Review of Running Hydration Packs
Running hydration packs are one of the neater running innovations of the last few years. The market is swamped with different models, sizes, colors, types, and prices. The original design of the first Camelbak is essentially still the norm for these hydration packs. A hydration pack is essentially a aerodynamic water bladder “backpack” with a hose you can position near your mouth for hands-free drinking during a run.
A running hydration pack will generally run you $50 and up, depending on how much water you want to carry and the brand and type. When deciding which hydration pack is right for you, begin by experimenting with how much weight you are comfortable carrying on your back for your particular event. Ask yourself how much water you would like to have during that event. With hydration packs, bigger is not always better. If you get a hydration system with more water than you need, you can easily get cramps, side aches, and need additional bathroom breaks. Also, consider that you will only be able to monitor your water intake by feel since you won’t be able to see the water inside the bladder on your back.
Consider any of these top-rated running hydration packs (available from Amazon.com):
Nathan HPL #020 Race Vest, $58.86
Nathan Endurance Race Vest, $74.93
Nathan Water Bottles X-Ceed Hydration Pack, $57.91
If you are looking for a lowest price, a hand-held water bottle holder is anywhere from $10-$25. They are essentially an elastic band connecting your water bottle to your hand so you don’t have to grip it to keep a hold of it. Another lower-priced option is the waist water bottle holder. These are basically fanny packs with a secure places to store water bottles, allowing for easy removal and insertion. The prices for this type of hydration solution range from $25-$40.
In addition to hydration, don’t forget to bring MP3 running tracks with you on your next run. To get started with some of our coaching tracks, go to: http://www.mp3running.com/running-music.