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Old 09-15-05, 07:04 PM   #1
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New hydration product idea, can I get your input?

I am working on a small device for hydration packs that, among other things, will let you know at all times, how much fluid you have left in your bag. Would you see this as being useful? Either way is great! I will totally appreciate your input.

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Old 09-15-05, 07:15 PM   #2
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I am working on a small device for hydration packs that, among other things, will let you know at all times, how much fluid you have left in your bag. Would you see this as being useful? Either way is great! I will totally appreciate your input.

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If I could stand to wear my camelback, which i cant, i would not find it useful. It is very easy to tell how much fluid is left simply by the weight.
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Old 09-15-05, 09:10 PM   #3
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i just got back from a week of backcountry travel(on foot not bike) and there were times when it would be nice to know how much left. i found myself stopping early to purify, unpacking to get at the bladder cause i didn't know how much fluid i had left. if you can do it simply and really light there's a market for sure.
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that would be brilliant. When riding with a camelbak, it's easy to tell by weight, but when backpacking, it's hard to tell the difference between 55 pounds, and 51.
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Old 09-16-05, 01:52 AM   #5
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as a cyclist - my opinion is that a water level meter would not have any benefit,
however improved airflow and weight distribution on the back for minimum stress and maximum evaporation for natural cooling would be good, also a device which would allow splashing water on the face would be a great improvement.
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Aero bottles, yes, but not camelbacks. Just squeeze the bottom with your hand, and you can guess very precisely how much water is in there.
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I hope you all see my thank yous here. All your responses are really valuable and appreciated.

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Old 09-16-05, 06:00 PM   #8
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what would really be nice is aero water bottles.


that way you don't have to worry about the wind resistance they cause but you can still scratch your back.
There have been a few different kinds of aero water bottles made. They can be found on ebay once in a while. The old Campy ones are nice looking, however...

Wind tunnel testing has shown that, if you have a bike with round frame tubes, having two round bottles in cages on the frame is more aero than not having them.
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