Hydration has my back! My Camelbak review

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Living in Florida is so unpredictable when it comes to weather and how to plan for runs. This week the weather man said we were expecting to have a pretty chilly weekend due to another cold front coming through the East coast. Solid. I love the words “pretty chilly.”
This morning I clicked refresh on my little weather doohickey to see what I should be wearing – my little weather doohickey said “63 degrees”… No more “pretty chilly.”
I put aside the arm warmers and was soon out the door to meet Kris for our 12 miles together in hilly Fishhawk (she did 10.5 after me, her last long run before Disney, God bless her.) Fishhawk is an area where my running group runs hills as most of our town is flat as a pancake. The joy of doing hills overwhelms me!
I was eager to try out one of my new Christmas gifts: my Camelbak Hydrobak hydration pack.
For me, when it’s cold outside, hydration isn’t terribly challenging. When it’s humid and hot here it’s super important to water up! I tried a handheld water bottle but it only held 12 oz. which was gone before I could blink. (On long runs, unless I know where water stops are every few miles, I can get just a tad nervous so I’ve liked carrying extra – why wait for water when I can carry it?) This bad boy Camelbak holds 50 oz.!
We headed out at 5:30 and were on our way to get the job done! About 2 hours later, with water left in my Camelbak, I was a happy camper to be finished.
I loved my new water buddy! I didn’t feel it on my back, even though I thought it might take some getting used to. I’ll use Camelbak’s description for the pack so I don’t butcher the actual technology ;)
Antidote reservoir features: Quick-seal cap, lightweight fillport, low-profile design, patented Big Bite™ Valve, HydroGuard™ technology, PureFlow™ tube, easy-to-clean wide-mouth opening.

Oh, and the breathing wasn’t awesome but it also wasn’t horribly bad today either ;)

Winner, winner!

Check here for some extra hydration info and tidbits!
Do you carry water with you to stay hydrated? On runs or in general?

31 Comments
  • DV DoesntDie
    December 29, 2012

    Camelpak’s were my life support in the Army. Being stationed in the desert of El Paso, TX., it was dry and hot and dehydration was a huge peril. I wore my CamelPak recently on a run but realized I barely drank any and the added weight was a nuisance. Nice blog though Kat. I’m subscribed!

    • Kat @ S and F
      December 29, 2012

      Awesome, thanks for stopping by! I’m surprised it took me so long to get one!

  • Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    December 29, 2012

    When I did my half-marathon training runs over the summer, I just carried a water bottle with me … and stashed another in my driveway for when I’d pass by around mile 10, ha. I’ve heard really good things about Camelbaks, though, and I know a few triathletes who wear one during the bike and run portions so they don’t have to worry about the drinks available on the course.

    • Kat @ S and F
      December 29, 2012

      That’s the thing, I don’t like stopping! Or relying on stops when I get thirsty in between ;)

  • Jenny
    December 29, 2012

    I do have a Camelbak, a 100oz L.U.X.E. I use it on my long cycle rides. I haven’t tried to run with it yet. I have a hydration belt that I run with. I could try the Camelbak and not fill it up all the way, b/c with 100oz of fluid, it’s heavy!!
    This is the one I have:
    http://shop.camelbak.com/packs/browse-all/l/d/1067_c_100_cl_558

    • Kat @ S and F
      December 29, 2012

      Oh ok ya this smaller one is perfect…I’m not big in stature so if its not big in me it’s perfect for everyone and can be adjusted!

  • Mindy Bobe
    December 29, 2012

    Awesome girl! I’ve never tried one of those. I carry a water belt and drop water so I can fill up on long runs.

    • Kat @ S and F
      December 29, 2012

      I tried the belt but it didn’t work well for me, love this guy!

  • We Run Disney
    December 29, 2012

    My neighborhood is setup so I can leave a bottle at one intersection and use the golf course water stops for my water breaks. It works out really well and keeps me from carrying anything. Your Camelpak looks perfect for hot and humid Florida. Glad you are enjoying your new pressie.

    • Kat @ S and F
      December 29, 2012

      Our regular route is great but the random ones make me nervous lol…water is my favorite! ;)

  • Beka
    December 29, 2012

    “The joy of doing hills overwhelms me!” I sense sarcasm! A camelbak would be great on long bike rides (like what Jenny said), I just don’t know if I can stand extra weight. I hate carrying anything as it is.

  • Jenny
    December 29, 2012

    Beka, I agree. I hate carrying extra weight. I have 3 water cages on my bike, so I carry about 60 ounces right there. And then I have a bento box on my top tube that can hold a lot of fuel. Now when I paddle the Camelbak is a MUST!! It goes right in the front between my legs and then I loop the hydration tube up through my life jacket, works great!

  • dreambigrunner.com
    December 29, 2012

    I have Nathan’s hydration vest and LOVE it! There is nothing worse than running out of water…well, maybe not finding a bath room :) Good job on your 12 miler!

  • Lea@RunningForDummies
    December 29, 2012

    good idea! I usually just leave some water bottles on the front step and loop back around a few times when I get thirsty. The only problem with my method is that sometimes when I get to my house, I just want to go home and stop running, especially on those long runs! HA!

  • Tami
    December 29, 2012

    oh this is cool will have to check into it

  • Kate
    December 29, 2012

    For long runs, my camelbak is heaven. I often fill it with sports drink of some description, and I can’t get over how nice it is to just have it on me whenever I want it. I don;t find it too difficult to run in either…I just wish mine had a strap at the waist as well as the chest. So glad you liked it!

  • noshingonasphalt
    December 29, 2012

    I happy the breathing wasn’t ‘horribly bad’ hopefully it will be awesome after the allergy test and figuring out how to fix you. Annnnnd I think you know I love my Camelbak. With all the sloshing, doesn’t it sound like you have a portable ultrasound machine on your back? Hubby and I like to go on long bike rides (sounds like a dating ad doesn’t it?) so I opted for the 70oz one with extra storage compartments. My running girls have the same one you have and it’s held up incredibly well over a year+ of use. Good choice!

    • Kat @ S and F
      December 30, 2012

      Yes! At first it was funny because it was dark and quiet and I kept telling my partner “excuse me” lol. I love it! Stop teasing me with bike rides! ;) I’m glad you guys are reminding me abut the doctor Monday, I’m horrible with forgetting lol

  • meghan
    December 29, 2012

    I’m glad to head you like it! I didn’t know if the water would bounce or it would be heavy. I would love to have water that easily accessible so you know you’re never going to get thirsty. Carrying a water bottle can be such a pain sometimes. I know when I bring one I get tired of it. This is so cool. Do you think you’ll run in races with it?

  • MegG
    December 29, 2012

    I’ve been playing with the idea of getting one of these, they look great and seem like they’re the perfect solution to *hoping that there will be water along a training run (I do this too often and pay for it). Great review!

  • healthygirladventures
    December 30, 2012

    I like this contraption. I usually just carry a water bottle with keep me while I run to keep hydrated. I used to be sweet tea obsessed would always carry my tumbler filled with tea (obviously not on runs but just in general). My boyfriend would joke that it was my flask. May I ask where in Fishawk you run? I’m always looking for new trails and I live close to that area. You are right about the flat as pancake comment.

  • Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer
    December 30, 2012

    I could have used one of these during my marathon training! Looks fun!

  • Lauren Speer
    December 30, 2012

    I’ve seen lots of Camelbaks in different shapes/sizes but I always thought they would be too bulky and awkward to run in. I’ve just started longer distances in my half-marathon training and maybe I should look into a smaller pack… Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Abby
    December 30, 2012

    Maybe I need to consider this. I tried to run a 14 miler here in 108 degree weather this summer and carried no water because I cannot stand running with water bottles.
    You really didn’t feel this? It wasn’t too heavy? Rememeber I don’t have sexy muscles like you?
    I have back and arm flab. Would my weakling self make it?

  • Push.Pump.Progress
    December 30, 2012

    those camel bag things are awesome, i have never tried one but would imagine they are better than the belts, i find my belt so annoying to run with.

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