Product Type: Lucozade Fitness
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Lucozade Sport Shaker Bottle
Member Name: zombieflesh
Lucozade Sport Shaker Bottle
Advantages: large capacity, mixes drinks well
Disadvantages: lid is awkward to fasten and unreliable, large size makes it difficult to hold
Over the past year I've become more and more interested in health and fitness, and have developed a series of workouts and routines that I fit into my weekly schedule to keep my body in good shape and conditioned. I've always been tall and skinny and never really paid too much attention to my diet, but as I've done more research into the matter I've now started to incorporate supplements into my daily diet. The easiest way for me to do this is to use a protein powder supplement, and I have been trying various types to gauge the results I get. One essential item that I needed was a good mixer bottle, and the first one I tried was this Sport Shaker Bottle from the Lucozade brand, which I purchased from www.amazon.co.uk for around £3.50.
Product description: "Ideal for mixing your powdered drinks. Quick and easy way to keep you fuelled."
This particular shaker bottle is part of the Lucozade Sport range of products. Being new to all of this when I made my purchase, I wasn't really sure of what I needed and went for the one which was the lowest price. This shaker design is quite bulky, which means that I have a bit of trouble reaching my hand round the majority of the body of the bottle to get a good firm grip on it, which is essential to then shake it around vigorously to mix the drink up. I struggle a bit as this makes it more difficult to hold onto, and in turn makes it harder for me to shake the bottle properly to mix up my drinks and I have to shake the bottle for at least double the normal time to get my drinks fully mixed. Because of this slightly larger size it means that it holds a higher volume than other alternatives and has a maximum recommended capacity of 700mls. You do not want to overfill the bottle if you're using it to mix a drink as this would cause problems with the powder not being able to mix properly, and this provides more than adequate levels for any supplement drinks that I prepare, as well as being handy to take with me to the gym for just drinking water as I have to refill it less frequently.
The shaker is pretty standard but it has all the necessary features that make it a functional and essential piece of equipment. The main body of the bottle has clear markers to show the volume in millilitres and fluid ounces, with lines across to give a really clear indication of the level. The lid is quite large and has a flip-back cap that covers the lip of the bottle, which again is quite large. The lid is made of a blue coloured plastic and overall it looks quite masculine. Inside, there is a circular mesh grid that sits on a little ledge that keeps it firmly in place, and this has a small point protruding from it so you can grab hold and pull it out when you need to clean the bottle up.
My main issue with this shaker is that the lid does not always seem to fit back into place properly. It screws on top of the main bottle and I often find that it is really hard to line it up in the correct position, and more often than not it ends up at a funny angle and doesn't fit back on properly. I've also noticed that even when it is properly fastened there have been some problems with the liquid inside spilling or leaking, mainly when I'm shaking the bottle to mix the drink in the first place, so this is something I can quickly deal with to avoid making more mess than necessary, but it is unreliable and I would not feel overly confident to keep it stored in my gym bag unless I had first wrapped it up in a carrier bag or something to keep it safely away from my other items.
The 700ml size is more than enough for me to mix up a protein drink and the grid works effectively to combine the powder with either water or milk. I sometimes add additional ingredients to the drink for the nutritional benefit, or just to alter the flavour to my liking, and the shaker is capable of mixing in other things such as spices, vitamin powders, and even raw eggs, ensuring everything is thoroughly combined. The mesh grid agitates the combined ingredients and makes light work of what would otherwise be a time-consuming chore, although it does usually get coated and quite messy. As an added bonus, the shaker helps to get a nice frothy effect when using with milk, and this creates a nice thick texture which is really tasty and enjoyable. This was particularly appreciated when I first started trying powder-based drinks, as I was using the Slim-Fast brand which is very plain and lacking in flavour, so the creaminess of the frothy milk was a huge improvement on just mixing it into a normal drinking glass.
The separate sections of the mixer bottle can be a bit tricky to clean, but this is just the nature of this type of product, and it's highly advisable to try and wash the bottle straight away after use otherwise the supplement drink remains have a tendency to get very smelly very quickly, and can be quite nasty to clean up.
Overall I would not recommend the Lucozade Sport Shaker Bottle. It's not the worst product but I do find it cumbersome and fiddly to use, and coupled with the unreliable lid this has meant that it stays at the back of my kitchen cupboard and only really gets used for filling with water when I'm exercising indoors at home thanks to the large volume that it can hold. There are better alternatives out there. Worth a 2.5 star rating in my opinion, but I've bumped it up to 3 as I expect anyone with larger hands (i.e. the target male audience) would be able to use this more easily.
Summary: There are better alternatives out there.
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