I'm currently on the search for the perfect hydration system for my runs. When I first started out I wasn't going that far and I picked up this snazzy little bottle from the Nike outlet store. It is reasonably ergonomic, but doesn't hold a lot for hot days or long runs, plus after awhile it is really a big pain to carry.
Last year while I was training for a full marathon it looked like I was going to have to run a 10 miler while on vacation in Las Vegas in June. Knowing that one bottle of water wouldn't be enough I started to look at what my other options were. I wound up purchasing a Camelbak Flashflo hydration pack which holds 45 oz of fluid. It has storage room for keys and gels or what not. Unfortunately I didn't get to try it out in Vegas since that was right when I figured out there was something wrong with my ankle and my training was derailed. I honestly still haven't tried the Camelbak on a run yet. Bad Leana for buying something and not using it, but I do mean to try it out soon...honestly. I think it is because the one time I filled it up to take it on a run the water tasted really plasticky.
This summer I thought I would try out the bottle in the holster type idea, so I picked up this one from Ultimate Direction. Again, same issue with capacity since it only holds a bottle. Plus with the waistband not having any give - I try to wear the pack more on my hips - it rides up, wants to hang around my waist which isn't comfy, and bounces around.
Today I stopped in at the Running Room and saw that they had some discontinued Fuel Belts on sale. I picked up the 4 bottle Endurance belt at a great price. This one has a stretchy belt, so I'm hoping that will help to keep it on my hips. The pocket isn't huge, but it should be enough to fit the necessities. I'll give it a whirl on my next long run.
I'm curious as to what other people have found work best for them and what their favorites are. Drop me a comment if you have a strong opinion!