Let me start by saying I can be gross. I tend to leave water sitting in my hydration pack for days at a time only to drink the same stagnant water on the next ride. I always say to Julie, "water doesn't go bad right?" So when Gary asked me to review the windpipe I thought it was kind of funny. But I agreed and actually brought my camelback in from my truck where it usually spends weeks at a time.
The windpipe is a simple device used to dry out the bladder found in hydration packs. For people that use sport drink mixes or put Gatorade in their packs this becomes important so that mold and gross stuff doesn't grow and fester in the residual moisture.To use the windpipe you simply remove the bite valve from the drink tube and empty as much of the water out as possible. Now you insert the windpipe into the bladder and hang the setup by an outlet. Plug the windpipe in and you are drying!
Does the windpipe work? Yes. It took a few hours but the windpipe got the bladder bone dry. There was still some moisture collected in my drink tube but had I let it go longer I'm sure that would have dried as well. I would have liked the fan to blow a little stronger only because I feel that would have sped the process up a little bit and I felt the tube could have been a little more flexible just to make inserting it into the bladder a little easier. But all in all the windpipe is simple and straightforward and does what it sets out to do. I give it a rating of 8 because it took a long time for it to dry the bladder.
I do not see myself using the windpipe on a regular basis but as we covered early and upfront, I'm gross and lazy when it comes to upkeep on my gear. But for riders that use sport mixes or like to keep their gear clean and sanitary the windpipe might be a good investment.