Gadgate Review: HydraCoach Fitness Intellingent Water Bottle
When I first saw the HydraCoach Intelligent Water Bottle, I was mildly stupefied. I thought, who would use this? Boy was I proven wrong! Everyone should use this. Never having had a problem with maintaining a healthy body water percentage, I rarely paid much attention to my water intake. I do know this guy I used to work with who painfully passed a couple stones because he was so dehydrated all the time. Maintaining a positive body water percentage requires some level attention, but should not be overlooked as it is a vital part of being healthy. Here are the many reasons why you should drink the right amount of water on a daily basis:
- Improved muscle tone
- Appetite suppression
- Conversion of food into energy
- Transportation of nutrients and oxygen to cells
- Enhanced strength and endurance
- Rapid removal of body waste and toxins
- Protection against heat exhaustion
- Insulation in the cold
- Body temperature regulation
- Increased cushioning for your joints
- Increased protection for your organs
Here are the components and features of the HydraCoach Intelligent Water Bottle:
- Soft Silicone Mouth Piece
- Finger Ring
- Easy to Clean
- Poly Carbonate Shell
- Built-In Computer
- Personal Hydration Calculator
- Average Consumption Display
- Time Tracker
- Sip Tracker
The HydraCoach is actually pretty simple to explain. Upon setting it up, you enter your body weight. It divides that in half and gives you have the amount of water in ounces you should be consuming in a 24 hour period. I roughly weigh around 150lbs. so I should be drinking 75 ounces of water a day. Easy right? There are three modes on the large and easy to read display. The instruction manual will throw a ton of acronyms at you that you’ll immediately forget but it won’t matter. These are the three modes:
- Ounces Goal, Percentage Completed, Average Ounces Per Hour Consumed
- Ounces Consumed, Current Running Time, Average Ounces Per Hour Consumed
- Date & Time
There are three buttons on the water bottle: Mode, Setup, and Start/Stop/Reset. All are very intuitive and easy to figure out. The only thing that’s weird is that you can’t be on the Date/Time mode to Start, Stop or Reset the program. The program runs for 24 hours from the time that you begin. Each time you take a sip, the counter in the “CamelPak” type sipper counts how much you are consuming. I usually kept the “Percentage Completed” mode running so I could see how close I was getting to my daily hydration goal.
Getting to the goal was easy for me. Everyday I went over 100%, and one day I reached over 160%. Over drinking water is fine in moderation, but I wouldn’t recommend drinking over 200%. Consuming too much water made national headlines a few years back when A Chico State student died from drinking excess amounts of water that his body couldn’t process fast enough during a hazing ritual.
There are two things you will be doing all day when you dedicate yourself to this bottle. Filling the bottle up and urinating. It took me around 6-8 fills daily to complete my hydration goal. Don’t do the math, I never filled it exactly to its 22oz limit. I was urinating 15-25 times a day and I thought I was trying to pass a drug test. That might not work for some people, but I ruined my bladder in elementary school, so I am probably a bit of an anomaly on that one.
You may think of the HydraCoach as being an annoying pest as you have other things to do with your day than pay attention to hydration needs, but it was like a fun game for me. I never though of it as a chore and I always wanted to reach my goal. The HydraCoach disassembles quickly for easy cleaning and should be done at least once a week. I wouldn’t want to share this bottle with anyone as the nozzle requires you to put your teeth and mouth all over it. And although the HydraCoach looks sporty, you don’t have to have an active lifestyle to maintain healthy body water stats. I would recommend this water bottle to all age groups in every demographic in that proper water consumption is a vital part of everyday living.
Not without its faults, the HydraCoach is not perfect by any means. My biggest gripe is that it has a dedicated thread for screwing on the top. I mean all water bottles have this, but this is the only bottle I have ever encountered where I have had trouble screwing it on every time. Since the handle always faces the same direction, there should be markings to show you where to place the top for a proper fit. Sort of like a Tylenol bottle. Below are my suggestions for future iterations of this revolutionary hydration monitoring device.
- Stainless Steel, anyone who seriously drinks water uses steel
- More Modes such as a Chronograph, and other sport watch functions
- Illuminating display for night and low light level scenarios
- Noise Alerts for when you are almost at 100% and time is running out, etc.
- Compensation mode for when you are drinking alcohol
- Thread markings for easy screw top action
- Larger Sizes for less refilling
Honestly, I was blown away by this product. I don’t know about their patents, but so far this is the only product of its kind, and it’s sweet. Easily worth its price, and I’m glad I jumped on this review. I’m proud to give the HydraCoach a glowing review in hopes that they are successful and continue to make quality products. Get your thirsty on!
- Easy to setup and use
- Focused design and interface
- Instills a progressive attitude in regards to hydration
- Needs thread markings for easy attachment
- Lot’s of refilling and urination
- Not Stainless Steel
Buy it for $27.95 here