~ the new hydration backpack ~

08 October 2012

so after trying those energy gel packs, i realized that those things make me thirsty. i’m supposed to take them with water anyway. and my little hand-held water bottle below is waaay too small, especially for these long runs.

nike water bottle

after browsing and asking around, it seems that there are three main things that people commonly use:

1. bigger handheld bottle, maybe on both hands. or carrying 1-liter bottle on one hand. i’ve seen runners do that, but it can get heavy, no?

2. fluid/hydration belts. it is one of those belts that you can attach bottles on it, usually up to 4 bottles. i guess this one would be fine, except i can’t imagine running for over an hour with bottles bouncing and water sloshing around my hips for the whole time. i’d go crazy… so i look into other options.

3. hydration backpack. it fits a lot of water in it, so it can get heavy. but the weight is distributed better than the bottles, thanks to the bladder system. my only concern is… well, two concerns, actually: first, sweaty back. does it get as hot as wearing backpack while cycling? second, it’s definitely the most pricey out of the three options.

so, of course, i ended up choosing number 3. and i bought this last week:

north face enduro hydration pack

it’s called North Face Enduro Pack for Women. it has a 2-liter reservoir and it fits small frame person like me. well, 2 liters are way too heavy for me, so i only filled it up to 1L-mark. it has a few pockets to carry my iPhone, gels and ID card so i don’t have to wear my SPIbelt. and surprisingly, the pack is pretty comfortable to wear.

i’ve tried it on two runs; one was short, the other one was a longer run. i had to put on anti-chaffing on my shoulder before the long run, because the straps kept rubbing on me. but other than that, it was fine. it didn’t feel heavy. and it didn’t slosh or move around (maybe thanks to the Enduro Boa anti-slosh technology on the pack). yes, i had sweaty back… but i got sweaty back during runs anyway without the pack.

this was taken after the long run:

running with hydration pack

one thing though, i’ve never tried wearing this during the day. i’ve only tried it when there was no sun outside. maybe once my face is healed and i can be out in the sun again, i’ll give this pack a try in the day time.

~ comment (8) ~

good choice to go with the one with front pockets!
And yeah TNF products are expensive.

Cheers to another running gear! :)


nekudotayim | 9 October 2012 - 05:23 | reply

hahaha, the pic cracked me up! and front pockets FTW!

thalia | 9 October 2012 - 07:33 | reply

waaah Thal! Bodynyaaa..ck ck ck. Udah kaya atlet :D Itu hydration backpacknya keliatan gede ya, pas dipake ternyata ‘segitu’. 15K td pagi bawa ini kah?

nyanya | 12 October 2012 - 04:54 | reply

cihuy! tapi kalo dipencet empuk, nya… hihihi.

iya, si backpack di foto kayak gede, tapi kalo dipake keliatan kecil. ini sebenernya di gue udah keliatan gede karena guenya pendek. kalo dipake ama orang normal, keciiiiil banget! imut gitu. hihihi.

iya dong, tadi pagi dia ikut lagi :D

thalia | 13 October 2012 - 02:03 | reply

thal boleh tau harganya nike handheld hydration bottle berapa? thanks ya :)

mel | 11 December 2012 - 12:15 | reply

SGD 17.90.

thalia | 13 December 2012 - 02:02 | reply

makasih thal infonya

mel | 18 December 2012 - 05:47 | reply

anytime mel :)

thalia | 21 December 2012 - 01:55 | reply