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I am back in marathon training mode (yay!) in a new city, so I don’t know my running routes that well. Which means I have been re-thinking my hydration plans when I run. The usual is to run where I know there are water fountains; mostly because I have never been a fan of handheld water bottles or hydration belts. They are bulky, or uncomfortable to hold. I have even had my arms go numb while running with them. If you’ve seen my race pictures, you will see I never carry a bottle. Which may or may not change after I had the opportunity to test out the Amphipod Hydraform Ergo-Lite Ultra .
What has changed is me taking this handheld bottle on all of my training runs (no races yet, and I probably won’t at a race because I rely on aid stations). Amphipod’s water bottle is pretty awesome. I have another one of Amphipod’s ergonomic bottles but the Hydraform is by far the superior water bottle. One of my favorite features: THUMB HOLE! This simple, yet genius design almost makes it feel like you aren’t even holding a water bottle.
I had to choose 1 of 2 size water bottles to try. The 20oz or 16oz. Since I already have a 12oz I chose the 16. I felt like 20oz may have been too much of a difference from what I am used to and possibly too big for my liking. After just over 2 weeks of testing out this bottle I think I made the right choice. Here are the features of the Ergo-Lite Ultra:
• Sized for large phones – fits iPhone 6™
• Thumb-Lock™ sleeve design for grip-free ride
• Great for hot and cold weather use
• Removable sleeve is hand washable
• Huge expandable zipper pocket for easy access storage with key fob
• Internal pocket divider for ID or keys
• Cushioned, adjustable strap for the perfect fit
• Ergonomic bottle shape allows hand to rest in a natural position
• BPA-free bottle
• Jett-Squeeze™ cap for quick hydration
Check out EVERYTHING I can fit into this handheld water bottle: chapstick, iPhone (5s, but the 6s will fit), 3 huma gels, Honey Stinger Chews, keys, gum, salt tablets, and ID.
While all of those things will fit in this bottle, I don’t run with all of these things because it is a little too heavy. Here is what I do run with: chapstick, keys, ID. Optional – huma gels, salt tablets. More often than not I run with my phone in my pocket or armband. Again, I find the bottle too heavy if I run with my phone in the water bottle.
The Amphipod Hydraform water bottle is also ideal for short trail runs. You definitely aren’t going to be finding any water fountains out on the trails, and a hydration pack for less than 10 miles is too much to carry for me. I don’t run trails often (enough!!) but the Hydraform is my new go to when I hit the trails.
I have to give a HUGE thank you to Amphipod for the opportunity to test out this handheld water bottle. I have nothing but positive things to say about this product.