Spring is here and summer will follow quickly thereafter. Runners across the country will finally be able to bring out the proverbial guns, trading in long sleeve tech shirts for short sleeves and tanks. It can’t just be sun’s out guns out though; we’ve also got to bring out those great running water bottles to keep hydrated during hot and exhausting runs.
Since we’ll all be thirsty more often during these warmer months, here’s a list of some great handheld water bottles for runners. If you’re looking for a replacement for that bottle that’s hit the pavement one too many times or are just interested in checking out the latest in running water bottle innovation, we hope we’ll point you in the right direction.
This product review hits particularly close to home, since we at Janji want to help solve the global water crisis with each piece of apparel bought.
The Cleanest Water Bottle
Our office mates at Clean Bottle have an awesome option in the Clean Bottle Runner. This medium-sized, handheld bottle holds an impressive 24 fluid oz and sits inside a well-ventilated pouch with pockets that fit most smart phones, keys, and a small snack or energy gel. The best part? Caps on both the top and bottom, so cleaning is super easy.
The Best “Grip-Free” Water Bottle
The Nathan Quickdraw Plus is an excellent water bottle and a fan favorite. This bottle holds 22 fluid oz, but don’t let that weigh you down: an adjustable hand strap with a thumbhole allows for grip-free running. Need to carry some essentials with you? Make sure to take your iPhone, keys, cash and more in the expandable zipper pocket. A reinforced leak-free push-pull cap will ensure you stay dry and properly hydrated on your run.
The Chilliest Water Bottle
Check out the Camelbak Quick Grip Chill Bottle if you need a great water bottle for your longer runs. An insulated bottle keeps your water chilled on those hot summer days while Jet Valve technology ensures leak proof transport. If you dislike lukewarm water as much as I do, give this chiller a try. Oh, and don’t forget the extra stretch mesh and zipper pocket that will help you carry everything you need.
The Driest Water Bottle
The UltrAspire Isomeric Pocket is another great handheld option for longer runs. Although this bottle has many similar features to other products on this list, its uniqueness comes from an adjustable air mesh that keeps your hand ventilated and dry from bottle condensation. If you’re looking for a great water bottle with sufficient pocket space, this is an excellent option
The Most Innovative Water Bottle
The Salomon Hydro Handset is a unique handheld bottle option. The bottle itself is a soft flask that collapses as you drink in order to prevent liquid from splashing around inside the bottle. Enjoy this breathable and cushioned handheld experience with elastic power mesh while avoiding the annoyance of sloshing water.
The Coldest Water Bottle (Visibility Edition)
The Nathan SpeedDraw Plus Insulated Bottle is especially useful on those really hot summer days. The bottle’s insulation uses a double walled construction that keeps water cooler 20% longer than other insulated products. Make sure to experience a super chilled sip by trying this bottle on your next run. And is it a late day at the office? Try a night run and increase your visibility with the SpeedDraw Plus reflective fabric.
The Best “Bare Minimum” Water Bottle
Do you normally carry the bare minimum on your runs? Give the FuelBelt Sprint 10-Ounce Palm Holder with Pocketa try. A 10oz water capacity and a feather like strap ensure you will have a lightweight hydration experience. Store the essentials in the small pocket and continue your minimal running experiences with this lightbottle.
The Best Race Day Water Bottle
The Ultimate Direction FastDraw 10 is one of my personal favorite handhelds. This lightweight bottle only weighs 2oz (when empty) and has proven great for races and medium-long runs. The pocket is a perfect size for carrying a gel and keys while the Cool Wick Air Mesh is soft and moisture wicking. As a runner who normally carries the bare minimum, I have found this bottle to be perfect for summer hydrating.
The Most Socially Conscious Water Bottle
Of course the Janji water bottle is a must have, but that is a given. You can purchase a Janji water bottle at our pop-up store on Newbury Street from March 26 until May 7. A special thank you to our office mates, Clean Bottle, for making this product for us. It opens from the top and bottom for easy cleaning, plush it gives six months of clean water with every purchase. Ok, I’m done with the Janji plug.