Active Gear Scout: Hydration Items for Your Endurance Needs
Ultimate Direction Wasp
$99 1 of 12
Looking for something that fits more like a traditional backpack? Enduranceguy.com 's Toby Guillette says, "It's more like a traditional pack, but with a vest-like front that provides quick access to nutrition and accessories without having to remove the pack. There's ample space for first aid and survival gear. Outside on the front, there's easy lashing straps for extra layers."
Clean Bottle The Runner
$24.95 2 of 12
Ever struggle to reach and clean the bottom of your water bottle? Now you don't have to. This bottle has two access points: one on the top for easy filling and another on the bottom for hassle-free cleaning. The bottle is encased in a holder that fits an iPod, iPhone or Samsung Galaxy 3. An extra storage pouch holds keys, cash or gels. The adjustable strap allows you to run with ease.
Fitletic by ifitness Hydration Belt
$36.95 to $48.95 3 of 12
This fits snug around your waist and is great for those long runs. The Hydration Belt holds two bottles, gels/bars, race bib, ID, keys or cash. The design is supposed to be bounce-free, but be warned there is a little movement. During a 10-mile test run, the belt had to be adjusted a couple of times to eliminate the bounce. This belt can be customized with other features, including adding a gel holder, bottle slot, waterproof iPhone carrier or sunglass pouch.
CamelBak Marathoner Vest
$100 4 of 12
This lightweight hands-free hydration vest is ideal for marathoners and trail runners. The adjustable straps create a snug feeling, eliminating most of the bounce. The vest holds two 2-Liter Antidote reservoirs and has two cargo pockets to carry any necessities you might need. Surprisingly, the vest doesn't cause you to sweat too much. The integrated safety whistle is a nice added feature.
The Salomon Advanced Skin S-Lab 12 Set
$220 5 of 12
It fits like a piece of clothing, not a pack. According to Toby Guillette, over at enduranceguy.com, "I use the 1.5-liter reservoir it comes with for water, but I've been able to load it with extra water bottles for longer unsupported adventure runs. There's plenty of room for first aid kits, survival gear, camera equipment and extra nutrition. Best part about this pack is that there's no sloshing because of the customized fit."
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Topeak Air Backpack
$139 7 of 12
Here's a bag for all the bike commuters out there. The Topeak Air Backpack is one of the best, especially if you live less than 10 miles from the office and carry most of your gear. It's roomy, has more storage compartments than you can imagine, and comes with a pump to inflate air chambers that run along the back and waist straps to provide supreme comfort. Check out the complete Topeak Air Backpack review.
Nathan Sports QuickView
$35 8 of 12
Listen to your tunes next time you set out for a run with this handheld hydration bottle. The see-thru conductive touchscreen allows you to flip through music, answer (or decline) calls, and hold other essentials such as money, ID or keys. The adjustable straps makes it easy to carry a water bottle while you hit the pavement. Make sure the top is fully closed or else water can splash out.
$142 9 of 12
Looking for a multi-sport pack? The Omega endurance hydration pack is light as a feather and fits like a glove. Adjust the straps closer together for a more comfortable run, or farther a part for mountain bike riding. Store a small camera, jacket, extra food or other accessories in the large compartment and smaller mesh pockets. Once you figure out all the trinkets on this pack, which may take some time, it's awesome to use.
CamelBak Octane 22LR
$130 10 of 12
Whether you go hiking, running, adventure racing or mountain bike riding, this 1.95-pound hydration pack has plenty of room for your water and gear. This pack has 22 liters of cargo space and has a 3-liter lumbar reservoir. Adjust the straps for stabilization around the lower back and hips with ease. It includes a whistle for emergencies and has an overflow space to store for a helmet or extra layers. Use the tool attachments if you want to attach trekking tools.
Asics Outta Bounds Backpack
$82 11 of 12
From a water bladder to chest harness, this trail backpack offers a number of features. It's light, but not ideal for running. If you want to head out for a moderate hike, this pack does the trick. There's storage for layering, extra fuel, keys, phone and cash.