Staying Hydrated: The Best Water Bottle for Your Sport or Activity

With so many water bottles on the market, finding the right one can be confusing. We break down the pros and cons for each and determine which is best for you based on your sport or activity.

If you are looking for the right water bottle to have by your side during a workout or sport, you know that the amount of options out there can be overwhelming. You may even ask yourself, “Does it matter? What’s the difference? Can’t I just grab one off the shelf?” But it does matter. There are so many options, that it can be difficult to know what exactly you are buying and what the specifications mean. Let’s take a look at some of the factors you’ll want to consider when shopping for a water bottle, so that you can get the ideal drink holder for whatever activity you choose.

Stainless steel water bottle

The versatile stainless steel water bottles can hold both hot and cold drinks and keep them insulated for long periods of time (although that tends to vary by brand and the individual bottle). Because they keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot, they work well for camping, hiking and even work commutes. They wash clean and don’t trap odors or retain flavors, so they are a great choice when you want to switch between coffee, flavored drinks and water. The downside is that they can become dented if dropped. They also can’t be squeezed, which is something to consider if you want to share with others or grab a quick drink between sets. Additionally, they are opaque so you can’t depend on sight to see how much you have left. They can be slippery if they are not double-walled and accumulate condensation on the outside.

Plastic water bottle

Plastic water bottles are generally lighter than stainless steel and are perfect for water. They are less likely to break when dropped, which makes them very versatile for the gym, work, hiking and other activities where you are moving them around a lot. They can also be reinforced with a tougher plastic on the outside or rubberized plastic to prevent further breakage. They can be squeezed, which can be a plus for sharing your drink or simply being able to quickly get sips while working out or in between plays. Often opaque, it is easy to see how much you have left. They do not usually offer a lot of insulation and cannot hold hot drinks so they are better suited to sports and similar activities.

foam water bottle

The sister to the plastic bottle, foam water jugs solve a few problems that you may have with traditional plastic water bottles. The foam is a great insulator and can keep water cold for hours. The shape and size are ideal for sports practices and games where you might not only want to keep your water colder for an extended period of time, but you want more of it at your disposal. These jugs come with bonus features like a carry handle and can often be hooked to a fence.

glass water bottle

Traditional and a true classic, glass water bottles are one of the oldest materials for beverage containers. Glass bottles have been around for centuries and are very “green”. They are 100% recyclable, very safe (containing no chemicals, such as BPA) and have a natural and neutral taste for those who don’t like the possible plastic or metallic tastes in other bottles. The major downside is that they will likely shatter when dropped. They are definitely not ideal for hiking or activities where you will be moving around a lot. They can be used for yoga, Pilates, at home or at the office, and other less-strenous activities.

water infuser

Made from glass or plastic, infuser water bottles give you the opportunity to flavor water while keeping seeds, bits of fruit, veggies and spices from floating and blocking the flow. These are great if you find the taste of water too bland, or if you just want to be able to change up your hydration options. Recipes for fun and delicious options are trending all over the internet and you can play with endless ideas to satisfy your own taste.

hydration pack

The biggest advantage to a hydration pack is the handsfree option. It can make the hassle of having to hold your water bottle a thing of the past. It doesn’t necessarily need to be used for sports like cycling; you can also use them for hiking, backpacking, running, mountain biking, snowboarding, skiing, dirt biking, and more. You can focus more of your attention on what you are doing and you don’t have to slow down or stop to get a drink. You can use the larger packs that have pockets especially for hiking and backpacking. . If you are looking for a handsfree water solution without the bulk of a pack, try using the inner hydration baldder alone for activities like running.

Staying hydrated is imperative for you to give your best to your activity. Choosing the right water bottle for you and your sport or activity will help you perform at the top of your game.