Summer heat and humidity have a way of roaring back and sneaking up on you. While run hydration is important all year round, it’s even more so in the summer months. It is helpful to know your sweat rate. Running vests have become quite popular for the mainstream running set in the past few years. How do you know which type is right for you? There are a few important things to consider when choosing a running hydration vest.
How to choose a running (hydration) vest
The two most important factors (in my opinion) to choosing a running vest are comfort and practicality. Let’s take a closer look at those.
How much water would you like to carry?
Packs can vary in terms of capacity from 20-ounce bottles to 2-liter bladders (reservoirs). Do you have access/availability to replenish your supply mid run? How long is your run and how much fluid do you expect to need? Answering these questions will help you avoid common hydration mistakes.
Bottles vs Bladder (reservoir)
Some people find the weight of the full reservoir on their back uncomfortable. A large reservoir can also feel hot on your back. Reservoirs have a straw to allow for easier access to water sips mid run while bottles often do not. Bladders typically hold significantly more water. Bottles can be easier to clean and refill. It comes down to personal preference and comfort.
What else do you want to carry with you on your run? How many fuel pockets do you need? Do you need a pocket big enough to carry your phone? Do you plan to carry keys?
Fit Styles of hydration packs
Where do the straps hit on you? Are you comfortable with one or two chest straps? Many companies now offer women specific vests with narrower shoulders and a more comfortable bust fit. Improper fit can cause chafing and make for a pretty miserable run. It is important to check the dimensions and sizing recommendations from the manufacturer as well as customer reviews. You are looking for a snug fit that does not constrict your movement or bounce around.
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(This is NOT a sponsored post) After much research, I chose the Orange Mud HydraQuiver for a number of reasons.
-The small footprint of the pack appealed to me as I do not like having weight on my back. I don’t feel any heaviness with this one nor do I feel hot.
-The strap style appealed to me. I am not comfortable with a tight chest strap of any kind. I was drawn to the backpack style straps that did not require a chest strap and I have not experienced any bouncing or chafing while running. In fact, I hardly know it’s there. Reflective piping is always a plus.
-The 24 ounce bottle should accommodate my runs of 1-2 hours. The bottle is easy to fill and refill mid run if necessary and easy to clean. Bladder packs can be hard to clean. I can easily retrieve my bottle when needed.
-Ample storage pockets. These can easily fit my large phone, mask, wipes, tissues, and keys in the large pocket. The front has 2 small pockets that are great for fuel.
-Price is right at around $85 compared to some pricier options. I also love the pink option. You can get 15% off with code FF15Brooks here.
Looking for a bigger option? Check out the double barrel hydraquiver.