The first is their newest offering, the Orange Mud handheld Hydration Pack. This is a pretty unique hydration handheld that comes in a few colors (black, orange, purple, and grey). It's a pretty unique and versatile handheld due to the fact that it uses a standard water bottle. The pack comes with an Orange Mud branded 21 oz bottle, but the bigger bottles fit in just as well.
|The new handheld, in orange.|
|The Orange Mud 24 oz bottle next to the 21 oz bottle in the hydration pack.|
|Quick look at the pocket and the key clip.|
|The pull tab in the front of the bottle. I can envision myself attaching a small lamp or something to this for longer ultras.|
|The strap in action. It's easy to run without much support from the hand.|
|You barely have to hold the bottle to move it around once it is in your hand.|
I would think that the strap is fairly versatile in the hand size range it can accommodate. I've had co-workers try it on and the strap adjusts to people with hands much smaller than mine and hands much larger than mine. The elastic on the strap really allows for a glove like fit each time. The material beneath the strap does an excellent job in hugging and conforming to your hand - which helps relieve any direct pressure from overtightening the strap (and also any abrasions from the strap itself).
|Side view of the strap undone.|
|Top view of the undone strap. Notice the width.|
|Another side view of the strap. You can see the material flap that your hand slides under when wearing the pack.|
|The strap when tightened.|
Personally, I think it's a great pack and love using it. It fits great, gives me multiple options with hydration (in terms of being able to use different bottles), and has enough room that I can bring some solid food/nutrition if I need to.
There are a couple slight drawbacks though. First, if you're planning to take a phone with you and you have anything bigger than an IPhone5s - forget it. It's just not going to fit. I knew my LG G3 wouldn't fit just by looking at it, and I tried to fit an old Samsung Galaxy S4 into the pocket and - which I was able to squeeze it in by a hair - it wouldn't have been comfortable to run with and it was stretching the elastic to its limits. Secondly, if you have a need to "shuffle" the handheld between both hands - it's a bit difficult to do that. This isn't really a huge complaint, mainly because you can't have the best of both worlds (a handheld can't be tight enough to stay on your hand without support and loose enough to easily slide off to switch between hands mid run) - but it's something that is a factor. It IS easy enough to pull the strap, slide it off, and slide your other hand in though - which is how I managed to get it to work. But the "tossing" between two hands mid run won't work with this.
|Hitting the trails with the new handheld.|
|There are worse views to have in the middle of a run, I suppose.|
|The Hydraquiver Double Barrel during a quick photo break in my latest Griffith Park run.|
The Hydraquiver Double Barrel solved some of that for me. For one - it sits high on your shoulder blades - which alleviates a lot of the cumbersomeness that other packs provide. The straps that go over your shoulders are a bit difficult to get dialed in - but once they are - it's smooth sailing. It carries two bottles (24 ounces pictured but you can get it to work with just about any standard size water bottle).
|You can see the straps of the pack in this picture - which gives an idea of how high on the back the pack sits.|
|Mid run selfie of the bottles in the pack.|
|As you can see - full 24 oz bottles barely jostle around at all during running.|
|A look at the storage pocket of the HydraQuiver pack. Beneath that pocket is a larger area for even more storage.|
|The back of the HydraQuiver pack.|
Also, be ready for the peanut gallery to make comments on it. It's different looking from most hydration packs on the market - so a lot of people will not have seen it before. I've gotten the "Oh wow, nice rocket pack - you're about to blast off!" and the "WHOA! You look like a samurai but with water bottles!" a bunch of times before. In fact, when I was on my death march at Vineman - I heard that almost non-stop. That said, that's not really a negative as much as it is a preference. The pack is definitely different aesthetically from "normal" hydration packs.
|On the run at Vineman with the Orange Mud HydraQuiver. It was a life saver in the 95 degree weather.|