I have worn this on runs ranging from 8.5 to 15+ miles and am enamored with this product - I have an ongoing search to find a comfortable hydration waist pack, and this is my favorite to date. The comfort, ease of use, and clever design make this a pleasure to wear - unfortunately, it does not do my running for me, but does make carrying hydration and nutrition nearly effortless.
Boasting a comfortable fastening system, this lumbar pack has a one-size waist, which can be adjusted to fit quite large midsections. I believe I have a 34" waist these days (a gentleman doesn't reveal all), and there are a good 6 inches of webbed belt left, so theoretically could fit up to a 46" waist. Purely conjecture on my part. The ends slide through loops to keep them from flopping around. Simple system, well-designed.
The belt also has two pockets, each large enough to fit my BlackBerry phone, energy bar, keys or map. The bottle rests comfortably in the lower back and does not bounce around, though even GoLite has not figured out how to keep the liquid from sloshing around. The 20 ounce bottle is sufficient for mid-distance runs, dependent on a person's hydration needs. As mentioned, the gel flask is intelligently engineered with its flat base for ease of filling. It also sits nozzle down in its holster, so the gel does not settle into the bottom. The entire rig in the back can be tightened with 2 wires, increasing the comfort level.
As mentioned, this has become my new favorite hydration pack, at least for mid-distance runs. Paired with a handheld or two, the distance could easily be increased. GoLite also makes a 2-bottle lumbar pack and will be the subject of a future review. As with all GoLite products, it is of high quality material and construction, and is highly recommended as part of your endurance arsenal.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of GoLite and OutsidePR . I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give it a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.
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