Ultimate Direction Fastdraw 350 Review
Trail running gear comes in many shapes and sizes, perhaps one of the most convenient being the handheld water bottle. But, not just any old bottle will do! In order to really get the benefits from this style of equipment, you need one that’s designed to make life on the trail easier than ever.
The Ultimate Direction Fastdraw 30 is just that handheld! Complete with an ergonomically shaped FlexForm bottle and 350ml capacity, this option will take you where you need to go and more. It offers a wider hand strap for comfortable carrying and slip-free use. A super soft and slender edge binding helps to eliminate chafing and ensures that your hands won’t hurt once you’re at home.
- Dual Side Pockets
- Bite Valve
- Ergonomic Shape
- AirMesh Fabric
- Bottle May Distort
Carrying just a plain old plastic bottle can be tricky! When you’re running it’s so easy for that sort of smooth surface to slip from your hands. But, this style of handheld gear will make life that much easier because it’s designed to offer a better grip and a solid strap that won’t be loose in your hand. This way you won’t have to wear a heavy pack on your back and can simply grab your bottle and go.
Luckily, this bottle is anything but difficult to hold. The wider strap feels nice in your hand and gives you some added surface to grip. This also means that you won’t have to wrap your hand all the way around the bottle which can be hard to hang on to in any conditions. Overall, this is a thoughtful design that really puts your comfort and needs at the forefront.
An average plastic bottle is quite hard to hang on to especially when you’re bouncing up and down with every step and maneuvering on difficult terrain whether on or off the trail. The hard plastic is perfect for retaining its shape and won’t distort with the pressure of being held. Though you won’t have to directly grip the bottle itself thanks to the hand wide shaped handle that makes gripping an effortless task.
The other styles available are the wide and narrow-mouth designs which are equally as uncomfortable in their own right. The wide mouth makes it super easy to spill on yourself and wastes liquid in the meantime. Whereas, the narrow can be difficult to draw from and can feel restrictive while you’re trying to hydrate yourself quickly.
Another issue with these types of bottles is that they usually have the screw top which you have to use two hands just to open. This is just downright irritating when you’re running because you have to stop dead in your tracks and interrupt your flow. The Ultimate Direction Fastdraw 350 offers just the right kind of valve and will help to promote better hydration by offering such a comfortable and easy to use valve.
It's important to control excessive moisture because moist areas make the perfect breeding ground for the nasty bacteria that cause odors. I'm sure no one wants to be carrying around a smelly hydration bottle which is why the wicking properties of this one are so wonderful.
This handheld fits nicely in your cupholder for added convenience while you're not on the move and was designed with an ergonomic shape for unisex use. The strap offers a wide shape that's more comfortable and easier to hold. The binding material is made from a softer fabric so it won't cause any chafing or sore spots which could be an issue with a more corse fabric.
If you enjoy trail running then this handheld is a must-have for pack free journeys! Though its handy design and built-in storage pockets make the Ultimate Direction Fastdraw 350 a smart choice for any kind of outdoor activity. It makes it so that you can hit the road without having to lug around a heavy backpack so can feel lighter while you travel. The dual side pockets are a perfect place for storing your valuables like your keys, wallet, credit cards, or even your smartphone which means that you won't have any need for a larger pack.
When it comes to keeping hydrated the 350 ml capacity is great for shorter trips, though for longer ones you might consider the Platypus Big Zip or Gregory 3D Hydro hydration reservoirs. These options are much larger and will hold enough liquid to keep your thirst at bay for the duration of your longer outings.