Nathan Water Bottle: It’s All In The Hands

Nathan Quick Draw Plus


Hand-held Hydration Water Bottle

  • Moisture-wicking, adjustable Airmesh hand strap
  • 22 oz. (650 mL) Hydration Bottle with Clipless Cap
  • Dimensional zippered pocket
  • Incorporated, waterproof I.D./medical emergency card
  • Reflective detail
  • Weight: 4 oz
I’ve been using Nathan’s Speed 2 hydration belts for more than 3 years now and find it very convenient on long runs and races. I really dread those races that do not supply adequate hydration specially during the last few kilometers when all you see are just empty cups on tables, no cups at all or when water is far and few in between. Ugh!

Belt-type, the Speed 2

In marathons, it comes as a security of not worrying too much if enough fluids are provided and it’s a relief knowing that you have water at your disposal to get you by all throughout the race.
I recently got hold (pun intended) of Nathan’s hand held version, the Quick Draw Plus and it carries about 22 ounces of liquids, which is more than what the Speed 2 can carry. If you’re not used to holding a bottle of water while running, this may be quite annoying and cumbersome at first which will take time to get used to. But once you get the hang of it, it’s not that bothersome at all.
What’s nice about the Quick draw plus is its elastic hand strap which is really snug and secures your hand around the bottle without slipping off it. The strap is adjustable, conforms with the size of your hands and eliminates tension on the hand or finger muscles while gripping it. The strap comes with a mini-pouch which can hold your keys, gels, some cash or a small cellfone.
For runners trying out this hand-held water bottle for the first time, i suggest strapping it alternately on both hands so when your right arm feels fatigued, you can transfer it to the left hand while giving the other hand a rest. Once you get accustomed to it, you’ll not even feel that it’s there except of course when the bottle is always filled-up!
One thing i’m not used to doing is pulling up the nozzle with your teeth and drink from the small sprays of the nozzle and slapping it back to place. I really want the feel of gushing water into my throat so i unscrew the whole cap and gulp the fluids, like drinking from a water cup. It may be time consuming especially when racing, but i feel more quenched doing this.
The Quickdraw Plus is currently available at all major running shops for about P990.00 (US$ 23.00). However, it comes free when you register for the Nathan Ridge Run to be held at Tagaytay Highlands on November 20, 2011.