I currently run with a large handheld water bottle. It’s good enough for most runs, unless it’s really hot or dry out and I run out of water. It has a spot for my phone, key, and a Gu. I’ve been using it for two years now and while it works, I’m interested in exploring other options. Namely, hydration packs. A waist-belt just isn’t an option for me.
I’m strongly considering investing in a Camelbak-like hydration pack at some point – especially if I intend to go through with training for a full marathon next year. Like I said, the handheld has been fine, but when I’m tired it’s just one more thing I have to focus on (namely, not dropping it!) and usually have to fill it up at least once on-course during a half marathon (harder said than done!). I like running with my phone, but have been leaving it behind lately because it’s just added weight on my wrist.
From what I’ve seen online I really like the Nathan packs, but I’ve never run with one or even tried one on. I like that they have a number of pockets for storage which are easily accessible and the bungee on the back for storing jackets on chillier days.
Do you use a hydration pack? If so, which one(s)? What do you like about it and what don’t you like about it? Do they get hot on your back during the summer?