For my birthday I asked for a handheld water bottle. Normally on long runs I use a camelpak, which works well, but is a lot of extra weight to carry. I think it messes with my posture and after so many miles having any extra weight, especially on your shoulders/back, is just uncomfortable. My sister-in-law, Melody, graciously made my birthday wish come true!
here on Amazon.
I used this for the first time on Friday morning for my 22 mile long run.
Size: The front pouch is pretty small - I stuffed one Gu gel in there - I maybe could have gotten two if I'd smashed them? The pouch could be a little bigger, but its current size keeps it from being bulky or in the way. The ten ounces was a nice size. It kept the water bottle from getting too heavy, but gave me more than one swig of water. I refilled this once on my run. On a hot day (it was in the high 40s when I ran) I would probably need to fill it more than once.
Fit: The strap over the hand is adjustable, which is great. I had it fit pretty tight against my hand and it didn't move or bounce around, and I didn't have to use my fingers to hold on to it. Once it was on, it was on. That was really nice!
Comfort: It took me awhile to get used to the bottle. In the beginning I didn't like it - it felt awkward and unusual and I didn't like having one hand full and the other empty. As I ran I got used to it and it didn't bother me nearly as much (it also helped when I drank some of the water and it was a little lighter). Toward the end of my run it started to annoy me again, but at that point pretty much anything was annoying me because I wanted to be done.
All in all, I really like the water bottle and will definitely use it for my long runs and for runs this summer when I know I'll need water and won't be passing a water fountain! And for about $10 it's a really good deal!
Remember when I bought BondiBands at the Indy mini marathon expo? I've been wearing them for my runs lately and I LOVE them! They're lightweight and fit really well - they don't feel constricting or tight and they totally stay put! I'm really happy with them. If you're a maniac about not having hair in your face (like me) and have a problem with headbands actually staying on your head (like me) I definitely recommend these. They're about $8 each, but I got mine 3 for $20. You could see if the website has similar deals, or wait for an expo near you! Note: they have two versions, a sport version and a style version. The style version is made with slicker fabric and isn't guaranteed to stay put. The sport version has a little more texture and will not move.