I recently had the chance to review a great new product from Orange Mud: The HydraQuiver. The HydraQuiver is part of Orange Mud’s collection of running packs, and consists of a harness and 24 oz BPA-free water bottle.
The HydraQuiver pack fits comfortably with many layers.
When I arrived at the parking area of our local trails system today to test out the HydraQuiver by Orange Mud, I approached a few guys who looked like they too were headed out for a trail run. I asked if one of them could take a picture of the pack for me and they agreed. Then the questions started:
“Is that by Orange Mud?”
“Yeah, it’s the HydraQuiver pack.”
“Does it come in other colors, or is it only for girls?”
“Oh, it comes in lots of colors like orange, gray, and black.”
“What about gels? Is there a place for those?”
“Indeed there is!” This gave me a chance to point out this nifty feature on the straps:
Before I was even out of the parking lot, it seemed I had these guys interested in getting an Orange Mud HydraQuiver of their own!
I headed down the snow-packed trail at a light jog. After a few adjustments to the shoulder straps, the pack fit so nicely that I almost forgot it was there… until I needed water!
The water bottle pouch is rigid, so it’s easy to be on the move and reach back to grab your bottle without having to stop. What’s even better is that you can return it to its pouch with the same motion. I tried this jogging around the park recently, and I was able to keep jogging, grab the water bottle, squeeze out some water, and return it to its pouch, all without breaking my stride.
When you first put on the HydraQuiver, its best to leave about a thumb’s thickness under the straps. You can adjust them as you start running if you need them tighter. I wasn’t sure how well the pack would stay on with no chest strap, but it stayed in place whether I was running or walking.
Another great feature of the pouch is the zippered pocket behind the water bottle holder. The pocket runs the width of the pack, so there’s actually a good bit of room:
In this photo, if you look above the water bottle holder at the edges of the straps, you’ll see an elastic band on either side. These are great for stashing a t-shirt if you’ve gotten hot and don’t want to carry it, or for tucking a bandana or windbreaker. I for one prefer to be hands-free when I’m hiking and trail running, so having a pack like this that gives me options for storage is great!
I often trail run, or run around a local park, on my lunch breaks, and I like having a pack that I can use for short trips. It’s great to have water and a place to store my keys and phone. Carrying my phone or a water bottle gets old quickly.
If you or someone you love is looking for a great little pack for trail running, or even for hiking, check this one out! It’s lightweight, comfortable, and easy to use.