FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle

Review by Laurie H

The FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle was provided for review.

The Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle by FuelBelt

FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle

The Product – FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle

FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle is a lightweight method to carry up to 10 oz. of hydration on a run. There is an adjustable strap, so you can adjust it to fit around your hand comfortably as shown in the picture below. TheFuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle is dishwasher safe (top shelf only), which is a real plus. The bottle is BPA-free, so you don’t have to worry about Bisphenol A (a carcinogen) leaching into your water from the plastic.

FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle

The FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle has two gel pack loops to securely hold gel packs and a smart phone holder so that you can have easy access to your fitness apps and music. The loops that hold the smart phone in place stretch, so any size phone can be accommodated securely.

FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle

The total weight, including the (empty) water bottle, is less than 100 grams.

How the Product Is Used

The FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle carries up to 10 oz. of liquid. What this means for me is that in most weather, this would be perfect for a medium length – 6 to 12 mile – run. For anything shorter, I probably would not bring hydration with me. Anything longer would require more than 10 oz. Many of my runs are in this 6 – 12-mile range, so the system will work for lots of the runs that I do.

I do not use gels, so I will not be testing the gel pack holder. It looks like the gels would be held securely. I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 phone, so I will be testing the phone holder when I run.

Initial Assessment

It was easy to adjust the strap so that the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle fit comfortably around my hand. I have another hand held water bottle, but the design of the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle is much more ergonomic than the one I use now. It is more comfortable and lightweight. My phone was easy to slip into the loops of the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle. It did feel like it was held securely. Adding my phone to the system adds quite a bit of weight, however. I am not sure that this would be comfortable during a run. I added some water to the bottle and found that it was easy and comfortable to drink from.

Thank You. Check Back For My Next Review

I am excited to try the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle on an actual run. My running club meets tonight, so I will take it along with me to try it out. I will let you know how it works in a week or so!

First Update

I did a 7.5 mile run with the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle. The ergonomic design fit my hand perfectly and was much more comfortable than my previous hand-held water bottle (an older model also by Fuel Belt). The temperature during my run was in the low 80s. The amount of fluid that the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle could hold was adequate for this run. The unit did not make my hand hot, even though the temperature and humidity were relatively high. The strap was comfortable. It did not become loose as I ran and was easy to adjust. The valve was easy to use, but when I take a drink, I prefer to unscrew the top and drink directly from the bottle, rather than the valve. I love the new design and will use this on more medium-length runs.

 

There was one feature of the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle that I did not use for the entire run – the phone holder. In my opinion, this is not a comfortable way to carry a phone. I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 phone, and even though it was held securely in the straps of the carrier, it flopped around on my hand and made the entire system much less comfortable.

I was not afraid of the phone falling out of the straps;  the phone was securely held by the straps when I was running, but the entire unit felt wobbly when I added my phone. It was distracting to run with my phone moving around on the back of my hand. I will use the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle but carry my phone using another method.

Check back in a few weeks for my final review.

Final Update FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle

I had the opportunity to use the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle for several medium-length runs. All of the runs were completed under hot, humid conditions, and they were all in the 6 – 10-mile range.

The FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle was extremely comfortable to use. The strap did not make my hand feel hot. The bottle was securely fastened to the strap. It was easy to adjust the strap to fit my hand perfectly.

The nozzle of the water bottle was easy to drink from. This type of nozzle was used in other hydration systems I have owned. I did not have to slow down to a walk to drink from the nozzle, (unless I wanted to!) I have had problems in the past with leaking water bottles that leave my hand wet, but there were no leaks from the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle.

The one feature that I could not use comfortably in the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle system was the phone holder. My Samsung Galaxy S7 phone was securely held in the phone-holding straps of the system, but adding the phone caused the entire system to bounce as I ran. This was not comfortable, and I felt it was distracting. I suggest adding a small zipper pouch on the back of the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle system to carry keys or a small snack rather than the phone holder.

Overall, I would highly recommend the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle. It is an extremely comfortable way to carry hydration for medium-length runs.