*I was provided the Handy 20 by Ultimate Direction in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.*
We’ve talked hydration before and I’ve told you about my favorite hydration pack the UD Jenny Ultra Vesta. And it probably would have solved a lot of issues that I had at MCM last week….I’m still kicking myself for not wearing it. Oh well, can’t do anything about that now…but I DO know that I will definitely be bringing it to Paris with me in the spring! Lesson learned! Anyway, Ultimate Direction asked me to try out one of their other hydration products called the Handy 20.
The Handy 20 is a handheld water bottle that holds 20 oz of water. Now, I don’t typically like to run holding a water bottle. I tend to have a death grip when I carry them and end up really tense in my shoulders, but I decided to give it a shot. I had tried their Handy 10 as a perk of being a Zooma Ambassador last year and actually really liked it. It stayed on well and I didn’t need to grip it at all. So I was excited to try this one.
According to the Ultimate Direction website:
- Soft and breathable neo mesh strap
- Pleated stretch mesh pocket for keys, cards or gel
- Ergonomically shaped bottle for easy drinking
- Fully adjustable hand tension strap
- Weight: 3.5 oz. / 100g
- Capacity: 12 in3 / 0.20 L
- Fluid: 20 oz. / 0.6 L
- NeoMesh: Wicking mesh is lightweight and breathable for optimal ventilation and moisture management
- 150D Rip Stop: Lightweight fabric provides freedom and durability
- Power Stretch Mesh: Provides versatility with a supportive stretch material that expands for variable capacity
Here you can see the hand strap. I love that is is the same breathable material that the vest is!
The mesh pocket was big enough to hold my phone, ID, keys, and extra room for a few gels on top of that.
Trying the handheld on, my small hand fit perfectly.
The drinking “kicker” valve pushed down….
The drinking valve extended in order to drink….
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Ok, so let’s talk about my experience. I had really high hopes for this handheld. Upon trying it on at home I really fell in love. It fit perfectly on my hand. The strap tightened nicely so I didn’t even have to grip the bottle, it just stayed tightened on my hand. Then, I took it out for a test drive to the Army 10 Miler. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the greatest experience with it. I started the race and within 1/4 of a mile I had to continue to adjust the hand strap. It wouldn’t stay tight. I battled that for the entire race. The bottle is made with a special “kicker” valve which while is helpful so it doesn’t leak, BUT it made it extremely difficult to even get a sip of water from. I had to suck on the valve so incredibly hard to even get a sip of water. Not exactly ideal when you are out on a long run or running a race.
- feminine, ergonomic design
- ample size of storage pocket
- fashionable colors
- Hand strap had to be tightened constantly
- Drinking valve was slow to release fluid. I could barely get little sips out (which is consistent with other reviewers).
So, while I’m not a big fan of this product, I am still a HUGE fan of their Jenny Hydration vest and their Handy 10, so if you are looking for a new one, definitely check it out. Several of my friends have bought them since I got it and they love it as much as I do!
Do you like to use a handheld water bottle? If so, which one?
Have you ever had an issue with your hydration gear during a race? What did you do?
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