Inov-8 Race Ultra
The Inov-8 Race Ultra Handheld Bottle is a simple water bottle that’s extremely lightweight and has very basic storage for holding small essentials. A small pocket has enough room for a gel or two, and an adjustable hand strap ensures you don’t get tired of holding the bottle too hard or too long. You’ll naturally want to grip the bottle, but the hand strap allows you to relax and take a break from time to time. It’s a good option for runners who prefer a handheld bottle for hydration and since it comes in either a 250mL or 500mL option you can choose which size suits you best. A few people found it tough to get used to the floppy soft feel of the empty bottle, but that’s less of a negative and more just a personal preference issue.
- Very lightweight
- Simple design
- Small pockets for keys/gels
- Adjustable hand strap
- Opening is a bit small
- Holding when half empty may take some getting used to
The strap helps to reduce fatigue since there's no need to hold the bottle tightly. The strap also features pockets that can be used for storing small items (gels, keys, lip balm). Reviewers found the key pocket successfully kept keys from bouncing around and making too much noise. The bottle fills easily, too. Just unscrew the top to fill. A few reviewers did point out that they found the opening too small, though.
When not filled, some noted that it took a bit of time to get used to the feel of the soft bottle in their hands. Thankfully, other than that, runners didn't feel the need to adjust the bungee cords continually and liked that the bottle stayed in place. What users liked most, though, was how lightweight the Inov-8 Race Ultra Handheld Bottle and Strap were.
The soft flask is easy to pack since it's malleable and is very lightweight when no filled with water. It's a great choice for use in longer races with aid station refill opportunities.
- Soft flask design is very lightweight when empty
- Two pockets - key and gel storage
- Adjustable hand strap with bungee cords
- 0.6 oz (150 grams) weight
Runners can purchase the Inov-8 Race Ultra Handheld Bottle in either 250mL or 500mL and can adjust the fit of the strap, so it works for their hand size and shape. And two small pockets provide a tiny bit of extra room for little run supplies. The bottle and strap work well, stand up to regular wear and tear and are comfortable to use. Whether you need a handheld for hydrating on a hot summer's day 5K or you want something for a long training run or race, it's a great option.