I don't get on with bottles so am thinking of investing in a small rucksack. I don't run huge distances but would like some capacity to carry fluid, jellybabies, a light waterproof and also a hat.
Will I need a specialist bit of kit, or will a trip to JJB suffice?
Cheers in advance
I'm with FB about not going to JJB.
There are loads of other retailer who will have a selection of bags to try out.
I have a Camelback rucksack that takes a 1.5 ltr water bladder and I can carry a waterproof jacket and other small stuff. It's enough for 30-40 mile runs.
There is a difference of views on the waist belt/backpack options. It's really down to the individual and what you get on with. I find a rucksack more comfortable than a waist belt arrangement.
So the split is 50/50 at the moment .
Thanks for the replies
I think the backpack style will get a bit more use for cycling etc. I've just seen a hydration backpack made by HiGear/Gelert, £15, with a 2L bladder, and space for a waterproof and other bits.
A Eurocamp one which was near enough identical was £35 in millets.
JJB had the Run365 bladder in a smallpack but with no space for anything other than keys for £13.
I agree on the 'less sweaty than a rucksack ' point but I have had no rubbing problems with my camelback rucksack, I do not notice the rucksack at all when running.
Try before you buy seems to be the best option if you can.
FB, I can see your point, less sweaty and less to chafe. But one plus point is the better spread of weight distribution with the rucksack. I don't know anyone with either, I am a bit of a solitary runner. I might check out my local running shop to see if they have the Flashflo to see how the fit is, it seems this type of Camelbak is harder to find that the rucksack types. Also, would anyone wear one for a half marathon? or would you rely on drinks being handed out?
I am running the Notts half in 2 and half weeks, my training is up to 10 miles and I am strating to relaise that having no source of hydration is not so good.
If you are OK with running with your backpack for 19km, then it will probably be OK for longer runs as well.
Adidas do a lovely little hydration pack which is the only one that doesn't bounce when I'm running and has enough storage capacity for some flapjacks and a light waterproof, but it doesn't have front pockets on the hipbelt. If I need to carry more stuff, I use the Salomon Raid Revo 20.
I got a good little running hydration pack with about 10l storage capacity for about £10 in Decathlon a couple of years ago. It bounces on me, but that's a perennial problem I have because I'm a non-standard size. My OH finds it very comfortable.
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