Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Review + Giveaway: Clean Bottle

Runner ipod_665kb I know. A water bottle is a water bottle is a water bottle. Right? Except for when it’s more than JUST a water bottle.

This is really cool you guys. In fact, it quite possibly may have earned that prestigious title of “most favorite piece of running gear that I’ve had the chance to get my mitts on so far.” A title I’ve yet to award to anything. And yes, IT’S A WATER BOTTLE. I can hardly believe it myself. But you know it’s got to be good, when your husband swipes it from you just about every chance he gets even though he thinks it’s a little tight on his freakishly large basketball palming hands. And you scramble around the house yourself, risking missing your race start, just to find it (ok…that and my sunglasses. I was looking for those too. Do you sense a theme with me?). And to think, I almost passed on this review thinking really, how many water bottles does one need?! I have plenty.

Clean bottle is a non-toxic, BPA free 22 ounce water bottle unique in itsCleanBottle12 design because it not only unscrews from the top, but also from the bottom making it super easy to clean. (Can you believe it took so long  to come up with this idea? Why exactly this has not been a standard feature on ALL water bottles, I have no idea). It’s dishwasher safe, which is pretty much a requirement at my house. (Why hand wash when you’ve got a perfectly good appliance to handle that nonsense for you?) There’s a LIFETIME guarantee on it AND they are donating 10% of their profits to a charity of their customers’ choosing. (Voting is happening right now here.)

But it gets better. Well, technically, it first got worse THEN it got better. I’ve had this bottle for awhile now, a few months at least. After maybe half a dozen uses, I noticed that it started to leak around the nozzle. I was totally bummed and really dragging my feet to send an email back to Sarah from Smack Media, one of my favorite PR companies, who had sent the bottle to me in the first place and break the news to her that I might not have the most favorable review to write. I finally did, asking if perhaps I had managed to receive a defective one. Before she could reply though, my husband, after giving the bottle his first trial run, came home all, “Did you know?…” Some of it I did, but one thing I didn’t know is that the little tiny nozzle piece ENTIRELY COMES OUT! I gasped sensing immediately the engineering marvel that lie before me.

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The very small, but most troublesome part of all other water bottles I have ever used, the part that had always seemed so difficult to clean, had been perfected in such a simple way. Brilliant.

“Yeah, I noticed your bottle was leaking and I remembered from that episode of ‘Shark Tank’ when the Clean Bottle Guy (Dave Mayer) was on, that the nozzle came out. Yours was a little cockeyed, so I just turned it a touch and gave it a little shove. It’s not leaking now,” he told me. “NOWAY!” I shouted back unable to contain my enthusiasm. My bottle wasn’t leaking at all. I just failed to read about all the features before putting it to the test. Silly me.

But I’m not done telling you about this little gem. The one Smack sent me is the Runner. It’s got this little apparatus attached to it so that you can just slide your fingers through to keep it on your hand even when you get all sweaty out running miles and miles in the blazing hot summer sun. It’s adjustable and fits my hand comfortably. Now, on the other hand, RunDad says it’s a little tight on him once he gets running and his hand swells a little as they tend to do, but I noticed that hasn’t stopped him from using it every time he heads out the door. HA!

PLUS that same little nameless apparatus, also has a clear holder on the front of it for your phone or ipod or I suppose whatever you’d like to put in there. Sadly, my phone doesn’t fit. The holder is 2.5 by 5 inches and at this time there’s only one size. My husband’s Blackberry fits just fine though. But I did fairly recently drop my phone and crack the screen (Awesome. Just awesome.) and I can tell you this much, I am TOTALLY taking in my Clean Bottle when I go pick out a new phone. (Yes, fast talking phone sales person, that is an awesome phone with a million different unbelievably amazing functions, but can you fit it in my water bottle holder thingy, cause if not, find me something else. Thank-you.)

Still. Not. Done.

Do I sound like an infomercial yet? I was sent the bottle for free to try under the condition that I’d write a review. But I promise you, I have not been paid a dime to write it. These are purely my own gushing praises (although, if they want to send me some moola after this. I won’t turn it down. I’ll buy you all Clean Bottles ;-) )

One more feature I have to tell you about, then I’ll get to giving somebody one. IT HOLDS GU!!!

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Or whatever gel you prefer. How sweet is that? No pockets, no belt. It’s all attached to your water bottle.

Initially, I didn’t think I would like holding something in my hand while running, but I’ve actually found after the first few miles, just like with my fuel belt, I forget about it and could really care less. I don’t even notice it’s there. It’s fast become my go to bottle of choice.

solstic finish That’s me in the green Renewal By Andersen Shirt crossing the finish line when I ran the Solstice Run a couple weeks back on their team. Notice what I’m carrying? No way, I’d carry it in a race if it bugged me even a little bit.

Want one? Who are we kidding? OF COURSE YOU DO!!! Well, the amazing Sarah of Smack Media is giving me one to give away! Woohoo!!! You only have to do 3 things to be entered into the drawing to receive one. And don’t panic, I’m SURE you’ve already done at least one of them, and even if you haven’t, all 3 things will take you less than a minute. Get your click finger ready.

REQUIRED:

1) You must be a follower somehow of this blog. Either on Facebook, Twitter, through a reader (look over there to the right where it says “join this site” click that to see what I mean), or by subscribing through email (upper left). Sorry to force you to in some way pay attention to what I’m doing here, but through many giveaways I have learned it can really be difficult to track down the winner if they’re not in any way paying attention.

2) Either “Like” Clean Bottle on Facebook here or Follow them on Twitter here. And that’s probably a good idea even if you already have a Clean Bottle or you’re just not really interested in entering the contest at this time because currently their mascot, Bottle Boy, is running the Tour De France. I. Am. Not. Kidding.

Bottle Boy at the Tour! - YouTube-1 So there ought to be some pretty interesting posts/tweets. (Sidenote: I laugh every time I think of this picture since Sarah emailed it to me earlier today).

What’s that you say? No FB or Twitter account. No problem. Just go tell that friend and/or family member that’s always starting conversations with “I saw he posted on FB…” or  “I heard through Twitter that…” to go do it for you. They can like them in your place. Problem solved.

3) Leave me a comment to let me know you want to enter. Because I don’t know you want in unless you tell me! I’ve removed the captcha’s to make it a little easier for you to do so and also because I had heard through the grapevine that they made it way too hard for you all to talk to me. Now, I get a ridiculous amount of spam comments everyday, (Anyone need any Viagra? Because there’s all sorts of anonymous commenters on my blog now who seem to think you do) but that’s ok because I cherish your witty retorts just that much.

And that’s pretty much it! Once you’ve done all 3 things, you’ll be entered to win your very own highly coveted Clean Bottle. You have until 11:59:59 PM on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012. I’ll put all the names in a hat (because that’s how I roll. Old school style.) and let one of my little girlies pick out the winner the next day.  I’ll announce it when they do. If you’d like to double your chances, in some way share this contest: FB, Twitter, your blog, a running community, email all your friends, upload a video about it on Youtube and make it go viral, write a ballad and sing it from atop a table at the lunch room of your place of employment, whatever. Just be sure to let me know what you did to help spread the word about this giveaway and I’ll stick your name in the hat twice. 

Best of luck!


'Til next time...

P.S. While you're tooling around on FB “liking” Clean Bottle and seeing what everybody’s up to, could you do me a favor? I’m trying to win a free race entry to a local half marathon this fall. Could you give my entry a big FB thumbs up by liking my “favorite picture of me running” entry here. I think it’s a fairly likeably picture. Pretty sure you’ll recognize it too. Thanks so much!

46 comments:

Sarah @ A Runner's Heart said...

Wow it looks like I refreshed Facebook right at the perfect time! No comments yet! lol This is my comment telling you I follow your Facebook, twitter, rss feed, and have it e-mailed to me! lol yeah I like your blog! lol :)

Sarah @ A Runner's Heart said...

I'm now following Clean Botle and watching Botle Boy run on Facebook and Twitter! haha :)

Sarah @ A Runner's Heart said...

And I'm assuming #3 means that I want to enter the contest? Cuz I do! This bottle sounds pretty awesome! I love that it holds your GU! And your phone! And I'm with you on the fact that why hadn't anyone else figured out that cleaning a water bottle is not easy! Love that you can unscrew both sides! If I don't win, I probably will be buying me one of these anyway! :) Thanks for the giveaway and the awesome review! :)

Kelly said...

I did all 3 things and want to enter the contest. Looks like a cool bottle!

Laura Erin said...

I saw Clean Bottle on Shark Tank!!! Such a cool idea and I would love to have thier bottle!! I follow you on email and FB and I also followed Clean Bottel on FB

www.runfindyourhappypace.com said...

I like you on fb, and follow you here thru email. We can always use more water bottles around here! Thanks.

winston2 said...

follow you on fb, like clean bottle on fb, please enter me in the contest

Michele said...

I follow you!! I'd love a clean bottle!

Madison M. said...

I follow your blog!

Madison M. said...

I'd LOVE a clean bottle!! What runner doesn't need more water bottles!!

Madison M. said...

like clean bottle on FB!

Madison M. said...

aannnddd.... I liked your pic! hope you win!! :)

bobbi said...

I did all three things, I liked your picture a while ago (good luck!!) AND I posted on my fb page http://www.facebook.com/Zeroto26point2

Leslie said...

I follow you on google reader

RunKnitRun said...

I follow your blog! :)

RunKnitRun said...

Following Cleanbottle on facebook and Twitter.

RunKnitRun said...

Enter me please :)

carol said...

I would love to be entered. I follow via Google Reader and liked Clean Bottle on Facebook.

Ellen Holley said...

I want to enter :-) No, I want to win.... I love water bottles. I have 500 but I think I need 1 more after reading your review.

Ellen Holley said...

I'm a follower with my google reader

derunningmom.com said...

I'm now a follower!!

derunningmom.com said...

Following cleanbottle on FB!

derunningmom.com said...

I would LOVE a new good water bottle! I am embarrassed of my water bottles!

Erin said...

I'm a follower and liked Clean Bottle on Facebook, so PLEASE enter me in your contest!! :) :) Thanks!!! (plus I liked your running picture on FB - super cute picture!)

MeganS said...

Hmm, hoping this doesn't turn up multiple times, my previous comments didn't show. I did liked you and Clean Bottle on Facebook. I also shared the contest and link to your page on my Facebook page. Thanks.

Karen Anthony said...

I joined your page...I like the clean bottle on Facebook, I liked your page on Facebook and I would truly be happy if I won the clean bottle. I had a "thirsty" run one day and didn't have water on that part of my trail. Every since then, if I don't carry my water... My mind freeks me out.

Karen Anthony said...

I joined your page...I like the clean bottle on Facebook, I liked your page on Facebook and I would truly be happy if I won the clean bottle. I had a "thirsty" run one day and didn't have water on that part of my trail. Every since then, if I don't carry my water... My mind freeks me out.

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I follow you on GFC but am glad to have found you on fb too!

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I like Clean Bottle on fb.

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I really need this bottle so I can clean them properly! I just had to get rid of an older bottle I loved since I couldn't get the inside clean enough for my standards.

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Jen @ Mom's Gotta Run said...

I follow you on FB and Clean Bottle on Twitter and I would LOVE a bottle!

Michelle B. mom of 3 said...

I have never been so excited at the chance to win a water bottle. I'm not even kidding! I showed the pics you had of it and explained all of its cool features to my husband who also runs. He nicely pretended like he was listening. :-)

I follow you on you blog via emails and now on Facebook. I just liked the Clean Bottle FB page, too.

I never posted anything on a blog before so I hope I am doing this right!

Yo Momma Runs said...

I totally need a water bottle that I can carry while running. Fingers crossed for a clean bottle win!

Yo Momma Runs said...

I follow clean bottle on Twitter!

Yo Momma Runs said...

And I follow you through google reader!

Kathy said...

Email subscriber

Megan said...

Very cool!!! I'm following your blog now and I'm liking you on Facebook!

lincolnmommy said...

I already follow you on facebook and I now "Like" Clean Bottle :)

Melissa C said...

I follow you here! Will be following clean bottle on fb in a sec. My husband is a clean bottle hater WHAT??? Because he is against too many parts, so I need to win to show him how cool they really are. I am almost expecting a snarky comment from him after I like them on fb. HE thinks it will be too heavy due to the extra parts???

TryToCatchMeChris said...

I love this idea! Put my name in the hat for the drawing please (love that system by the way)!!

Jessica Dawn Ryall said...

Enter me please!!! :~) I did all the "liking" required! Love the idea of getting the kids involved with name drawing. Cute! Secrets of a Running Mom is awesome!

kpurdon said...

Follow your blog via email and twitter. Follow clean bottle on Twitter. Of course I want to win this contest-who wouldn't?

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading your blog. I liked Clean Bottle!
Mallory @ lorylynne@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading your blog. I liked Clean Bottle!
Mallory @ lorylynne@hotmail.com

Jessica Messer said...

Hello, I have followed all 3 steps and would love to have a chance at winning this very awesome bottle!! :)