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Best Nathan Water Bottles Rated & Compared

last updated Nov 29, 2018
We’ve mentioned on our site more than 1000 times how important it is to stay hydrated. Water or any other liquids help to boost the work of many organs and cells in our body so it’s essential for people who enjoy demanding sports like running.
Today we will have a look at the products from Nathan. It’s a well-known brand with many excellent products and they have water bottles in their offer. All their products are BPA-free. There are many different sizes of the bottles so everyone can find something. Some bottles are packed with many features like cell phone cases or insulation, other are more minimalistic.
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In this update we upgraded to a new layout that makes looking at our top 10 best Nathan water bottles so much easier. You can now compare the criteria of each water bottle to see which one has what you are looking for. We also updated some of the information about the criteria we used in finding the best water bottles. Don't forget to check out our Frequently Asked Question for more information.

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94.6
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95%
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94%
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$8.22
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92.4
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93%
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92%
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92%
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93%
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$7.95
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91
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91%
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92%
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91%
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90%
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91%
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$11.87
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90
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91%
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89%
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90%
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$8.00
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88.4
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88%
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89%
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88%
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88%
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89%
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87.4
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88%
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87%
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88%
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87%
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87%
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$12.42
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86.8
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87%
Durability
87%
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86%
Insulation
87%
Weight
87%
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$14.96
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85.4
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85%
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86%
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85%
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86%
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$22.63
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84.4
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85%
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83%
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85%
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85%
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$25.61
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82.6
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83%
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83%
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82%
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83%
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82%
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$38.38
In Depth Review Top 10
  • Big Shot Narrow Mouth
  • Little Shot
  • Super Shot
  • Tru-Flex 22oz
  • SpeedDraw Plus Insulated Flask
  • QuickShot Plus Hydration Pack
  • FlexShot
  • Fire and Ice Flask
  • SpeedMax Plus
  • Grip Running
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  • Criteria Used for Evaluation
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Top 10 Nathan Water Bottles

1. Big Shot Narrow Mouth

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.6
Big Shot Narrow Mouth
Capacity
95
Durability
94
Style
95
Insulation
95
Weight
94
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Pros:

Very big for ultra hydration

Durable and good quality

Lots of designs to choose from

Easy to clean and use

Great flow

Cons:

A small amount of users have found durability options, but this is rare.

Doesn’t fit into typical cup holders

This is a great big bottle, with a 34oz (one liter) capacity. If you drink big and heavy, this is an option for you. It has a wide opening for easy cleaning and filling. The screwing mechanism prevents leakages and spillages. It has a good flow to make drinking easy while exercising.

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Quality/Durability

A very small amount of people have found that the cap breaks easily, though this seems to be very uncommon. It’s otherwise of very good quality and does everything it promises. It comes in nine different colors, so you have plenty to choose from.

Effectiveness

The flow is fantastic, it’s good for big drinkers and it’s easy to clean and use. It’s worth noting that this is too big to fit into a typically sized cup holder, which may be of importance to some. The spout is tethered to the bottle which is always good.

Cost

For a Nathan bottle with good capacity, it has a decent price point. There are cheaper options on the market, but not with this much quality.

2. Little Shot

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.4
Little Shot
Capacity
93
Durability
92
Style
92
Insulation
93
Weight
92
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Pros:

Great durability

Good amount of colors to choose from

Large size for plenty of hydration

Easy to clean, use and drink from

Cons:

A small amount of users have reported leakages.

Doesn’t fit into typical cup holders

Some don’t like the size of the drinking hole

This has a volume of 26oz (750ml), so it’s another decent option if you’re a big drinker or if you’re keen on staying hydrated. There are five colors to choose from. The lid stays tethered to the bottle. It’s easy to clean and has a narrow drinking spout.

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Quality/Durability

This is overall of great quality and the durability is particularly good. A small number of users have reported leakage, which may be of note if you won’t always be keeping it vertical. It’s very easy to clean and it typically avoids breakage when you drop it, which is useful.

Effectiveness

The spout is a little too small for a small number of users, but most love the shape and effectiveness of this. The tethered lid is great. It is good for drinking on the go but doesn’t fit into a typical car drinks holder.

Cost

This is a good low-cost option if you want something simple but top-quality.

3. Super Shot

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91
 Super Shot
Capacity
91
Durability
92
Style
91
Insulation
90
Weight
91
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Pros:

Huge size if you’re keen to stay hydrated or if you’re trying to drink more water

Very durable

Tethered lid

Soft rubber mouthpiece

Easy to fill and drink from

Cons:

A small amount of users have reported leakages.

Some feel that the mouthpiece is too small.

Won’t fit into typical car drinks holders

This is a mega 50oz, which translates as 1.5 liters. If size is your priority, you’re not going to find anything better than this. Again, this comes with a tethered lid. It has a narrow spout and a soft rubber mouthpiece.

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Quality/Durability

A couple of users have reported leakages, but it’s otherwise very durable and of high quality, so it will last you a while. The mouthpiece largely avoids any bad odors.

Effectiveness

Because it’s so big, it can be a little hard to grip this, which might be of note if you have small hands. The big lid means it’s easy to fill and you can quickly get refreshed. However, it won’t fit into a typical car drinks holder.

Cost

Another decent price. Again, you can find cheaper alternatives, but not with this quality.

4. Tru-Flex 22oz

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90
Tru-Flex 22oz
Capacity
90
Durability
91
Style
90
Insulation
89
Weight
90
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Pros:

Fantastic leak avoidance

Soft grip and soft cap

Very durable

The design looks good

Good low-cost option

Cons:

Can’t be opened with the teeth

A little difficult to wash

Only comes in one design

This 22oz (625ml) bottle has a soft grip cap, and the material makes it easy to handle even with sweaty hands. It has an opaque silver design and soft sides. It closes tightly and is very lightweight.

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Quality/Durability

It’s really durable and will last you a long time. The material is very soft and it has a tight-fitting cap. The downside of this is that you can’t open it with your teeth while on the go, but it does prevent leakages.

Effectiveness

The tight-fitting cap means that it can be a little difficult to wash, but it’s worth it. As noted, this is great for avoiding leaks. You won’t find many bottles that hold water better than this.

Cost

This is a very good bargain option and it runs at a great price for a Nathan product.

5. SpeedDraw Plus Insulated Flask

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
88.4
SpeedDraw Plus Insulated Flask
Capacity
88
Durability
89
Style
88
Insulation
88
Weight
89
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Pros:

Good insulation

Nice zippered section, which is great for carrying stuff

Good grip on the hand strap

Good durability

Comfortable and lightweight

Decent amount of colors to choose from with nice designs

Cons:

A small amount of leakages have been reported

Gives a slightly odd taste on occasion

A little pricey

This unique bottle is insulated to keep your drinks cool, and the zippered pocket allows you to keep things with you without the need for pockets. It has reflective fabric for dark conditions and has a capacity of 18oz (535ml). The hand strap gives greater grip when grasping the bottle.

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Quality/Durability

The durable, quality-made strap allows you to grab your bottle without it feeling heavy or getting slippy. The pouch is also of good quality. That said, it does leak according to a small number of users, which is unfortunate.

Effectivity

The main downside here is some leakages, but otherwise, this is very effective. The mouthpiece allows pretty good flow, so you can get a big gulp as you run. The insulation is good, the grip is good, and it's very comfy. It does have a slightly odd taste according to some users, but this seems quite rare.

Cost

This Nathan product is pretty pricey, but considering the top quality, it's worth the investment. It's not a bargain option but it's a good one.

6. QuickShot Plus Hydration Pack

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.4
QuickShot Plus Hydration Pack
Capacity
88
Durability
87
Style
88
Insulation
87
Weight
87
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Pros:

Has small pocket for carrying small items

Great if you’re looking to drink only a small amount

Comfortable and lightweight

Eight different designs with reflective detail

Cons:

Not as durable as some people might like.

Much smaller capacity than other options

A little pricey for what it is

This has a capacity of 10oz (300ml), has a small zippered pocket and comes with a hand strap for holding the bottle while you run. It has a small reflective detail and comes in eight different designs.

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Quality/Durability

A lot of users have unfortunately discovered that this leaks quite a lot, and the durability isn’t great. Otherwise, the quality of this is very good, and the pocket is a handy addition if you want to carry something small, such as a set of keys or a couple of small gels.

Effectiveness

This is very lightweight and easy to carry, which is of course great. If you’re only looking for a small amount of hydration, then this will do the trick. The straps are a very good fit for most people, which makes your run comfortable and without distraction.

Cost

This isn't too expensive, but for the capacity, it's certainly not a bargain.

7. FlexShot

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.8
FlexShot
Capacity
87
Durability
87
Style
86
Insulation
87
Weight
87
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Pros:

Collapsible, for easy storage

17oz option also available

Odorless and tasteless technology

Low-cost

Cons:

Some users report a odd taste when purchased, and a strong scent of silicone but most users have said that it goes away after a few uses

The Nathan FlexShot 750mL (24oz) water bottle is a one of Nathan's collapsible water bottles. The FlexShot is perfect for hikes, trail runs, and long-distance running--it's collapsible feature allows for no-nuisance carrying for all types of outdoor activities.

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Quality/Durability

The Flexshot is a silicone water bottle. It is dishwasher safe, and comes equipped with odorless and tasteless technology--which allows you to use, and re-use, this bottle as much as you'd like!

Effectiveness

The FlexShot is perfect for hikers and long-distance athletes. It rolls up with a rubber band, allowing it to be efficiently stored when it is emptied. It also comes equipped with a sip-friendly narrow spout, eliminating the use of straws and avoiding spillage. You can drink from this bottle while on the move, without having to worry about bulky storage or handling once it is emptied.

Cost

At $20.00, this water bottle is an excellent, long-lasting investment.

8. Fire and Ice Flask

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
85.4
Fire and Ice Flask
Capacity
85
Durability
86
Style
85
Insulation
86
Weight
85
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Pros:

Great insulation

Double-wall insulated

Very reflective, great for running at night

Race Cap

Low cost

Cons:

Some users report spillage during long runs

Previously the Fire and Ice bottle held this position, but we have replaced it with the Fire and Ice flask. Like the Fire and Ice bottle, these flasks are designed for very cold and very warm conditions. These flasks are sold in packs of 2, and hold 8 ounces of water.

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Quality/Durability

These are high quality flasks, designed to maintain your drinks hot or cold. Its' unique double-wall construction, or insulation, will keep your drink cold or hot for 20% longer than other insulated bottles available. The flask also comes equipped with reflective fabric, so you can see--and be seen--when out at night.

Effectiveness

May users like to use these flasks with the Nathan Trail Mix belt or the quick shot insulated handheld, but most prefer to use them on long hikes or runs. Their reflective fabric allows you to remain visible, and their insulation keep your drink at the ideal temperature--especially on those long hikes!

Cost

This comes at a very affordable price and is well worth the investment!

9. SpeedMax Plus

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
84.4
SpeedMax Plus
Capacity
85
Durability
83
Style
85
Insulation
85
Weight
84
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Pros:

It has storage for nutrition, key or phone

Great for running on trails

Available in many colors

Cons:

For some runners, it wasn’t easy to get the water easily

Has anyone said speed? Yes, this bottle will be your good friend during every race. It has an ergonomic design that provides a better grip, and it’s much more comfortable to carry it. It can carry a big amount of liquid as it can carry 22 oz. It makes it one of the biggest bottles on our list.

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Quality/Durability

Some runners aren’t fans of push-pull blast valve cap as they tend to leak sometimes. However, in this case, runners were satisfied with the design and quality.

Effectiveness

The cap opening is very large and the reason is to put some ice-cubes inside. It was excellent for runners running in very hot temperatures. There’s also a hand strap, it can be fully adjustable to your needs. It’s soft and there’s no chaffing. Some runner also was really surprised that this product fits iPhone6. There’s a zippered pocket for small essentials.

Cost

This is the bottle for those who want to have a nice quality but they don’t want to spend so much money as well. This is a perfect balance as this bottle costs around 30 dollars.

10. Grip Running

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
82.6
Grip Running
Capacity
83
Durability
83
Style
82
Insulation
83
Weight
82
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Pros:

Perfect grip thanks to the hand strap

High-quality materials

The leakages aren't a problem

Cons:

This is an expensive product

Nathan keeps in mind that hydration bottles are very useful for runners. Carrying a normal bottle could be a trouble so high-quality hydration bottle is a perfect option. This bottle was designed especially for runners who need to stay hydrated during the longer or shorter runs. It carries 18 oz so it will be great for longer runs. Check it out!

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Quality/Durability

The bite valve prevents and water leakage. The bottle comes with a very durable neoprene sleeve. It prevents the sweat.

Effectivity

The hand strap allows you to carry the bottle without gripping it. When you grip a bottle for a long time, your thumb hurts so hand strap will provide the relief. However, if you don’t like the strap and you prefer to keep bottles in the vest pockets, you can easily remove it.

Cost

This is one of the most pricey of Nathan’s products on our list. For 18 oz, you will need to pay around 50 dollars. Considering the fact that it has many features that will work out perfect for runners so it’s a good investment.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Capacity

How much water can the bottle carry? The first point to review for each bottle was how much water can it actually carry? The amount of water needed by a runner will depend on the type of run and the weather, if a runner is entering a triathlon race, he or she will need enough water in comparison to their age and weight, the weather and the distance to be run, a smaller person needs less water during exercise. But, when it is really warm outside you are going to want a bigger water bottle because you are going to need to compensate for perspiration loss and to prevent dehydration.

Durability

Durability featured high in our review, a bottle made from quality materials has more durability and will stand up to the rigors of being carried by a runner, often over long runs in challenging conditions. A bottle made from a low-quality material lacks durability, it can be punctured easily and this would mean a runner losing much-needed water. Low-quality materials can eventually even impact on the taste of water as constant water contact inside the bottle can leave deposits inside the bottle which allows germs to bread, resulting in the water having an unnatural taste. If this situation continued it could even have health implications. Water bottles that are durable and made from quality material will not allow sunlight to easily penetrate and cause you to have warm water. Many of us have experienced how warm water tastes from a bottle when the materials are low grade, and do not insulate the water from outside heat. Quality materials used in the making of water bottles are thick enough to have insulation qualities and durable enough to resist being damaged.

Style

Design-Style is important, the design of a bottle can tell us many things when we look at it, has the bottle been designed to be held easily while drinking from it? Which type of features are designed into the surface material to assist grip when being held by a person that might have sweaty hands due to challenging exercise? Does the design on the bottle allow for it to be stowed away in a waist belt, pocket or a running back-pack? If the bottle has insulation functions designed into it, how do these work, can the bottle hold hot and cold fluids? Does the design and style of the body allow for it being properly cleaned each time after use?

Insulation

Insulation can occur naturally through the type of material that a water bottle is made out of. If the material is thick but still lightweight this will provide a limited degree of insulation. Did the designers come up with any additional innovative insulation features? How did they do that? Was it through providing an insulation pouch in which to carry the bottle, or did they use two or even three layers of lightweight durable insulation material in the construction of the bottle?

Weight

Weight is a very important factor, water is not light to carry and even though you want a durable bottle made from solid materials, you do not want extra unnecessary material weight. Therefore the bottle needs to be made from the lightweight strong durable material. What is nice about Nathan's water bottles is that they are made ergonomically so they won't slow or weigh you down during your run.

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Be Careful Of Plastic

There have been numerous scientific studies linking the exposure of plastics into our drinking water with endocrine issues and general health concerns. For that reason, even BPA-free plastics are suspect when choosing your water bottle of choice. If you want to be 100% safe from any harmful materials, consider getting a glass bottle instead.

Bring Enough Water

Depending on the length of your running session, it's important that you remember to bring enough water for the entire duration of your activity. For the most part, doctors recommend that you consume eight ounces of water for every thirty minutes of intense exercise in order to compensate for any fluid loss caused by sweating.

Other Factors to Consider

Use

Have you ever carefully tipped up a bottle to drink from it and received a splash in the face because the design of the bottle lets the water gush out too quickly and in a high volume? To control flow from a water bottle requires innovative design, the shape or contour of the bottle needs to be designed in a style which helps to regulate the flow of the water. The mouthpiece of the bottle must be exactly the right size in relation to the size of the bottle, too big a mouthpiece on a small bottle will result in far too much volume of water flowing out, too small a mouthpiece and the flow is not enough.

Features

Features are very interesting when looking at criteria, a well designed and functional water bottle is very important yet did the makers include additional features which can be useful for a runner? A very popular feature is a pouch/pocket in which the bottle can be kept and this feature will also feature an additional pouch for carrying a phone or other items. What is the material used in the construction of the pouch/pocket for carrying the phone and extra items, is the material protective and durable? if to carry a phone does it include a durable plastic view touch screen? Does the material have other qualities such as insulation or reflective tags? Another nice feature which is very useful for runners is a water bottle pouch with a clip system so that the bottle can be carried by clipping it to a belt or strap.

Color

An interesting feature for some bottles is the introduction of a frosted surface which can lend towards insulation performance, colors on plastic bottle surfaces can either absorb or reflect light and again this can lend towards insulation performance. We even looked at whether or not the bottles were offered in artistic eye-pleasing colors? Had color lines or indicators been placed on the bottle to show how full or empty the bottle is? -in the case of colored bottles.

Protection

Lids are a very important feature because without them you will lose all your water during a run. we looked to see how secure the lid systems can perform, how easy they are to close and open and are the lids durable and easy to use? We looked to see if any of the lids allowed for a straw system to be included into the design of the lid.

Value

The cost factor is important to all consumers, if you want extra features you need to pay more and if you want a basic functional water bottle the price comes down. Materials and innovative design have an impact on how much you will pay for a water bottle. Generally, after our review, we felt that all the different water bottle models were fairly priced in terms of what the buyer gets.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: Can plastic bottles used by runners keep water untainted and safe to drink?
a:

Soldiers have reported drinking water which had sat in plastic army canteen bottles for around 3 months, they did not suffer any ill effects. Hunters will often stash a 10 liter plastic container in the forest and keep coming back to it over several weeks and the water is still safe. Think about where you store water in any bottle long term be it glass or plastic. If you store it in sunlight, the heat and sunlight can warm up the water to a level in which bacteria “could” grow.

However, when a bottle is properly sealed and does not let air in and it’s stored out of the sunlight, it should be safe to drink for the minimum of a week. it really does depend on other variables. It has been reported that water held for very long periods in plastic containers which are a more robust plastic than in bottles is drinkable but has an odd taste to it.

q: How much water should I carry for a 12 mile run?
a:

This depends on the weather, the type of clothing your wearing and the terrain in which you are running and if you have access to a water source after running the 12 miles? In the UK military soldiers run ten miles in full battle kit with just a canteen of water which is perhaps around 3/4 quarters of a liter. If your running in light sports clothing in moderate weather you might not need any water, but on a hot day you should carry some water for sipping. if you enter a Triathlon race you should carry water with you to sip and stay hydrated.

q: Is it okay to put carbonated mineral water in my runners water bottle and drink it or sip it while I run?
a:

Sure it’s ok but its debatable if the bubble effect will last throughout your run. Each time you open the bottle and take a sip it will depressurize the carbonated water till eventually its just like still water. Having said that it will still be safe to drink, just a bit disappointing if you like fizzy water.

q: My water runners bottle has a built in straw system, I flip it up and sip while I run, is this better than the standard screw tap system with regards to the water staying fresh?
a:

The amount of water being carried by you for a run will stay fresh whether you use a screw cap top or a straw system. If the weather is warm you might notice the water is warmer but it’s still safe to drink. The only thing you might want to think about is that a straw has your own saliva deposited on it each time you use it so for hygiene and safety, sterilize or thoroughly wash the straw system after each run.

q: The water bottle I use gives the water an odd taste after about half an hour of being in the bottle, is this usual?
a:

It could be that you have purchased a very cheap version of a plastic water bottle for runners and the plastic used in making it might be very low grade, it’s probably a good idea to upgrade to a better quality bottle. People have often reported that water left in low grade plastic containers tends to have an odd taste to it, I am not aware of any scientific research to back this up and no reports of people being made sick but to be on the safe side it’s worth investing a little extra money in a better quality bottle.

q: Are there any alternative ways for a runner to carry water without using a plastic bottle?
a:

Yes other options do exist, leather water bottles/flasks or even an animal bladder, along the lines of that which people used for carrying water before the arrival of glass and plastic. to carry water this way is known to be efficient though I have no idea how long the water stays fresh in a leather made water container. If the water is clean and the interior of the leather bottle or the bladder are clean the water should stay fresh for a reasonable period of time. You can also consider investing in a quality stainless steel water bottle, the reviews for these seem pretty good.

Sources

  1. Fekri Hasan, IHP, Journal,
  2. Doug, Rock Creek Runner, Article,