Elite Ice Fly & Nano Fly Bottles
by Robert Thorpe
by Robert Thorpe
It’s the height of summer and it’s getting hotter, so hydration on and off the bike is critical. If you do become dehydrated, then it’s at least 24 hours to recover, which is why drinking off the bike is also important. And, you really do need that fluid to be refreshing, which is why Italian brand, Elite, have taken their award winning Fly bottle to new levels of technology with their latest range of bottles.
Let’s take a look at the Ice Fly first, as we all want ice cool drinks in the sun. Elite understand that hydrating yourself is essential to ensure a high performance while pedalling, and that this means being able to maintain the temperature of the fluids when the temperatures rise towards and above 30°. You need a reserve of fresh and cool water to keep your body performing, and to keep you healthy and safe. With the Ice Fly insulated water bottle from Elite, you can have a constant maintenance of the temperature of cold liquids while cycling for up to 2.5 hours compared with traditional water bottles. And, on our tests here at Pedalnorth, it does actually work, keeping drinks cool all afternoon.
I tend to use cooled ice water from the fridge to fill my bottles, giving things a head start. Adding this to the excellent thermal performance of the Ice Fly, means that I’m maximising my chances of staying cool. How does it work then – it’s due to the innovative double isothermal wall, which eliminates heat exchanges ensuring a maximum degree of thermal insulation. Basically, using their technical knowledge, Elite have used minimal plastics in various thicknesses – 30% less plastic than other bottles – with a double skin to keep the sun and temperature changes at bay for as long as possible.
Like all Fly bottles from Elite, the Ice Fly is a very squeezable insulated water bottle, super soft and flexible, designed to allow very easy extraction from and insertion into the bottle cage thanks to its practical ergonomic handle. It’s easy to grab and comfortable in the hand. Like all Elite water bottles, this new thermal model too has a standard diameter,compatible with every type of bottle holder on the market. It also comes with a protective cap, keeping Road and trail dirt at bay. And, after you’ve done riding, it all comes apart for cleaning.
In terms of taste, the very clever people at Elite have developed a plastic, certified without BPA (Bisphenol A) and therefore fully compliant with the European CE and American FDA standards that regulate the contact with food and beverages. The bottle rubber valve also boasts innovative anti-odour technology, designed to efficiently retain flavours and odours and to maintain the taste of the liquid contained in it unaltered. What this means is that in prolonged use, all that you taste is the drink that you wanted. Yes, I know, all brands say these things, but over prolonged use this spring and summer, the Elite I’ve Fly has be some a ‘go to’ hot weather bottle for me.
Let’s take a look at the Elite Nano Fly then – another bottle from Italy, designed to help you stay cool. This cool bottle literally takes things to an even higher level of cooling. It’s a direct evolution of world tour teams’ favourite Fly bottle. Like all Fly bottles, the Nanofly 0-100 is a squeezy insulated sports bottle, but it allows allows for thermal insulation of your hot and cold liquids for up to 4 hours. Yes, hot liquids too, making it all year round option. And, as an all-season insulated bottle ideal for your bike rides, it comes in at a weight of just 145 g, along with the same hygienic protective cap as other bottles in the Fly range, ensuring that you drink water and not dirt when you’re out and about lost in your bike adventures.
The Nanofly 0-100 is able to keep your liquids hot or cold for 4 hours, due to an insulating coating made in Nanogel®, which is the world’s lightest insulating material, because it’s made out of 5% solid material and 95% air, capturing and holding temperature in. Its nanopores matrix provides a drastic reduction in temperature transmission and ensures high insulation levels: up to 4 hours – double what the traditional commercially available thermal bottles can do. And yet, like it’s Fly cousins in the full range, it’s still super soft and super squeezable, and uses 30% less plastic, being thinner in the middle.
The nozzle flow is the same as others and once again, it all comes apart for cleaning. I’ll tend to take both a Nano Fly and an Ice Fly on a ride in the heat, drinking the Ice Fly fluids first – and this combination works well for me. I’d definitely recommend that you also mix things up and give yourself both options. The Ice Fly is lighter, but the Nano bottle will just add that extra timeframe on longer rides. In any case, what we can say is that the Elite Fly range of bottles are truly superb, and in the heat, the Nano Fly and Ice Fly bottles are definitely our number one choices.