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Hands Free Hydration – Orange Mud Endurance Pack Review

When I decided to run a fall marathon, I knew I would need to tackle the hydration issue for long runs in the heat of the summer.  I already had a handheld that I liked to run with, it’s good for runs up to 10 mile.  A hydration vest seemed to be the answer to all my problems – storing large amounts of hydration plus fuel and other comfort items.

Originally, I had another hydration vest that I used and liked ok… until the day all the chafing from it happened.  Holy smokes! Not wanting to go through chafing h#ll again, I began the search for a different hydration vest.

 

Hands Free Hydration – Orange Mud Endurance Pack Review

My search led me to Orange Mud… upon looking at their packs, I noticed that everything sat higher on the body. The higher carrying profile certainly appealed to this short girl! I ordered up an Orange Mud Endurance Pack to try out.

Hands Free Hydration - Orange Mud Endurance Pack Review

The Endurance Pack is not gender specific, but you can customize it to fit your shape.  The front has 2 straps that are adjustable and stretchy.  You can adjust the front strap fit between the  4 different anchor points.   The straps on the side are also adjustable, but not stretchy.  The outside of the vest is constructed with a durable, stretchable fabric, on the inside of the vest is a breathable mesh.

Hands Free Hydration - Orange Mud Endurance Pack Review

It comes with a 2L Hydropack bladder that opens on the top with a sliding mechanism.  The hose has a quick disconnect for cleaning.  I found the hose to be a bit long, but if you are brave enough you can cut it to the size you need.  The bladder hooks up to the bladder compartment in the vest by a velcro tab.

There is a ton of storage in this thing.  Two front pockets that can hold a ton of stuff – my phone fit nicely in these. You can snug up the pockets via the cord and will fit the Orange Mud 15oz Soft Flask.  There are 2 shoulder pockets that close with velcro, good for storing fuel.  On the back, in addition to the bladder compartment, there is another compartment equally as large and then a zippered elastic pocket.

Hands Free Hydration - Orange Mud Endurance Pack Review

In addition to the pack, you can purchase optional accessoreies such as trekking pole holders and an additional bag to add on for even more storage.

Bottom Line

I really can’t say enough good things about this hydration pack!  I have experienced ZERO chafing with this pack.  It is lightweight… doesn’t bounce… and is comfortable.  In fact, there were times when I forgot I had it on.  It has gotten me through marathon training during the Houston summer and I expect it to get me through many more seasons of running.

I purchased the Orange Mud Endurance Hydration pack with my own money, all opinions are my own. 

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Coco

    I love my Hydraquiver but didn’t know they had a vest like this. I wonder if it would be cooler than my Nathan if it sits up higher?

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    1. Vicki (Post author)

      I think they recently came out with it.

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  2. Kim G

    Like you, I usually ran with a handheld but it was starting to annoy me after 12 miles, so 2 weeks before the marathon I decided to try the The HydraQuiver Single Barrel. I know, I know…definitely not wise to wait so long to try something new, but I used it for an 8 mile run and it was fine. I used it for the marathon and loved it!

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    1. Vicki (Post author)

      That is cutting it close!

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  3. MCM Mama

    I keep thinking about a hydration pack, but I tend to get so sweaty in the summers here…

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    1. Vicki (Post author)

      I think mine gain at least 5lbs in sweat by the time the run is over 🙂

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  4. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    This looks like a great hydration pack! I’m thinking of getting a new one with a bladder, right now I have the single barrel Orange Mud Hydraquiver and it seems to have reached its expiration date!
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    1. Vicki (Post author)

      I really like using it.

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