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Buying a Hydration Pack: 5 Things You Need to Know

May 8th, 2013

Shopping for a hydration pack for your run training this spring and summer? Here are a few things to consider.

1. Fit

Fit is the most important thing to think about when choosing a hydration pack. No matter how awesome a pack is, you’ll never wear it if it doesn’t fit properly. Some packs, like the Salomon Advanced Skin S-Lab 5 Set Pack, are available in sizes. Even if the pack you like best is not available in sizes, many offer adjustable shoulder and sternum straps with side compression cinch straps so you can create a nearly custom fit. Women might find an even better fit in a women’s specific pack, like the Nathan VaporShape or Nathan Intensity 2L Race Vests.

For guidance on finding the right fit, watch Ultimate Direction’s Video on Vest Measurements.

2. Pocket Placement

If you want to rock a pack with pockets and pouches, make sure they are located in a place that will be comfortable for you. All the packs we carry are designed for running, so it really comes down to what you think will be most convenient. Think about your range of motion when running, and choose a pack with pockets that will be easily accessible, but won’t get in the way. Ask yourself… “Do I need several front access pockets like featured on the UltrAspire Revolution? Or do I need a pack with rear pockets to access things when resting or re-filling my hydration reservoir, like the CamelBak XCT?”

3. Hydration Capacity

Your hydration needs will vary depending on the intensity and duration of your workout, how much you sweat, and your personal preference. Think about how much fluid you’ll want to carry with you, and select a pack that can accommodate your needs.

If you want to keep the weight down and just carry less hydration, try a more streamlined 2-liter vest like the Nathan HPL #028 Race Vest. If your hydration needs vary from one run to the next, try a pack with a bladder and additional pockets for bottles or flasks. When fully loaded, the Ultimate Direction Highline Pack can provide well over 3 liters of hydration. Read more…

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Hydration Packs: 2013 Running Trend

January 21st, 2013

Endurance runners rejoice! Technically 2013 is the ‘Year of the Snake,’ but we think it will be the ‘Year of the Drink’ (ok, they don’t quite rhyme – just roll with us here). The days of clunky, awkward hydration packs and non-ergonomic water bottles are thankfully behind us, and this year, runners are going to take notice.

Many top brands in hydration (Salomon, Camelbak, Nathan, UltrAspire, Ultimate Direction and others) will be releasing svelte, low profile hydration packs that offer plenty of room to carry fluid, and pockets aplenty for all your other nutrition and accessory storage needs. We’re also going to see some pretty cool innovations in the realm of handhelds.

If you test drive one of the streamlined packs, like the CamelBak Marathoner Vest or the Salomon Advanced Skin S-Lab 5 Set Pack that we already have in stock, you’ll see that the game is changing – and fast. Many of these packs are more of a vest-pack hybrid that stays securely in place while you run, and won’t chafe or jostle. The packs are designed to move with you, instead of against you, so you can focus on running.

But packs aren’t the only things getting a rethink. Salomon is rolling out a new handheld worth a look. The Sense Hydro S-Lab Set Gloves put hydration in your hand but don’t require the whole “held” part of the equation. These gloves strap up to 500ml to the palm of each hand, giving you easy access to your hydration without the risk of hand cramping.

This will be the year that many more runners transition from their Stone Age, oversized hydration packs and cumbersome bottles to sleeker models that keep them prepared and unhindered. And it’s also going to be the year for many other runners to try out a pack, belt or handheld for the first time. Hydration products in 2013 will be all about adding to the quality of your run, instead of just giving you a way to lug around some liquid. It’s like adding the perfect cape to your superhero costume…it just makes your run that much better.

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