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Aggie_Ama2010-05-01 10:36:08 +0000 #1
More importantly hydration belts or packs. I am trying to add to my mileage which will eventually take me from my .8 mile trail. I did 5 laps the other night and I think anything over 7 will be way too much. I am not even sure I can do 7 laps.

At my trail I can park right in front of it and just leave a water bottle on my hood or the curb. Easy enough but the other trail I like is a straight out and back. There is water at the start (bubblers) and towards the end. I will need to carry it. My little camelback flops and annoys me.

What do you like? I was thinking a waist pack but not sure it wouldn't annoy me bouncing on my wide hips.
alpinerabbit2010-05-01 10:51:42 +0000 #2
It would be ok to hit the bubblers once each round? you don't have to run non-stop to get the benefit....?
Aggie_Ama2010-05-01 10:49:32 +0000 #3

Originally Posted by alpinerabbit

It would be ok to hit the bubblers once each round? you don't have to run non-stop to get the benefit....?

I realize I didn't post distance. The trail is 3 miles out and back, I have only been doing 1.6 without a water stop.
TexasMermaid2010-05-01 10:45:03 +0000 #4
I haven't found the perfect solution yet, but I have tried a MountainSmith waist pack and it does bother me, bouncing and sliding around my curvy hips. The best solution I've found so far is the AmphiPod 12 oz. hand held water bottle. We picked one up at the Pearl Izumi outlet in Ft Worth and it works pretty well. Your fingers go between the key pocket and the bottle and the bottle is pretty ergonomic.

Here's a picture: (I don't work for running warehouse, just a patron from time to time.)

I don't like the lopsided feeling of carrying anything, but I don't like getting dehydrated even more!
OakLeaf2010-05-01 11:49:31 +0000 #5
Here's my third try and I like it reasonably well: the Amphipod RunLite: . Actually the one I linked to comes with four bottles, the one I bought has three and most of the time I use only two. But that's one of the great things about this belt: you can easily add or subtract bottles and pouches, move them around so they're balanced and out of the way of your arm swing, and you can orient the bottles valve-up or valve to the side. The belt comes with 8-oz bottles but it will also accept Amphipod's 10.5-oz water bottles and 4-oz gel flasks.

I tried a handheld: Nathan bottle. I think two would be better than one for balance reasons, but even so the extra weight makes arm swing difficult; it seemed like it was giving me shoulder problems even when I switched from one hand to the other every mile; and the valve leaks (so I always felt I had to put my phone in a ziploc bag inside the pocket). But it's secure and comfortable on the hand, and if you want it it's yours

I also tried one of those belts that holds a regular bottle at an angle at the small of my back. I forget the brand. Bounced like crazy. Could hardly rotate my pelvis. Took it back.

The Amphipod belt has to go at your natural waist to avoid bounce - so it looks really dorky, especially if you're short-waisted like me. It has a bit of "give" to it so it doesn't bounce or restrict my breathing. The bottles are very secure when they're clipped in correctly - that's my only real ding on this belt, is that the bottles can seem like they're clipped in when they're not, so they fall out. Maybe that just takes more practice - I've only run in mine maybe 5-6 times, and I get it right most of the time. In the other direction, the bottles are easy to take out (just squeeze in the direction of the clip, they're slightly flexible).

The only other thing I don't like about this belt is that there's not enough size overlap. A medium was really too big for me, but if I gain any weight I won't be able to fit in my small one. But I'm between a small and a medium in most brands, so hardly anything fits right
katluvr2010-05-01 12:51:08 +0000 #6
I use a fuel belt. Like Oakleaf I prefer the "belt" type.

Her's sounds more adaptive than teh Fuel Belt brand, but works the same.

I just can't run w/ a bottle in my hand. So the "flasks" that fit in are nice nad small. (7 oz or 10 oz). I am small soI like the 7 oz. You can get one that holds 2 bottles (I have) or 4 bottles. Plus it has a pouch in the back.

I get used to the feeling of somethign around my waist. I freeze the flasks

(w/ beverage in) the night before.
yellow2010-05-01 11:02:43 +0000 #7
Did you see this thread: forums.teamestrogen....owthread.php?t=20110 ?

I switch between my Nathan waistpack (shorter runs) and my Nathan running pack (longer runs or "adventure" runs). The pack doesn't bounce for sure; I can't say enough good things about it. The waist pack takes getting used to. I also tried handhelds but the little extra unbalanced weight makes my back cranky. Some people love them, though.
michelem2010-05-01 11:42:39 +0000 #8
I don't drink anything for less than a 10 mile run, but anything over that and I've got my Nathan on me!

It holds 4 10-oz bottles and they are easy to slide in and out of the holders and I haven't lost one yet.

For runs up to 20 miles, I fill two with water and 2 with Perpetuem. I refill with water whenever I get to a fountain (usually every 6-8 miles). I start drinking at around the 5 mile mark and after that it's warming up so I propbably drink 10-20 oz. per 5 miles. Also, there is a little pocket that comfortably holds my cell phone and I.D. (drivers license, health insurance card, and hubby's cell phone #).

The waist pack has a velcro closure. The only thing I don't like about it is the fact that the smallest size is too big, so the velcro closure kind of flops around. I finally found a solution to that clipping my iPod to it keeps it down. Can't use that in a race though!

Oh, one more thing: make sure to clean out the bottles as soon as you get back from your run. I use a q-tip to get the Perpetuem gunk out of the sipper part of the bottle. You don't want that getting moldy or anything.



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