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.
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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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.
Posted on 28 Sep 2012
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