I received an interesting product to test a few weeks ago, the AquaJoe Portable Hydration System. "Our product can change any bottle of water into any type of sports drink, infant formula, nutritional supplement or flavored drink and, unlike other products, it is re-useable" said Avi Ohring, Director of Sales for AquaJoe.
AquaJoe to the Rescue
I might be using AquaJoe to carry my Fluid recovery drink powder. Although Fluid is available in individual packages, I always order mine in economically priced bulk tubs. I have been pre-mixing my recovery drink in a water bottle, and taking it with me on my longer runs and bike rides. I would have a lot less gear to carry, if I put the Fluid powder in an AquaJoe, then simply added the powder to one of my water bottles at the end of my rides. I would still need to find a source of water, but we usually have SAG support on our Team in Training rides, and the SAG wagon always carries gallon bottles of drinking water and a cooler full of ice.
I probably wouldn't use AquaJoe to carry my electrolyte powder. Why not? I don't use electrolyte powder. MotorTabs is one of my sponsors, and they come packaged in individually wrapped tablets. The foil-wrapped tablets are really easy to slip into my bike bag, or the back of my bike jersey. AquaJoe is a bit too bulky in my opinion, to carry along with me on my bike rides and longer runs. But I would carry it in my sports bag, so that I have my recovery drink available at the end of my rides.
Bike Diva's Opinion
AquaJoe has been on the market since the fall of 2007. I find the double lid on each dispenser to be a bit cumbersome, perhaps the design will be changed in a future model? I think a simple one piece, flat screw on lid, or even a flip top lid that was attached to the dispenser would make AquaJoe less bulky and a lot easier to use.
I still think AquaJoe can be a useful product. Most rest stops at the charity bike rides and running events I participate in have Gatorade available. While I appreciate Gatorade donating their product, I can't drink it. It causes major stomach upset, and I don't like the taste. A few of my friends have the same problem. AquaJoe would be perfect for carrying an alternative brand of electrolyte powder with you. I'm lucky to be sponsored my MotorTabs, but most of my cycling and running friends use some brand of powdered electrolyte formula.
AquaJoe Products LLC
P.O. Box 6209
Hoboken, NJ 07030
The retail package, with a suggested retail price of $20.00, contains two AquaJoe dispensers and a carrying clip. Visit the AquaJoe website, to find retailers in your area that carry AquaJoe. You can also watch a video of the product in use on the website. Maybe I'm just uncordinated, but when I tried out AquaJoe I got my recovery drink powder all over the place. But the person in the video makes it look easy.
I see the AquaJoe website makes mention of a new product that is coming soon: The AquaJoe Bottle Cage is the first and only cycling bottle cage that lets you carry your liquid & powder in one convenient device. No picture available as of press time.
Lynn AKA the Run Diva