How to carry water- it’s one of the biggest logistical issues ultrarunners face. Some people (including me) prefer handheld water bottles. Others prefer hydration packs with bladders. Still others prefer a pack that carries bottles.
The Simple Hydration water bottle is a versatile 13 ounce bottle that could feasibly work with any of these solutions. How? The bottle has a unique “hook” shape that allows the bottle to be carried in places that are impossible with a traditional bottle.
I tried it in the following positions:
- Inside the back of my shorts (ass crack position)
- Inside the front of my shorts
- Inside the side of my shorts (on my hip)
- Tucked into the straps of a hydration pack
- The back pocket of a pair of jeans
- Carried in my hand
- tucked into a sock
I had a lot of success carrying the bottle in my back pocket on a hike up a mountain to shoot some videos for my book. The bottle stayed in place, freed my hands, and eliminated the need for a backpack.
The bottle also worked well on a run when tucked into the straps of my hydration pack. The pack itself was used for carrying my DSLR camera, and the 13 oz. capacity gave me a little more range without having to worry about dehydration.
The bottle also worked fairly well as a handheld as the hook fit the shape of my hand. I would still prefer my Nathan handhelds, but the Simple Hydration bottle will work as a dedicated handheld.
What Didn’t Work
Carrying the water bottle in my shorts seemed like a great idea. Unfortunately, there was a raised seam on the outside of the bottle that chafed the Hell out of me. The problem was easily solved with a piece of fine sandpaper, but the bottle-on-skin contact was still a bit of a nuisance I couldn’t get used to. Also, wearing the bottle in the front of my shorts was too impractical due to a “junk-punching” effect.
Tucking the bottle into my sock didn’t work too well, either. The bottle fell out repeatedly and it seemed to modify my gait. I wouldn’t recommend the bottle to be worn here.
The Hidden Use That Makes This Product Invaluable
This tip was provided by Susan Hogarth when I posted a pic of the bottle on Facebook. Fill the bottle about 3/4 full, then freeze. The bottle then becomes an awesome body cooler. When placed anywhere against your body, this will help prevent overheating via conduction. When the ice eventually melts, the water can be used for hydration.
Ideally, I’d have my crew freeze one while using the other, then swap every aid station. Since the ability to freeze anything in remote mountains is usually impossible, the bottle can be stuffed with ice cubes. The wide mouth easily accommodates a typical ice cube so they don’t have to be crushed.
Given my recent realization that core body temperature could be the reason for my occasional bad runs in hot, dry weather, this product could be revolutionary. Coupled with a bandana filled with ice, this would allow for significant cooling during races. It really could be a game-changer.
As a water bottle, I’d give the Simple Hydration bottle mixed marks depending on where it is carried. As a cooling device, I give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. The price is steep for a single bottle (msrp $19.99), but the effectiveness as a cooling device would justify the cost for my purposes. The bottle can be purchased from the company’s website.