Its hot outside and hydration is an absolute must. The new Quick Grip Chill Handheld from Camelbak is a great option for those looking for a new handheld option. This is especially true as more races (initially for COVID, but perhaps ongoing to reduce waste) are foregoing traditional aid stations and requiring that runners carry their own aid. While this handhold may not hold up for a full marathon or ultra, it will definitely come in handy for those shorter races.
We have tried out Camelbak handhelds before and have found them to be really comfortable on the hands. I think this is even doubly more true with this one, as not only is the area on the back of the hand padded, but along the palm as well. It’s definitely the most padded handheld I have used before.
I also like that the strap used to tighten across the hand has a secondary security strip that holds it in place and keeps it from flailing about wildly. I have used this a handful of times (pun intended) and feel like it does a good job at holding its tightness – even loaded with water. Time will tell, but we have a feeling Camelbak has hydration packing down pretty well.
While I appreciate a pack and belt in certain situations, a handheld with a phone holder is my preference. I hate to mention it, but I (often times sadly) do have a need to pull my phone out quickly and snap a few pictures or videos for our social media. The zipped pocket holds my phone well and there is an underappreciated secondary pocket on the front with a small flap to hold other small essentials. I have definitely found this lacking on other options.
The real shining star for the functionality portion is where this bottle gets it’s “chill” moniker. The insulated bottle is said to no only keep water cold twice as long as standard bottles, but also has a patented Trutaste tech to keep your water tasting clean. Both of these are great.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this bottle isn’t keep your water ice cold for a half marathon. But I can attest to how quickly water can turn from cold to lukewarm on a run – and this bottle definitely keeps it at a more drinkable level for longer than uninsulated ones. Their taste technology also seems to do a pretty decent job. I have drank my fair share of plastic-flavored water and so far this has held up to the billing.
Overall, this is a really solid handheld option at a price that seems very reasonable. I have used Camelbak handhelds in the past and they are quality-made and long-lasting items. The Quick Grip Chill Handheld will absolutely keep you hydrated this summer and for years and years.
The Quick Grip Chill Handheld comes in three colorways – black, blue/teal, and red/orange.
Products & Price:
- Quick Grip Chill Handheld | $28
- 21 oz.
- BPA/BPS/BPF Free
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