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 its 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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!