, and the QuickShot Plus Insulated Flask to try out in real life-we knew straight away-that all three were superior to what we have been using instead, and that clearly there was serious athletic input into these highly engineered products…in this case-pro triathlete Andy Potts ---a guy we actually have heard of.
First off, the easy to install AP PRO AEROBAR HYDRATION SYSTEM.
|Efficient and easy…24oz size (710 mL)-positioning is ideal-no rattling at all…and the streamlined shaped bottle sits a tiny bit-slightly lower in aero bars than what we have used before-probably more aero.|
|fits width just right|
|easy to follow instructions, two plastic drink tubes+two white caps...|
|No splash-mouthpiece-Soft Sip Bite Valve-pushes onto straw after heating up in hot water for 30-60 secs. We tried-water easily flowed through for "controlled access"---but it's optional…we preferred not using it…guess it is more what we are used to.|
AVAILABLE NOW: $74.95
Hyper SpeedFeed-attaches by three velcro tabs…longer in length that most aero boxes we've seen-secure tightly right up against the front vertical bar---so knees don't rub against sides of the box when peddling…though the shape is slightly more tapered at the end and taller people won't even have to deal with this. Two velcro straps secure on the horizontal bars. Those 3M™ stripes are reflective too!
ANOTHER winner that is so much better than what we had--- from the Nathan™Sports Tri series= the lightweight aero nutrition box Hyper SpeedFeed-that bravo-closes/opens by one hand via a magnetic -embedded snap-for easy access-without a need to look down…though the clear top enables seeing what's inside…if you do.
|logo 3M™ reflective pops-multiple colors available too|
|fits different hand sizes including ours-which are small-adjustable hand strap|
|Very cool-no drip yet squeeze just a tad-the liquid evenly flows…high flow Race Cap. Strap is mesh-lets the sweat wick out-back of hand...|
The reflective details cover the surface from all angles…including the entire bottle…that stands out when the headlights hit- even when partially covered up by our fingers.
Widely available now-$30
|The flask attachment straps will not stretch out-unlike the one we had used prior!!! In daylight-the bottle is pink/grey…can see as the light hits-it reflects…as pictured below...fits palm of our hand just right too...|
Drawstring closure, adjustable, lightly padded backstraps, internal zippered compartment---and a reinforced durable nylon bottom…a cleanly clearly -thought out hauler---it is available now in other colors.
We think-they could make an even bigger one with side pockets/compartments (this one carries 35L)---kinda like the Flight Control bag---
But out of the same mostly mesh material---it could work for hauling all our tri race gear to a race (we hope) instead of a clear plastic bag that rarely is big enough…and double as our gym bag ---cause we travel with way more hair/beauty products-to and fro-than most guys.
|compressive laces---stretch (tiny bit) as foot expands w/pounding-adjusts on the go|
NATHAN™ Sports delivers a smart version-the patented Lock Laces™ that are fast and intuitive--- to install…just remove laces you have…lace in the stretch compressive ones provided (multiple color options)…put shoes on for the fit…slide laces through the round lock----trim excess laces..and shove in the lock part, snap shut. DONE.
Widely available --- $7.95---and of course-re-usable too. A not big investment that pays off after the first run...