Monday, March 26, 2012

The Runner Handheld Bottle Review

I like doing my long runs on Friday.  When I used to run on Saturday mornings, I would be antsy Friday night, feeling like I could just take off and do it right then and there.  I started running on Friday last year during marathon training, I like how I can take off after Eliza gets on the bus, and once I'm finished, I have my whole weekend ahead of me.

So this past Friday, Jeannine and Norine (aka my running buddies) were able to run as well, so we headed out to do 11 miles around my neighborhood.  Frank was bugging out when he saw all of us in our running gear, so we brought him along for part of the run.  That made him a happy doggie.

I figured that was a perfect time to test out a new handheld water bottle, called The Runner, from Clean Bottle.  If I bring water along with me while running, I use my fuel belt, or make due with water fountains, so I was curious about the handheld.





There are a few cool features for this bottle, the first is the clear zippered pocket that holds your cellphone. My android fit inside perfectly, and there is a hole at the top that you can use to plug in headphones.  As I ran along I could see if I got a tweet or email.  There are also two stretchy bands on the bottom, to hold a gels, and there was enough room in the pocket for money or keys.   Lastly, the top and bottom come off, so it's easy to clean.

The bottle fit comfortably in my hand, but I'm not used to running with a handheld bottle, so it did feel a bit heavy.  I liked the fact that my phone was in my hand, and not banging around in a pocket.

If handheld bottles are your preferred way to carry water, I would definitely say to give this a try.





Thanks to everyone who entered the Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Running giveaway, congrats to Mike, Wells L, and Genevieve.

Send me an email and I'll get you set up!


*Note: I was sent The Runner for the purpose of this review, the opinions on the product are my own.

11 comments:

Evolving Through Running said...

Really, really like the feature that the bottom of the bottle comes off for cleaning. If I didn't already have a handheld I'd buy this one for that reason alone. Resorted to buying a baby bottle brush so I can get my handheld and my Fuel Belt bottles clean since any of the drink mixes that include protein leave a mess in the bottles.

Jill said...

I have the water bottle, but not the handheld part (though I have other hand helds); it is so nice the bottom comes off to get all the guck out easier.

I'm not a huge hand held bottle runner, but I do have a 6oz one I will take now and then if it's warm and the weather is hot, it is very light and much better (for me) than the larger ones.

Ali Mc said...

I always run with a water bottle in hand - except yesterday when I raced with spatulas - but I have been wanting to try one of these - thanks for the review :)

Caratunk Girl said...

I wish I could do my long runs on Fridays!! That is awesome!! I have tried to run with a handheld bottle but it just doesn't work for me. Great review for those that love them though!

Suz and Allan said...

This bottle sounds like it has a lot of great features. I may need it!

Jen said...

thanks for the review. Been thinking of getting a handheld, I'm usually awkwardly carrying a plastic water bottle and a handheld has to be more comfortable.

Genevieve Garner said...

Emailed you! So excited! Thanks!

And loved the review. I've been considering purchasing a handheld for 6 miles or less runs...sometimes the hydration belt is too much.Maybe I'll get this bottle...

Ara said...

Sounds really cool. I currently use the Amphipod handheld water bottle & LOVE it.

Jamoosh said...

I've tried numerous hand helds and find I run better when my hands are completely free.

Abbie Anderson said...

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Michelle said...

I have a handheld and have used it a bit with mixed results - like you said it can feel heavy. I like that this bottle's top and bottom come off for cleaning - nice feature.