Something also crossed my mind as I was warming up today for intervals. I was doing things that caused a lot of up and down motion, like high knees and butt kicks, and my hydration belt was bouncing. So you may want to look at your running form, too. When running it's best to keep a forward, smooth motion with very little up/down, almost like you're balancing a book on your head. A lot of up/down motion wastes energy. If you notice a lot of bounce with the hydration belt, might want to see if your running form could be a cause.
I experienced the same annoyomg bouncing problem with my Nathan belt. I found that if I actually wear it backwards, the bottles snug up against my waist/upper thighs and the problem disappears. Not ideal, but at least tolerable.
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I've run up to 23 miles with the Nathan and it's not rubbed. The one exception was when I put the bladder in backwards accidentally, the place where the nozzle went back in the bladder rubbed. I turned it back around and it was OK.
I don't mind the Nathan speed 4R belt for shorter runs of 8 or so miles or less, but they probably fit everyone differently.
I've run with a Camelback and they're ok but I highly recommend trying it for shorter runs first. What I found was that the straps rubbed against the inside of my arms, which I didn't notice while I was running but certainly noticed when I got in the shower afterward! Ouch!
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I have a camelback slipstream. This particular model is discontinued, I believe - but, it has a 50 oz reservoir, and a pretty tight configuration, with a generous pocket with compartments on the outer pouch, for phone, keys, gu's, etc... It is a good design (actually a women's model - cut well), so I have to imagine that there are newer models of similar (or better) design.
Yeah, so over the belts - tried one for a short run earlier this year and couldn't stand it. I use my camelback always. I just pop the bladder back in the fridge when I don't finish it off. It tends to last me about a week on average running scenarios and then I clean it out.
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Nathan Intensity. If you put ice cubes in your water pack it will keep your water and back cool, too. Also has pockets for another water bottle or gels, etc. Made it through marathon training in last summer's hot Midwest drought with it.
I saw a recent series of posts where folks were discussing belts v. hand held bottles v backpacks for long run hydration.
I live in South Florida in a somewhat rural area, so running in my neighborhood requires that I carry water, as the closest water source is a supermarket about 5 miles away. I have used belts and after fighting with bouncing water bottles, having to stop and pick them up when they unclip, and trying to breathe with it cinched tight enough to hold it still, I am DONE with belts.
I have a hand held bottle that I like for shorter runs, but it doesn't hold enough water for long runs in the summer (I am starting marathon training this week). I think the backpack may be the way to go. I'd like to be able to carry my phone which I can't do right now as it is too large for the hand bottle, I can't wear the armbands, and I don't want even a small pack around my waist.
I have a Camelback that I use for cycling, but it is too large and moves around way too much and would chafe for runs.
Does anyone have a recommendation for a comfortable backpack for hot running?
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