Hands-free running, extra storage, and comfort. These were three aspects I desired for my trail running hydration system at the Bandera 100 km trail run. Six or so weeks out from the race I purchased the Nathan Elite 2V Plus Water Bottle Carrier which I hoped would fill this need.
The Basic Specs:
- Manufacturer: Nathan
- Twin angled insulated water bottle holsters.
- Two 22 oz BPA-free water bottles.
- Zippered rear pocket.
- Twin removable front pockets.
- Fits 26″-42″ waists.
Out of the Box
The first thing you naturally do with a waist hydration pack is put the bugger on. Right from the get-go, I was impressed with how comfortable the carrier felt. I couldn’t feel any bottles putting pressure on any area of my back. It just fit. That is probably the simplest way to explain it. Of course, the bottles and storage area were empty so the true test was yet to come.
The other obvious significant feature are the three separate zippered storage pouches. Using the Endurance Buzz unofficial volume measurement device, each pocket can hold a good medium fist full of trail running needs…or wants.
The pocket in the back, sits between the two bottle holsters and is built directly into the belt. The two side pockets have a really nice feature – they can be removed. If you only need a bit of storage area and the back pocket is sufficient, simply remove the Velcro attached pockets if you want to streamline the carrier. Nice.
After thoroughly looking through each pocket, my nerdiness was a bit disappointed in not seeing the handy key-hook similar to the Nathan Quickdraw Plus. The permanent back pocket would be a great place for it. Boo hoo!
Enough lookin’, time to use the Nathan water bottle carrier on the trail!
With bottles filled and pockets partially loaded, I headed out for a 20 mile trail run. When I first started walking down the trail with the Nathan Elite 2V Plus, the obvious first sensation is weight. 44 ounces of water attached to your body is definitely noticeable. I didn’t feel awkward or unbalanced but simply a bit loaded down.
A subtle but nice detail was the little loop to tuck the extra strap behind to eliminate the excess strap from flopping around while you run.
Within a couple minutes, I started running down the trail and was impressed with how connected to the body the carrier felt. Everything felt in place, secure, and moving with my body, not against it. Eventually the whole loaded down sensation disappeared as well. The carrier simply became an extension of my body.
After 15 minutes of running, I reach back to get my first drink and become aware of another cool feature – the circular ring clip. The ring clip becomes a great way to pull the bottle out of the holster. Reach back, feel the clip, and pull. This worked slick.
As a simple way to keep the load balanced, I would roughly alternate between bottles whenever I would take a drink.
My first run with the Nathan water bottle carrier was definitely a pleasant experience.
How would it respond over 100 km?
For 14+ hours, the Nathan Elite 2V water bottle carrier was around my waist and loaded down. I carried two full bottles, the rear pocket had extra HEED in plastic baggies, my Flip camcorder was in one side pocket, and 1-2 food bars in the other side pocket. The carrier worked flawlessly and also became a bit of added cushion during my only digger.
Even with the added stuff, the carrier really felt connected and a part of my body.
✔ Hands-free running
✔ Extra storage
Waist hydration carrier happiness is frequently body dependent. For some, anything around the waist is a no-no for stomach happiness. What works for one person, may not work for another. So it is a bit of trial and error to find what works for you.
Smaller and larger bodies may have issues with the Nathan carrier because it is designed for a minimum waist circumference of 26 inches and maximum of 42 inches.
But, if you are looking for a two bottle waist hydration carrier that has expandable storage options and are in the more average waist sizes, the Nathan Elite 2V Plus Water Bottle Carrier is definitely worth a look.
You can purchase the Nathan Elite 2V Plus Water Bottle Carrier at Running Warehouse (Shoes, Packs, Clothes, Lights, and more…plus 2-day free shipping!).
Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com
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Posted on 28 Jan 2010
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