The search for easy on-the-go hydration ends here!
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I have been on the hunt for something else to use for hydration for runs besides my camelbak. I only use that for 14 miles and up; it’s kind of heavy and clunky. I’m someone who runs with my phone in my hand the whole way. Crazy I know. So, if I am hand carrying a water bottle for those 5-13 mile runs, now both hands are full and I feel weighted down.
I got the chance to check out the Hydraquiver Single Barrel pack from OrangeMud. It is a hydration pack that sits up high in the middle of your back. You just reach behind your head and grab the bottle. There is absolutely no bouncing!
I received orange (my favorite) but it comes in 4 different colors. I love that there is a zipper pocket for my car/house key. The straps take a little playing around to get the right fit. I found that I needed to tuck them in so the extra fabric wasn’t flying in my face. One other possible issue to look out for is chafing. I live in Arizona where it is hot and sweaty and we’re already wearing tank tops on a regular basis. I didn’t experience any major issues, but if you are prone to chafing and wear a tank, the straps could dig in and rub.
Another plus is that the bottle BPA free and it doesn’t get yucky in between runs. So far I’ve only used water in there, not nuun or something like that, so maybe it would get a funky scent in between runs once something different is in there.
I can’t tell you how much I loved having my hands free. The only downside (and it’s a minor one) is that if your hands are sweaty, the bottle can get a little slippery. I dropped it on more than one occasion.
Before I got the pack, I was certain that it was going to be awkward putting the bottle back in the holder, I imagined that I would go to drop it in the holder and it would fall to the ground. That never happened. Even though you technically can’t see what you’re doing, it is super easy to land it in the holder while you’re moving.
BPA free 25 oz bottle
Need to adjust straps every time
Possible chafing issues with straps
Bottle can be slippery with sweaty hands
I totally recommend this! Retail price is $84.95 and there is also a double barrel version for longer runs. OrangeMud is a very respectable brand with high quality products. They believe in living an active, outdoor lifestyle. Give them a follow! They offer 10% off when you join their mailing list as well.
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Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!