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Trail Running Gear: Nathan Quickdraw Plus Water Bottle Review

The hybrid SUV of handheld water bottles. – David Hanenburg on the Nathan Quickdraw Plus

nathan-water-bottle-frontA 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.


Test Drive

nathan-water-bottle-elasticI 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).

nathan-water-bottle-key-hooOne 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.

Nice Features

nathan-water-bottle-partsHere 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.

Overall Impressions

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 –

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About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

3 Responses to “Trail Running Gear: Nathan Quickdraw Plus Water Bottle Review”

  1. on 22 Dec 2009 at 3:45 pm goSonja

    Great review, nice job!

  2. on 23 Dec 2009 at 12:10 am Jen

    I have small hands and have found I can’t tighten the strap enough to be comfortable. For small hands, I really like the Amphipod or even the insulated Nathan worked better.

    Something to think about for future reviews 🙂

  3. on 23 Dec 2009 at 2:28 pm David Hanenburg

    goSonja – Thanks. 🙂

    Jen – Thanks for sharing your experience. 🙂

    I could see the Amphipod being a bit tighter on the strap but it also had a larger girth (for lack of a better word) to cup your hand around.

    Whatever works!

    My wife used the Nathan bottle for a half marathon and had no problems with it. She also has small hands but of course, we are all still unique.

    Great to hear you found something that works for you.

    Thanks for the feedback to improve future reviews. Now I need to get some various sized hand casts. 🙂