I am reaching the point of my training where hydration and fueling DURING my runs are becoming just as critical as before and after.
It’s kind of a difficult mentality around which to wrap my head. After all, I have had a solid, working system down: how to prepare, how to dress, how to carry my music. The idea of adding another wrinkle to the mix was a bit overwhelming, and I may have been in just a wee bit of denial about the whole thing. I had some recommendations from friends on their favorite kinds of hydration systems, but when Camelbak offered to send me their Arc Quick Grip 10oz Podium Bottle to try, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity.
The Arc Quick Grip 10oz Podium Bottle, is a small handheld bottle that is both dishwasher safe (so convenient) and BPA free. It is designed to contour to the hand, and it fit mine perfectly.
There were two features that I found really outstanding. The first was the cinch strap on the grip portion, which allowed me to secure it to my palm in such a way that I could leave my fingers open and unclenched, if I so chose. I appreciated this because running with a bottle is something that takes a little getting used to – it was nice to not have to worry about it falling off or distracting me. The second highlight was the twist-open valve at the top. I’ve seen so many bottles that have the kind of nozzles you have to pull up, but this is just an easy rotation to open and close. With a little practice, I bet I can do it one-handed.
The 10oz size serves my purposes perfectly for right now. It wasn’t too heavy or sloshy, even when I had consumed some of the water inside. I was really pleasantly surprised by that. There wasn’t any sliding or unnecessary movement, mostly from the cinch strap, but also because of the textured bottle-side that helped keep it from slipping.
And the velcro-closure pocket on the hand strap is nice and roomy. It’s perfect for an ID, maybe some cash, and fuel. I haven’t started taking fuel on my runs, yet, but I’m glad I have an option for a place to carry them when I do.
Both the bottle and the strap are easy to take apart for cleaning. The fact that the hand strap is of such light, mesh-like fabric means that it dries quickly after a washing. As a busy mom, this is something that makes my life easier.
The Arc Quick Grip bottle retails for about $20.00, which seems pretty comparable to other bottles I’ve seen on the market. I really appreciated the little details that made it so comfortable and versatile. Really, the only area where I think we could see some improvement is by offering some other colors. The blue is fine, but I would love to see more fun choices.
This bottle is a definite asset to runners or anyone who needs to carry a water bottle on them during long periods of activity. It is well made, comfortable, light and simple to use. I’m looking forward to many long and successful runs with this on my hand.