Staying hydrated while running is key to feeling in shape and taking care of your body.
Especially important is consuming enough fluids during longer run sets and in hot climates.
There are many different types of water bottles to choose from for running, not only in terms of size, but also in how you carry them on the run and what materials they’re made from.
Here’s a few different options to consider…
Best water bottles for running
High5 Sports Run Bottle
For a classic hand-held running water bottle, this pick from High5 holds 350ml within the BPA-free food-grade plastic bottle.
This type of bottle can be gripped in the hand thanks to a central cut-out and could also be looped through a running waist belt for hands-free hydration. High5 claims the bottle is ‘leak proof’, designed with a wide screw top and plastic nozzle.
Considering your hydration needs and running conditions, this bottle could keep you hydrated for runs of up to 10km, but longer distances will require a larger capacity or re-filling.
There’s also matching 500ml and 750ml options available in the range, although these are standard bottle shapes.
Bearactive High-Vis Running Water Bottle
If you like the hand-held design but are after a bit more oomph, this option from Bearactive offers a larger capacity at 500ml and is hi-vis yellow to add to visibility and safety when out running on the road. In fact, Bearactive claims that the bottle is ‘glow in the dark’.
The handle is designed with ‘ergonomic grip’ indentations to make gripping the bottle on the run easier and more secure, while the nozzle is suction operated with a ‘one-way capless valve’.
The large capacity should help keep you hydrated, while being a work out for your arms!
Kalenji Running Hand Flask
If you like the idea of a hand-held bottle but suffer with sweaty palms on the run, a bottle with an adjustable hand strap incorporated is the way to go.
This pick from Decathlon takes 350ml of fluids, with a strap that attaches under the screw top and around the bottom of the bottle.
While Decathlon says that an in-built valve is designed to ‘project water directly into your mouth’.
Osprey Hydraulics SoftFlask
Soft flask bottles are ideal for sliding into running backpacks or offering softer solutions to hand-held, hard plastic bottles.
This 500ml flask from Osprey comes with a BPA-free plastic straw with a nozzle that creates a vacuum when used, this means that the water in the bottle does not slosh about loudly when running.
We’ve tested this particular bottle for over a year and can attest to its durability and practicality, the long straw making sipping swiftly on the move super accessible.
What’s more, once empty the soft flask is extremely light and can be packed down small and stashed away.
Check out our review of the Dyna 6 running pack to go with the Hydraulics soft flask.
Salomon Soft Flask
Another soft flask option is this pick from Salomon. Like the Osprey, this 500ml flask is designed to fit into different shaped pockets and shrinks as you drink to ‘minimise water bounce’.
The cap’s also made with extra grip which aims to ease re-filling, with a high-flow valve and welded seams.
Camelbak Quick Stow Flask
For a smaller soft flask option, this quick stow flask from Camelbak has a 355ml capacity and is designed to be stowed away in smaller pockets and bags for hydration on the go.
It’s also designed with a ‘self-seal’ bite value which aims to avoid any spills and leaks.
Platypus Big Zip EVO Hydration Bladder
Those after hydration for endurance running and cycling sessions may prefer a bottle with a larger capacity.
This platypus is designed to hold 1.5l, with a ‘self-sealing bite valve’ hose that can be threaded through a side strap on a running pack.
It also claims to be BPA-free with embedded silver ions that aim to protect prevent mold and bacteria from growing.