Perfectly timed with all of the other triathlon related news, SpeedSip is rethinking the water bottle. Or at least, the water bottle cap. While the SpeedSip design is perfect for the bike legs of triathlons, there’s also promise for the design for any type of cycling where you’re in an aero position and going fast.
SpeedSip faster, more aero reversed water bottle cap
Starting with a fairly common bottle shape, SpeedSip is all about the cap. The idea of inventor Peter Szedlacsek, SpeedSip started out as a rudimentary prototype and has evolved into the current version thanks to the advent of 3D printing.
The cap features a reverse angled spout with a silicone membrane valve to keep the water from just pouring out since the bottle is held upside down. To use, simply hold the bottle up to your head like a cell phone, and squeeze once the valve is in your mouth. Since the bottle is held upside down, the water is positioned at the bottom with the air at the top for faster drinking. But the bigger advantage is that it allows you to remain in an aero position with your eyes on the road without having to move your head as much as a traditional bottle.
As usual, clever new designs like the SpeedSip are brought to Kickstarter with hopes of securing enough funding for the first production run. Single production bottles start out at $12, or two for $20, with delivery expected by December 2018.