If you feel inspired to participate in any sporting activity, it’s important to keep well hydrated, especially if you are: sweating away in a poorly ventilated gym; lobbing a shuttlecock over the net in a sports hall; cycling up and down the hills and country lanes; hiking in the wilderness; scoring goals on the football (soccer) pitch or netball/basketball hoops. In fact, keeping well hydrated daily is a must, even if you are not particularly active. Drinking water regularly as been shown to: increase energy, relieve tiredness, boost the body’s immune system, improves the skin, promotes weight loss (water has zero calories!), aids digestion, relieves cramps and headaches. Schools in the UK encourage children to take in a water bottle to use and sip throughout the day to help them keep alert and use those brain cells. Having 5 children and an active cycling mad husband, I have a drawer full of water bottles – not all are the same and when I was given by ION8 their water bottle to review, I was looking forward to seeing if the ION8 stands up to my family’s scrutiny!
My 12 year old son Jack was the perfect reviewer/critic. He has had 3 water bottles since the start of the school term. One was lost; one leaked badly due to the spout snapping off that he had to have a new rucksack; and one split. He takes a water bottle to school and refills it throughout the day; the water bottle has to endure a bus journey there and back; and Jack doesn’t treat his bag with kid gloves either. So, the ION8 has a lot to live up to! This is what Jack expected:
1. NEEDS TO BE REUSABLE & ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY.
Jack drinks a lot of water during the day – it is important for him to be well hydrated as he does suffer from migraines and water helps to alleviate the headaches. It is also cost effective according to Jack as it gives him more money by refilling his water bottle to buy another chocolate muffin! Refilling bottled water bottles isn’t a good idea as tiny cracks often appear in the bottle after its initial use and these cracks can harbour germs such as the dreaded norovirus. Reusable bottles have been designed for multiple usage. The ION8 is reusable, is bpa free and is made of non toxic Tritan – a material that is highly resistant to odours, can be easily cleaned & is dishwasher safe. 10/10
2. NEEDS TO BE STYLISH.
The ION8 is definitely stylish. The product was winner of the Reddot Design Award 2017. I wasn’t sure until the water bottle arrived, what colour I would receive. There are 14 different colours to choose from – I was hoping it wasn’t going to be pink as I have 4 boys and a daughter who doesn’t go a-bundle on pink – but as luck would have it, I received the black glossy onyx colour. This was the preferred choice. Jack approved. I think the colour was the main deciding factor for him. From my point of view the range of colours was a fabulous idea especially in families where each person can have their own water bottle identified by a different colour. Like packs of toothbrushes in assorted colours….. I’m sure you’ve got the drift 🙂 Only downside to the design that Jack mentioned was that opening and shutting the lid, the click was loud especially when he was taking a quick swig of water during his lesson and the classroom was relatively quiet. 9.5/10
3. NO LEAKS.
Having been through various water bottles that have leaked despite being upright for the majority of the time, this was a major consideration. Soggy schoolbooks are a no no. Soggy gym kit – not amusing. ION8 claim to be 100% leakproof 100% of the time. They also offer a lifetime guarantee. The lid lock offers that peace of mind as well as the inner seal (which can be replaced). Most water bottles have just the spout at the top which opens and closes – where most leakage occurs – so the lid is a pretty good idea. The ION8 has lasted 10 days with no leaking so far…. 10/10
ION8 comes with a tough carry strap, but I did not test the strap. Another difference is that the spout is at the side and not in the centre like most water bottles. Drinking out of the water bottle is like drinking out of a cup – you need only to tilt the bottle slightly.
The aperture on the ION8 spout is wide to allow a uninterrupted flow of water. Water bottles, including the ION8, do not have thermal properties, such as keeping a hot drink hot or a cold drink cold – but the ION8 is capable of holding cold beverages as low as -10C as well as hot beverages up to 96C.
The company mission is to produce the simplest and safest BPA free, spill free, leak proof water bottles, hydration products and drinking vessels. My son and I are very impressed with what we’ve seen so far. As far as water bottles go, the ION8 is the bees knees and we’ve been converted! 🙂
ION8 is available to buy via Amazon UK, Amazon USA, Amazon DE (Germany); Amazon ES (Spain); Amazon IT (Italy); Amazon FR (France).
For further information: www.ion8.co.uk
Disclaimer: ION8 sent me the ION8 water bottle to review. All views are entirely my own (and Jack’s).
All photographs are by Linda Hobden.