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Hydrapak Gel Bot: Gels and Water in one Bottle?

A friend on Twitter sent out a note yesterday asking if anyone had tried the bottle in the image to the left, the Hydrapak Gel Bot. Apparently this bottle allows you to store both fluids and gel in one device (looks like the gel goes in the inner pink/red capsule), which might make hydrating and fueling on the run (or on a bike) a bit more convenient. My only question is how to keep the water cold, but the gel warm enough so that it will flow from the nozzle – I suppose watering the gels down a bit might work. I’d be interested to hear if anyone has tried the Gel Bot and what their thoughts are.

Below is the description of the product from the Hydrapak website:

The Gel-Bot delivers two performance essentials, fuel and hydration, in one easy to use bottle.


  1. Load the inner chamber with energy gel.
  2. Fill the bottle with water/fluid.
  3. When the nozzle is pulled open, you get water and water only.
  4. With the nozzle pushed down, squeeze to get the gel out of the center valve.

This patent-pending design lets you fuel or hydrate with just one hand. Perfect for racing or total gel addicts.

Here’s a YouTube video about the Gel Bot provided on the product page:

The Hydrapak Gel Bot is available at Amazon:

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  1. Hydrapak says:

    I could tell you how they work but you may not trust me since I work for the company….how about I trade a bottle for a reader to review. The first person that contacts me at jim (at) will get one.

  2. jarviscera says:

    I feel kinda bad posting this link to a somewhat review-like article, not having tried the gel-bot myself, but it is kinda funny too. Disclaimer: it’s an old version of the gel-bot, but looks really similar.

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