What To Look For In A Hydration Vest
After previewing this post I realized it looks and sounds like a sponsored post. This IS NOT a sponsored post.
Running is my passion and when I find a perfect solution to a training problem I’m excited to share.
Last week I did something I have never done before. I stopped during a run to take a picture and share it on Instagram. Oh sure, I think about taking pictures but I have never actually stopped and done it. Until now. I was so excited to have found a solution to my problem. My problem was having enough water for long runs that didn’t require me to plan my routes around places I could stop to fill the 2 small water bottles that I carried on my hydration belt. This problem became even more apparent as the summer months approached and mileage increased.
I needed a hydration solution that would work for longer runs than I’ve ever run before and I had a good idea what I was looking for:
- no bouncing
- light weight
- overall size
- pockets for essentials
- easy access without having to stop running
- water capacity that will last
- overall ease of use
I found all of that in the Nathan Sports Intensity Race Vest!
The location and ease of use of the adjustable straps and where the backpack rests on your back make it possible to get a perfect/comfortable fit with zero bouncing.
Easily carries my essentials with room to spare. The 2 liter bladder allows for more than enough water. Honestly, except for a little sloshing you don’t even notice that you’re wearing 2 liters of water plus whatever is in the pockets on your back.
Another solution! One of the front pockets is perfect for the size of my iphone. I feel safer being able to carry my phone but I don’t want to have to hold it and using an arm band or belt isn’t comfortable. A bonus was the location of the “phone” pocket made it possible to listen to podcasts without earbuds which I never wear while running. Another thing. Ease of access to water without having to stop. With water bottles I never developed the skill of taking them out of the holder, drinking and putting them back without stopping. Access of the water tube makes drinking on the run totally doable!
Plenty of water! The ease of cleaning and reassembling makes this a long term solution. I know myself well enough to know that if taking care of the pack, keeping it clean and putting it together was tedious and labor intensive I wouldn’t use it for the long term.
Initially I wanted a solution for long runs and planned to keep using my fuel belt with 2 bottles for shorter runs. With the comfort and pockets of the Intensity, I’m going to use it for any run that is long enough (or hot enough) that hydration is an issue.
Week 5 of training for a 50 mile race in the fall and problem solved!
10 miles last Saturday was a perfect run.
What is a favorite product (running or otherwise) that you would love to share? Have you tried anything new lately? What do you use for hydration? Have you ever tried a hydration vest?