Taking Hydration To New Levels With Pryme VessylBy John Davis - October 24, 2016
There are quite a few water bottles advertised as hydration trackers. None of them really live up to their potential; all they do is remind you to drink or tell you how much water you should be drinking each day.
Getting a push notification that tells you to take a sip doesn’t get the job done. Depending on your activity level, there’s a certain amount of water you should be drinking and at certain times. The Pryme Vessyl, a smart cup created by Mark One, does just that.
What is the Pryme Vessyl?
The Pryme Vessyl is a cleverly named smart cup. The white, futuristic cup holds up to 16 ounces of water. It’s made of glass and coated in tritan to make it durable. A thin vertical line runs up the side of the cup, showing you when you’ve had enough to drink, or reached your “pryme.”
Pryme works with an app to record how long you’ve maintained a pryme level each week. Although the app sends you alerts when you need to drink, you can also check your hydration level by looking at the line on the Vessyl.
Do You Really Need To Measure Hydration?
The Pryme website has some interesting videos explaining the importance of drinking the right amount of water. They talk about how 8 cups a water a day isn’t the recipe to hydration success. And, it’s the truth. It all depends on your own activity level.
Anyone who has ever trained seriously in a sport knows how important it is to stay hydrated. It helps you focus, gives you energy, and boosts your performance.
One of my friends was watching his water consumption carefully before a competition. His solution? To carry around a gallon of water EVERYWHERE he went until it was empty. That way, he knew he had at least a gallon of water every day. Pryme sounds like a better solution. And perhaps more sanitary.
Pryme isn’t only for athletes. Drinking water has its benefits for everyone, even the laziest couch potatoes. Drinking water is great for your skin, can help you maintain a healthy weight, and give you energy throughout your day. There are many people, myself included, who don’t really love to drink water. Pryme can be the boost people need to drink more water.
How Does Pryme Work?
Pryme Vessyl uses Bluetooth to connect to an app on your phone. The app asks you a few key questions to determine your needed level of hydration. You need to input your sex, birthday, weight, and height.
Here’s where Pryme stands out from other smart water bottles. The app can import data from fitness trackers. Using your activity and sleep patterns, Pryme can take into account how much you move throughout the day.
Don’t have a fitness tracker? No worries. You can manually enter your workouts in the Pryme app. All you need to do is input the type of workout and the length of the workout.
Every time you drink water, Pryme records it. The information is immediately processed and your level of hydration is updated on the cup right away.
Pryme charges wirelessly on a cool little coaster, but it also comes with cables to charge it the old-fashioned way. Battery life on the cup is impressive; it lasts an average of two days on one charge. Charging it from empty to full only takes a couple of hours.
Will Pryme Last Through A Workout?
Although the Pryme Vessyl isn’t shatterproof, it is durable enough for most workouts. On the Pryme Vessyl website, the creators explained, “It can stand up to the wear and tear of your active lifestyle, but it’s certainly not indestructible.” It has a glass interior and the lid is spill-resistant (not spill-proof). While I wouldn’t recommend taking it with you on a mud run, it should be fine for a normal workout.
Vessyl lacks some of the convenient features, like carabiner clips and drinking spouts, which many water bottles have. Because it’s a cup and NOT a water bottle, you have to treat it like a cup. You need to sip from it and carry it carefully. That said, Vessyl is a hi-tech, very useful piece of equipment and a bit of TLC seems like a small price to pay for functionality.
Pryme retails for $99, but it is running low in supply. Until more are manufactured, you can only buy it from certain Apple retail stores. Although it’s a steep price for a cup, I’d be willing to pay that much for the benefits. Anyone can use it for the motivation to drink more water (even kids perhaps), and anyone can use it to track how much water they need.
The app has an impressive itunes 4 star rating, which is even more impressive when you consider that it’s a brand new product. The head of the engineering team is the same person who led the design for the iPod and iPad, giving me complete faith that the engineers knew what they were doing. Unfortunately, however, this is an Apple product for Apple people. Android users can shed a tear, because Pryme is currently only available for iOS.
The Pryme Vessyl looks a little fancy, so you might find yourself lifting your pinky as you drink. It’s as upscale and sleek as a cup can get. Despite its fragility (compared to rough and tumble water bottles), the cup can be a major asset. Pryme Vessyl might be the most expensive cup you buy, but also may be the most useful.
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