The hybrid SUV of handheld water bottles. – David Hanenburg on the Nathan Quickdraw Plus
A couple months back when I purchased the efficient and minimalistic Amphipod Hydraform handheld water bottle, I also picked up a Nathan Quickdraw Plus to test drive as well. After a month of using the Nathan water bottle on many 10+ mile runs, I thought I would share my thoughts on this handheld bottle.
Out of the Box
When first looking at the Nathan water bottle, my eyes first noticed the zippered pouch and the hearty handheld strap.
The nylon/polyester blend pouch is fairly low profile with respect to the bottle but could hold a small cellphone, a few gels, electrolyte tablets, and a key. Of course, not all of these items at the same time.
I was able to tuck in two Hammer Gel packets. That pretty much filled the available space. I also confirmed that my small cellphone fit as well.
The 2 1/4 inch wide, slightly padded strap, felt almost like a glove when my hand was slid around the bottle. The narrow tightening strap also locks the hand more securely to the bottle if you need it. It all felt very comfortable.
I took the Nathan Quickdraw Plus out on a 10 mile run on a fairly cold morning so I wore gloves as well. Immediately I noticed the elastic strap that wraps around the top of the bottle stretch as my gloved hand was placed under the padded strap. I thought this was pretty cool, because the strap contained the same snug feel but adapted to my now larger hand (due to the gloves).
One subtle feature I liked which may be considered a bit dorky, is the key-hook within the pouch. I stepped out of the house, locked the door, hooked the key on the hook, and started running. You can place a house/car key on the hook and always know where it is.
Besides the every 15 minute chug of fluids, I barely realized I was carrying a bottle. Just want you want in a handheld; there when you need it, seemingly non-existent when you don’t.
Here are a few of the Nathan Quickdraw Plus features I liked or experienced:
- BPA free bottle – Is the standard for most quality companies but still worth noting.
- The elastic strap – Allowed the padded strap to separate further from the bottle based on hand-size or if you are wearing gloves.
- The low-profile zippered pouch – A bit of storage available but not so much that the bottle becomes clunky with a full pouch.
- Wide mouth screw top – Easy cleaning and refilling. I didn’t observe any leaks.
- Easy to use valve – The valve opened and closed without much effort. No leaks throughout the run unless I forgot to shut it.
The Nathan Quickdraw Plus water bottle is a solid handheld water bottle for those looking for a bit of extra cargo space while still being fairly efficient.
You can purchase the Nathan Quickdraw Plus Water bottle at Running Warehouse (Shoes, Packs, Clothes, Lights, and more…plus 2-day free shipping!).
Amazon also provide a nice variety of color choices.
Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com
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