Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Product Review: Amphipod Hydration Handheld

I'm a girl who always runs with water. If I'm going out on a long run I wear my fuel belt. For anything less than an hour I like to carry a handheld. For the last couple of years I've been running with a Nathan handheld.


In the beginning I really loved this handheld. But then one day the strap came undone and I haven't been able to redo it the same way no matter how many times I've tried. I finally just tied a knot in it but it's still looser than I'd like it to be. I now carry it with my thumb through the top and pretty much hold the bottle by the lid.

For our anniversary this year, I got Dave his own handheld, an Amphipod 20oz. handheld.


I tried it out on a short 5 mile run this past Saturday. And overall, I like it better than my other one. The only thing I like better on the Nathan handheld is the waterbottle nozzle. The Amphipod one, though,fits really close against the hand and it's hard to notice it's there. However, it's still a lot bigger than what I'm looking for. Amphipod also makes one that is 12 oz. which might be closer to what I'm looking for. I'd really like something that's more the size of my hand (tiny), stays snug against my hand without clenching it, and doesn't have to hold a whole lot of water. Any ideas?

7 comments:

Shannon (IronTexasMommy) said...

I'm a water-carrying runner too, and a huge fan of the Nathan insulated water bottle. I like this one because my hand always get so cold if I carry just a regular bottle. The strap on the insulated one is adjustable to keep it snug and there's a pouch on the front for either a key or a gel. The con's of it are trying to get the water bottle back into the sleeve after you wash it. Difficult, but not unbearable. Just my 2 cents- I'm not affiliated or sponsored by Nathan Sports. :) -Shann

http://www.nathansports.com/our-products/hydrationnutrition/handhelds/thermal-quickdraw

Meredith said...

Don't you wish there were a way to test these products out before you purchased them and found out they weren't for you? Thanks for the insight Shannon. I might have to look into that one.

Velma said...

I have a fuel belt handheld, and I love it (they have bigger 12 oz) and 6 oz

Shannon (IronTexasMommy) said...

I do! Same with race clothing. I wonder if the RD would mind me holding a swap meet after my next race. Cross the finish line and then set up shop out of my car. Ha!

Ashley said...

I also use the 10 oz. Fuel Belt Handheld. Perfect size for shorter runs. Love it!

Megan said...

I'd just buy a new Nathan hand-held.

Andrea said...

I actually like the Amphipod 20oz but I would like something that carries MORE water without being bulky. (I don't care for fuel belts).

Let me know if you find anything.