Disclosure: I received an Orange Mud HydraQuiver Single Barrel to test as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.
It’s here, it’s here! Summer in Texas, that is. With the hotter temps come a need, a need for… hydration. Luckily, there are other people like me and products exist to meet that need! One such product is the Orange Mud HydraQuiver Single Barrel hydration pack; when the opportunity to test out the Single Barrel presented itself to me, I was super intrigued. A backpack alternative to a fuel belt? Count me in!
The Orange Mud HydraQuiver Single Barrel hydration pack is a great way to carry a full size water bottle with you on a run, hike, SUP day, or where ever else you will be outdoors and needing water! It is designed to easily carry a full sized water bottle within an arm’s reach.
During testing, there were so many great features I found to be useful with this pack, including:
Simple to use – not only is the water bottle easy to grab and place back in its holster, using a full-size water bottle makes it easy to fill up each water bottle.
Roomy pocket – because of the size and shape of the pocket, you can fit your phone and keys (or whatever else you might need) inside.
Breathable padding – Not only does this keep the pack from being bouncy and rubbing against your back, it also keeps you from getting hot!
Shoulder pockets – these are stretchy/generously sized. They make it convenient for multiple energy gels or even a granola bar to be at your fingertips.
Full size water bottle (!) – This is a huge pro for me. I always run out of water with the smaller bottles. The sample I received had the 21 oz., but you can carry a larger, 25 oz., bottle as well!
The first time I used it, I did not realize that I could easily tuck them out of the way and they kept hitting my chest/face, but they have seriously thought of everything to make the HydraQuiver fantastic. The excess from the straps conveniently folds into elastic tabs under the shoulder pockets. If you need to carry more stuff, like a rain jacket, there is also a cord available to secure it to the bottom of your pack.
I will say that didn’t love where the straps hit me, which was right on the armpits. However, I was expecting a crazy amount of chafing to occur when I wore tank tops, and that did not happen when I wore them tighter (as opposed to looser). Orange Mud also offers an option that has a chest strap here, so you might want to order both to see which one works better for you personally. Padded straps are also available here.
I also found that because it’s meant to be worn kind of tightly across your back, it’s kind of awkward to take on and off. When it’s on, though, it’s secure!
Overall, I have been using my new HydraQuiver pack even more than I anticipated. It’s a smart investment, especially if you live in a hotter climate, or if you are an endurance athlete. You WILL use it. And you’ll use it a lot, because it doesn’t just work, it works well! Since I have had this product, I’ve actually had other runners approach me, asking what it was and where to buy it. It sounds like I’m not the only one who needed this.
Speaking of where to buy, you can purchase your own HydraQuiver Single Barrel hydration pack, and a slew of other useful products, at www.orangemud.com for $84.95. It comes in black, grey, orange and pink, I can assure you that it is constructed thoughtfully, and worth every penny.
What are you most looking forward to this summer?
Cheers to finding a way to actually run through the heat this summer!