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Amphipod Hydraform Thermal-Lite 12 oz Handheld Water Bottle Review

Many times through the years I’ve tried running with a handheld bottle, only to use it one time and swear off handhelds forever. They felt bulky and I found myself constantly switching the bottle from hand to hand, never able to just run and forget that I was holding it.

Lucky for me I tried the Amphipod Hydraform Thermal-Lite 12 ounce. I knew that I wanted a small bottle and the 12 ounce is the perfect size for me. When going on long runs I wear a running hydration pack but for those shorter runs it’s great to have some fluids to sip on.

The Amphipod Hydraform Thermal-Lite 12 ounce

I’ve ran with the Amphipod for over a year now and have had no problems with durability. The bottle, stretchy thermal sleeve and strap with pocket are all in perfect condition even after all the abuse I’ve dealt it. It is necessary to wash the thermal sleeve after a few uses as it does tend to absorb sweat and get stinky. I take the sleeve and strap off the bottle and throw them in a small mesh delicates bag to go through the washing machine and dryer.

Now, on to how this bottle feels and functions. The thermal sleeve keeps my cold fluids cooler for a lot longer which I love. I also like the way the soft thermal fabric feels on my hand. It is a bit squishy and holds the water bottle in place so easily I don’t have to grip the bottle at all. I can wiggle my fingers around and the bottle stays firmly and snugly on my hand, yet it’s not so snug that I have trouble getting the bottle off. It holds 12 ounces of fluids which is enough for me to sip on for about an hour.

The other thing that I love about this handheld is the generous sized pouch. I’m able to easily fit my keys, two gels and a debit card or cash in there.

Details on this awesome little handheld:

  • BPA Free
  • 12 ounce capacity
  • Ergonomic design allows hand to relax to a natural position which eliminates hand cramping
  • Built in expandable pouch
  • Thermal sleeve is easily removable and washable
  • Wide mouth opening on the bottle for quick and easy refills

I would like to also note that there is a 20 ounce Amphipod Hydraform Thermal-Lite available that some might find more useful. For me I prefer a small bottle but know that a lot of people would need more fluid capacity and would want something larger. The 20 ounce Amphipod has the same great features, just a larger bottle.

– Julie Dolph

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  • If you have played in the dirt or on the road with this Amphipod handheld, what has been your experience?

You can purchase the Amphipod Hydraform Thermal-Lite 12 ounce at Running Warehouse (Shoes, Packs, Clothes, Lights, and more…plus 2-day free shipping!).


Note: There are two expandable pouch style options. One with a mostly an all black pouch and one with the extra styling as showcased in this review.

About the author

Julie Dolph Julie’s running journey began 13 years ago and has since learned so much about herself. She learned about personal strength and perseverance. Anything is possible! Three years after starting this trail running journey, Julie is proud to have finished a variety of distances up to 50 miles. For more information on Julie, check out the About page where you can visit her adventure blog.

5 Responses to “Amphipod Hydraform Thermal-Lite 12 oz Handheld Water Bottle Review”

  1. on 28 Sep 2012 at 9:20 pm Jonathan

    I’ve run with the 20oz version for a year and a half and it’s by far the best handheld I’ve used. Pockets is large enough for several gels, car key, house key, and my ipod. I also like the way it allows your thumb to move and stretch. I’ve run with the Nathan handheld and it cramps my thumb. My go to handheld for all races, from 10Ks (yeah, I know. I’m an ultra runner, what do you xpect. It’s a habit) to ultras.

  2. on 02 Oct 2012 at 9:23 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Jonathan – Thanks for sharing! You sound like a paper-cup free runner in those shorter distance races…I dig that! With that in mind, why couldn’t we all carry a handheld for a 10k assuming you want something to drink? We could! It is simply a choice.

  3. on 04 Oct 2012 at 10:06 am Jonathan

    Absolutely! I hate cups now after getting my Hydrapouch. You wouldn’t believe me how many aid station volunteers asked about it at Jemez and at the Capt’n Karl series. Cup free is the way to go.

  4. on 08 Oct 2012 at 10:08 am David Hanenburg

    Very cool!! I need to make sure I have my Hydrapouch with me for Rocky in February. It will be a nice way to get a shot of coke(caffeine) at some point during the journey.

  5. on 23 Oct 2012 at 7:59 am Julie

    Good idea about the Hydrapouch and getting a shot of Coke! I am going to buy one today. Never thought of that!