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Vessyl is a smart cup that analyzes liquids to tell you what you're drinking

At first glance, "Vessyl" looks like an ultra-modern, but relatively ordinary, 13 oz (385 ml) mug. However, pour something into it and it becomes extraordinary: not only will it identify what type of drink it has in it, but Vessyl will also tell you its dietary content, such as sugar, protein, calories, fat, caffeine – even identifying the beverage by name – then take all of those results and synchronize them to your smartphone.  Read More

Beer and sports are long-time cultural partners  (Photo: Shutterstock)

Beer is often quaffed in the aftermath of a day of sports in the fellowship of friends and neighbors. Unfortunately, while it may pick up the spirits and increase the celebratory feeling, the dehydration associated with alcohol consumption can lead to tiredness and cramping muscles. A new study by a group of Australian Public Health researchers shows that many of these ill effects can be lessened by adding a pinch of sodium to your beer.  Read More

O2 Cool showed its new backpack line at the 2013 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

Wherever you weigh in on the global warming debate, it would seem that folks are hotter than ever this year. Misting and cooling products have been a trend over the past few months, with launches of products like the Aquabot and Q-FOG. The self-assigned leader in cooling products has decided to get in on the action with its own twist on the theme. It's incorporated a misting system into a line of hydration packs, so the reservoir of water on your back can both quench and cool.  Read More

The Kammok Glider

Hammok manufacturer Kammok is working to bring an innovative new tarp to market. Not only does the tarp provide shelter from the rain, it funnels that rain into a gutter system and bottles it, providing a hassle-free way of procuring clean drinking water.  Read More

The current Hydrosleeve design holds up to 7 fluid ounces of liquid

Carrying a bottle of refreshing water with you on long runs can be an awkward affair. Kenmark Sports attempted to make hydration-on-the-go a little easier last year with its Armband Water Bottle, but it still looks to be a rather bulky, cumbersome and sloshy option. Justin Lynch has designed a new slimline runner-specific hydration system called the Hydrosleeve that allows runners to hydrate without breaking stride, while also taking care of the sloshing issue.  Read More

The CamelBak Bootlegger is a hydration pack designed for the ski slopes

Hydration backpacks have made carrying water during many sports much easier. For some other sports, however, the hydration pack isn't that much more convenient than a water bottle. When it comes to skiing, hydration packs freeze easily and can be uncomfortable on a chairlift. Camelbak has a new design that promises to make hydration more ski-friendly.  Read More

The Koala Bottle system uses magnets to hold its bottle in place on the user's bike

The standard bicycle water-bottle-and-cage system is pretty tried and trusted. That said, at one time or another, just about every cyclist has dropped their bottle on the road when they didn’t put it back in the cage properly ... or perhaps they’ve even wiped out, because they were distracted by trying to remove or replace the bottle. That’s why Anthony Goldman created the Koala Bottle system, which uses magnets to keep the bottle attached to the bike.  Read More

The Kangaroo Water Bottle

Perhaps you’re a runner whose shorts don’t have pockets – or, they have pockets, but you don’t want things bouncing around and/or getting sweat-soaked in there as you run. If that’s the case, you might like Contigo’s storage-compartment-equipped Kangaroo Water Bottle.  Read More

The Sense Hydro S Lab straps a 250-ml flask of water to your wrist

It seems that the problem of carrying water is really nagging runners. At least it's nagging manufacturers that want to sell new gear to runners. The numerous running-specific hydration packs and belts already on the market are being joined by alternatives like the Kenmark Armband Water Bottle and these water-lugging "gloves" from Salomon.  Read More

The Guardian slims your pack and protects your back

Geigerrig produces a line of pressurized hydration packs that deliver a stream of water by using pressure to eliminate the need to suck. The pressure also allows the water stream to serve as a spray for cleaning off your body and gear. The company's latest pack is called the Guardian and uses hard plastic panels to provide new functions.  Read More

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