I've been using a 72 oz CamelBak for longer runs (over 2 hours), and a handheld for shorter rungs. The CamelBak doesn't quite fit right, so I was thinking of trying a women's-specific pack. I've read good things about Nathan's women's Intensity vest:<br><br><a href="http://www.nathansports.com/our_products/hydration_nutrition/intensity.html" target="_blank">http://www.nathansports.com/our_prod...intensity.html</a><br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.nathansports.com/our_products/hydration_nutrition/hydration_graphics/nathan_women/intensity_265.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
So that's what's on my radar at the moment.
I use a 50oz camelbak.<br><img alt="" src="http://www.sunandski.com/photos/7753055250560-2T.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
I had been using a handheld, but thought it was not enough fluid. I am not coordinated enough to use two! I love the camelbak. I used to use an Ultimate Direction pack that was 70oz i think, but it gave me terrible back pains. I cannot have anything around my waist. I also like having my hands free. I have been using it for about 6 weeks.
If Durt had not run with two handhelds at the Northface 50+++++ race, i would have died from dehydration as my camelbak is only as good as the goof ball who fills it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"> I will fill it personally from now on, OR a crew member if i have one.
UD handhelds up until 3 weeks ago.<br><br>
Trying out a Nathan Elite 1. Haven't gone ultra distance with it yet but so far so good.<br><br>
I have a Fuel Belt but don't like it. It squishes my tummy...
I use a combination of bottles. Generally, its a handheld, or a one-bottle Nathan waistpack. When requiring more than 22 oz, then its both. For Mohican, I wore the waistpack. On the longest legs, I took a handheld too.<br><br>
I also have a two-bottle Nathan waistpack that I use mostly for 100M pacing. I used it for Laurel Highlands. It works fine, but I have not run too many event where I need it.<br><br>
I'm interested in one of the camelback-type systems. It seems the way to go for longer or unsupported runs.
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I picked up this camelbak alterra at the beginning of summer. I find it to be comfortable and manageable. However, with 28 oz of fluid, you'll need to find a place to refill it on super long runs. In this heat, I've been drinking the thing dry by 12 miles.
One thing I hadn't figured out until I watched someone do it in a race this year is to switch off hydration options using drop bags.<br><br>
In this case, there was one very slow section in the middle of the course, and someone grabbed a camelback out of her drop bag and dropped her handhelds in. I'm thinking it would be smart to do this as the temperature climbs in early afternoon.
I just picked up the Charm. Of all the packs I tried on in the store, it was the most comfortable. I have yet to use it, but I have high hopes. My only wish is that it had some storage space (not just that itty bitty pocket), and a bungie. It's hard to find something that works, when most stores don't actually carry them. Buying online and returning can be a pain...
Right now I bring along two handhelds, but I've only been training for a 25k. I'll need to upgrade for longer runs, of course. I really want a Camelbak backpack. I have a waist pack, but I don't like all that movement at the small of my back, and it does not fit my small frame very well.
no bungie? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"> I use the bungie on my CamelBak to carry a light jacket, a hat, or even an emptied out handheld. I need one of those!
I don't mind saying that I've always worn a shirt with mine.<br><br>
However, when I was wearing a shirt with a lower v-neck than usual, I discovered that the chest strap chafed me badly and I had to re-engineer the placement of the chest strap...
I've been eyeing this one. Since I've been rebuilding my mileage this year, I haven't needed more than the two handhelds since Feb. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"><br><br><a href="http://www.golite.com/product/productdetail.aspx?p=PA5253&s=1" target="_blank">http://www.golite.com/product/produc...x?p=PA5253&s=1</a><br><br>
I have the previous version of the 24 which I have used for longer stuff where multiple clothing options were needed. It's a nice size when you have to carry both cold, warm, and/or wet weather gear at once. GoLite's straps are extremely comfortable. More so than the Wasp I have. I forget the GoLite is on.
I have a Chaos CamelBak (70 Oz) and UD handhelds (insulated "Fast Draw" model, I think). I sweat a lot and drink a lot. This am I ran a little over 20 and drank the entire camelbak and a handheld and still lost about 5 pounds of water weight (without peeing).<br><br>
I've never run an ultra so, I'm not sure what to do come race day. As there are frequent places to refill, I think I'm going to just go with the two handhelds (which I now carry on most training runs of any distance, just for practice).<br><br>
I've never had any chafing issues with the CamelBak and find it much more comfortable than any waist belts I've used. I have a four bottle Fuel Belt and and a 2X20 Oz. The North Face waist belt that I doubt I'll ever use again...