Elite’s new Jet bottle is based on the existing super-light Fly bidon, but uses a sturdier construction and a new plastic that is claimed to be that is fully biodegradable and compostable.
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Elite Jet biodegradable water bottle
Elite’s new Jet bottle borrows the same high-flow valve from the Fly but the body is slightly thicker and sturdier.
This makes it feel more conventional in the hand compared to the Fly, which is relatively flimsy.
The bottle is also claimed to be 100 per cent biodegradable. Elite does not disclose exactly what material the bottles are made from, but it is claimed that it will take between 3 months and 5 years to degrade if it is disposed under controlled composting conditions. The bottles are dishwasher-safe and are BPA-free.
Another interesting design feature that carries over from the Fly is the blow-off valve. The entire cap of the bottle is designed to blow off if it is run over, allowing the bottle to compress more easily. This reduces the chances of a crash should the bottle be dropped in a race.
Should said dropped bottle roll into the undergrowth (and it certainly shouldn’t end up in the undergrowth because a naughty pro has tossed it), it will hopefully degrade over time.
The Jet will cost £4.99 a pop (international pricing TBC) and is available in four different colours.
Elite Ala bottle cage
Elite has also launched the Ala, a new budget fibreglass-reinforced bottle cage.
Priced at £9.99 each, the bottle cage mimics the shape of the brand’s higher-end cages in a much more affordable package.