Finally A Water Bottle That Actually Works On Runs

SImple Hydration

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  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.

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That’s what we are dealing with!

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.


Fits perfectly in your hand and that nice small hook is all it takes to keep it stowed during your run.

Fits perfectly in your hand and that nice small hook is all it takes to keep it stowed during your run.

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!

The scene of the crime!

The scene of the crime!

29 thoughts on “Finally A Water Bottle That Actually Works On Runs

    • I do not think it would be bothersome on longer runs. It actually is designed to fit right on the small of your back, so it isn’t noticeable and wouldn’t chafe. The 13 ounces is enough for up to 10 miles. You wouldn’t want to carry more than that for longer. I would just plan my longer run with a stop at a fountain somewhere along the way.

  1. I like the idea of it, I should give it a try. Where I live during summer, is really hard to come across a water fountain along my long workout. I have a fuelbelt but I had to remove the 2 bottles on the front because it was really annoying, I would hit them when swinging my arms. I carry on the back side of it, but they are a bit small.

    • It was odd at first with it on the back but it honestly is the perfect spot. It is designed to fit right up against your lower back and I couldn’t even feel it. I had to check a few times to make sure it was still there.

  2. Thanks for sharing! I guess I’ll be looking into it once I start running longer distances, because I always try not to carry any extra weight on me. I hate the feel of things bouncing around. That said, when the time comes, I’ll definitely give it a try 🙂


  3. That’s a great post, thank you for sharing this. I’m currently trying to find a hip/belt type hydtration system that works for me too, so I think I’ll give this a try. I have a hydration backpack for really long runs which works fantastically, but I really need to find a workable solution for shorter runs. Liek you, I’ve found most hydration belts I have tried to be pretty annoying at best or downright unusable at worst… Do you think it would be possible to carry two of these bottles at the same time? Or does the positioning restrict you to using only one bottle?

    • You could certainly try. I think it really is meant to fit nicely on the small of your back. However, the 13 ounces is about enough to get you through up to 10 miles. I plan to do it for 20 mile runs and map out a route where I can swing in somewhere and fill it up.

  4. OMG Thank you for this!!! Sloshing bulky water bottles are something Im always battling with, hate the jiggling, hate holding. This sounds perfect!!! I live in the UK so really hope they will ship worldwide. Thank you so much for the info!!! 🙂

  5. I’m a new runner and have been struggling with the dilemma of how to carry water on longer runs. I’ve tried carrying a bottle in my hands, but that’s just annoying. I’m reluctant to dish out $40-$50 for a Nathan hydration belt; I know some people love them and some hate them. Normally I run with a fanny pack, where I keep my phone, keys, fuel, and an 8-oz bottle of water. I was told by a relative who is an elite runner that a fanny pack was uncool, but I don’t care; it’s what works for me. From the looks of it, I could hook the bottle right onto the strap. I know as the weather gets warmer and my runs get longer I’m going to need more than just 8 oz. of water. Thanks, I might just check it out! 🙂

    • I am not an elite runner but I have had some pretty good success with my running. I would have to disagree with the running packs being uncool. What would be uncool is if I didn’t have somewhere to put my phone in case of emergency, or to stash some cash in case I get in trouble and need to call a cab or stop for some fuel. I also keep Sport Beans in my pack on long runs. I don’t like using the pack and I only use it when I need to. But it definitely isn’t uncool. It is just necessary.

  6. I’m running my first half marathon in May and another in September and looking for a hydration system and this sounds like a cool idea. I need something because I live in the middle of no where with no fountains and stuff. I don’t have a belt though.. does it actually stay in the waistband of your pants or do you need something to support it there? Thanks for the share 🙂

  7. It really does stay in the waist band of the pants. I also used it in the SPIbelt and that worked great. If you are bringing fuel with you (like Gu or Sport Beans) then you could use the belt to store the fuel. Either way works well.

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