There are a lot of ways stay hydrated on your bike. There are hydration backpacks, hydration vests, triathlon style water bottles, fanny packs with bottle holders or built in reservoirs, the good old water bottle, and probably a number of others we’re overlooking. And yet, Wetsleeve thinks there is a better way. That way, is basically putting a hydration bladder around your forearm. Easy to access, hands free, and free from needing to wear a backpack, the Wetsleeve may be a good option – if you’re ok with a small amount of water…
Basically a hydration reservoir without a hose, the reservoir is housed inside a breathable sleeve you wrap around your arm. The design is said to create a slosh-free system that is insulated to keep the reservoir cool, but it does mean the bladder is limited to just 12oz (350ml) of liquid. That’s not a lot of hydration for longer rides, but you can always refill along your way, or… wear a Wetsleeve on both arms for a whopping 24oz.
Available in three sizes, the sleeve cinches down with a velcro strap system to keep it in place. There are also built in pockets for small items like keys or cash. Realistically, even though Wetsleeve is marketing this to cyclists (along with runners, skate boarders, hikers, fitness buffs, or really anyone who needs water), this seems like it may be better suited towards other pursuits mostly due to the small volume. Though, maybe if they integrate an elbow pad into the sleeve design, it may appeal to more users.
Available for pre-order through Kickstarter, pricing starts at $39 with an expected retail price of $50.