Disclaimer: Avex sent me a free water bottle (Avex Brazos) for me to field test. There was no requirement for me to blog about it, either positively or negatively, but I'd bet they hoped I did.
A water bottle is a water bottle. I have a bunch of them. Some from Nalgene, Life is Good, and my trusty Camelbak bladders. When approached with this bottle, I wasn't expecting anything special.
But this water bottle has honestly changed the total amount of water I drink on a daily basis. The thing is, I have a complete ecosystem of hydration gear that I take out on short to long hikes. The tall 25oz bottle I received, called the Avex Brazos, with AUTOSEAL technology, didn't seem like it would fit the bottle pockets of my day or overnight packs. And I haven't had the chance to try it.
You see, it's been on my desk at work or in the cup holder of my car. The one-handed ease of drinking from it has ramped my water intake from about 4 cups to about 8 cups a day.
How it works: There is a little lid that covers the sipping area that you can flip completely out of the way with one thumb. You then, with a natural feeling, squeeze a large button on the rim of the bottle, opening the spout. A perfect amount of water comes out as you drink. For some reason, it's a pleasure to drink. It's not a wide mouth like the Nalgene or a narrow circle like a normal plastic bottle. You can either place it to your lips or pour.
In my car, it's been great to not have to cradle a water bottle between my knees and unscrew a cap, spill water over me as I drive over a bumpy section and then replace the cap. With this bottle, I simply pick it up and drink and put it back.
One minor issue, but it's really minor. At work, we have UV water dispensers. The Avex Bravos is a little too tall to fit into the dispenser, so I have to hold it at an angle while it fills. Like I said, a minor, minor issue.
I know that raving about a water bottle makes it sound like I was paid to do it, but, other than the free bottle, I wasn't. I just think it's a pretty well-thought-out design and it's had a positive impact on my daily hydration.