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Thankfully I have finally made it to finish line for my marathon retirement party. One issue with marathon training is the task of providing your own hydration and nutrition during long training runs. My trainings usually consist of one way long adventure runs through commercial and residential districts that require me to bring my own stuff. While I have used hydration packs in the past, what is unique about the Amphipod PureRun Minimalist Hydration Vest (http://www.amphipod.com/products/hydration/purerun-vests/purerun-minimalist-24) is that the bottles are located on the front of the vest. The hydration pack is designed to hold two 12 oz bottles in the front. The bottles are secured with elastics. There are also two pockets on the front of the vest above the bottles to store gels, a cell phone, cards, and anything else you need for running.
The pack is available in two sizes. Size 1 and 2 fits chest circumferences of 24-40 inches and 36-50 inches, respectively. I choose size 2 to ensure proper fit.
The back of the pack has three zippered pockets. One pocket is large and is the length of the pack. That pocket can be used to store bladders and has a hole to connect the hose. The other pockets are smaller and are perfect for storing gels or keys.
I received the Amphipod just in time to finish training for the Flying Pig 4 Way Challenge with Extra Cheese (the review will be posted later). Initially I was skeptical of the design since wearing the bottles on my chest was new for me. I eventually grew to enjoy the design. First, the bottles are easy to use. I can quickly drink from the bottle and easily replace it or even just use it in my holder. Since the bottle is secured, they don't move even while running. My only complaint about the vest is when the bottles are full, their weight can cause a bit of discomfort around the neck. Adjusting the vest and securing the check straps helped to alleviate the discomfort.
After a few training runs, I found I really like to carry just one bottle and use the other pocket to carry my phone.
I used the vest for the Flying Pig 5k, 10k, and marathon. I went with my one bottle style and I filled my pockets up gels, phone, cards, snacks, and even my medals. The pack was a lifesaver especially during the marathon when it got hot and I was between water stops. I was also able to carry all medals during the marathon so I could take a finisher picture with them all.
Overall I like the vest and I plan to use it for future running adventures. It is lightweight and easy to use. My favorite part of the vest are the easy access to hydration and all the pockets. Pockets are great for carrying medals for challenges and snacks during the run.
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Check out http://www.amphipod.com/products/hydration/purerun-vests/purerun-minimalist-24 to order a pack.