Monday, December 14, 2015

Product Review: Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1

The Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1
Disclaimer: I received an Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1 as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!

A couple of weeks ago I received an Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1 to test.  Over the years, I have heard a lot about Orange Mud and their products.  As opposed to waist packs, Orange Mud packs ride on your shoulders.  In some ways, they are almost like a (running) hydration pack but since they use a bottle instead of a bladder, they are shorter.  Whereas as full hydration pack comes down below your chest, this one sits above it.  Also, since the HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1 carries just one 25oz bottle, (as opposed to the HydraQuiver Vest Pack 2, which carries two bottles), the pack is fairly light.  But don't let that fool you!  The HydraQuiver has plenty of pockets!  There are actually six!

A view of the center (back) of the Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1.  Note the two back pockets beside the 25oz bottle.

The back pocket on the left shoulder has a Velcro tab to close it and is a little narrower than the right one which does not have the Velcro tab.  I used the right one the other day to hold my cell phone with no problems of it moving around or slipping out.  

The right front side pockets of the Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1.

The right and left side front pockets are identical on the pack.  The one coming down just over the shoulder closes with a good amount of Velcro and also has a tab to attach things to if needed.  These pockets can probably fit 2-3 gels each for a total of 4-6 total between the two.  

The left front side pockets of the Orange Mud HudraQuiver Vest Pack 1.

The lower pockets on either side are quite expansive for such a small pack.  I took off my gloves during a run the other day and was able to stuff them into just one of them.  They have a cinch to pull them tight so that the opening is not quite so big.  I cannot put a normal sized water bottle in them, but I would guess you could put a store sized bottle of water in them if you wanted, though they might flop around a little bit.  Mini-bottle might fit quite nicely however.  

The Orange Mud bottle is a nice sized 25oz.

The arrow in your HydraQuiver is a nice sized 25oz bottle with a solid top.  It is actually easier to pull out and put back in than I thought.  It really does feel like the motion of taking an arrow from a quiver slung on your back.  My bottle included a fortune cookie with a discount code for 20% off my next order which is a fun way to encourage more business!

Back after a cool 8.5+ mile run last Friday with my Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1.

The HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1 fits torsos from 27 inches to 52 inches.  I fall in between that and my pack seems to fit fairly well.  I am still tinkering with it a little bit to get the perfect fit.  There are straps you can adjust on either side as well as the chest.

In conclusion, and in all honesty, I am actually quite surprised by the Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1.  I wasn't sure I'd like it, but I really do.  It makes taking just one bottle a lot easier.  I cannot use handhelds anymore as I find that I hold my arm to stiffly, plus, if the trail is technical or slippery with mud or snow/ice, I prefer my hands free.  At the same time, sometimes having a waist-pack on can be a pain if your tummy/guts are not feeling too good.  This relieves that problem as well.  I can think of at least one race in the last couple of years where I could have really used this pack to accomplish both of those issues just mentioned.   I had just recovered from some type of stomach distress and couldn't really wear a waist pack.  So, I took a handheld, but that was constantly an issue because I only had one hand free and really needed two as I negotiated downhills filled with snow and mud.  

Wearing this pack is very similar to wearing a hydration pack, but so much smaller and lighter, yet with tons of storage space!  It will be fun to continue to use the pack over the winter and will definitely be part of my arsenal in the future!  

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