Amphipod Handheld Review
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As every trail runner knows, all belt style hydration systems have one thing in common: the bounce. With the amphipod handheld, you are guaranteed to eliminate that annoying feeling of sloshing water and aggravated hip chafage. Amphipod has long been known as a staple of the hydration industry, and this latest update to line does not disappoint. It may seem small, but it’s packed with quite a few features that are definitely welcome additions. First and foremost, the expandable pouch on the back has enough room for keys and a gel pack, or a slim cell phone. The back side of the pouch is coated with an ultra soft liner that prevents any rub on the back of your hand – even in the longest of races. Amphipod’s unique bottle design is ergonomically oriented to fit the palm of your hand. For medium to large hands, it was a perfect fit; much more so than round bottles tend to. The only drawback we can see is that if you break the bottle, you’re stuck buying an amphipod replacement…but something tells us you won’t mind. For more information on the this Handheld and other Amphipod products, please visit www.rei.com/amphipod or www.amazon.com/amphipod.
The pouch size is wonderful for fitting keys, Gel, and my small GPS. The ergo bottle really helps me keep my hands relaxed when I run, so I don’t feel like I need to grip the bottle for it to stay in place. The only complaint I have about this bottle is, the spout is rock hard and difficult to open. I really like the sport bottles with a rubber or softer spout so I can pull it open with my teeth. With the amphipod I feel like I am going to rip my teeth out of my mouth when I open the spout. Over all I love my bottle and would be willing to spend a couple of bucks for a replacement bottle if they came out with a softer spout.
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