Most of us don’t give much thought to our water bottles. If they are clean and don’t leak they’ll do the job. But a new company called ABLOC is trying to change that with its new Arrive S water bottle designed specifically for the needs of cyclists.
Utilizing a taper at the bottle’s bottom, the Arrive S is designed to slide in and out of cages and jersey pockets with less resistance, especially at more severe angles. This could net benefits in a wide range of scenarios, including frames with tight clearances, mountain bikes with hard-to-reach cages, and for riders who stuff bottles in their rear pocket while on the go. On the flip side, security could be an issue. We’ve requested test samples to see how it fares on that regard. More soon.
The ABLOC Arrive S is also billed as having a high flow rate and self-sealing silicone valve. Claimed weight is 65 grams, which about 30 percent lighter than your average water bottle. But capacity is 18.5oz, which is 3.5oz less that the standard 22oz water bottle.
The bottle has a clean façade with no scratchable logos or graphics, and the inside has an antimicrobial layer that is embedded, not just coated, which ABLOC claims will last longer because it wont wash off over time like some coatings can. This helps the bottle resist mold, bacteria, and odors. The Arrive S is also BPA-free and has a high-gloss cap that’s available in seven colors if you’re into the matchy-matchy thing.
“Bottles are prominently visible in the middle of most frames,” says Yujin Kawase, founder and CEO of ABLOC, a name that is derived from the French expression “à bloc,” meaning, to go all out or all in. “If you care about aesthetics, it’s a disservice to ride bottles with no consideration for design and scratched up graphics. We took a fresh, holistic approach, so riders can enjoy not only beautiful design, but new performance features as well.”
MSRP for the Arrive S bottle is $12, which is $3-6 more than the cost of a standard water bottle. For more info visit www.abloc.com.