The Camelpak is a brilliant product that distributes the weight of the water over the runner or rider’s back and provides quick and easy access to the liquid via a tube mounted on the shoulder strap. But the down side, especially on a searingly hot day, is that your back will cook and the sweat won’t dissipate. While it won’t lead to little more than discomfort and perhaps even “surfer’s rash”, it’s enough of a distraction that it could hinder your performance.
The VelEau is designed specifically for bicyclists and places a 42oz container at the rear of the bike, just below the seat, complete with storage for tools. Tubing, much like the Camelpack, is routed along the frame to the handle bars, where upon the rider can gain quick access to the spout, which is held in place with a set of magnets and a retractable tethering system so no thought has to go into replacing it into a holster, unlike a water bottle.
Word is that it will be available for $79.99 this July.