I would take my 25 oz bottle with the hand strap from MRC, and then swap it out for the other bottle when I came by home for restocking. Plus, stella could drink out of the big bottles way easier.
When I signed up for my 50K, I thought maybe I would re visit my hydration pack issue, and look at something from Orange mud or elsewhere, so I could have bigger bottles. Then I noticed that Ultimate direction had new bottles that supposedly fit in the vest I had. While they still aren't as big as I would love, they are much bigger than what i had (10 oz versus 17 oz). I have a new collapsible bowl for stella that I can cram in my vest as well, so there won't be as much waste when I water her.
I quickly ordered the new body bottle plus to try them out. Per the website, the body bottle plus had a wide mouth, so I could still add nuun and ice, but collapsed down, so I could fit them in my old vest. I was excited to try this new type of bottle, but then I got my bottle and something wasn't right. I was bummed, but they quickly sent me a replacement top for my bottle for free, and I was so happy! Great customer service! The new bottle fit in my vest perfectly, and even fit in my short's big side pockets comfortably. BUT, i had only ordered one. They are quite pricey in my opinion for just a bottle and no frills.
Clutch came on sale for 10 dollars off, which was about the price of one body bottle without the handheld material. I decided this could serve as my second bottle, and I would get a hand held for shorter runs. Plus the Clutch might be a little more comfortable than my hard big bottle with the rubber strap that I had been using. Today I took it for my very first test run, and while I need to take it on more, I was super impressed. Here are my thoughts.
I should add that the bottle is very easy to clean and maintain. I just rinse out and air dry and have had no problems with mold even using my Nuun tablets in the bottle. I am just very careful to have the bottle dry completely every time. I have purchased the camelback tablets for my other bottles and did use one the other day, but not because I saw any mold, just figured it was time for a good cleaning.