Product Type: Lucozade Fitness
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Yet another protein shaker!
Lucozade Sport Shaker Bottle
Member Name: JohnJoeSmith
Lucozade Sport Shaker Bottle
Advantages: Nice colour scheme
Disadvantages: May not create perfectly smooth shakes
It seems the longer I go to the gym the more of these protein shakers I accumulate. They're like a badge of honour or something, proof that you indeed do work out! Typically when you order a tub of protein online or pick one up in your local shop they tend to throw in a shaker for free. This tends to be useful for the first two or three occasions but on your 6th order it can get a touch frustrating! I got this shaker very recently at a Sports Medicine conference that was sponsered by Lucozade Sport. I'm not quite sure how this cheap plastic bottle was meant to sway me but hey, I got a free toy!
Protein shakers are used by a large proportion of the gym going public as a means to mix pre and post workout shakes. Usually these shakes are some blend of protein and carbohydrates mixed with either water or milk. Despite the scaremongering by some over zealous kidney doctors some extra protein in your diet is not going to give you renal failure. Instead the extra protein can help to increase your lean muscle mass, making you stronger, helping you lose weight and probably most importantly, help you look better naked!
This protein shaker is nothing special to be honest. It's a standard 700ml plastic bottle which is about 8 inches tall and about 3 inches around. The plastic in the bottle is fairly sturdy while not feeling too stiff or brittle. It's hard to describe but it has enough give that I'm confident of it not cracking in my gym bag if it gets a few bumps and bruises. On the front of the bottle is the well known "Lucozade Sport" logo, it's fairly inobtrusive which makes a nice change from the usual "MUSCLE-TEK 9000 HD+" stuff that's usually on there. The cap is made of a thinner blue plastic with a gloss finish, which I think goes nicely with the bottle logo. It ties the whole thing together nicely and makes it look more respectable than the usual fare. The cap screws on securely and doesn't leak a drop even with severe shaking.
The main downside of this type of protein shaker is what's on the inside. The main purpose of a shaker is to mix your protein powder with either milk or water. As anyone who has used protein powder knows this is easier said than done as the protein can clump or stick to the sides of the bottle. Newer shakers use a small wire sphere which acts as a miniature blender inside the bottle. This lucozade model however relies on a plastic mesh which sits at the top of the bottle under the cap. While the mesh provides a reasonable amount of blending it fails to properly emulsify the mixture and can leave you drinking lumps of protein powder after your workout. It's a real pity that more manufacturers don't incorporate the metal sphere idea, it really does change your powder and water into a perfectly smooth shake.
Luckily all parts of this product are dishwasher safe which does help in cleaning out stubborn pieces of whey! Unfortunately this can lead to a fading of the nice lucozade logo, which is a pity as it really does add an elegant finish to the bottle. Overall this is a middle of the road shaker which will work exactly the same as any other. If you're handed it for free take it like I did but if you're willing to part with your hard earned cash pop onto MyProtein and get one of their metal sphere models for a few pounds.
4 Stars. It does the job as good as any other similarly designed model but does look significantly better and more mature while doing it.
Summary: Good product, just not the best out there