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The USN shaker for its price is very good. However, I've had to replace mine quite a few times due to the cap breaking, making it extremely difficult to open!
The Shaker is the perfect size and if tightened up correctly it will not leak when you shake it!
You can use the shaker for simply drinking water or for mixing up protein shakes or pre workout drinks.
The plastic is good quality apart from the flimsy lid that can break off if you use a bit too much force!
It doesn't do much to separate itself from other shakers, but it is very useful and if you take good care of it is very reliable! For £3.49 or sometimes free with orders from USN, you'll get your moneys worth.
After having a protein shake or a pre workout, do not leave it a day or so before you wash it! It will ruin the shaker and the smell will be disgusting. Make sure you wash it straight after use.
There's not much you can say about a shaker, but for £3.49 it's definitely worth it, providing you are going to use it for mixing protein shakes or pre workouts.
USN - an acronym of Ultimate Sports Nutrition - are a leading American sport nutritionists and supplement manufacturer. Founded way back in 1979 by Victor H. Rubino, an amateur power lifter, he saw fit to introduce a range of supplements that were more 'market-orientated' toward the current crop of US power lifters! USN were among the first batch of companies to introduce Amino Acid tablets, protein shakes and Fat Burners! Currently, their influence spans continents and are a globally-recognised sports nutritionists.
~~~ The Need ~~~
Being a keen gym enthusiast, it's essential my shakers are reliable and easy to use! I've been on the receiving end one too many times of small-time businesses attempting to craft their own shakers, and being the sucker that I am, persuaded into buying them! These shakers are the definition of awful! You wouldn't expect so many things could go wrong with such a simple product - but you couldn't be more wrong! Screw caps that don't fit, mesh interiors that fall into your protein as you shake, the contents of the shaker featuring as your new wallpaper due to the lid not fastening properly - literally disastrous! After I'd cleaned the walls, the search for a reliable shaker began!
The current gym I am a member of, as only can be expected, sell a variety of shakers - including USN! But being the wisdom-filled competent individual that I am, I knew I could find a better price elsewhere, potentially online. This may sound pedantic, shopping elsewhere to save a few quid, but because I go the gym 6 times a week I find it far more convenient purchasing more than a single shaker, saving me a lot more money! Having shopped around, I managed to find a place that sold them for £3.49 online - versus the £4.99 that my gym sold them for. I bought 4! The reason for this is two-fold. First, as mentioned, I try to get the gym 6 times a week, having a rest day on Sunday! Second, I have both a pre-workout and post-workout shake to deal with! So over the course of a week I consume (at least) 12 shakes, sometimes more if I decide to have two post-workout shakes after a workout! Knowing this, I thought 4 was an adequate amount to purchase!
So as you can imagine, due to excessive use, I require my shakers to be reliable and somewhat durable! I am glad to say that USN have crafted a shaker which fulfills my needs adequately. No more wet gym clothes, no more protein covered walls - I had myself a beefy USN shaker!
~~~ The Shaker ~~~
At 700ml, this shaker is no different to the majority of shakers out there! A standard post-workout protein shake is around 400ml of water/ milk, plus two scoops of protein - making 700ml more than an adequate size! Most protein shakes (at least all the ones I have come across) have a mesh-like grill that sits on a makeshift shelf inside of the shaker to ensure the contents are mixed thoroughly! The ability to mix the contents somewhat depends on how 'snug' this grill sits on the shelf. If the grill is a loose fit it is most likely going to fall into the protein mixture as you shake, leaving a clumpy mess behind! USN have ensured that this grill is a complimentary fit, ensuring the contents is mixed thoroughly and maintaining an even consistency! Spot on!
Another recurring problem I found using previous shakers, was loosely fitted screw caps. There is nothing worse than turning up to the gym, opening your kit bag and finding your clothes absolutely drenched! Not only do you have to do your entire workout sopping wet, but you also loose the contents of you pre-workout shake - a costly affair! Furthermore, this creates problems when shaking the product. The whole premise of manufacturing a container to hold the contents of something - is that it does that, hold the contents! Loosely fitted screw caps makes shaking your shaker an 'event' - trying to ensure all the contents maintain inside the poorly manufactured shaker is an art in itself. It is of up-most importance to me then, that my shaker has a fitting screw cap. I am glad to tell you that USN have managed to manufacture a perfectly fitted screw cap, making gym visits a much less wet affair!
Having 4 USN shakers, it is difficult for me to comment on the durability of a single shaker because whatever damage my shakers may have been subject to is 'spread out' over 4 separate entities, whereas those people with only a single shaker are subject to that single shaker taking the full brunt of damage - making it much more susceptible to breaking, if you catch my drift! All I can say is that my 4 shakers are still in decent condition after 2+ years of use, although the branding on the outside has partially removed due to excessive dishwasher-ing!
~~~ Summary ~~~
Simple products with no specialised selling points are difficult to rate against other similar products because there is nothing that differentiates them or makes them stand out within the market place! What makes these simple products more desirable are aspects such as build quality and their ability to carry out the function they were designed for! USN's protein shaker is a perfect example of when a simple product can excel within a marketplace due to superior build quality! By ensuring the shaker is a no-fuss, no-mess product; provides it with a strong foothold in the marketplace! This shaker has been everything but a nuisance to me and would be a recommended addition to any gym-lovers kit bag!
At the moment I am on a massive health kick having put on weight in recent months. I tried just eating healthily and doing light exercise, but nothing happened. I was recommended to do more exercise and also drink meal replacement shakes. I tried slimfast, which did nothing. So now I am on professional diet fuel powder drinks. These need to be made from powder and water or milk. I was given several of these USN shakers by a friend who got really fit using the supplements.
You may have seen people walking around gyms and sports centres with these beakers, they are filled with protein shakes, diet fuels, and all kinds of fitness improvements. Its made of plastic, but its strong and water tight.
Its not just a beaker, it has a wide spout to allow thick shakes to come out easily without clogging up a spout or having to suck it out of the bottle. It has a screw top lid as well to put the powder in. Theres a flip top cap which is water tight but you do need to hold it on just in case, when shaking the bottle.
Inside there is a kind of screw ball whisk, this means that when its shaken all the powder and water are mixed evenly.
Its easy to clean the whisk, straight after you have finished the drink then just wash it with normal washing up liquid and a scourer.
The best thing is that the beaker is reusable, you dont feel silly drinking out of it at the gym as everyone else is drinking similar fuel.
Obviously you cant use these products forever, but the beaker will still be great holding water, I will just take the whisk out.
USN are a renowned brand in the weight-lifting industry, and this shaker is of good quality, particularly compared to some of the cheaper alternatives which usually break on the cap hinge. The shaker works via a plastic gauze disc which breaks up the powder and helps it dissolve. On the side are volume increments which are useful because different types of supplements require different volumes of water (e.g. weight gainers require far more). This is a fairly standard inclusion. The best aspect of this shaker is the quality. It feels very sturdy and the lid doesn't seem like it will break any time soon. However, in all honesty, it is no different to the Myprotein shaker which is half the price. In fact, the Myprotein shaker may even be better because it uses a blending ball instead of a gauze disc which is more efficient at dissolving the protein powder. If you use a lot of weight gainer supplements, rather than just whey protein, I would recommend getting one with a blending ball. This shaker can still deal with high amounts of powder, and I have not noticed any bits of undissolved powder, but you may get a smoother shake, with less shaking needed, when using the supplements with high servings.
The shaker can be split up for cleaning, i.e. the gauze, lid and cup all come apart to ensure a thorough wash. I personally just pop mine in the dishwasher at the end of the day to prevent any stale protein smell, although this does cause the logo to wear off more quickly. I would only recommend buying this USN shaker if you get it on offer when buying supplements (many websites do this). If not, just get the Myprotein shaker for half the price because they are more or less exactly the same (even the colour).
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The shaker is made by USN who make a wide range of sports products such as protein and whey powders. I needed a new shaker bottle as mine currently leaks so I decided to get this one. I regularly drinks muscle repair drinks after going to the gym and this shaker seemed perfect for the drink. The shaker only comes in one colour which is blue which I think is slightly boyish; how-ever this didn't really bother me. The lid is blue and screws on the lid tightly so the liquid inside the shaker doesn't spill out. There is a plastic gauze under the lid which helps to ensure that supplements get diluted correctly before drinking them. The shaker is made form heavy duty plastic which has a liquid tight bottom. The lid also features an easy pour spout which helps to eliminate mess. The main part of the shaker is clear and has the USN logo on 2 sides of the bottle so you can clearly see the brand. The shaker can hold up to 700ml of liquid which I think is a good amount as I only drink 200ml at a time anyway from the shaker. There are measurements on either side of the shaker in ml which is handy when measuring out the product to put into the beaker. The measurements are embossed so they won't wear off the shaker. When you first purchase the shaker there will be a piece of paper inside stating to regularly wash the item by hand for cleaning. It doesn't state that this item is suitable for a dishwasher. I purchased the shaker form my local GNC store for £4.99; how-ever you can also purchase it from the GNC website at a slightly cheaper price of £4.29.
Using the Shaker
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Before using the shaker I ensured I gave it a good wash first simply by unscrewing the lid, removing the plastic gauze and watching each item separately. I then allowed the bits to dry properly before getting ready to use the shaker. Before putting the lid and mesh gauze into the actual shaker I poured some water into it. I could clearly see how much water I was pouring into the shaker, and this was helped by the fact that the main part of the shaker is actually clear. I then added the scoops of product I use to the water and put the plastic gauze and the lid back on. Ensuring the lid was on tightly I gave it a good shake for a minute or so until it looked well mixed. The plastic gauze helps to break up any lumps in the liquid when shaking it. The lid fits onto the shaker nice and tight so I don't have to worry about the shaker leaking any liquid when it's in my gym bag. I find it very easy to drink out of the shaker and the actual part that covers the spout fits on easily and tightly. I find the shaker really easy to clean using warm soapy water and then I normally leave it to dry. I wash the shaker out after every use to ensure it stays clean. Due to the indents on the side of the shaker I find it really easy to hold in my hand if it doesn't fit into my bag.
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This shaker is much better than my previous one and looks nicer as well. I feel confident in putting the shaker into my bag without having to worry about liquid leaking out of it. In terms of value I think the shaker is very reasonable as its strong and very well made. Although I think the blue colour is slightly manly this doesn't really bother me. It would be good if they did the shakers in different colours such as red which would be more feminine than blue. I use the shaker on a regular basis and have been for over a month now and I haven't come across any issues or faults with the shaker at all. The writing/transfer is still clearly on the shaker; how-ever this may eventually wear off with regular use. I would definitely recommend this shaker to others.
(review may also appear on ciao)