Product Type: Thermos sports equipment
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Funky Yet Functional Hydration
Thermos Sports Bottle Hydro Active
Member Name: cazkins
Thermos Sports Bottle Hydro Active
Advantages: Practical & easier to hold with grips, good to drink from, innovative with ice tube, sturdy
Disadvantages: Lid can be a tad difficult to push back in
wanted to get a few things last year to equip me to start running, even though as a beginner again (I used to run a bit before but then seemed to stop doing it) I didn't want anything too fancy. When it comes to a water bottle, I wanted something easy to use and practical, knowing that I'd get a lot of use out of it whilst running because I get so thirsty! The Hydro Active has been a good choice that I've been very happy with.
Thermos as a very reputable and popular brand with a wide range of food/drink container style products, and I trust them to be practical yet stylish and effective. The Hydro Active bottle can be bought in a 450ml or 700ml capacity, and it's available in pink, charcoal, clear blue or blue. I opted for the 450ml blue. It seemed to stand out from the crowd in terms of its design as it looked very robust and sporty, yet still attractive.
In terms of specifics, the bottle is spill resistant and has a 'rapid flow' lid to make drinking easier. It's dishwasher safe, made from BPA free materials, has a 'contoured polypropylene body' to make holding it more practical and has a refillable ice tube in the middle. At 19cm in height, 450ml is a reasonable amount for keeping hydrated on a run, but if you want something to keep you going for more than an hour or if you get extra thirsty, the 700ml would be a good option. I find 450ml to be fine for going out running/walking for 20-30 minutes.
This sets itself apart from the competition by means of the 'ice tube' that runs down the middle. The lid itself twists off to reveal a removable tube; you can fill this with water, freeze it and pop it back in to keep the drink cooler for longer. You don't have to keep the tube in if you don't want, which is the great thing about it being removable.
The body of the bottle is contoured and shaped to be more ergonomical to hold. It's quite a chunky, robust looking thing, but the black rubberised grips and way it is shaped makes it easier to hold than your average plastic bottle or sports bottle. I've only got small hands (midget hands according to my boyfriend) but I find this fine to hold and the grip means it's far less likely to slip from clammy hands when running.
To drink from this, you lift up the flap on the lid, which is rubberised also on the top and around the sides (to make it easier to twist off when filling with water or whatever you choose to drink). The 'spout', if you can call it that, is almost oval in shape and means you can glug away at water rather than having to squeeze the bottle to get small amounts out of a small hole. I like this because it makes drinking from it far quicker and easier. It's quite a tight fit to push the lid back down but once done, it feels firmly in place so that it won't leak. I guess the slight difficulty in replacing the lid after use in my only small grumble, but it's only a very small one.
Thermos is written in black text on the bottle but it looks neat rather than shouting out to you that it's a brand name. The bottle as a whole looks good and makes me feel good about using it, in the sense that I feel more equipped to go out and exercise and having something I like to use makes me more inclined to do it. It's strange because it's 'only' a water bottle, but hey, whatever helps motivate you that little bit more, right?
It's good to know, just for peace of mind, that Thermos products are 'produced in socially compliant factories' and 'undergo rigorous quality inspections', so you can rest assured that you're getting a good quality product that meets all of the performance and quality standards.
Overall, this is definitely something I would recommend if you're looking for something durable, that holds enough water for exercising and that's practical yet stylish at the same time.
450ml selling for £4.99 / 700ml selling for £5.99 (Amazon)
[Also reviewed by me, gothic_moon, on Ciao]
Summary: Keep hydrated in a functional yet funky way