Disclaimer: I received a free Orange Mud Single Barrel HydraQuiver as part of being a BibRave Pro. All opinions are my own. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!
A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to test out the Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1. That product totally changed my long-run life! You can read my review of the VP1 here. So when offered the chance to test out the HydraQuiver Single Barrel, I eagerly accepted and was excited to compare these two Orange Mud products.
The HydraQuiver is an alternative to sloshing and bouncing of traditional hydration packs that utilize a bladder technology to hold fluids. Their website states “the HydraQuiver sports silky smooth webbing, long spandex pockets to hold your phone while running, an interior rear cargo storage and a secure zipper pull.” Some other features include:
Thick foam padding and big air channels provide ample support and maximum breath-ability
Easy to reach (and replace!) running water bottle, thanks to a wide funnel opening and perfect retention
Reusable BPA-free water bottle makes refills quick and easy to wash
Reflective logs on bottle holder for nighttime safety
Room at the base of the pack to attach jacket/shirts with optional cord and cord lock kit
Adjustable straps ensure great fit for any size or gender of runner
OPTIONAL padded sleeves available for $9.99 for the HydraQuiver Single Barrel
While I ordered the bright pink HydraQuiver (which I LOVE!), it is also available in orange, gray and black. The HydraQuiver Single Barrel is definitely smaller than my VP1, which is not a bad thing, just different. It has two very stretchy pockets on the straps that velcro closed and are large enough to hold my Iphone 6 as well as fuel for my run. The zipper pocket in the back was surprisingly large. However, you would have to take off the vest to reach the gear securely tucked away in that pocket unless you have a friend who could get it out for you.
At first glance, you might think the best way to put on the vest is similar to how you might put on a backpack. Well, this awesome little video from our friends at Orange Mud shows a much easier way to wear it, as well as how to adjust it properly.
While some Bibrave Pros, like Frank, used their HydraQuiver Single Barrels for activities such as biking, I tested mine only while running on the roads. Overall, I ran over 100 miles over the last month with my HydraQuiver on my back. Not only did I use it for training runs longer than 60 minutes, but I also ran two half marathons with it. I wore it with long sleeves, short sleeves and even tank tops. I note the different tops I wore because I think it’s important to the fit and comfort of the pack. Some Bibrave Pros, like Rachel, felt the straps might cause chaffing if worn against bare skin. While I did not have any issues with that, I could see how that might be a problem as every runner is shaped differently. Luckily, Orange Mud offers Padded Sleeves to alleviate that potential “hot spot” for runners. So, (potential) problem solved!
(According the Orange Mud website, the Single Barrel is the only product that does NOT have padded straps. All other hydration packs already have them included.)
While I absolutely LOVE my HydraQuiver Single Barrel, I must admit that I prefer my VP1. I think the biggest reason I prefer the VP1 is because of the chest strap. For some reason, it just feels a little more secure the have it buckled in the front. Also, the VP1 has a few more pockets that are useful when I need to bring lots of food or gear with me. Nevertheless, I will continue to use my HydraQuiver Single Barrel regularly for runs that are 15 miles or less.
Be sure to join us for #Bibchat on Tuesday, 8PM CT with Orange Mud and the Bibrave Pros who tested the HydraQuiver Single Barrel. Be sure to check out my fellow Pros’ reviews to see what they thought about it!