I was sent a box of goodies from FLEXR Sports to review. It included several water bottles, liner refills, and a neoprene running pouch/belt. They have been very kind and generous with their customer service.
The basis of their company is creating a more flexible water bottle with biodegradable disposable liners. From FLEXR:
- No more water sloshing, crinkling, or annoying noise, thanks to the biodegradable bottle liner which shrinks as the liquid is used, making it feel
- No more harmful bacteria or annoying aftertaste, no more bottles to clean, thanks to the disposable fully biodegradable liner.
- Ergonomic shape and feel allowing comfort for miles upon miles.
- Very flexible and squeezable, fitting your hand comfortably enabling you to get your water or favorite mix on the go.
- Air space between liner and bottle act as an insulator to keep fluids cooler longer.
- Patented one way jet stream valve, for accurate and precise flow.
- Extremely aerodynamic when turned sideways (great for on the bike). 16oz capacity.
- Designed by athletes for athletes and all materials made in the USA. US patent pending.
|FLEXR's shaped bottles, |
lots of colors & additional size options
While using the bottle with a liner you don't have to close the twist turn valve all the way and won't lose much fluid if you don't, which is good because I personally am not a fan of the turning, open-closed valve. As a runner it's possible but required more than one hand when I was sweaty. On the bike it would seem impossible to turn the valve. They do offer a few bottle top straw options that would help on the bike.
I mainly carry water in my bottles so don't feel the need for the clean effect of the liners, but for someone who does a lot of drink mixing away from home (protein or recover drink at the gym for instance) the liners would be nice. The wide mouth of the bottle make for easier mixing and filling too. It can be a pain to get the very bottom of a water bottle or any grooves clean, especially if you don't have quick access to clean it. I would use the liners in that circumstance.
FLEXR also sent their FLEXR Sport Neo Running Pouch. This belt does not carry water, although they do sell one that holds a bottle in back. It clips together and has a zippered pouch that could hold and iPhone, several gels and a key. Not huge, but suitable and didn't bounce which I really appreciate! The neoprene is nice so that if you get wet from rain, an aid station, splashing through a stream, what's inside won't get wet. The belt also has attachments for a race number. I found this belt handy to use when I was running shorter and just wanted to carry my phone but not carry my larger packs.
|Bib number sits under the pouch|