A few weeks ago I posted about a new hydration system from Salomon that I got for my husband as a gift. In my post I discussed how we both have tried just about every hydration system there is out there and have found most of them to be really annoying. Hydration belts are bulky and carrying water, even with the hand attachments, is just plain frustrating. I got a really nice message from Brian Hock, founder and creator of Simple Hydration. He read my post and asked me to check out his website www.simplehydration.com. He also offered to let me try out one of the nifty water bottles he had created. Brian is a runner and triathlete and put his own experience into this thoughtful product.
Earlier this week I received my new Simple Hydration water bottle and yesterday when the weather finally hit 40º I thought it was the perfect time to give this new accessory a test drive. To be honest, I didn’t have a lot of hope for this water bottle. It is pretty simple and looks rather unassuming. I figured it would turn out to be a lot like all of the other water bottles out there. Au contraire!
The bottle is designed to slip either inside the drawstring of running shorts or pants or inside your SPIbelt. Since I was wearing running tights I opted for the Spibelt option. I slid the bottle into the back of my belt and found that it sat nicely up against my lower back. While I noticed its presence at the beginning of my run, I soon forgot it was there. That was my first pleasant surprise.
I was a bit concerned that it would either bounce around or fall out because it has just a small hook built into the bottle. Well I ran it through one heck of a test drive yesterday. You see, on Monday Chicago got another 6 inches of snow, because we just didn’t have enough yet. Then yesterday there was a heat wave. So not only did I have to jump over piles of snow but I also had to run through stretches of slush (thanks to everyone who chooses not to shovel their sidewalks) and I jumped over a ton of puddles. There were so many puddles to contend with that for the last half of my run I decided to screw working on my hurdling technique and I just started running right through them (my apologies to my husband who was running behind me). I am pretty thrilled to say that the water bottle not only stayed where it was supposed to but I also never even felt it budge.
About 4 miles into the run I decided to test out using the bottle. This was a tricky one for me because I normally never carry water on a run. The bottle fit perfectly and very comfortably in my hand. It has a nice flat grip to make this easy to deal with. I was also surprised to find that I easily managed to put the bottle back into the belt while running. I was worried that might be frustrating to contend with.
My other reason for testing the bottle out was that I was concerned with how it felt on my back as it emptied. I have tried running with a water bottle in my hand before and I found that the sloshing of the water was incredibly annoying. The Simple Hydration bottle however, didn’t seem to feel any different as water was consumed. The way that it fits flat up against your back likely aids in making the water sloshing less noticeable.
For the final 2 miles of my run I passed the bottle off to my husband. He tried it in his running belt but found that it didn’t work as well. He bought a different brand while we were in Aruba and when we stopped to compare belts his waist band was not as sturdy as the SPIbelt and it sagged with the weight of the bottle. So he slipped it in the waist band of his pants and he too was surprised to find that it worked way better than expected.
I am happy to report that the Simple Hydration bottle was a huge success. As I said before, I hadn’t even heard of this bottle and because it looks so simple I would have likely have passed by it without giving it a second thought. However, I really think it is the easiest and most well thought out system around. I have been toying with signing up for the Chicago Marathon and had been wondering how I would deal with doing those long training runs during the heat of the summer. During my run yesterday I realized that this would be a great solution for hydration on those long runs and will likely be my system of choice in the summer.
The Simple Hydration bottle holds 13 ounces of water and was designed with a wider mouth, making it easier to use and clean. It is also BPA free which is a big one for me. I just can’t tolerate going for a run to improve my health, only to consume water from something leaching carcinogens into my water. It is also dishwasher safe and made in the U.S.A. All of those, in my opinion, are bonuses for this product. At $19.99 for each bottle it is affordable for any budget.
I have to offer a huge congrats to Brian Hock for creating such a thoughtful product. He really did a great job with this system and he also really cares about his handiwork. I really appreciate using a product that someone genuinely takes pride in.
I am happy to recommend this product without reservations. I will be hanging onto my bottle and using it as the weather warms up and will probably order a few more to keep me hydrated during training. Check out their website for more information!
The new water bottle was definitely my highlight of the day. I was running a little slower yesterday due to an unfortunate accident the night before involving laundry. I have mentioned before that I suffer from a serious lack of coordination (yes I know that’s a shocker from a former professional figure skater). It seems that I am still very uncoordinated. Our apartment building has laundry in the basement. As I put my foot on the first step I didn’t realize it was all ice and I began to slide. I just assumed I would stop when I hit the next step, but apparently every step was covered in ice. Now it would have been logical to let go of the laundry basket and try to brace myself. But along with suffering from a lack of coordination I apparently lack logical reasoning as well. At the time I was worried the basket would fall and my dirty laundry would get dirty….before I put it in the wash. See my note on lack of logic. I am happy to report that I made it out safely but my lower back and tush are singing a different story right now!