Mixers, shakers and blenders are a key bit of equipment for any sports enthusiast. Although perhaps less used in cycling than say weight training, a good blender or mixer is vital if you don’t want to experience lumpy drinks (you know exactly what I mean). Sometimes, you need something portable to take on the road with you, whether it is a sportive or holiday and most portable blenders don’t stack up. Which is why we were interested try out the Promixx portable vortex mixer.
If you are anything like me, the first thing you will do is ignore the included simple instructions, chuck your powder into the Promixx, add water and blend, in which case you are going to be sorely disappointed in the results. Seriously disappointed. I mean, as a blender, this thing is crap. But that’s the thing, the Promixx isn’t a blender, it is a vortex mixer; and although I can’t profess to having used a vortex mixer before, it does the job very well.
What is a vortex mixer when it is at home?
The way the PROMIXX works (and presumably all vortex mixers), is that you start with your liquids first and set the thing spinning. It has what the PROMIXX marketing team call the ‘patented x blade’, that spins the water round in such a way that it creates what can only be called a vortex. It happens fast and it makes a relative amount of noise that is strangely satisfying. Once thats happening, you simply pour your powder in and, ultimately, drink it.
Is it any good?
Actually, yes. Once I’d got over the blender mentality, I quite enjoyed using the PROMIXX. In addition to cycling, I do a lot of weight training and so powdered supplements are a normal part of my day (for the GAINZ!). I don’t like shakers because they never do the job properly and I end up chewing my protein shake. I have a blender that I use, but it means I have to make two or three shakes in the morning to take to work with me, fight for space in the fridge to keep them and have three times the washing up at home.
The PROMIXX runs off its own USB rechargeable battery built into the motor unit that attaches to the bottom of the bottle. The whole lot takes up about the same space as a normal blender bottle. Now, instead of having to take multiple shakers to work, I keep some of my powders at work and just travel with the PROMIXX.
That is the great thing about this mixer, its portability and the fact it works. It hasn’t replaced my blender at home, but it does go everywhere else with me. I stay away with work a lot and normally take a shaker, now the PROMIXX travel with me. I took it camping in August and it was great. I charged it before we left and didn’t need to charge it again.
I’m doing the New Forest Sportive in a couple of week and will take it with me there, so that I can mix up a fresh post ride drink.
How much is it and is it worth it?
The PROMIXX is £18.99 and I have to admit that before using it I questioned that price. At Cheap Cycling we are all about more for less and we weren’t sure if the PROMIXX fitted the bill. Having spent some time with it, I think it’s well worth the expense.
It is really good quality too. Unlike most blender or shaker bottles I’ve used, the PROMIXX has a good seal and the opening or hole that your drink from is not so small you can’t get a decent mouthful. It’s made of plastic, but its strong and well built. It comes in some very nice packaging and overall has the feel of something much more expensive.
Should I buy one?
Well, like anything, it’s all about context. This won’t replace your blender so you shouldn’t buy it if that is your goal. But, if you drink a lot of recovery shakes that you mix yourself and want portability, this would be a very good buy.