What do people think of the change?
Personally… I sort of preferred the stainless shakers. I think large reason might be how I was imagining my use of the bottle – keeping a few meal-sized packets of Soylent on me, or at work, and being able to easily mix up a single-serving with the shaker bottle for lunch (maybe I’m off-base, but I imagined the shaker to neatly fit about one meal’s serving). The Nalgene looks a bit bigger and bulkier, less convenient to carry around. On a less important note, I have to say I disagree with point 4 on the blog - I think stainless looked cooler. I’m sure I could always go grab a generic version of either the shaker or the Nalgene, but if I could choose which one had a Soylent logo on the front, I’d go with the shaker.
So as not to be unfair, I’ll admit there are a few points about the Nalgene I liked more:
The volume gauge on the side is a nice combo with the larger capacity, allowing an easier portion control with more than one serving in the container. I can also agree that for those not mixing one meal at a time, this does seem more convenient for an existing mixed pitcher/container of Soylent. Overall though, these things just don’t tip the balance for me, and I still prefer the old bottles.
I don’t know if the shaker is still something that will be offered in the Soylent store, but if so, it would be great to have an option to choose either to arrive with the pre-order. If not… well, maybe there will be some Soylent stickers/decals I can get to put on a generic steel shaker bottle, and call it “close enough”