Nathan Hydration Pack
(Framingham, MA, USA)
Nathan Hydration Pack
We Dig the Nathan Hydration Pack for Most of Our Running Adventures
The Nathan Hydration Pack, specifically the Nathan Fireball Race Vest #CommissionsEarned
, has become our usual choice of hydration vest, after having tried many through the course of our marathon running and ultramarathon running adventures.
It took us awhile to get around to testing our hydration packs by Nathan, though we are glad we finally did.
Previous to using this pack, we'd opted for larger packs where the hydration pack had been housed in the largest enclosure of the backpack (where you'd keep your books if you were heading to school). While many of these packs (which we still own, and still do use on occasion) have great durability, and do hold a solid amount of whatever your choice of hydrating fluid might be, we found the circular closures of the bladders to be clumsy, contributing to delays in transition through aid stations. Not to mention the several equipment malfunctions where we'd ended up with half the contents of the bladder dripping down our backs. :(The Nathan Fireball Race Vest Features
- 1.5L bladder compatible (though not included, meaning an additional purchase)
- 2 12oz. insulated hot flasks with push/pull operation (these are reflective, as well)
- A main, zippered compartment
- A phone pocket with room for up to an iPhone 6
- Reflective markings for dawn/dusk running
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Aside from the features above, what we've found that sets this pack apart is that despite it's light weight, we've been able to carry essentials, namely additional layers, without feeling weighed down when looking for speed in races and in training.
The front-loaded, 12oz flasks are easily accessible, and without the clumsiness (when speed is necessary) of a bladder.
The smaller pockets in front are sufficient for trail snacks, keys, a whistle, chapstick, etc.
Additionally, if we're just walking around the city, it serves as a great carry-all.
While this is our preferred pack for moving quickly and with little weight, if we're out for a slower-moving trek with the need for additional durability, and the ability to carry much more weight, we'd likely turn to our GORUCK rucksacks
(Check out our article on choosing the best rucksack
). Two different options, and we're glad we have both for the various activities we enjoy!Runners and readers: Have you used a Nathan Hydration Pack? Love or hate it, share your thoughts and experiences by leaving a comment below!