July 23, 2014

Orange Mud Hydraquiver Vest Pack 2 Review -> WIN ONE! :)

Trail photo at BigK Guest Ranch by running friend, Laning Leo Davis.

I have been excited about the Orange Mud company since I first learned of them. They make the first bottle style of running pack I came across (the Hydraquiver ~ REVIEW HERE). I had a waist belt before that, but it was prone to leaks and I grew tired of it dripping
on me and in my car.

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.

No bouncing.

I never thought about it again!

How much stuff do you need for a run? 
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.


Cost evaluation
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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Have fun, and good luck!
-Raina

38 comments:

  1. That was a great review!! I am tempted to try this. I have tried a few different bladders and I like the Nathan one i have but it's still not perfect. You are so right bottles are easier to clean. I have tried waist belts and I do not like the weight on my hips. It's wonderful you have found what really works for you!

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    1. Thanks! Hope the info helps! Good luck if you entered :)

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  2. Beautiful and useful items. Interesting review. Of course, as I live far, I leave the chance to win to another lucky follower.
    Anyway the photo where you look at the river is priceless.

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    1. I appreciate your comment Stefano! My trailrunning friend that day took the photo. I need to update my post to include his name! Thanks for saying something about it.

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  3. Thanks for the review, I've been looking at this one myself but was waiting for some feedback.

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    1. You are welcome!! Thanks for commenting!

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  4. I have been very interested in this system since they introduced it. I didn't think the single bottle system was enough capacity for me, but this looks just right :)

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    1. Awesome!! Good luck with the contest!

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  5. I'm putting this down on my list of hydration vests to consider when I go to buy one... which will probably be next spring. 50k, here I come (Okay, I know, gotta get healed up first)!
    As for something creative to put into it... well, this isn't very creative but it's something I take with me when I run alone in rural countryside: Pepper spray!!

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  6. This pack is amazing! I also don't like cleaning bladder-style packs, and I think this would be great for biking too. I don't have the balance to reach down for my bottles!

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    1. It might be perfect on the bike. I lack all balance on a bike - so I will stop first. haha

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  7. I really need a new hydration pack, as I am an idiot and ran my Camelbak (with the bladder) through the washing machine. Surprise, surprise, it didn't survive. My concern with this one is that my ponytail would rub all up on the bottle lids. Was that a problem?

    As for creativity... that's something I lack, for sure, but it'd be nice to have space to stash a jacket, and my husband would definitely appreciate my taking my phone on more runs.

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    1. I had some issues with the ponytail on the single barrel. Not bad, but not great on a bike. I have no problem with a ponytail using the two bottle pack!

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  8. ...looks like this would be great, when I start marathon training runs again, Raina. Happy Running! :)

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  9. Great review - I also like to take water but don't like the waist packs.

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  10. Nice review and thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. Not so creative way to use the double barrel vest pack would be to have enough hydration for myself and my niece on our runs together. One bottle is not enough, and she is too young/will loudly complain if she needs to carry her own water.

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  12. Oooh, I have been wanting to try one of these hydration packs! I've been using Camelbaks, but am looking at other options. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. This looks awesome!! I'm in the same boat. I have never found a belt system that didn't leak. I really dislike the handhelds, but after anything on a hot day and between 6-13 it's what I use. 13 miles+ I have a Nathan backpack bladder, but it is a PAIN to keep clean and you really shouldn't use Nuun in it, and I do. Would LOVE to win this!! XOXOOX

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  14. RIght now, I only carry a 20 oz handheld....I love the look of this system as I really do not like a Camelbak (my son had one and I hated cleaning it - it never felt "clean"). This might be nice as I plan on continuing to "up" mileage this year!!

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  15. This sounds awesome! Thank you for the review and giveaway... As a runner in the Texas summer I think this may be what I've been looking for!

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  16. Tell me about the 50k. I want to sign up for one in the Fall. Are there training schedules for this distance?

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    1. Yes! One site you might like to check out is ultraladies (and ultraladies men) . My 50k is in Spetember: McKenzie River Trail Run.

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  17. I've been wanting to try this! Love that you said it's no bounce, that's awesome!

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  18. Orange Mud products are AWESOME

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  19. Third attempt at commenting - apologies if duplicates show up! I'd love to try this product.

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    1. Sorry you had so much trouble!! I hope I have it fixed.

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  20. Have really wanted to try this product for a long time. However, the price is what's stopped me. I've had major GI issues over the past years while running. And though I've experimented with fuel, I've heard the bouncing and weight of the waist pack I've been wearing may come into play as well. Would love something that would east the pain. Great review!

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  21. I love their products!! I'm so glad you had such a successful run with the pack. I'm amazed at how much you were able to fit in it.

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  22. Sometimes I can't run "long" because of child care responsibilities. Now wondering if I could use this thing's bungee bits to bring the child along... *ponders*

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    1. I know the plight!! Trust me, you are better off to reschedule the run, haha. But kudos for creativity!

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  23. I would love to win this for my marathon training. I just bought a one bottle waist belt and plan my routes to pass parks with water. It would be nice not to have to worry about that.

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  24. I would love this! I totally misjudged how hot it was yesterday, didn't take enough water and had to call my husband for a rescue ride :(

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    1. Glad you were able to get a rescue! scary!!

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  25. This is awesome! Hope your summer is going well! My girls are back to school in only 6 days! Carri~A Running bee

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  26. Wow! I could have really used one of these two weeks ago during my ten mile run, when I took two small water bottles around my running belt and ran out - on mile 6, while it was 90 degrees out! It was a terrible run that turned into a walk/barely run to make it back home. Thank you for this great review. After my awful experience, I would totally invest in one of these.

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