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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Review: Clean Bottle Runner Handheld

It took me a long time to find a water bottle that works for me on a run.  To be honest, I don't really want to know how much money I have spent testing them out over the years.  I like to carry my water as opposed to wearing a belt or a Camel Back - those things just don't work for me - but not all hand held bottles are created equally and what works for one person just might not work for another.

About a year ago I finally found a bottle and carrier that I LOVE and that works great for me on the longest of runs and races (the Amphipod Hydraform Handheld Pocket).  The contoured shape of the bottle, the size of the pocket, the light weight feel, the way it stays secure in my hand as I run - it all works for me.  No complaints.  No more searching.  No more trial and error and wasted money.  Hooray!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a company representing Clean Bottle to test out and review their bottle and carrier called "The Runner."  At first I was inclined to say no, because I felt as though I had tried every other bottle known to man and all but one of them had worked for me so why bother really?  Chances were high that I was not going to like it.  But then when I took a closer look I was intrigued - this bottle is different because it opens on both ends so you can get it truly clean (hence the name Clean Bottle, of course) and it's carrier pocket is large enough to hold my iPhone.  These two features piqued my interest so I thought I would give it a try.  I don't ever run with a phone (unless I am pushing the stroller) because I don't like bulky arm bands and I don't wear a belt around my waist or a backpack large enough to hold it.  On runs when I am going out for a few hours all by myself, having my phone with me would be a SAFE and SMART idea.

The other morning I set out for my 14 mile long run with the Clean Bottle on hand.  I put one gel in the secure strap in the back (it stayed put until Mile 7 when I ate it) and I put my phone in the pocket of the carrier.  One thing I noticed right away was that it was heavier than I am used to, but that was to be expected because it was holding my phone which I don't usually carry with me.  It wasn't an issue though - thankfully I got used to the weight of it and it didn't bug me throughout my run.


I ran a strong and steady 8:00 average pace for the duration of my 14 miles, and it didn't leak or give me any trouble along the way.  I was happy to have my phone with me and my husband was grateful too.  I was running in the heat of the day for 2 hours on the trail by myself.  Having a way to reach him if I got into trouble or a way for him to reach me if he needed me, was just more than awesome.  I know both Robert and I were happy that I was running with my phone for a change.


Washing this bottle is a BREEZE - it's simple to disassemble just by unscrewing the top and the bottom.  It's dishwasher safe and since the bottom comes off too it dries on the inside completely and as a result is cleaner than any other bottle I own I'm sure.  I will definitely be using this bottle and carrier for all of my solo long runs moving forward.  It makes sense and works great for me.  I'm so glad that I decided to test it out and I would absolutely recommend it for anyone who wants to run with their iPhone but doesn't like to wear it!

More info about The Runner from Clean Bottle:
  • Only holder that lets you use your iPod and smartphone on the run
  • Fits iPhones, iPods and smartphones about the size of an iPhone (2.5 by 5 inches)
  • Innovative straps on handle for quick access to energy gels
  • Back pocket stores keys, cash and credit cards
  • Unique closing system prevents bottle from slipping out from holder
  • Guaranteed for life
  • 10% of profits donated to eco-friendly charities you vote for at Clean Bottle Charity


You can buy this bottle online right now and get a great deal - one Runner carrier and TWO Clean Bottles for less than $30 (my Amphipod bottle/carrier is about $20, for the sake of comparison).  Just click HERE for the link.

I'd love to know -- how do you carry your water on a run?  Do you run with your phone?  If so, how do you carry it with you?  Have you ever tried the Clean Bottle Runner?  What do you think?

Disclaimer: I was given a Clean Bottle and Runner to test out and review. All the thoughts and opinions in this post are mine.  Clean Bottle was not guaranteed a positive review.

7 comments:

I love the concept of this bottle! So many of my water bottles get used by my hubby (I really do love him) to make his protein shakes and often times after he has consumed said protein shake the empty bottle sits in his work truck, roasting in the sun. Nice! And once you use a water bottle for a protein shake it is never the same. I've thrown away countless Nalgene and Nathan bottles because of this. I currently have Nathan bottle and holder that I love (its a belt pack), but the pocket is not big enough for my iPhone. Frustrating. Right now since I'm pregnant my long runs aren't more than 6-7 miles, so I usually run without water. But I do run with my phone. I feel like it is essential to run with it during pregnancy, and it has also made me feel a lot safer. I think from now on I'll be running with it always especially since I've found a great belt/pouch called the "Shadow Pak" from Nathan that has stretchy material that fits my iPhone. I love it. But I really like the concept of the all-in one water bottle and iPhone holder. I'm not a super fan of hand-helds, cause I really like my hands free, but it might be worth a try. Thanks for the review. Sorry this post is so long....

I always run with my phone, safety first!

I actually JUST read about Clean Bottle somewhere. I was reading about the Bottle Boy on Tour du France! And I really want to try it now.

I always run with my phone, and if it's hot or on longer runs I run with water in my fuel belt :) This bottle looks awesome!

I run with a ultimate direction endeavor belt. It was the 3rd belt I tried that worked for me. (iFitness & Fuel Belts I didn't like) I like having my hands free and this belt doesn't move around or bounce and carries 20oz in 2x10oz bottles that aren't awkward.

I'm glad you like the Clean Bottles.

I have used Clean bottles before (I have 2 of them) but I don't like water access - they seem stiffer than I like and it was hard to squeeze the water out to drink. I'm not crazy about the nipples either. I do like to use them for my post workout sports drink and the fact they are easy to clean.

Maybe they'd work for me if I was a bigger person. I have small hands (in proportion to my height of 4'10") so maybe that's why they are hard for me to squeeze...

I like that it gives you a space for your phone...super important!!! I like to run with my camelbak - a place for water, toiletpaper, gu, phone.....the works! But I wouldn't mind trying out the Clean Bottle. I'm thinking I would like it.

I always carry my water in my hand and my Iphone in a belt around my waist. I hate it. I would love to have it on my hand with my water. I'll go check them out. Glad you reviewed them too. I knew they did were into cycling but never thought to check to see if they made a hand held.
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