Texan, Cheri Linwood, shares her experience with the uniquely shaped water bottle called Simple Hydration. Cheri has ran a wide range of trail and road adventures up to the 50 mile.
I’ve recently made the switch from using a backpack-type hydration system to bottles. I recently saw an ad for a new hand-held bottle called Simple Hydration. What makes this bottle unique is the shape. The top third looks like a typical water bottle, however, the bottom third has a lip and a tapered body. The lip is designed to enable the user to tuck the bottle in to the waist band of his/her shorts and secure it there.
I recently took the Simple Hydration bottle out for a 10 mile test run.
Here’s what I discovered:
What I like
- It has a HUGE opening which makes filling and refilling quick and easy.
- At 13 ounces it’s a nice in-between size, larger than some smaller bottles, but smaller than typical handheld water bottles.
- The ability to keep both hands free while running.
What I don’t like
- According to the website, it’s designed to fit in the small of one’s back; however, there is a rather large seam that runs the length of the center of the bottle. This caused some uncomfortable chafing.
- I also tried tucking the bottle in to the front and back of my sport bra, and found the same chafing problem.
- “Wearing” the bottle causes the waistband of my shorts not to be snug around my waist. This allows for a large hole straight down my shorts on each side of the bottle. This made me feel rather self-conscious.
- The top of the bottle is made of plastic that is too stiff to open with just your teeth. This means having to use both hands to open and close it each time you want a drink.
- Because of the tapered body of the bottle, you cannot set it down without it tipping over.
- The plastic that the bottle is made from feels cheap and stiff.
The Simple Hydration Bottle costs around $20, depending on where you get it. I think it’s a great concept; however, for me at least, the drawbacks outweigh the benefits. It might work for people who like running with the option to keep their hands free or those who have difficulty gripping larger water bottles.
– Cheri Linwood
Have you used the Simple Hydration Bottle? What were your thoughts of it?
Special thanks to Cheri for sharing with us!
Posted on 09 Jul 2013
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