Avex Pecos Autoseal Water Bottle Review
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The Avex Pecos AutoSeal Water Bottle features a lightweight design with a spill proof valve that preserves precious drops of water. Great for almost any activity you could think of, but works especially well for the cyclist as it fits in almost all bottle cages.
Technical and unique features
Touted as the easy and one handed drinking design, the Avex Pecos has a host of useful features and functions. First and foremost, this water bottle is made out of FDA-approved BPA-free material. That’s nice to know because that eliminates those plastic odors and taste. The lid has a press-to-release button which opens the drinking spout. It is spill proof because of a sealing or suction mechanism inside will only release the water when squeezing the bottle. If you are like me, I want at least 2-3 drinks each time I need the hydration and don’t want to continually be reaching down for my bottle.
And finally, a very unique feature is the spout shield cover that protects the spout when not being used. Short of adding another lid, this is something new to me, and came to good use as I rode in a group with lots of rain soaked roads kicking up lots of dirty grimy water and dirt. The insulated version is constructed with a double wall to keep your drinks cooler for much longer than any regular bottle. The sacrifice is that you do give up 2 fluid ounces for the ability to have icy cold aqua.
And lastly, the bottle opening is extra wide for easy cleaning, and it’s good to know that the bottle and lid are both safe to put in the dishwasher. Do remember to keep it on the top rack though.
The Avex Pecos On-The-Go
I have taken the Avex Pecos out numerous times now, and have tested it in 4 unique ways; a leisurely commute bike ride, a mountain bike ride, an aggressive peleton-style group ride, and simply as my go-to everyday carrying hydration bottle.
As the commuting bike bottle the Avex Pecos has been top notch. I am able to use the bottle at will with ease as it opens and closes without issues.
Come late summer, I’ve usually had my fair share of racing triathlons and marathons, so I take to the trails here in Colorado to enjoy a run or mountain bike. I still get a killer workout while enjoying some amazing scenery. Aside from my hydration pack, I always have a bottle with me for electrolyte replenishment. The Avex Pecos is of perfect use because several of my rides were through some serious mud and snow. A weekend getaway in Crested Butte proved to be the ultimate testing ground as I had to fight through adverse trail conditions at 10-11,000 feet. I was caught in no-man’s land and had to continue through less than ideal trail conditions for a good mile or so. Hike-a-bike is not an ideal situation, and certainly pushed me to the edge. Completely hydrated, I relished the opportunity to drink my sugary water mix. My bike, me, and my bottle were coated in a layer of mud, but with the AutoSpout system, I simply flipped up the lid, and was able to drink my juice without swallowing dirt and grit. A perfect solution!
I ride with a group a couple times a week, and tested the non-insulated version with good success. I usually hydrate during the early parts of the ride as it does get ‘grippy’ once we get out onto the open roads. With a pack of 30-40 rides, it makes it challenging to hydrate, but any lull in the action is appreciated to take a few gulps. The Avex Pecos again performed admirably as I was able to open the spout with my chin, and squeeze pretty much in one simple motion. My only challenge occurred while trying to close the bottle as the flip lid does require a certain sense of focus to make sure it closes properly. I had no issues with spillage, but with riders all around I did have to be careful. Going forth, I will grab my hydration breaks at times when the going is a bit easier, and I’m at the back of the pack to minimize any dicey situations.
The Avex Pecos Insulated is now my favorite go-to bottle to carry with me. As I am training for a 30k snowshoe race and Spring marathon my mileage is starting to increase again through the winter months. Staying properly hydrated throughout the day is a must, and the size, ability to stay cool, and no issues with leakage or spilling is fantastic.
My final thirst quenching thoughts on the Avex Pecos Water Bottle
In conclusion, the Avex Pecos AutoSpout water bottle is a perfect option for the multitude of athletic and everyday endeavors I pursue. No matter your passion, I’m sure you will be able to put this bottle through its paces to keep up your water reserves.
MSRP: $10.99 for the 24 oz. bottle, and $12.99 for the 22 oz. insulated version. A must have for the hot summer months to keep your water or juice nice and cool throughout your activity.
For more information on the Pecos Water Bottle visit: www.coleman.com