“it’s gettin’ hot in here…” y’all know how the song goes…
***Disclaimer: I received an Orange Mud Endurance Pack to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!***
This time last summer, I said goodbye to bladder packs and converted to the Orange Mud Hydraquiver water bottle hydration packs and swore I would never use another bladder again. My main reason for switching was that my bladder pack could not hold enough water to keep me hydrated during the hot summer runs.
But being such an Orange Mud fan, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try out their new Endurance Pack which uses a bladder to hold liquids. Orange Mud has become a brand that I can trust to make items that are functional and most importantly, they’re easy to use.
The Endurance Pack retails for $134.95 so it is a bit pricier in comparison to packs you can get at your big box stores. But you know what they say, you get what you pay for.
Orange Mud has thinks of everything when designing their gear, from the tabs on their transition towel, to the non-intrusive pockets on their vest. The Endurance Pack features the two drawstring pockets on the front, two Velcro pockets on each shoulder and two straps to clip in the front as well as holder for the tube & mouthpiece from the pack.
Now those straps. I will say that they are adjustable to fit your needs, but they’re not exactly the most flattering for the girls. Unless you’re me and you’re happy that it looks like you’re blessed up top. Also, the hooks snagged my shirts, which makes me sad. I initially noticed it on my first run and decided to only run with it using shirts that I don’t care about that much (no lulu) and different blends as well. All produced the same results, four snags each time I took the vest off. But this just may be operator error since no one else seemed to have this problem.
The back of the pack has a zippered pocket with a hook for keys that you can store all the snacks in. There are also two additional pockets, one that is open, and another one that has a Velcro strap to hold the bladder in place. The back is very black, I wish there was some sort of reflective detail here for those who run in darker conditions, even if it’s just a reflective OM logo.
The bladder holds 70oz (2L) and it is the easiest bladder I have ever used. There’s no odd circle to line up and pry open, but a simple sliding thing, like a zippered Ziploc bag. There is also a quick release where the tube connects to the bladder that releases with the press of button for easy refilling and cleaning. I really like that feature because it’s hard to refill a bladder with the hose flopping everywhere. When replacing it also has an audible click to let you know it’s secure.
- Easy to fill & secure
- Lots of pockets, no need to wear an additional belt for storage
- Easy to clean
- Long tube…. That you can cut to fir your needs
- Color choices
- I personally had issues with snags
- Straps in the front are not lady friendly
- No reflective detailing on the back.
- Mouthpiece was a bit big for me and wasn’t comfortable in my mouth (that’s what she said)
End Result: I still really love this pack. For running it was light and carried all my necessities and held the water I need to get through long summer runs in Texas. It was also the only pack I’ve used while cycling and it proved it’s worth there as well. The long hose was great for keeping me hydrated without having to master grabbing and replacing a water bottle. It did create a bit of a hot spot that was more noticeable on the bike due to wind created, but it was nice having all my essentials easily accessible.
Basically. Just go buy it, it’s Orange Mud so you know you’re not going to be disappointed.
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