Fitsip - anyone tried it?

Sounds promising, but barely any reviews of it

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11/07/2013 at 00:15

I mentioned this in the drinks pouch thread, but I think it deserves a thread of its own.

http://www.fitsip.com/buy-fitsip/front-page/fitsip-hydration-pack/

In theory it sounds perfect for what I need, as my bottle-carrying hand starts to seize up on my long runs after an hour or so. It's basically an arm-strap that holds 200ml, and has a built-in nozzle for a quick sip.

There's a couple of blog reviews of it, which are generally positive. Anyone taken a punt on one?

I'm a month away from my first half-marathon and might try and get my hands on one beforehand.

seren nos    pirate
11/07/2013 at 08:19

if its only carries 200ml.........the liquid would get very hot in this weather very quickly.....also wouldn't be enough liquid  to make much difference at all....and would be fiddly to refil in a a race.....

 

so i can't see any advantage for the half....unless you like to carry a little warm water around with you............the race itself will provide drink........

Pudge    pirate
11/07/2013 at 08:36

Agree with Seren - 200ml is not a large amount of water at all.

You'd need to have two on each arm in order to carry a reasonable amount of liquid, which adds up to just shy of £100.  You can get a top spec hydration vest for that, which will have a much greater range of application.

Failing that, a 500ml bottle of evian will cost you a quid and you can then re-use the bottle.

cougie    pirate
11/07/2013 at 08:37
Swap hands with your bottle ?
11/07/2013 at 10:03
I don't really see the point for such a small amount.
If 200 ml is the difference between completing the run in a decent state then you are probably doing something wrong with your hydration in the hours before the run.
11/07/2013 at 10:52

Seems to me that the target market are runners, usually female, who go out jogging for maybe half an hour or so with one of those doughnut water bottles in their hand. I guess 200 ml is fine for that but I doubt it'll satisfy those of us who go harder and longer, especially in warm sweaty weather.

 

seren nos    pirate
11/07/2013 at 10:54

and it would really spoil you running stride if you had to try and run with your arm againgst your mouth.......

11/07/2013 at 11:48

I wouldn't be carrying a bottle on raceday anyway, so it's mainly that I like the idea of having the option. Obviously there'll be water stations, but sometimes it's good to have a little swill around at a time of your choosing.

It also gives a bit more flexibility for when to top up on gel or sweets, as I'm increasingly finding I need to chase them down with a quick gulp, and as I'm upping my distances I'm constantly getting myself into uncharted territory.

cougie    pirate
11/07/2013 at 11:49
For ??24 I'll run alongside you offering you a selection of beverages !
11/07/2013 at 12:10

Yeah, but every time I run?...

11/07/2013 at 12:20

When I was getting ready for a half I bought the Salamon XR energy belt. It's one of the best purchases I have made. It is very comfy, holds 400ml of drink and has a big pocket for phone, keys, money etc. 

Do remember that sweets and gels will dehydrate you if not taken with plenty of fluids.

Ultimately an accessory needs to meet your needs, not mine or anybody else's. 

seren nos    pirate
11/07/2013 at 13:42

in summer it will taste so disgusting with the warm water ivor that you will end up spitting it out.........

you would be much better getting a waist pack like the camelbak that holds a bottle as the larger amount will keep cooler longer.espescially with some ice........ and you can carry other things...and you can run further as it will contain more than 200 ml which is not enough to do anything useful.........

I realy think that the people who designed that can't do much running.maybe a big of treadmill running and think that this is useful.

But if you think it could meet your needs and have spare money to spend then go for it....but there are so many other options out there already

seren nos    pirate
11/07/2013 at 17:51

so with delivery nearly £30........and they recommend you buy cleaning tablets to clean it..and then if you look after it properely then it should last you a year......a year.....

not a long lasting product them.........what market could they possibly be aiming at

14/07/2013 at 13:24

I got one and its remarkably good. It is very comfortable to wear and the neoprene keeps its contents cool.It is very much more comfortable than carry any sort of bottle and the only drawback is that 200ml is a huge amount.

An excellent product IMO  

seren nos    pirate
14/07/2013 at 13:29

 

 

thank you for joining the forums to give such an idependent unbiased view........

 

200 is a huge amount is it.hahaha..I take it you do run then Graeme.....

even 200ml of vodka isn't a huge amount

14/07/2013 at 14:14

Excuse me seren nos are you having a go at me?On what grounds?

15/07/2013 at 14:01

Gotta agree with the other comments. Whilst I dont have first hand knowledge of the product - I can say for certain.

200ml is not much. If you need to drink then you will need at least a pint. Otherwise just wait till you get home.

It is expensive. considering you can get good bottle belts for that amount.

I can also imagine the liquid would get warm as would your wrist!

Looks very gimmicky

15/07/2013 at 16:12

I'm from FitSip..thanks for the comments & I hope you don't mind me joining in. Of course 200ml isn't enough fluid for a marathon (I wear my bottle belt for those) but if, like me, you but don't like wearing bottle belts unless you really have to, FitSip is good for an hour or so, and gives enough fluid to stop your mouth getting dry - you don't have that pulling up of the bottle top with your teeth or the bending around putting the bottle back after you've drunk, or the belt constricting your waist. You can freeze the FitSip water pod beforehand in warm weather, to keep it cool, if you like. We know a few ultra runners using FitSip to help gels go down - and then stopping at drinks stations for more fluid.

A couple of bloggers' reviews might be of interest - one in Arizona, where it's pretty warm (male, marathon runner) and one in England (female, marathon runner) - so here are the direct links to those reviews, warts and all: http://mrcarlosbc.tumblr.com/post/51484176413/fitsip-product-review#tumblr_notes and http://cotswoldclaire.com/2013/03/03/fit-for-it-fitsip-fitsip/   Links to a few other blogs are already there, too. There's also a brief review in a French running magazine just posted on our Facebook page - by the editor of the gear section who has just done the Prague marathon.  A long and detailed review from a pretty serious Spanish triathlete is coming soon - it is in Spanish, but I'll put the link on the FitSip Facebook page in due course, in case anyone is interested!

Hope that this helps, and Ivor, if you're reading this, drop me an email at belinda@fitsip.com and we can talk!

 

15/07/2013 at 20:56

I don't think I'd pay £23.99 plus postage for a special armband, but I don't necessarily agree with some of the comments above re. amounts of water - I don't normally take any out for runs shorter than 15 miles but if I am on a longer run I might like the odd sip and wouldn't drink more than 200-300ml. But I would just take my bottle belt and not fill the bottle up all the way. To the OP - you might as well have a bottle belt if you also want to carry gels/sweets, because most of them have a little pocket for those. Just don't put much water in the bottle and it won't be heavy.

16/07/2013 at 16:19

FAO Belinda - many thanks. Email sent.

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