I don’t like running with a handheld water bottle. I don’t like the extra weight at the end of my arm. If I have to carry fluids, I’d much rather carry them strapped to my waist or to my back. If you have ever exercised with Heavyhands, you know how much harder a simple workout can be with a little extra weight in your hands.
My friend and neighbor, Randy, does his long runs with a handheld water bottle and swears by it. I finally gave in and bought the lightest, most comfortable handheld bottle I could find, the Nathan Sprint.
It holds 10 ounces of fluid and has a race cap with a high flow, one-way valve. It has a thin mesh hand strap that doesn’t require you to grip the bottle. If you need a handheld bottle with a little more capacity, the Nathan Quickdraw Elite (22 oz) is a good choice.
I’ve run with it and it feels pretty good. My hand doesn’t get tired and I really didn’t feel effect of the weight on my arm, either. The one-way valve works well and delivers fluids in short bursts, as needed.
What types of handheld bottles do you use? Tell me in the comments.