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Accordion-style Hydaway water bottle folds down into a flat disc

Accordion-style Hydaway water ...
It may not fit comfortably in your running shorts pocket, but the Hydaway slides easily into a jacket or pack
It may not fit comfortably in your running shorts pocket, but the Hydaway slides easily into a jacket or pack
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The Hydaway bottle is designed to make using a reusable water bottle more convenient
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The Hydaway bottle is designed to make using a reusable water bottle more convenient
The Hydaway bottle encourages you to drink and pack out
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The Hydaway bottle encourages you to drink and pack out
It may not fit comfortably in your running shorts pocket, but the Hydaway slides easily into a jacket or pack
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It may not fit comfortably in your running shorts pocket, but the Hydaway slides easily into a jacket or pack
The loop on the lid can be used for securing to a backpack
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The loop on the lid can be used for securing to a backpack
After you're done drinking, the Hydaway bottle collapses in seconds
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After you're done drinking, the Hydaway bottle collapses in seconds
The Hydaway bottle is on Kickstarter now
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The Hydaway bottle is on Kickstarter now
Hydaway bottle, collapsed
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Hydaway bottle, collapsed
The Hydaway bottle can be used for a variety of sport and everyday purposes
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The Hydaway bottle can be used for a variety of sport and everyday purposes
A new everyday carry essential?
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A new everyday carry essential?
After you're done drinking, the Hydaway bottle collapses in seconds
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After you're done drinking, the Hydaway bottle collapses in seconds
The Hydaway bottle is designed to make using a reusable water bottle more convenient
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The Hydaway bottle is designed to make using a reusable water bottle more convenient
The Hydaway bottle encourages you to drink and pack out
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The Hydaway bottle encourages you to drink and pack out
It may not fit comfortably in your running shorts pocket, but the Hydaway slides easily into a jacket or pack
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It may not fit comfortably in your running shorts pocket, but the Hydaway slides easily into a jacket or pack
The loop on the lid can be used for securing to a backpack
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The loop on the lid can be used for securing to a backpack
After you're done drinking, the Hydaway bottle collapses in seconds
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After you're done drinking, the Hydaway bottle collapses in seconds
The Hydaway bottle is on Kickstarter now
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The Hydaway bottle is on Kickstarter now
Hydaway bottle, collapsed
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Hydaway bottle, collapsed
The Hydaway bottle can be used for a variety of sport and everyday purposes
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The Hydaway bottle can be used for a variety of sport and everyday purposes
A new everyday carry essential?
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A new everyday carry essential?
After you're done drinking, the Hydaway bottle collapses in seconds
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After you're done drinking, the Hydaway bottle collapses in seconds
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Over the years, one of the biggest trends we've seen in water bottle design is the collapsible bottle that compacts down to pocket size when empty. It's appeared in rollable Vapur bottles, crushable Hydrapak bottles and scrunchable Bübi bottles. The Hydaway offers a slightly different take on the trend, its silicone body compacting like an accordion into a flat, pocketable disc.

When Hydrapak designed the Stash bottle, it eliminated the bulbous base and pop-up top seen on its SoftFlask to create a smaller, flusher collapsed form. The bottle still has a protruding cap that keeps it at 2 in (5 cm) thick when packaged up, however. With its soft-sided, accordion-like folding action and flat cap, the Hydaway bottle manages to compact just a tad thinner, measuring 1.25 in (3.2 cm). On the downside, it is larger in diameter at 4.25 in (10.8 cm) compared to the Stash's 3.5 in (8.9 cm).

The Hydaway bottle has a food-grade silicone body and BPA-free plastic cap and base. It's billed as taste- and odor-free. The screw-on cap includes a pop-up drinking valve and watertight sealing.

After you're done drinking, the Hydaway bottle collapses in seconds
After you're done drinking, the Hydaway bottle collapses in seconds

While the Hydaway's collapsed form looks smooth enough, its full-sized bottle form looks awkward. It essentially looks like they glued together large and small collapsible camping cups – like the Sea To Summit X-Cup – onto a central ring. Unlike the accordion camping cup, which expands into a familiar cup shape, Hydaway's dual-cup tumbler makes for a rather strange form that doesn't look particularly ergonomic for drinking or carrying. It's hard to say for sure without trying it, but nothing about the design looks like something we want to hold for hours on a day hike.

It would appear we're moving against the mob on this one. The Hydaway has more than tripled its Kickstarter funding goal, raising just over US$70,000, with a few weeks still left on the campaign clock.

The early bird specials have gone, but the bottle is still available for the estimated-retail-price pledge level of $20 and you can select between 12- and 21-oz (350- and 600-ml) sizes. Both bottles share the same 4.25 x 1.25-in collapsed dimensions, but the large bottle measures 6 in (15.2 cm) when expanded and weighs 5.5 oz (160 g), while the small bottle measures 4 in (10.2 cm) and weighs 4 oz (110 g). Deliveries will begin in August if everything continues along smoothly.

Source: Hydaway Bottle

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2 comments
the.other.will
This is a variation on an existing idea. Bigger but generally similar containers are available on eBay for $10.
Gyro Burns
Not new. I bought an accordion like collapsable drink bottle over 10 years ago at OddLots. In fact there were drink mix bottles with a powdered beverage inside where you just open and expand the bottle and add water.