I know you said you don't like holding anything in your hands...but in case you don't like the other suggestions, I thought I'd recommend getting a sports bottle with a hand strap. I got one because I hated having a fuelbelt around my waist (it kept sliding around on my shorts) and I LOVE IT! The hand strap makes it easier to hold (you actually don't have to hold it at all if you tighten it enough).
Its just a suggestion. Mine even has a little pocket big enough for Gu or a key.
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We have the Coleman brand bag purchased from Wal-Mart and have never had any issues with the bladder. I believe it was only around $20 (or we wouldn't have purchased it). We only use it on long bike rides in the summer, otherwise my husband and I both have Amphipod belts that we wear that have water bottles, and pockets for nutrition/keys/phone, etc. I've never found a need to carry more than my 12oz of water with me during a race, because of the aid stations (refuel with their water/gatorade).
I'm afraid you do get what you pay for - by now you could have paid for and had a guaranteed Camelbak bag/bladder. I'd ditch the one you have, and go with the real thing.
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I wear a Nathan belt with two 10oz bottles. That's enough fluid for me to run a half-marathon, especially if I use the water station to supplement. For practice runs, there are water fountains along the trail to replenish as needed. I believe Nathan makes the same belt with four bottles. The pouch is big enough for my phone, car keys, chapstick and several GU's. You can also pin the GU's to the belt with safety pins then just rip the packets off, leaving the pins.
Have you contacted Camelbak about your problem? I've had mine for several years and only replaced the bladder once.
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