Reviews of products sold at expos and more by an average runner. Make me your guinea pig!
So, I was shopping in the official merchandise section of the 2015 Disneyland Half Marathon, and I came across a rack of collapsible water bottles. “What a neat gadget!” I thought.
Retailing for $14.95, is it worth your valuable time and money? Here’s my run down.
The bottle is essentially a flexible plastic pouch inside a line green sleeve that feels like it’s made from wet suit material. I’m guessing the sleeve is to provide insulation and protect the thin plastic pouch from punctures. A small carabiner clip is attached to the green sleeve. The overall design is similar to collapsible water bottles I’ve seen in camping stores.
I rinsed the bottle out several times before drinking from it. No matter how many times I flushed it out, there was still a faint plastic aftertaste. It was tolerable but mildly unpleasant. The spout was easy to drink from while walking, but the cap was dislodged too easily when I took it on the road. Any little bump will knock it loose. The drinking spout didn’t seem to leak, but I
wasn’t happy about constantly fumbling with the lid when I’m trying to focus on my footing and pace.
Also, the carabiner clip was to small to comfortably use as a handle. It’s obviously meant to attach onto clothing in some way, but my running shorts and skirts don’t have anything I could hook it to. I tried clipping it to my belt, but I found that it bounced way too much to be used that way.
Overall: Would I buy it again? Probably not. I won’t be using this on runs because my Nathan belt is much more comfortable to wear if I need to carry fluids. I will be using this when I take students on field trips. I usually wear day packs to carry field trips slips and emergency contact info, and I can easily clip the carabiner to a strap. For $14.95, I think you can pass on it. If you absolutely must have a collapsible water bottle, there are cheaper options in any outdoor or sports equipment store.