Staying hydrated while on a long run is crucial. During races, it is typically easier because of the regular hydration stations, but when you’re out training on your own, how do you keep your much-needed liquids accessible? There are lots of ways, and every runner has their favorite.
Some people like to stash water bottles along the route ahead of time, which I have never tried. Some use a carry bottle in their hands, and there are lots of other types of water carriers you can strap to your waist. Each have their benefits and draw-backs. I decided to try something new, the HydraQuiver by OrangeMud. The HydraQuiver differs because it puts a water bottle up between your shoulder blades within easy reach.
I took mine out for a spin during my long run last week for the first time, and I have to say that I was impressed.
What I like:
- After the first couple of steps, I don’t even notice the pack on my back. It sits in a really convenient spot between my shoulder blades and doesn’t bounce around like waist-level belts tend to
- The bottle is easy to reach. Just like pulling an arrow out of a quiver I’d imagine, hence the name.
- I really liked having one, full-sized bottle with me. It was way more liquid than I could put into my multiple waist belt bottles. I sweat a lot, so having lots of replacement fluid with me is a good thing.
- The pack has extra storage up front for gels and such that are easy to reach and use while moving.
- There is a large storage pouch in the back with a key hook that is secured by a zipper. ID, wallet, cell phone, keys, etc. can all go back there and stay out of my pockets.
- The rear pouch also has a hole for headphones, so if you want to stash your iPod in there and run your headphones through, go for it.
- It adds a little more contrast to my outfit. The logo on the back is reflective, and with the bright orange color I chose, I continue to keep the neon revolution alive.
What I didn’t like:
- Even though I sealed the bottle as tightly as I could, it still leaked some while I was running. It was so cold during my run that I had a little icicle on the back of my pack.
- While it is comfortable to wear, it acts a bit like another layer of clothing. I found it interfered with the back vents in my running jacket a bit, and I found myself getting hot faster than I normally do. I’ll have to see if this is a problem once the weather gets warmer and I can run wearing less.
With the price at $84.95, it isn’t exactly cheap, but is definitely competitively priced for a running hydration pack. It is different enough from everything else on the market currently that it is worth the try. With the horrible winter weather here, I haven’t been outside much to give it another try, so I’m looking forward to see how it will hold up under the stress of continued use. But overall, it is a really nice pack, well made (in the U.S.A.). OrangeMud processed my order quickly and shipped my pack the same day. This one is a keeper.