Indiegogo Campaign Seeks to Keep Plastic Bottles Out of Landfills with New Wearable Hydration
A game-changer in daily hydration is born with the launch of Wetsleeve, an innovative and patented lightweight hydration solution worn on the forearm. Over 50 billion disposable water bottles are consumed on a yearly basis and despite recycling options, 80 percent of which end up in landfills. Many cities are making water fountains and places to refill reusable drinking receptacles more available. The founders of Wetsleeve designed this concept to make hydration easily accessible while lessening the impact on the environment.
Not only is this product environmentally responsible, but it also makes hydration seamless and effortless — users can drink from the wrist without breaking their athletic momentum. Multiple studies show that 75 percent of Americans may be chronically dehydrated. Hydration is a major component to optimum fitness results.
The Wetsleeve enables athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to no longer have to carry around bottles or wear bulky, impractical hydration packs while on the move. Designed with comfort, ease of use, sustainability, and streamlined mobility in mind, it incorporates a refillable 12oz (350ml) liquid reservoir and is available in three sizes (small, medium, and large). Wetsleeve is suitable for virtually all sports and activities, including: running, hiking, cycling, paddle boarding, skateboarding, kitesurfing, general fitness, yoga, and fishing, among others.
“Being an avid outdoors enthusiast, I hated having to carry a water bottle with me, and the impact on our environment is highly alarming. I needed a lightweight and comfortable solution that gave me easy access to the hydration I needed, without weighing me down. With the Wetsleeve, we were able to achieve just that. It provides the perfect balance of convenience, comfort, and capacity,” says David Herring, one of the founders of Wetsleeve.
Crafted from breathable, soft, water-resistant materials, Wetsleeve is gentle on the skin and ensures optimal comfort at all times. The 3D mesh lining on its underside lets the skin breathe, while ensuring an elastic, yet firm and streamlined fit. Wetsleeve also incorporates two built-in pockets, perfect for carrying personal belongings, like cards, keys, or headphones. After opening Wetsleeve’s zippered pocket on the outside, the easily accessible hydration reservoir is taken out and filled up with water or the hydration drink of choice, before being placed back in the sleeve. The silicone mouthpiece situated towards the wrist allows the user to hydrate effortlessly from a natural, ergonomic position. Wetsleeve’s built-in insulated lining ensures the liquid inside stays cool during extended use. The reservoir, made from FDA-approved, food-grade materials was meticulously designed to compress after every sip, to minimize ‘sloshing’, while the integrated spine ensures the liquid contents stay evenly distributed at all times, even during rigorous activities.
Wetsleeve has partnered with the award-winning design firm Development Never Stops (DNS). Based in Switzerland, DNS holds 16 international design awards for their work in the activewear industry to date. Together, the two teams have worked closely with athletes in usability and testing to ensure Wetsleeve’s performance and durability under a wide range of conditions, activities, and terrains. After three generations of prototypes, countless iterations, and meticulously chosen premium materials, Wetsleeve has secured top-notch, reputable manufacturers and is ready for large-scale production.
Wetsleeve is available to pre-order on Indiegogo, with expected first deliveries in October 2017. Campaign page: wetsleeve.com/indiegogo