Athletes need hydration for optimum performance. However, certain activities make water an inconvenient burden. So hands-free hydration stepped up to the plate. The Wetsleeve takes you away from classic, hands-free hydration to sucking on your arm.
Many people fail to hydrate properly. Unfortunately, without proper hydration, a truly effective workout is unachievable. Camelbak stepped into the market with their iconic, hands-free hydration backpacks. No one has really rivaled the Camelbak formula for hands-free hydration. So Wetsleeve took a swing.
Wetsleeve stepped into the market with an interesting vision. They developed a hydration bladder that straps on your arm. It consists of a neoprene, velcro sleeve and a zipper pouch containing a refillable bladder. The bladder includes a mouthpiece positioned just on your forearm. Want water? Suck on your arm. The developers claim that this design offers greater comfort, convenience, accessibility, and versatility.
The developers created a professional product with the consumer in mind. So the armband includes a insulation layer to keep the water cool as well as a breathable 3D internal mesh. The Wetsleeve claims to keep you and your water cool. Additionally, a hydration sleeve doesn’t slosh. Keeping the fluid in a tight space, the sleeve keeps water confined and stable.
While the Wetsleeve introduces a unique approach to wearable hydration, the hydration sleeve model deserves some speculation. In comparison with a backpack, the Wetsleeve isn’t as amazing as the developers claim.
For starters, a backpack provides a balanced weight. So when you hike, run, climb, etc. the backpack stays centered. However, the Wetsleeve brings an unbalanced weight to one side of the body. If you have ever run with a weight in one hand, over time, it makes a significant difference.
Additionally, the Wetsleeve offers a short supply of hydration. Backpacks provide a larger reserve of water for extended activities. So if you hope to hike five miles with the Wetsleeve, you might need a few Wetsleeves. However, this hydration sleeve could prove ideal for short runs or quick workouts.
Lastly (and beyond a comparison to backpacks), I can’t help but think that the insulation negates breathability. While the Wetsleeve offers a breathable mesh, the insulation must refute that. Granted, the underside of the sleeve will breathe, the upper portion just can’t.
The Wetsleeve is a neat product. It might look weird when you start sucking on your arm, but why not? You’re hydrated! Overall, it provides a unique solution to hydration inconvenience for quick workouts. It looks comfortable at that. Unfortunately, it costs $50 at retail price. Currently, the developers offer an earlybird special of $45 but they are selling fast. On Kickstarter, they’ve achieved $136,000 of their $25,000 goal and are regularly posting stretch goals. Check them out and tell us what you think in the comments below!