|Trail photo at BigK Guest Ranch by running friend, Laning Leo Davis.|
I have never been too keen on the idea of bladder-style hydration systems.
Let's be honest. I hate washing dishes. And, a bladder is just way more work than I want to try to keep clean and fresh. Bottles are easier to fill and easier to clean.
I have been quite pleased with my single bottle hydraquiver. It has been my water carrier and purse-on-the-go since I have had it.... Except it's summer... and I am a trail runner training for 50k!. I need to have more than 22 ounces on the go for a long trail run.
It became clear a second bottle would be necessary, so I was grateful when Orange Mud was gracious to let me test the Vest Pack2 out!
This little vest is meant to ride high, is SUPER LIGHT (437 grams/0.96342 pounds, empty), and fastens in the front with just one click.
I wasn't sure I would like the extra fabric of the vest, but this pack was designed a bit differently than the original HydraQuiver. The vest fabric is thinner, medical-grade mesh. It's very breathable, and I found it SUPER comfortable.
My first big test run with it was on a 20 mile trail run.
I filled both bottles, brought along my phone, space blanket, fuel, and car key. And I had enough room on the straps and in the front pouches for twice as much stuff! My long sleeve shirt came off at mile 4, and I just balled it up and strapped it to my pack with the convenient bungee.
I never thought about it again!
I can fit all this into/on my vest pack, and I could have easily fit more gels or phones into the straps!
- long socks,
- long sleeve shirt,
- several gels and a bar,
- cell phone,
- arm warmers,
- car key,
- space blanket (not pictured, but it fit!),
- rain jacket, and
- 48 ounces of water
The pack will, of course, be more comfortable the less you carry.. but it is nice to have space if you need it.
The jacket bungee is perfect for winter running; but, if I want to skip the rain jacket, I can bungee a 3rd bottle (not included) to the pack for another 24 ounces of hydration. Three bottles means 3 different drink possibilities!
This is why I LOVE this pack.
All of the closures and fasteners are easy to use and of sturdy quality.
I thought I had found a flaw with the pack in the adjustable side straps.
Being smaller, I have them cinched up (but they do go even smaller!). There was some loose webbing in the way of my arms (chafing potential), but I figured out that I could re-loop the strap through and then ... no problem at all.
At $149.95, it might seem a bit steep. But, for about the same as a new pair of similar quality shoes, this is a good investment for anyone in need of hours of hydration, on the go.
This is a product I would stretch my shoe budget to get. I still love my single barrel pack, but this does the job and more, comfortably. My running partner will inherit my single-barrel HydraQuiver, I like this vest so much!
Something else I like: Orange Mud is MADE in the USA.
Want to try one for yourself? Orange Mud is going to give one to a reader here!
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