wannabe ultra runner?

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04/01/2013 at 15:13

Right I know this has been done to death and I cannot be arsed looking back for what has been said.


Rucksacks.    I do not like hydration packs prefer bottles.   I have the OMM 10l but am not able to get the bottles out with out taking the pack off my back...  I have a bum bag thing but that only carries 750ml (I think)..   I like to carry 2 litres really...  SO what should i try?

04/01/2013 at 16:26
UltrAspire packs would be worth looking at they do them that work with bottles! I have a salomon s-lab pack that can take a couple of slim bottles not 2 litres worth though!
04/01/2013 at 17:27

Spen - I have an ultraspire vest. It is awesome! They do them with different bottle arrangements too so you may well find one that you can carry 2 lites in. Almost certainly 1.5 litres i would think.

Also Ultimate Direction have brought out some new signature packs. All carry at least 2 bottles I think. Worth a look.

04/01/2013 at 17:30

Ive just been looking at the ultraspire bumbags.  1.2l so with a handheld it is the 2l.

04/01/2013 at 17:34
04/01/2013 at 19:14
I have a salomon twin bottle waist pack had forgotten about that! Tbh it's a bit annoying bouncing around in the middle I much prefer the vest style packs!
04/01/2013 at 19:30

I know what  you mean touie but i cannot be doing with the hydration bags.  Im a stuck in the mud that way.

04/01/2013 at 19:36
Vest and handhelds? I run with a single handheld no problem but used 2 at Lakeland and was ok. That's only just over a litre though.
04/01/2013 at 19:56

whats the vest then?

04/01/2013 at 20:01
Do you always carry 2 litres? That's a fair bit of weight to be carrying as your default hydration supply
04/01/2013 at 20:02

I dont like the one bottle lol

04/01/2013 at 20:02

I use the ultraspire surge but take the bladder out. Its enough room for everything that I need to carry and for mandatory kit.

I am tempted by the Ultimate Direction signature vest... the Anton Krupicka one.

With regards to one bottle, I guess its personal preference. I only carry one as I find that is enough to see me through about 20 miles if need be.

Edited: 04/01/2013 at 20:06
04/01/2013 at 20:07

Your twice as quick as most of us tho!

04/01/2013 at 20:09

They dont seem to have a lot of storage if you are out in the hills tho.

04/01/2013 at 20:19
04/01/2013 at 20:21

OK... My 3 weeks winter holiday ends.. training has to start since I have less than 2 months to my first ultras..

Starting a short run every single morning, dont want to put sudden stress to my body out of sudden. Is it ok that I run just some easy 5 ~ 10k everyday to get my body used to running frequently before I build up my distance. 
I know I don't have a lot of time.

 I don't have habbit of eating gels, usually I just bring real food like raisin or chochlate bar. Is it ok that I just bring money and eat along, since I would run from city to city instead.

04/01/2013 at 20:37

The fastpack looks good if you want your hands free and to carry a little more.

I tend to fit all my kit in ok. I roll everything up real tight and it goes in ok.

04/01/2013 at 20:58

I've been using http://www.ultimatedirection.com/p-591-highline.aspx?category=hydration-packs and it really is good. I ripped the bladder out and can just about fit a good basic kit in.

Edited: 04/01/2013 at 20:59
05/01/2013 at 15:48
I'm back- hope you lot have been behaving.!!
Spen, the vests really are good. 2litre is a lot of weight- I usually carry 1 litre in backpack but keep it there as reserve and just fill the bottles at aid station. Then use the backpack water in between and in case bottles run dry. Most if the vests you can fit at least one bottle in the pocket and not in the wT
05/01/2013 at 17:23

Eldred, I have this crazy thought of one day doing a long run where I stop every so often for a nice homemade burger at a pub - I gave up on gels a long time ago!

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