Staying hydrated is a key consideration for all sports, and while wearable hydration packs have made inroads in many markets, there is still a place for the humble water bottle. From cyclists who prefer bike-mounted bottles over sweaty backpacks to runners looking for portable hydration solutions or gym-goers who need to precisely mix their sports nutrition supplements, a wide range of sports water bottles and liquid receptacles is available.
All sports water bottles are functionally the same – refillable receptacles that hold liquid, with a spout that allows you to drink that liquid. Simples. And yes, at the lower end of the range a simple bottle can be picked up for peanuts and will do the job of holding your water so you can drink it when you’re thirsty.
But taking a few other things into consideration – particularly sporting discipline, weather conditions, ease of drinking, ergonomics and materials available – has led to manufacturers refining the concept to now offer a range of sports-specific water bottles with features that you didn’t even know you needed.