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The Wetsleeve: Put your hydration, on your forearm?

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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.

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Biff
Biff
5 years ago

Why pay 50$ when I could just tape a Capri Sun to my arm?

TK
TK
5 years ago
Reply to  Biff

I came here for the comments and the first one delivered!

Nick
Nick
5 years ago

Interesting they market this toward a urban commuter. I would could see some cyclocross fans wearing this.

Burk
Burk
5 years ago
Reply to  Nick

You are right on! This would be awesome for cross! Maybe make it more arm warmer style?

typevertigo
typevertigo
5 years ago
Reply to  Nick

That makes sense, given that many cross riders do away with bottle cages because they get in the way of shouldering.

I’m not sure the prospect of drinking from a muddied arm-mounted spout 30 minutes into a cross race is appetizing, though.

Pete
Pete
5 years ago
Reply to  typevertigo

It would be if it’s single malt.

Chase
Chase
5 years ago

OH yeah….this is a guaranteed success! (sarc)

Skip
Skip
5 years ago

Anyone who’s worn a bummer rainshell can tell you your arms are pretty big heat exchangers on the bike.

joe
joe
5 years ago
Reply to  Skip

I know, honestly. This is a better water warmer than anything. I honestly think this is meant to heat your water, and keep you warm on a cold day. It’s useful for the opposite of it’s intended purpose.

Joenomad
Joenomad
5 years ago

12 oz of gel at the ready sounds like a good use for the wetsleeve.

Ryan S.
Ryan S.
5 years ago

This will be adjusted to target wino moms on social media in 3…2..

GMB
GMB
5 years ago

Arm flask?

Allen Bishop
5 years ago
Reply to  GMB

That was my first thought!!

Johnny Chicken Bones
Johnny Chicken Bones
5 years ago

I clicked on this link just for the comments.
The idea of Wino Mom’s using this as they berate their kid at a local game makes my day.

Thanks for that.
JCB

tyler
5 years ago

i wanna see a pic of the dude dabbing while he takes a sip

Groghunter
Groghunter
5 years ago

Honestly, it’s stuff like this that makes me think that maybe, some of my off-the-wall bike ideas are actually marketable. Because none of them are as silly as this.

joe
joe
5 years ago
Reply to  Groghunter

Unfortunately, I think the numbers of useless products developed nowadays, is a sign of ‘Peak Stupidity’….or, at least, I hope it is.

Pete
Pete
5 years ago
Reply to  joe

we’re nowhere near Peak Stupidity yet.

Mike Opin (@MikeJ9C)
5 years ago
Reply to  Groghunter

Yea, no kidding. This has got to be one of the dumbest ‘active lifestyle’ inventions I’ve ever seen.

Juanny
Juanny
5 years ago

Agreed. My only interest was the comments.

So, you commit to wearing it all day and it holds 12 whole ounces? Sign me up. Plus, think how thirsty you’ll be after jogging with 3/4 pounds of water bouncing up and down on your forearm.

yard dog
yard dog
5 years ago

Need one on both arms. Otherwise it is highly unbalanced. I also want 2 more for each leg. That should be convenient. And only $200. What a deal!

Pete
Pete
5 years ago
Reply to  yard dog

What about the version that goes around your hips?

boom
boom
5 years ago

I came here for the comments. Was not disappointed.

MikeFranke67
MikeFranke67
5 years ago

The only use that actually makes sense is the outside-of-the-wetsuit mount for open-water swimmers and surfers. Having fresh hydration in the middle of a long swim isn’t actually a horrible idea, and on the outside of a wetsuit, you probably wouldn’t notice it.

Bogey
Bogey
5 years ago
Reply to  MikeFranke67

The last thing I want a weighted arm when I’m swimming. Terrible idea!

Daniel
Daniel
5 years ago

What an awesome idea! So simple but brilliant. $39 Doesn’t break the bank and 12oz is perfect for those hour long excersices. Looks easy enough to refill as well. Can’t wait to try it

Flux
Flux
5 years ago
Reply to  Daniel

Thank you, Daniel Wetsleeve

TheKaiser
TheKaiser
5 years ago
Reply to  Flux

LOL!

Flux
Flux
5 years ago

wut

Andy
Andy
5 years ago

Why the hell would I want this? I don’t have any problems with water bottles so why would I choose to put this hot constricting lopsided thing on my arm for no good reason at all? Hi m open to all things new and innovative, but I ask in all seriousness, how does this solve any problem whatsoever?

sad
sad
5 years ago

Thanks for this gem Bike rumors lol. Lightened up my day a bit.

joe
joe
5 years ago

Wow, trying to stay hydrated by covering up the one location on your body where the blood actively cools itself with airflow. Not exactly a brilliant idea, here.

Josh
Josh
5 years ago
Reply to  joe

If you put it in the freezer it could keep your arms cool ha ha, built in ice pack for if you crash.

Zoso
Zoso
5 years ago

Seems like a hydration bra (manzier or bro) would be more apropos.

Bogey
Bogey
5 years ago

Sure this wasn’t supposed to on Bikehumor.com?!

Marin
Marin
5 years ago

I first read this as Wetslave and looking at the photo with a black guy I was a bit perplexed on marketability of the product.

Seeing how I misread it and it’s actually Wetsleeve, I have no doubts in success of this product.

Brendan
Brendan
5 years ago

With a typical hydration pack, I take a hand off the bars for a second to put the bite valve in my mouth, then drink for a few seconds and spit out the valve. With this, I need to keep my hand off the bars for as long as I’m drinking. No thanks.

Volsung
Volsung
5 years ago

So I still have to lift my arm and suck on it? If it were an IV I wouldn’t have to AND I could wear it under a jacket in the winter.

Matt
Matt
5 years ago

Seriously has to be one of the dumbest ideas of the year

Muchachos
Muchachos
5 years ago

QBP to announce exclusive distribution in 3….2…..1……

Rnr
Rnr
5 years ago

Man you guys are harsh. I’d it’s not for you, it doesn’t make it completely useless. I backed this. I use a similar bladder that straps around my upper arm that I’ve loved. I hate holding water bottles or wearing them around my waist and my runs don’t require my larger 50oz bladder on my back. This holds a little more than what I already use and I love the placement. Also taking it on my island vacation to wear while snorkeling.

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