This bottle has been all the buz on the world wide webbings. BPA free and very reusable, the idea is that it is a high end replacemant for all those water bottles we go through in a day (yeah- the ones that mysteriously end up off the coast of the Aleutians, or in the Andes Mountains or everywhere else. Follow the jump for more...
We have been to a few presentations by the team that is making this product come to life. RKS, the famous California design consultancy, Eastman Chemical- a big player in innovative plastics and Eric Barnes- the founder and CEO of Kor have put together (at great expense) a bottle that is creating a new market for water and hydration accessories.
The good and the bad...
First of all, this is a magnificent piece of engineering. Secondly, just because we started with good news doesn't mean you should be waiting for the other foot to fall. Sure, we don't like a few things: You can't fit it into a cupholder. It is big enough to carry water for a large part of the day, which is to say: it's pretty big. It cannot be recycled through conventional channels (the number system)- but the plastic is recyclable and the company will take it back when you are done with it. It really does solve the very big trash problem that we mentioned above, as long as you take it seriously and slightly modify a few behaviors- like avoiding buying disposable water bottles on a whim. Finally, it's super gorgeous- like hot.
We received a pre-production model while attending their most recent presentation and were impressed with the changes that had transpired since we last saw it. The latch has been improved, the color has changed from silver to white and they still haven't put an "i" at the beginning of the name- good on them. Apparently some of the parts have been adjusted so they are easier to assemble and last longer- couldn't get the full story on that with time limits.
How is living with the bottle? The mouth is great for pouring and drinking from on the move, the handle is easy to grip for carry, and you can put it in the dishwasher- wow!. It is slightly big for our tastes, though, and you need to be creative when putting it down in the car.
This is going to be amazing for some people and ridiculous for a small group of naysayers. It's about $30 and you can get on the list here.