Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Review: Orange Mud HydraQuiver hydration pack + GIVEAWAY

After several years of running, I have just about every piece of gear I need to get down the trail (or road) happily.
However, after a few issues with my
fuel belt purchased in 2011 (leakage, and elastic drawstrings coming off), I started searching around for a replacement. Orange Mud came as a recommendation from another trail runner.

What I look for in a hydration pack:
  • comfort
  • weight
  • ease of use
  • storage capacity
  • durability
  • color
Comfort and weight
The first thing I noticed about the Orange Mud HydraQuiver was that it was really light. Resting between my shoulder blades, this little pack rides high. It has a 24 ounce bottle, which is as much as I might need for a few hours of running. The back is fully padded and mesh covered. The strap webbing is soft, comfortable and completely adjustable.
Trail test:
I was a little concerned that the HydraQuiver might bounce around, but with the straps pulled snug (and the water bottle full), I could hardly feel the pack! The sound of water sloshing was the only reminder it was on. After a few minutes of running, the sound faded into the background and I forgot all about it. I sweated a little where the pack rests, but that is normal for any kind of belt or pack. I've had no chafing wearing it. Comfortable and very light (weighs 314 grams, less than 3/4 pound).

Ease of use
During a 15 mile run it was easy and quick to reach back and grab the bottle. (If you aren't flexible in the shoulders, you might need to pull the pack up with one hand and reach with the other.) I was able to do a one-hand grab, drink from the ample spout, and return it with the same arm. SUPER easy for drinking.

One factor to consider with a backpack style hydration system is that you will need to take off the pack to remove a shirt or get something out of the back. This could be a hindrance, but I would trade a few seconds of pack removal on a long run for the storage of a shirt or larger items (see storage below). The storage on the straps allows you to access some items while running.

This was easy enough to use, and unnoticeable enough, that I would wear it in a trail race and possibly even for a road marathon or half marathon.

  Video: of the pack in action


Storage
You'd be surprised what I could cram into the HydraQuiver!
Everything shown in the photo above fit inside: 24 oz water, camera in a case, arm warmers, a ladies medium tech T shirt, a pouch of Honeystinger chews, and I easily fit 2 Honeystinger gels into each strap pouch.

After taking the photo, I tried stuffing my camera into the strap storage on front. It fit with plenty of stretch to spare, as did my husband's iPhone! Wearing larger items like a camera or phone in the strap storage will alter how the straps feel.  It will ride better without all that in there, but if you need the space, it's there! For my run, I had about half that stuff inside and it rode without bouncing.

Durability and strength
The dishwasher-safe 24oz bottle closes tight and opens with a little tug. It had absolutely NO leaks during my test runs. (Hooray for that! This drove me batty with my old fuel belt).  Constructed of breathable nylon and soft padding, the Orange Mud HydraQuiver stitching is tight and sturdy, and it's MADE in the USA.

Color/styles
Orange Mud offers their pack in a variety of colors (Do you like pink?), and even has some other styles, including a Double Barrel which carries two 24oz bottles.

Retail Price $84.95 (HydraQuiver provided to me free for review purposes)

Evaluation
This pack is quickly becoming a part of my running routine, as I enjoy the freedom of being without a belt on-- but still prepared for anything. I really can't be happier with a pack style arrangement. 

Enter to win one!
To enter you must be 18 years of age, have a US physical address, and be able to contact me via email. Winner will be announced on or before 12/18/13, and must claim the prize within 48 hours or a new winner might be selected.
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39 comments:

  1. Looks like a nice pack. I don't think we get them here in SA. I am very pedantic when it comes to hydration packs.

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  2. I really like the pink pack. I usually carry a handheld water bottle on my short runs, and a hydration pack on my longer runs.

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  3. This is an awesome thorough review Raina! And I am so happy you are up to running 15 miles these days! Yay!

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  4. Raina, I'm glad your new pack works so well and that you're running double digits! Congrats on your new .com blog name! Looks great! I had no trouble getting here with the new name. I guess Blogspot does a redirect when readers look for your old name. That would be good.

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  5. I usually wear a hydration belt, but this looks so much less irritating and I love how much you can stuff into it!

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  6. That does look like a handy bottle placement. My belt is the OLD Nathan's and it has four 10 oz bottles, which for old, slow runners, like me is nearly enough for a few hours out. But I would like to get a smaller bottle for shorter long runs.

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  7. I've been wearing the same salt-crusted, ancient Fuel Belt since 2006 and it was no prize to begin with. Would love this one in pink!

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  8. Happy to enter! And I may buy one of these for my running Secret Santa, who is a trail runner in another state!

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  9. I'm a handheld kinda girl on the trails, but may be worth a shot while training! never heard of the company before, are they based near your new of the woods?

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  10. Looks Awesome! I really could use this for the DWD- 50 k in Michigan this fall.

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  11. Running, heck. This looks like a great lightweight low profile purse or backpack replacement for desert weather.

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  12. Great job on the writeup and it does look like a nice comfortable alternative! Thanks for being a trooper and testing it out for your readers! :-)

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  13. This looks really ideal and would love to have one of these

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  14. I have seen this reviewed before, it looks great.

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  15. I'm training for my first ultra and finding a hydration option that doesn't bounce, chafe, leak has been difficult. This looks really cool and the pink is great. I'd love to win one!

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  16. definitely the simplicity and no bouncing. like that it is light and rides high.

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  17. Looks like a really stable pack! I would love this for long trail runs :)

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  18. I am a novice runner and trying to work up to longer runs like you do! I am learning about running gear...Orange Mud looks like a company that produces functional and very stylish gear!

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  19. Great review. I recently purchased a hydration pack and wish there had been quality reviews like this one when I was hunting for mine.

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  20. Doesn't the girl that forgot to drink water in her last ultra need a hydration pack?! I would LOVE to win the pink one, but I like any colors. You rock, Raina!

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  21. Holy moly, I'd love the pink!

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  22. Looks like a great pack. Would love to win one

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  23. Looks like a nice pack! I'd love to win the pink

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  24. This looks really cool. I hadn't hear of them before. I think I would want the black one!

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  25. Looks like it would come in handy during Umstead 100

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  26. Everything I run in is a shade of pink. I would love a pack to match!

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  27. Currently I have a camelbak and it's cute, but definitely NOT designed for a girl with a 6' frame! The chest straps make me feel like my lungs are caving in.
    I also carry a flip belt (that I absolutely love) but that doesn't hold water-
    I would love to try something like this so I can 'carry' less while I'm running!

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  28. I have three hydrations packs I have purchased and still am that happy with any of them. This looks very different from what I've tried -and I love the pink!

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  29. I've never tried a hydration pack before for running, but I'd love to, especially for long runs. Seems so strange that you would hardly even feel it, but I guess like belts, if it fits well you shouldn't notice it!

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  30. I cant wait to get of these for my random desert runs once i get to AZ. Not a fan of my camelbak. Makes water taste funny

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  31. I love the black one. It's an interesting design and looks very sturdy.

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  32. As an aspiring ultra runner, this hydration pack looks awesome! No wonder it gets great reviews! :)

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  33. I just saw this recently and it looked really neat! The pink looks awesome.

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  34. in the market for a new hydration pack, would love one of these!

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  35. Looks nice. I'm looking at doing a 50K and this would be perfect.

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  36. I'd like the hot pink, easily seen.

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  37. Beautiful item, I am sure you will enjoy your runs with it. Have a good week end.

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  38. Fun! I just sent you an email!

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