“Running gear that works well and has thought put into it can really enhance the running experience.”
Today I review a running pack made for runners by runners – Orange Mud, yep thats the name of the company.
I have been running for almost 28-years and in the past few years when I started commuting on foot to work and doing more trail runs and ultras —started using backpacks and bags. I also learned quickly what I liked and what I did not (see my blog on running bags).
In a nutshell I like something that carries enough gear/stuff for the length of run I am doing and is snug and doesn’t take away from the run – it enhances it.
The pack I recently had the chance to try out and reviewing stands out like an orange amongst a pile of apples.
Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest pack 1
I liked this pack from the start. Feels like strapping on a running bra with a quiver filled with fuel – with lots of pockets. Put bottle (like the spout on bottle) and fill with whatever you like (I use Cytomax) and fill front, back and shoulder pouches with whatever you need (cell, gels, mp3, money, debit card, small map etc.), snug up the straps and good to go.
I don’t just take stuff out of gear and look over – I am a silly runner and love opportunity to find gear that augments my running experience. I test (on foot).
I took the vest out for a few road runs and then out for a few long trail runs. I jossled, ran slow, ran hard and on pavement and smooth and uneven trail.
The orange among apples (why it stands out)
-Food/accessory pockets on the shoulders for quick access.
-Front chest pockets for access to nutrition on the fly.
-Bottle based hydration for easy fill, easy clean-up.
-Medical grade mesh for maximum breathability.
-25oz BPA free bottle included.
-Glove like design for a comfy fit.
-Weight 8.7oz/230grams, with bottle 10.7oz/300 grams.
-Fit for minimum chest circumference is 27″. Max is 52″. Measured at or just below your armpits depending on body type.
Website says price is $119.
This pack stood out for me because it is different than anything I have used before, had plenty of storage and hardly moved creating a running experience where I almost forgot it was there.
This is a great running vest for runs that require only 1 water bottle of fuel (unless you can re-fuel along the way. If you just need the minimals and want something comfortable this is it. Its called a quiver because its like reaching back for an arrow from a quiver (like action of scratching your neck).
One of my trail runs where I took the Orange Mud vest along.
Loved how all pockets velco’d or snugged up to keep things from flying out and was easy to adjust straps. Easy to grab and replace bottle and pockets in front make grabbing gel, cell for a photo or
Have only one thing to pass along to Orange Mud folks – tiny request – to add some small elastic loops on front closure so you can keep loose strap ends from being annoying on run (you can just slide under vest etc).
Check out their website – there is a vest with 2 bottles and more – I am intrigued to check out more Orange Mud gear!
See you out there running friends – find your own adventure and never stop challenging yourself.