Profile Design Sync Hydration System, £29.99
Katherine says: Hydration is vital on a long run but carrying a bottle can affect your upper-body movement and also be just that little bit annoying. The people at Profile Design have come up with a solution to this problem. The Sync Hydration System is a comfortable elasticated belt with two moveable brackets, each of which holds a 235ml flattened bottle. The belt fits firmly around your waist, either on your hips or slightly above them – wherever is most comfortable for you.
The moveable brackets feature a Velcro EVA foam pad – on the inside of the belt – so you can move each bracket to the position you want and then lock it in place with the pad. The foam prevents the plastic bracket from digging into the skin and its grooved shape means it matches the contours of your body, helping to keep the belt comfortably in place as you run.
Each bottle sits into its bracket at an angle, which means you can easily grab it with one hand, take a much-needed drink and then clip it back into its snug holder without slowing down or taking your eyes off the road.
The belts, which are available with black, red, blue or pink brackets on a black or white belt, range in size from XS to L. They also feature a reflective rear tab and piping to ensure you’re visible at all times.
Overall, I was pleased with the fit and comfort of the belt. I was aware of it at the start of each run but it stayed in place, didn’t feel heavy (fully loaded it comes in at about 600g) and didn't interfere with my training sessions. I would, however, recommend testing out several positions for the belt to ensure you find the perfect position. All in all, another great offering from Profile Design.
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