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Weight: 8.4 ounces (empty)
Sizes: Fits 26” to 42” waists
Volume: 2-10 oz. flasks
Best Use: Running
It all started with the Manitou Incline. I was a newbie last summer and was quite spoiled for the first few weeks because Bunny would carry a pack and hold everything I needed. All I had to worry about was getting my butt to the top without physically abusing him for how much pain he had convinced me put myself through. When he tore his meniscus and had to sit out I packed a small pack with the essentials: water, Chap Stick, sweater, and of course a PBR. By the time I reached the false summit I was surprised to feel more pain in my neck and shoulders than in my legs. Next Thursday I decided to ditch the pack and carry my water bottle in hand, I hated that too. The Incline gets steep, as in 68° steep, and not having both hands free was a pain. Actively searching for a solution that would make me happy I found Hydration belts by Nathan Sports. At first I was a little worried, I mean a fanny pack with water bottles attached? The idea of holding weight on my hips was appealing and while clicking around their website I read the "about us" section. Two things they said really pumped me up and sold me on trying their product. They stated, “At Nathan, our product development labs are the terrain we constantly strive to conquer. We hope the experience, sweat, and science we've invested in every Nathan product will help you redefine your own "humanly possible".” With so many to choose from I went with Trail Mix from their Race/Speed Series.
WARNING: This is where I go from gear review to love story. Ok that might be a little overkill, but I did find a solution that has kept me happy on the Incline as well as any short hike or trail run. . .Wait, did I just put happy and Incline in the same sentence?! My Trail Mix was so light and comfortable I almost immediately forgot I was wearing it. There was no need to constantly adjust, and the flasks were just easy to grab and effortless to put back. The pocket perfectly fit all my essentials, and the mesh pocket made access painless while on the run. While I was breaking the belt in, I really had to push the mouth piece down on the flasks hard or they would leak down my back while I was running. After a little bit of use they close much easier and I am no longer experiencing that problem. If you think you need more than 20 oz. of water, Nathan has you covered! They sell additional 10 oz. flasks with holders that will clip on to the front of your hydration belt.
Trail Mix Data
- Molded Holsters for quick, one-handed Flask access
- Two 10 oz. (300 mL) Nutrition Flasks
- Large dimensional pocket
- Mesh pocket for small essentials or trash
- Airmesh moisture-wicking backing
- Adjustable Titanium Belt is light and strong, with an open construction to dissipate heat and reduce chafing
- Two Shock Cords with one-pull tension lock for jacket or gloves (or PBR)
- Fits 26” to 42” waists
I picked mine up from the Colorado Running Company, but you can also find them at Dick’s Sporting Goods, and REI, as well as many other running and outdoor stores. If you're tired of carrying bulky packs, or water bottles, Nathan's Trail Mix is well worth the investment!