Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Gel-Bot Product Review & Giveaway

24 oz Gel-Bot
If you've ran with me in the cold, then you may know that my hands sometimes cannot function properly when it's time for me to refuel.  They become these useless claws that fumble to open GU packets, and most likely the energy gel ends up all over my hands...and face.  Not anymore, people.  I was provided a Gel-Bot water bottle by Hydrapak for me to try out and review.  Let's just say, no more GU all over my hands*.

What is a Gel-Bot?
The Gel-Bot delivers two performance essentials, fuel and hydration, in one easy to use sport bottle.  This patent-pending design lets you fuel or hydrate with just one hand.  Perfect for racing or total gel addicts.  All the Gel-Bot components can be taken apart and easily cleaned. (Source here)

To Use:
  1. Load the inner chamber with energy gel.
  2. Fill the bottle with water/fluid.
  3. When the nozzle is pulled open, you get water and water only.
  4. With the nozzle pushed down, squeeze to get the gel out of the center valve.

My first concern with this bottle was that it was 24 oz and huge; not something that I could easily carry on my long runs like my Nathan handheld.  This is just a large water bottle.  I decided it IS perfect for my treadmill runs and when pushing Goober in the jogger because I don't have to physically carry it on my body somehow.  For my triathlete friends: this bottle would fit great on your bicycle's carrier!

I loaded this bad boy up with some Vanilla Bean GU and hopped on the treadmill.

It works!  I pulled the nozzle up with my teeth and only water came out, then pushed the nozzle back down and squeezed/sucked...and the GU came out.  And I don't want to sound to wishy-washy, but I almost think that the GU tasted better in my opinion.  Maybe it had something to do with not sucking it out of a foil package?  All I tasted was Vanilla Bean frosting.  Yum.  Plus, it was easy to wash it down with water immediately afterward.  No fumbling with empty wrappers either = score! 

Washing the bottle is a little more time-consuming than just a normal water bottle, but it wasn't difficult at all.  To get the energy gel out of the nozzle and tube, I let the bottle sit in warm soapy water for a little bit.  Then I captured some water in the tube, attached the nozzle and pushed the plunger so the soap water came blasting out the nozzle.  After doing this a few times, the gel was gone and the bottle was as good as new.

Overall, I'm very impressed with the Gel-Bot and its simplicity and functionality.  My only request would be for a smaller version that came with a handheld carrier option...then, it'd be absolutely perfect for long runs.

PROS:
Gel is ready-to-go.  No fumbling, no wrappers, no mess.
Carries a decent amount of water
Bottle doesn't make water taste like plastic
Easy to clean and use
No more empty gel packets in my car's cup holder before runs! (No more gooey mess!)

CONS:
A tiny bit of energy gel is left in the chamber...it's impossible to get the last drop out from the nozzle.
For me, I have a small mouth and the nozzle is just a little larger than I'm used to. 

Hey, you can even mix it up and put MILK in the bottle and CHOCOLATE PUDDING in the gel chamber for after a long run.  Yummeh.

LOOK! A chance to win your own Gel-Bot!


Here's the scoop on how to win:
(Please leave separate comments for each entry)
Mandatory entry:
  • First you must be a follower of my site, then please go to the Hydrapak website and tell me what product tickles your fancy. Let me know in one comment(1 entry)
Additional entries:
  • "Like" Hydrapak on Facebook & let them know Run, Zoë, Run! sent you (1 entry)
  • Follow Hydrapak on Twitter (@Hydrapak) (1 entry)
  • "Like" Run, Zoë, Run! on Facebook (1 entry)
  • Tweet this 
    • "I want to get my GEL & H2O on w/ a @Hydrapak Gel-Bot from @RunZoeRun's #giveaway http://bit.ly/hstJk3" 
    • or Click  
  • Link to this giveaway on your blog, Twitter (include @RunZoeRun), or Facebook.  Let me know in a comment (1 entry each)
The giveaway will end at midnight Friday 3/11, with the winner picked via Random.org or Miss Goober if she feels so inclined.  Winner announced on Saturday the 12th.  Hydrapak will ship the Gel-Bot directly to each winner. :)


**Note:  All reviews are based on my own personal experience with the specific product that I was provided with.  I received this product free of charge from Hydrapak/OutsidePR and was not compensated for my review. Product in giveaway provided courtesy of Hydrapak.**


*That's what she said.

59 comments:

  1. I'm a follower! I tried checking out other products so I went to the website but when I click on either "Packs" or "Bottles" I get:

    404 | Page Not Found!
    Sorry, but the page you were looking for is not here.

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  2. Tweeted!
    P.S. love that embedded "Tweet" button

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  3. Love the idea, I need to try the gels - looks like they have a smaller bottle - 20oz which might be easier to carry.

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  4. follow hydrapack on twitter

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  5. I'm a follower. I like the fact that the mouthpiece for the hydration packs can come with a cover. I have a hydration pack for hiking and it sucks when that mouthpiece lands in the dirt.

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  6. I think this would be even more cool if gu AND water came out at the same time!! :)

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  7. I'm already a follower, I "liked" both your site and Hydrapack. I'd get the gelbot bottle but in 20 oz. I run with a 20 oz bottle and don't even notice it. Great contest. I would love that bottle!

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  8. I'm a follower.

    I like the PurBot. Always looking for a water bottle that is BPA free for everyday water consumption.

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  9. I'm a follower of you and I really like the bottles especially this one! I am always fumbling with gel! The other stuff is a little too high tech for me!

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  10. I liked them on fb and gave you a shout out!

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  11. already "like" Rune, Zoe, Run on Facebook :)

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  12. I like the Hydrapak Avila pack. I'm not coordinated enough to carry a hand-held :( I need something attached to me or I'll drop it.

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  13. "Liked" Hydrapak on Facebook and left a post with your name on it :)

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  14. I would also like the Hydrapak Avila pack.

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  15. I am following Hydrapak on Twitter.

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  16. Im a follower! I;ve been intrigued by the Gelbot for a while now-but I also really liked the Purebot

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  17. tweeted! i love your tweet button!!

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  18. I'm a follower! :) And the Commuter bag looks pretty sweet!

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  19. Yep, total follower of YOU!!! And like Marlene I tried to go to their page to check out the bottles and I think you are so hot your sending so much traffic to their site that it is shut down! =) Either way, from your review I think the bottle would be awesome! And I have a big mouth....

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  20. I like you in real life but I also Facebook like you! =)

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  21. Well the pics helped but I'm still a little lost haha. :) Need to watch the video when I'm home (work blocks it) :(

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  22. I'm already a follower. And I'd get the Reyes pack.

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  23. Linked to my sidebar @ running42km.blogspot.com

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  24. sorry, I meant to also say that the soft flask looks pretty cool, and I'm off to tweet!

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  25. I'm a follower and think the gelbot is cool! :)

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  26. I like hydrapak on fb and told them you sent me :)

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  27. I follow hydrapak on twitter!

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  28. I posted your giveaway on my blog! :)

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  29. I like the fact that the mouthpiece for the hydration packs can come with a cover.

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  30. I just linked this on my blog
    http://lookingupagain.blogspot.com/2011/03/disney-dreams.html

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  31. How interesting. I am a follower and am curious about the gel bot.

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  32. I am interested in the Soquel hydrapak

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  33. I follow Hydrapak on twitter as @stickyprints

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  34. I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/stickyprints/status/44610224602099712

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  35. I like the hydropack technology on the website! I especially love that you can turn the packs inside out to clean, and that the water hose is detachable.

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  36. I liked you on fb! :) Love the pictures!

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  37. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/ready2beme

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  38. i am a follower and a big fan of water bottles so I wouldn't mind giving the dual bot a go either. :)

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