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      12.09.2013 05:52
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      A great bottle for middle distance runners

      Rucanor or not one of the more known sports brand, I mean they are no Addidas or Nike, but they do make some good cheap gear for runners. I bought this bottle recently and I run with quite allot for my training, I do around 8 k runs and I like to have the bottle in my hand for hydration.

      I have had a few water bottles in my time, well between me and the Mrs we have anyway, some of them were pretty good, some not so good, so I was anxious to see how this one would pan out. I dont run very long distances, I dont need to, I only need good cardio for boxing and I do not want to lose too much weight, so I stick to between five to eight k runs tops. The problem I have had in the past is that prior water bottles have been a bit too big, some are 500 mls or more, to aid longer distance runners, but I would never drink that much. I also would not run the longer distances that I do without hydration because I recognise the performance benefit that adequate hydration gives you. I also add in some nice isotonic and electrolite powder mixture to help with my performance.

      So this bottle was great for me, it is only 300 mls, which means I dont have to run with a frikin water tanker on in my hand. I know that you can get bigger versions, the standard 500 ml is also available. If you run long distances or drink allot then perhaps this smaller size is not worth your while, I drink very little so its great for me size and weight wise.

      The bottle is made of hard resin plastic, it is pretty thick in consistancy so you can drop it and it will not crack and chip, it will bounce though. It holds the water well, and the small size and shape means that there is not too much room for the water to move around and annoy you as you run. The grip is pretty secure and feels comfortable. The bottle also comes with a plastic hard resin lid. it is a bit of a chore taking it off and on again , I can do it with my teeth but ultimately I think its a bit pointless. But whilst the lid is not needed the spout is the standard cycling bottle spout, push pull type that you can unscrew to refill the bottle, and the screw works well with no leakage so far.

      Ive had this bottle for 2 months now, I have dropped it a few times and other than a few scuffs on the plastic I have not seen any stress, so the material is pretty robust. Likemost bottles I have had, in fact most equipment I have had, other than the most expensive stuff, the cheap plastic branding will ALWAYS come off the speck by speck the more you handle the bottle, it has happened with running bottles and my protein shakers as well boxing gloves....this bottle is no exception to that rule.

      Generally it is easy to clean, water and washing up liquid does the trick, you need to get something thin and long to get right round the bends to clean all the nooks and crannies. As I said I use isotonic and electrolite powder in my water when I run and I have found that the powder is alittle sticky when trying to clean out of the bottle, I dont know if that is the fault of the powder or the bottle.

      You can pick this bottle up at any sports retailer for a mere 3 British sheets !

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      02.02.2012 10:43
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      A fine running bottle for what it does

      When I first started running, I used to head out with a cassette Walkman attached to me and a big bottle of Evian in one hand. I wonder now how I every made it past my front gate!

      Luckily I was able to trade in my Walkman for an mp3 player and my bottle of Evian for a lighter drinking option. The Rucanor bottle is the perfect shape to allow you to hold your hand in the natural 'loose fist' position as you grip it so it shouldn't disrupt your running style too much. Other bottles I've tried have a much thicker section of the 'doughnut' to grip onto, meaning I'm more aware of the bottle and less likely to ever venture out with it again. It doesn't have the ergonomic 'finger spaces' that some running bottles do, but personally I think they're a bit gimmicky. At £3.99 it's a reasonable price for what you get, although Karrimor offer a 500ml version for 4p cheaper.

      The drinking spout 'pops out' a bit like a mineral water bottle. While this prevents any leakage, it's best done with two hands which isn't ideal. I prefer the spouts that incorporate a little drinking tube that lifts out, although these tend to be harder to clean and you can't get as much water at a time. The transluscent plastic means you can always see how much liquid you have left and is rigid enough that you'll never squeeze water out by mistake. On the other hand, if you get really hot and need to pour some water on your head, only a trickle will come forth.

      That said, I think that with running bottles, 'less is more' and that this model is definitely too large. I found 300ml to be more than enough and often didn't bother to fill the bottle more than halfway. Runaid sell a smaller bottle that holds 150ml (available at wiggle.co.uk), which I find to be more than enough to provide the hydration I need. Larger bottles encourage you to over-hydrate, which has its own problems if you're miles from home. The Runaid bottle also helped to 'wean' me off running with water, which was my ultimate goal.

      Nowadays I would only use this bottle for a long-ish run in very hot weather (conditions that I'd probably avoid anyway!). If I'm running in my local park, I can just stash any kind of water bottle somewhere and drink from that. If I'm doing a race, they'll provide water anyway. So for me the purpose of a running bottle is somewhat diminished. But the Rucanor Fist Runners Bottle served it's purpose, which paradoxically was to demonstrate that running bottles are actually quite annoying and it's better to do without.

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      26.12.2011 21:55
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      Ingenious bottle

      Some products are designed to look pretty, whilst others are created with function in mind - it's the classic form vs function debate. The Rucanor Fist bottle is an example of a functional product which (although not beautiful by any means) looks fairly presentable. The unique selling point of the product is its unusual shape (a great big hole in its middle) allowing a hand to slip through the centre of the bottle and provide a firm hold whilst jogging. Made from a flexible plastic, the bottle is really light and can be carried with hardly any effort, even when full (unless you've inexplicably chosen to fill it with liquid lead of course!).

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      The bottle's capacity is 300ml, which is possibly the biggest downside of the product - In fairness, 300ml is fine for me (as my runs are seldom more than a couple of miles), however, I would imagine that the long distance runners out there would require more liquid. Cost-wise, the bottle is currently available from amazon.co.uk for £4.34 - a price which I feel represents good value for money.

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      In use, the bottle is comfortable to hold, and much easier to keep old of than a regular sports bottle, even when you've got sweaty hands. The cap of the bottle takes the form of a plastic nozzle which needs to be pulled upward to open - to be honest, the process can be a little tricky (at least for the first couple of months of owning the product), especially when in mid-run. I wouldn't recommend the following unless you've got strong nashers -but the lid *can be* opened via the teeth if you want to save time. In my experience, the bottle hasn't leaked, which is of course especially important for a product of this nature.

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      Overall, the Rucanor Fist bottle is an impressive bottle with an excellent design - it's a joy to use, with the only downsides being the slightly stiff top (a lid redesign may be necessary), and its smallish capacity. Recommended nevertheless for its superb design.

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        14.12.2011 16:05
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        A useful and handy water bottle for active sports people

        Having joined a gym and become fed up of buying fresh bottles of water every other day from a machine I decided to go shopping for a sports water bottle. There isn't a huge amount of practical choices out there in my opinion but was quite impressed when I came across this Rucanor Fist Runners Bottle and put it in my basket!

        The bottle is made of a toughened plastic material and oval shaped with a cut out centre. The colour of the bottle is an off white, with the Rucanor branding written across the bottle edge in blue. The top of the bottle unscrews to allow easy refilling and attached to this is a pull open and close sports cap that allows you to drink your water and also keeps it sealed.

        As mentioned I run in the gym on tread mills rather than on the street or in parks, particularly in wintertime when the weather is generally terrible in Scotland! I struggled for a while with plastic screw cap bottles and found that trying to open and close them tipped me off balance. This runners bottle has an open and close lock cap that you pull open and closed easily, with with your hands or even your teeth!
        It was a bit stiff at the start but to be honest that shows me it's not going to leak easily.

        The distinctive oval and hollow shape of the bottle is its unique selling point; it is designed so you can carry it easily whilst running without getting cramp or dropping larger shaped water bottles when your hands get sweaty. The oval edge handles are very thin so you can keep a really good grip on it. The bottle capacity is 300ml, which is not particularly large especially when doing cardio workouts and you need to keep hydrated. I easily drink the whole 300ml whilst running, but could do with a bit extra, this is not a problem in the gym when I can fill it up at any time, but if using outside you may struggle to find somewhere to fill it.

        I have had this for a month or so and use it 3 to 4 times a week and it is still in pristine shape. To clean it is relatively easy to rinse out and wash the mouthpiece, but it is too small to be able to get a brush inside it, which may become a hygiene issue later down the line. These are cheap enough to buy at about £4 on Amazon and well worth the money for ease of use and practicality.

        I would recommend this to other runners or sports people in a heartbeat.

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          08.12.2011 20:37

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          a great bottle that is amazing to take on long runs

          Rucanor have produced a fantastic bottle withe the Rucanor Fitness Bottle. What makes it so unique to the average bottle is that it is grippable. There is a hole off centre perfect for a clawing hand to go through providing a natural grip. Your hand will natural close up and this sits perfectly and i am often unaware that I am holding it when running.

          The plastic that creates the main basis of the bottle is sturdy yet has a degree of flexibility allowing you to get and really comfy grip on the bottle. This flexibility also makes the bottle very durable as it can easily bounce of objects if tossed to the ground. The plastic is a clear so its easy to tell how much liquid you have remaining.

          One negativity about the bottle its that when your hands are clammy the bottle can slip in your hand. A rubber lining on the handle would resolve this.

          The lid is a simple pop up and down action making it easy to pull open with your teeth. The lid plastic is soft and poses no danger to your mouth.

          This is a very handy water bottle. Ideal for when out on jogs.

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          03.12.2011 02:40

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          An ideal bottle for both novice and experienced runners

          I've never been a fit person, I was always the kid who "accidentally on purpose" forgot the PE kit or the kid who soon worked out that the quicker you are out on a bleep test the more time you have to sit and watch the other fools get tired.

          Being an active fundraiser organising charity events I decided in May 2011 to enter the London Marathon. I was offered a golden bond place and then started to panic. I mean I couldn't run a bath without drama how on earth was I going to manage a 26.2 mile marathon?

          So I started to go out weekly for a long walk and a short run to start building up my fitness. I carried a 500ml cola bottle with water or weakened juice. it was great until I had to twist the lid each time I needed a drink...and then of course there was the issue with holding it.

          I then looked around online and found the Rucanor water bottle for £4.30 on Ebay. It seemed like a decent size and conveniently shaped. The first time I took it out on a run I was very impressed with the ergonomic design and overall feel. It didn't hold much liquid (300ml) but was ideal for a training run.

          I stopped on a grass verge to pull the lid up... but it was so stiff I ended up having to use my teeth. It was awkward at first but I soon got the hang of it and lifting the lid with my teeth was pretty natural.

          The bottle is well balanaced and comfortable to hold. It is suited to its purpose very well and I will certainly have my bottle with me in April when I run my first marathon.

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          21.11.2011 10:27
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          A usefully shaped water bottle for use when running

          WHAT IS IT?
           
          A specially shaped water bottle, designed to be easier for runners to carry.
           
          IS IT ANY GOOD?
           
          I don't run outside very often but do cover several miles a day on my treadmill, I'd bought a different water bottle but after it fell off the top and damaged the electronic console of my treadmill I decided to look for something I could hold instead of having to put down.  The Rucanor bottle was the first one I saw, I have it in the 300ml size but it's also available in a larger 500ml version.  300ml isn't a lot of water while you're running, an average can of fizzy drink is 330ml, but this is not a problem for me as I am running in an indoor environment and can pause to refill my bottle if I need to, if you are running a long distance cross country though you'd either need something bigger or purchase two of these so you can carry on in each hand.  This would be feasible as the bottles are comfortable to hold and despite not having finger indents are stable in your hand both when full and empty.
           
          The bottle comes supplied with a plastic lid but this is too fiddly to operate while you're running so I threw that away, the sports bottle top is thick plastic and keeps the water safely inside the bottle with no leakage.  The size and shape also make it easy to drink from while running and prevents me dripping water over myself as I'm drinking.
           
          I've had my Runacor bottle for six months and in that time the branding has faded quite a lot, I hadn't realised how much until I looked it up on Amazon this morning.  I wash it in the dishwasher so that may be why, because of the awkward shape of the bottle I wouldn't put smoothies or milk based drinks in it as the smell or flavour may linger in the bottom of the bottle where it's impossible to be confident of getting it clean.  You also need to rinse it well as somehow the smell of washing up liquid sticks to the inside of the bottle and taints anything you drink from it badly.
           
          4 Dooyoo Stars.
           
           
           
           

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          15.11.2011 20:47
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          Fist Runners Bottle ideal for short runs only

          For those of you who have read my review on the Nike sports bottle, you'll have read that I have tried a couple of other sports/running bottles along the way...this was one of my cast offs.

          When I started running, I'd often see people running along holding their bottle through the middle and I'd decided that this would be the style for me to try as I have a tendency to grip and ungrip my fists when I run - this would let me do it without throwing my bottle down.

          I ordered mine online from a sports shop and I paid £5 (free p+p) for it. When it arrived I was a little bit disappointed at it's size. At 300ml and as a beginner I knew I was bound to need more water than that!! The bottle itself isn't actually a bad design. The handle is narrow enough to grip comfortably and the fist space is large enough that I can get my hand through the middle and not touch the other half of the bottle. Sports cap lids can leak and some don't allow an even flow of liquid through but you can rest assured with Rucanor that their runners bottle will let you get as much water as you can slurp out with minimum fuss. The only flaw in the lid is the fact that it is quite stiff to open mid run with your teeth but if it wasn't it would then leak so it's a catch 22 situation - what would you rather have? If I have an isotonic drink I definitely don't want to be running around with sticky hands!

          The bottle is made using quite a sturdy matt clear plastic with the Rucanor logo in blue down the side (not quite enough to make you a walking advert). Unlike most other running bottles, I've yet to find this bottle in other colours or indeed to pirchase on the high street but that maybe because I don't want to pay the price that some more specialist shops may charge me.

          Amazon currently have the bottle on sale for £4.87 but Temple Sports - www.templesports.co.uk/item/prod/rucanor-runners-fist-bottle/20/ have them on sale for £2.50 or an even smaller version is available in 130ml size (price not advertised).

          Overall this isn't a bad bottle although I personally think it is more suited for light use in the gym or for those of you who are a bit more experienced and don't need quite as much water when you're out pounding the streets!

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          24.07.2011 13:45
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          Great water bottle that'll raise a few eyebrows - whether for good or bad!

          Oh how I laughed at runners when I saw the funny shaped bottles they all insisted on carrying. Why did you need some doughnut shaped contraption to drink water while you're running? Does it taste different than my Evian bottle? Does Paula Radcliffe use one? Oh how I laughed. I laughed until I tried one of my friends for a 5k charity fun-run and discovered why noone else had sore palms after holding onto their bottle for an entire race!

          Long distance runners need water during a race in order to replenish fluids lost to perspiration. More correctly they need some form of electrolyte solution in order to stave off hyponatremia caused by excess sweating and water consumption. With this in mind most people running anything above five kilometers will bring with them some form of bottle to allow them to keep going. I used to bring an old Evian bottle with some water and electrolyte powder in it, thinking that this was all a person needed to stay at the top of their game. To be honest it is probably good enough for most casual runners and those who aren't interested in every single gimmick that a sport produces. Unfortunately I love gimmicks and so after trying my friends bottle for one race I went straight out and bought my own. Well not quite went out but I pressed purchase on Amazon and got one for £2.98 (where would I be without that site?).

          The bottle itself has a capacity of 300ml, which is probably enough for most runners as I find I'm always in danger of over hydrating myself, leading to painful cramps as the run wears on. 300ml won't completely rehydrate you but it will keep you going for a lot longer than you think. I felt £3 was more than a just price for this item, I was expecting to pay closer to 6 or 7 pounds. The plastic is PET as far as I can tell, that's the same stuff as your average bottle of Coke or 7-Up to you and me. It's a good bit thicker than the normal drinks bottle thankfully but still retains the flexibility which tends to prevent the plastic from cracking if dropped. The bottle is capped by the standard push/pull sports type which you see on nearly every product relating to exercise. You pull it up to open the spout and push down to close, and can even screw it off to refill the bottle between runs. The cap is quite nice as it allows you to open it with your teeth, which sounds like a silly advantage but during a run it makes the world of difference as you can keep your focus on the road ahead. It seems to be fairly watertight and hasn't managed to leak on me yet, the only spills being where I forgot to close the cap and kept running!

          The design of the bottle is the key to the whole product experience. By moving your hand to the middle of the bottle it shifts the centre of gravity to the centre as well, meaning that when you hold the bottle it just seems like your arm has gotten a couple of inches longer. It's hard to explain in text but compared to the sloshing effect you get with a 500ml evian bottle it is a dream to use. I find with other bottles I get a repititive jarring motion at my wrist, which while not being damaging is certainly annoying. This bottle design removes this and for that alone I would give it a top rating. The other part of the design which makes this a fantastic bottle is that the part that you grip is significantly narrower than a standard bottle, allowing all but the daintiest of hands to close around it comfortably. By doing this is removes a huge amount of stress from the muscles in your hand, letting your grip the bottle for far longer without cramping or dropping it altogether!

          At the end of the day there are very few negatives about this bottle, it's cheaper than nearly everything else on the market, the plastic seems fairly sturdy, it doesn't leak and the design feels like an extension of your own arm. So what's wrong? Well it looks fairly odd when you run with it, remember how I used to laugh at runners with them? Well now I'm the one being laughed at! It's not enough to take a star off but just be warned that you're going to stand out while on your morning run! Other than that I can't fault it, get out there and buy it now!

          5 Stars easy.

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            20.07.2011 21:41
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            a good bottle for small to medium runs!

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            The summer is here, and everyone is looking for that perfect beach body! There are various dodgy diets and ab specialising workouts going around, but you cannot beat a good run in the countryside for both fat burning and a decent feeling of reward once its complete. This is obviously going to dehydrate you quickly, and so some form of water bottle is necessary; otherwise you could soon be in real trouble. However, running with a normal bottle, as many of you will know, is clunky and uncomfortable. This is where the fist bottle comes in to its own; it becomes simple to run along without breaking your rhythm and ensures hydration throughout your fitness campaign.


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            The bottle is plastic, so obviously it is durable without being unbreakable. It is of good quality and certainly isn't cheap. The sports cap is extremely useful, and means that you can take off the slightly irritating plastic cap, which is something you don't need to be messing around with whilst your trekking across the countryside! I believe that it is available for somewhere around the £3-4 mark in local sports shops and is available online too: so there is no excuse!!
            The one downside of the product, and it is quite a considerable one, is the fact that the massive fist shaped hole in the middle of it means that you don't actually get that much liquid inside of it. This becomes annoying on longer runs as you soon run out of water - so you will be needed somewhere to go and fill up sharpish!!!!!!


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            This is a good bottle and well worth the investment on short to medium runs and is essential to keep yourself hydrated on your travels - obviously as i have said you soon get into trouble if you go on longer treks but for starting out this will serve you well.

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              18.06.2011 17:32
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              Most people would want more capacity

              I enjoy running, it being an easy, relatively cheap, and interesting way of keeping fit, as you can experience a different scenery rather than it becoming repetitive. But it is thirsty work - even if it's not a hot day. You can stop off for a drink at a shop, but that means carrying cash and sticking to roads. Or you can carry a bottled drink - but I find the more you run, the harder it is to keep a grip on your bottle as your hand gets sweaty and tired. So you can carry a bag - but as you run, the contents bash against you.

              So in principle, the Rucanor Fist Runners Bottle is a good idea. With a hole for easy grip, you can easily carry a drink of water (or whatever you prefer) with no bulky bags, or aching knuckles. The price is good, too - only £2.99 in my local sports shop (the price varies, but I've never seen it cost more than £4). The bottle has a sports cap like most energy drinks do - so there's no fiddly screw cap, you can use it one handed, and drink whilst you are running, which is great, to keep up your pace.

              The bottle is white, but you can see the contents, with a white cap and a blue Rucanor logo to the side. The bottle is dishwasher safe, but I'd simply swill it out by hand as I find white plastic can go discoloured if washed with other foods in the dishwasher - usually pink, when washed with tomato sauce.

              So as I say, in principle, the idea is sound. But the huge problem I have is the size of the bottle! The capacity is 300ml - that's less than a can of pop at 355ml! It's simply not enough to keep me hydrated on even a relatively short (3-5 mile) run, or even a walk. I'd need at least four of these on a hot day - meaning that I'd still have to find a shop to buy a bottle of water to decant into the Rucanor bottle.

              It's a shame but it's just not big enough, and as a general bottle, it's a bit wasted, as it doesn't really need the fist grip for everyday use - it's a well designed runner's bottle, it's just way, way too small. I know that you don't want to be running with the equivalent of a family bottle of lenor in your fist, but if it was even 10% longer and say 15% wider it'd hold 500ml which is fair for a short run, or for gym use.

              For me it's very limited in it's purpose - when I bought it I hadn't realised how little it holds and if I'd been told it was less than a can of coke I'd never have bought it. I can only really give it three stars out of five as it might be more suitable to a smaller person who may drink less than me, or for someone to use in the gym where they can regularly top it up at the water machine, but for me, it just doesn't fit the bill unfortunately.

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              25.05.2011 18:59
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              A good robust bottle but is on the small size

              I love going running and spend a lot of time on the road. When I first started running I used to take a regular sports water bottle with me because after three or four miles I needed something to drink. I used to find them such a pain to keep hold of and found them quite distracting. As I worked up a bit of a sweat it used to be a challenge keeping the bottle in my hands as my palms gradually became more and more sweaty!  After listening to me moan about not having a proper water bottle for running my boyfriend bought me this 300ml bottle.

              He bought it from DW sports shop for £3.99 and took advantage of the 10% discount for being a member at the DW sports gym.

              The product

              The bottle is 300ml which is really small and nearly half the size of my usual water bottle. If I had been purchasing this bottle for myself I would have looked at getting a larger one; nothing less than 500ml.

              The bottle is designed to fit comfortably in the contours of your hand. The bottle is split in two with void in the middle. There is a thin section of plastic so you can take a tight grasp of it and wrap your fingers fully round it to prevent it escaping from your grip. You can also stick you hand through the middle and carry the bottle on your wrist while supporting it at the side. I find this the easiest way of carrying the bottle as I do get very sweaty hands and struggle to keep hold of anything.

              There is a sports lid on top of the bottle to control the flow of liquid which unscrews so you can fill the vessel from a tap. The sports cap is very secure and once pushed down the liquid doesn't spill out. Unfortunately it is quite stiff to pull up and rather impossible to achieve with the teeth therefore it is quite hard to do whilst still running. Coupled with this, the bottle is made from hard plastic which means it is hard to squeeze the bottle to make the liquid come out. You have to tip it right back so that gravity kicks in and the water comes out. I find this bottle extremely hard to drink from while I am running. I usually have to stop moving and fully take the sports cap off to drink from it.

              On the plus side, the tough plastic is quite robust and seems to last well. I've dropped mine so many times and it is always fine.

              Due to the unusual shape of the bottle I also find it quite hard to clean out and it started to smell quite foisty. Luckily a good spin in the dishwasher has made the bottle as good as new. 

              Overall

              The design of this bottle is perfect in regards to its shape. It's comfortable to grip, it's robust and it doesn't leak. However, I do find that drinking from it whilst running is hard and I find it too small. Therefore I would not recommend this bottle.  

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                24.05.2011 15:26
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                An ok bottle for small amounts of excercise

                On my recent drive towards getting fitter I have started to jog when ever i get a chance to. I knew I needed a water bottle so I founf this one on amazon for the low price of £5 I decided I wopuld purchase it. When it arrived i was a little dissapointed as I didnt realise it only holds 330ml of liquid which is not alot around a glassfull.

                The bottle is made of durable see through plastic and has a strange oval shape as it has a large whole in the middle of it as to allow for it to be easily held while running. The handle is made usefull this way also as water is stored in this part of the bottle. A good job really as with the small amount it already holds it would be useless if it was any less.

                I put it to the test and took it out with me on my next run. The neck of the bottle is not very wide but even so I found it easy to fill up with water. It was very light easy to open ( even with sweaty hands) and I found it very easy to hold on to and it kept me nice and hydrated untill I was on my return trip and unfortunattly my water had run out by then. When i got it home it was very easy to clean and was ready to be used again.

                I did think this bottle was a good concept and can be used for other things rather than running. The shape makes it good for carrying on runs and while at the gym but the size does let it down. I have now invested in a bigger sports bottle and have saved this for use while im in the house doing my exercise dvds as I can keep filling it up then.

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                22.04.2011 19:58
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                a good bottle for running with

                I'm not a natural runner, and certainly need all the help I can get. Last year when I was training for the Race for Life, I found that whilst I couldn't go very long without the need for a drink, I was also finding it quite difficult and bulky carrying a bottle of water.

                I happened upon the rucanor bottle when I was browsing on Amazon one day last year. You can still buy it now for £3.58 which is an average price for a bottle that you will re-use.
                The bottle is designed much like a bottle you may give to a baby when you're trying to encourage them to hold their own bottle. It has a hole in the middle of the bottle enabling an easy grip by holding the thinner end. This means you don't have to worry about holding the whole bottle with your hand, and it also makes it a lot lighter with the weight distributed differently.

                The first time I took this bottle out, I realised that the lid which sported a clear cap on it was going to have to be left at home the next time I went running. To remove a clear lid and then use my mouth to lift the release on the sports style lid to get some liquid was awkward when I was trying to breathe and run at the same time.
                Without the lid, I realised this bottle was going to be my friend rather than foe when we went out pounding the streets.

                Aesthetically, the design of the bottle is quite plain. I don't think you need anything fancy to look at in a bottle designed for runners though, as long as it does what it's designed for then that's enough for me.

                Due to the hole in the side of the bottle, it did mean that the volume of liquid the bottle can hold is less than your standard water bottle. It's not a massive difference, but I have noticed it when out running for around five kilometres. I drink little and often when I am running, and I always find that I empty this bottle by the end of my run. I usually have some left in a standard 500ml bottle so it must make a difference. I have to weigh up what's best for me, the awkwardness of holding a larger bottle, or the inconvenience of running out of water before I have finished.

                Overall, the bottle has lasted me the year and is still going strong. I find as long as I wash it well, and it's only me that used it, then the seals are staying strong, and the lift up drinking spout is still fairly sturdy against the lid. There is nothing worse than when a lid wears and opens spilling water in a drip when you're running. I think this is a good choice of bottle if you're looking for something different.

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                  26.02.2011 15:28
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                  A running bottle that is easily gripped but doesn't hold much water. (300ml)

                  The Rucanor First Runners Bottle basically describes itself. It is a bottle for runners that has a hole in the middle so that you can easily grip it whilst running. Whilst out and about I often used to see people with this bottle and I thought it looked great so I picked one up for £5 in my local sports shop. A good price I thought at the time but it is much more expensive than regular bottles. You are basically paying for a smaller water bottle than usual but with a grip.

                  The next weekend before I went out for my run , I filled it up and then poured the water out again to clean it. When the water came out , I relised how little it holds. Just 300ml. I wasn't sure of how much I normally used so I went out onto my run. About two thirds of the way through I had run out. I was actually surprised that it had lasted that long!

                  The fact that it only holds 300ml is the only downside. It is made from very strong plastic and I have dropped it many times and it has just received a few tiny scratches which is good as some of my cheaper water bottles have shattered or cracked is a nasty surprise when your in the first part of your run! The cap is also strong and lets no water out and doesn't suddenly pop open which means you can run with it facing down.

                  Overall , I think that it is a nice idea but could be better. It is perfect for shorter runs or for people who do not like to drink lots when they run. I would use it much more if it was slightly bigger. I would recommend using a rucksack with a straw to your mouth that you can purchase from most walking and running stores. These store much more water and leave your hands free. Or even just a regular bottle! That is what I still use. Just a normal bottle. It works for me.

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