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Carrying water while running Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2005 3:47 am 

Does anyone know of an easy way / or product that allows you to carry water with you on a long run? I do a lot of running through the bush, and sometimes on really hot days i get very thirsty with no water supply on hand. It occured to me the other day that you could possibly wear something like the cyclists, with pockets made in the back, but i'm not sure if this would be possible with the extra movement running brings. Maybe a small rucksak / backpack? Does anyone know of anything available for this?


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Re: Carrying water while running Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2005 6:30 am 

Actually, I have two Camelbak hydration systems that I use occasionally. In fact, I used one yesterday and it worked very well for an 8-mile trail run that I did. That one was the waist belt type that attaches around midsection and the water container rests at hip level on your back. There's a tube that runs around the front and clips into the belt. I hadn't used this one before and I found it a lot more convenient than I thought I would. I think I loaded it with about 32 ounces of fitness water. The other one I have is an over-the-shoulder type where the water rests on your upper back and the tube runs over your shoulder, and this one is also very convenient to use. In fact, I think I like this one a little better. I find the sipping tubes to be easier to use than having actual bottles of water carried around your waist or in your hand. Neither one of the systems that I have seem to hinder my running or bother my back.

Hope this information is useful to you.



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Re: Carrying water while running Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2005 7:56 am 

Ditto, Terri - I have the exact same, over-the-shoulder model. It isn't a "full size" pack, carrying about 50 oz of water, and is plenty for my 1-1 1/2 hour trail runs.

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Re: Carrying water while running Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 11:08 am 

Try or any running store-- there are lots of options. Personally I find the Camelbaks to be overkill for anything but the longest, most demanding runs. I normally use a 16 oz water bottle that fits into the small of my back. It's curved to fit the contour of the body, and is held in snugly by a belt strap. It doesn't bounce around at all, but it does slosh when it's full.


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Re: Carrying water while running Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 7:48 pm 

I have to echo Rustyboy and Terrysquier. I have the Flashflo camelback that goes around the waste (about 45 oz.) and the Lobo over the shoulder model (70 oz.). I prefer the Lobo for long runs (15+ miles) because I don't have to worry about running out of fluids on a hot day, it's comfortable, and it has plenty of extra storage for cell phone, gels, MP3 player, etc.. Though 70 oz. of water is a lot of extra weight it's never seems to be too much (doesn't make my back ache) nor does it feel awkward to run with.

The ONLY problem I have is that the movement of my shoulds causes the straps to wear away at the fabric of my shirt at the front of the shoulders. My fix for this is to just always wear the same shirt when I used my Lobo so I don't ruin more than one shirt.

The straps allow me to keep it tight to my body so it doesn't bounce and without it binding, pinching, or rubbing my skin.

I really like having the tube within easy reach, being able to place it in my mouth and leave it there as I take a sip between breaths. I like how it doesn't seem to interfere with my breathing while I just lest the mouth piece rest between my teeth. And when I'm done and can just let it drop from my mouth. THough I often will slip and tuck it back into position so that the tube doesn't flop around.

In's the best thing I've found to keep you hydrated on long runs when no other source of fluids are available.

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