Amphipod has recently delivered a stainless steel handheld water bottle ready for the trails, called their PURErun series.
Being a stainless steel bottle fan, I purchased the Amphipod PURErun Handheld. As exciting as water bottles can ever be, I was quite curious in hydra-testing it.
She might have a little dust on her but I think she cleaned up pretty well.
Out of the Box
My first impression of the 16 oz Amphipod PURErun was its clean, BA look. Something about the simple black color gave it a bunch of cool points in my eyes. Those cool points can quickly turn into fool points if it didn’t perform. I looked forward to the upcoming drive.
What else caught my eyes?
The Zippered Pouch
The nicely sized pouch is attached to the outside of the cushioned adjustable hand-strap and can comfortable hold a couple gels and have a bit of additional wiggle room (maybe a key, salt tabs, TP). It is a nice size – not too big to make it an annoyance, not too small to be useless.
(Two Hammer gels easily tucked inside.)
Some of you may know that I like those little key-hooks. I looked and looked inside the pocket and nowhere to be found. Bummer.
Where is the stainless steel bottle? Tucked underneath the insulating sleeve. This made the bottle quite comfortable to hold and added a bit of grippiness as compared to holding a smooth steel bottle.
Why the attached cap (they call it an overcap)? I pulled it off to find out. Underneath was the pure silicone spout (BPA-free) that was ready to hydrate whenever gravity allowed. So flow it will, unless something exists to plug it. Fortunately, on the inside of the cap exists a plug that fits snuggly into the spout to stop the fluids from escaping.
The overcap and base of the spout was also threaded to seriously lock the overcap down. Not sure if I would need/use this or not.
This is one of times when a big mouth is celebrated. Ease of cleaning and simple fill/re-fill is a bottle requirement for nearly any runner. After a quick twist of the cap, you could see the nice sized mouth. Check!
(A few water droplets still hanging around from an earlier run.)
The Amphipod PURErun bottle is slightly smaller than your typical handheld and holds less fluids (16 oz vs. 20-22 oz). Here is a mugshot of the PURErun with the Nathan Quickdraw Plus (my review).
Enough of the small talk, time to address whether the PURErun is cool or fool.
I loaded the bottle up with ice, filled with water, and pushed down the overcap till the internal plug popped within the spout. Then out the door.
The first test. How did it feel in the hand? Quite comfortable. The insulating provides a very nice surface to wrap your hand around. I then tightened the adjustable strap to snug up again the hand. So far, so good.
Now for one of the more serious tests in my mind. Would water leak out of the overcap or would it pop off if it was not screwed down? I really didn’t want to have to unscrew the overcap every time I wanted a drink. So I twisted my wrist up, down, and around – not a drop leaked out. The overcap remained attached. Cool!
I wanted to take a quick drink before taking off. Popped off the overcap and then my attention was taken somewhere else as my wrist relaxed. The water flowed like a waterfall…to the ground. Oops. This is one gotcha if you take off the overcap and get distracted. There is some serious flow rate with this spout so wet toes are possible.
Throughout the run, the bottle was very comfortable and functional. Since I put ice in the bottle, some condensation occasionally dripped off the bottom of the bottle but not a drop out of the overcap.
I was also happy that the attached strap at the base of the bottle remained snuggly attached and did not slide off like can sometimes happen with Amphipod’s Hydraform Handheld (my review) when you take your hand out of the handstrap.
My wife has also ran with the bottle a couple times and was also pleased with the bottle and how it felt with her smaller hands. Plus the pocket was a nice place to put her gotta-have chapstick.
We both give the PURErun a definite – cool!
Obviously cleaning inside the bottle – no big deal.
The one area that can be tough to clean or not clean at all is the spout area. For the PURErun, you will not have any green stuff growing because of the simplicity and accessibility of cleaning this area up.
Simply, unscrew the cap.
Pinch the spout and push through the cap.
Green fuzzy stuff – be gone!
The Amphipod PURErun Handheld (16 oz) delivers a stainless steel running bottle that is both casual training and race ready. It would be a great bottle for that out-the-door short to moderate run/race or a longer run when you have access to additional water.
You do pay a premium for this bottle as compared to your standard BPA-free plastic handheld and it holds less water than the typical handheld (16 oz vs. 20-21 oz).
If stainless steel interests you, the Amphipod PURErun Handheld is a high quality product worth a look.
You can purchase the Amphipod PURErun Handheld at Running Warehouse (Shoes, Packs, Clothes, Lights, and more…plus 2-day free shipping!).
Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com
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Posted on 16 Jul 2010
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