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Simple Hydration Water Bottle Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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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! 

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5 Responses to “Simple Hydration Water Bottle Review”

  1. on 09 Jul 2013 at 11:26 am olga

    Totally agree. I wouldn’t go for it, personally.

  2. on 09 Jul 2013 at 12:31 pm phil uecker

    I’m actually a huge fan of the bottle. For me, it fits fine in my shorts. Sometimes I carry 2. They also fit in the side pocket of my hydration pack to extend it from 70oz to 83. I’ve never noticed the seam. If you carry it between your shorts and your compression shorts, you won’t notice. You can also wear it under a race belt. I love the hands free and lightweight of it. It opens with my teeth just fine.
    I agree with the feel of the plastic. I had a problem with a poor fitting lid and they sent me an extra lid AND another free bottle. Great customer service.

  3. on 29 Jul 2013 at 1:19 pm KenZ

    Mike Morton uses it… just sayin’…

    And seriously, I’ve never used it (I think 13oz is too little), but I DO tuck an Amphipod 20oz bottle in the back of my shorts. I seriously wish it had the hang tab like this one, but if I tighten my shorts enough it works fine.

    So overall, I love tucking a bottle in the back of my shorts, and have raced up to 50 miles that way. Again, only gripe for me is 13oz is too small to get from aid station to aid station.

  4. on 31 Jul 2013 at 2:39 pm Brian Hock

    Thanks Cheri for posting this review. I am the creator of the Simple Hydration Bottle and certainly recognize that it may not be for everyone. I would add to what KenZ posted in that Anton Krupicka used it in his recent second place finish at Speedgoat50K and Hal Koerner used 2 Bottles in his recent Western States 100 race. And thanks to fan Phil Uecker for sharing his love of the Simple Hydration Bottle. I would like to address each of your issues to provide some additional information for your audience.

    1) 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.
    Simple Hydration (SH) – Our product testing showed that the middle of the back (on waistband) worked best for our testers but since the bottle has been out now for almost 2 years people wear the bottle almost anywhere it will hook with some pressure applied. The seam on the bottle had to be placed in the middle due to the way the mold had to be released from the bottle. We added an additional heat flashing step to the production process to minimize and soften the seam. Every once in a while we will hear about some irritation but it could be due to various body types and how it sits on the body along with how secure the bottle is against the body. If a user does not use drawstring shorts or doesn’t pull drawstring shorts snug then the bottle will move around. The key is to use drawstring shorts and pull the drawstring snug first.

    2) I also tried tucking the bottle in to the front and back of my sport bra, and found the same chafing problem.
    SH – See the answer above. Note that if the seam is bothering you then you could always lightly sand the seam down so it is completely gone. Again, we have many female runners that use it in their sports bra and have no issue. Even male runners will hook it in the back of their shirts and have no issue. I do it in the summer time to help me stay cool on hot runs.

    3) “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.
    SH – We spent quite a bit of time in the design phase to address that very issue. The bottle in profile is only 1 inch wide and we specifically did that for when it is placed in the shorts and for the grip of the hand. The rounded edges of the bottle actually makes the area on either side of the bottle less than an inch to provide as much cover (privacy) as possible while still allowing the bottle to function as designed.

    4) 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.
    SH – Depending on the production run of the caps some can be harder to open then others. This will be one area we will address in a future new bottle/cap design. Again, we have had runners come back and say they do prefer this type of cap. That number doesn’t equal the ones that prefer a softer cap so we will address it on the next design.

    5) Because of the tapered body of the bottle, you cannot set it down without it tipping over.
    SH – Being able to set a bottle upright was a concern from our research so we made sure that the Simple Hydration Bottle could stand upright on a flat or close to flat surface. The bottom of the bottle is centered under the top to provide balance and the bottle will stand upright. I just simply have to disagree on that point as I have about 10 standing upright to the left of me right now.

    6) The plastic that the bottle is made from feels cheap and stiff.
    SH – The Simple Hydration Bottle is made in the USA and the plastic is low-density polyethylene (LDPE). LDPE is what every other major water bottle is made from. That said the bottle can vary in thickness for different reasons. We specifically went with a bottle thickness that provided rigidity while also was pliable and easy to squeeze. We have received numerous responses from female runners telling us that the bottle is easy to hold (especially for small hands) and squeeze.

    If anyone would like to try a bottle I am more than happy to extend a discount so they can try it for themselves. Simply send me an e-mail at support@simplehydration.com and mention EnduranceBuzz.com. Thank you for your time.

  5. on 04 Jun 2014 at 7:47 pm Teresa Smith

    I’ve been using the Simple Hydration for a couple of months. #1 The bottle stands upright without any support – I was leery about this given the small bottom. I’ve had no problems!
    #2 I fit my bottle not in the small of my back but on my left hip (backside) and if I carry two I have the other on the opposite side. It fits me very comfortably – You need to find a spot that works for YOU. I have never chafed and I just finished a 50 miler carrying Simple Hydration for the entire race.
    #3 I would like to see more threads connecting the blue top onto the bottle – it seems like a skinny connection.
    #4 I will continue to use mine and recommend the bottles. They are w~a~y too convenient to pass on.