Another water bottle? Another filtration system? Really? However as soon as Pure Hydration contacted me, and I looked at the product and more importantly the company and the people behind it I said ‘yes please’....
I get offered a lot of stuff; small companies and recently a couple of very big companies but my focus isn’t to be branded from head to toe (although it was seriously tempting!). My focus is to inspire, encourage and support everyone to access the outdoors. It is also underpinned by a social purpose; as someone who has struggled, I realise I am in a fortunate position where I can support others to do something they are challenged by. So, when I choose brands to support, I choose carefully. It is essential to me that they too feel a social responsibility and are bringing products to the market to yes, make money, it is business after all but also because they want to make lives better.
So Pure Hydration grabbed my attention straight away. Not only is this a product that is actively seeking to reduce the volume of single use plastics but they also work with the Armed Forces and Internationally to provide safe drinking water in disaster zones and for those working in extreme environments. Also, to be fair the contact from them was friendly, supportive and kind and you can’t knock that!
So, let’s crack on with the review. The Aquapure Traveller 2017 is much like many bottles you can purchase; simple and non-pretentious in its design but with a feature that others don’t have which is that you can squeeze the water out. This is GENIUS! I have used other filtration bottle and been wild camping and wanting to filter the water from a lake or tarn for cooking but once its in the bottle the only way you can get it out is to literally suck it out. Now I am not precious but to have to suck the water through the spout and then spit it in to my stove is not something I fancy doing. Or quite frankly have time for. When I want food, I want food! Also, it means I can brush my teeth with clean water. Luxury huh?
I have used the bottle for a few months now. I walk (and occasionally run) regularly along the River Wye where I live, and I am able to take this with me and drink to my hearts content knowing that I can just pop down to the river and refill. So not only am I looking after the environment but I am keeping myself properly hydrated (although I do then need to wee a lot….a lot, a lot…). It is also great when walking up in the hills where you know there will be plenty of streams to fill up in. The joy of being able to walk out with one bottle rather than litres weighing you down, its almost enough to make you have a little skip.
At £39.99 initially I can imagine you would baulk at the price. However when you consider the cost of buying single use plastic bottles of water and the environmental impact of this it really is a no-brainer. If you visit their website here there is an amazing graphic about the impact of single use plastic. Now I know that the design is functional and simplistic and I know that there is a growing market for design led, trend led water bottles out there. But lets be honest, if you are reading this review then you are an outdoor person and if you want to be design and trend led then bobble hats and beanies are the way to go here….naturally.
So overall, the design is functional and capacious. It holds 750ml of water (700ml with the filter) and has that amazing squeezyness. It is environmentally friendly, robust, easy to use and for me the fact that this company is run by lovely people (who I must add I have never met, or know personally) who are supportive of me and much more importantly think about the world as a whole makes it a pretty special product. And maybe nice bright colours will come in time….But only if they are environmentally friendly. If not then black is the new lime green!
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