Rated1out of5byDan HaleyfromIcicle buttBought this for long marathon training runs. Tried it out yesterday, in one degree cold. A half hour into the run I had (a) much less water than i'd expected, and (b) icicles all over my rear end. The bottle is chintzy, with a plastic valve that has no seal. As the thing is designed to sit horizontally across the lower back, it is pretty much inevitable that it is going to leak - and it does. I suspect, though I have not checked, that in addition to the $40 cost of this thing, a better quality bottle is available for purchase - one that doesn't leak all over your butt. The reason I haven't checked is that there is no chance I would pay more for what should be a no-brainer feature of a hydration pack. It shouldn't leak. Don't waste money on this. Headed back to REI today to return.
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated4out of5byMaryland RunnerfromTakes some adjusting, but good packI purchased this mainly for the Pike's Peak Marathon. I also have a similarly designed Ultimate Direction hydration waistpack. The UD waistpack rubs a spot along my back waistline, so I thought I would try the Amphipod. I first wore the Amphipod in a 15 mile trailrace and my first impression was that it was difficult to tighten the waistbelt. The elastic belt makes it a little harder to get a snug fit and the the belt clasp isn't as easy to adjust. It took a fair bit of adjusting, but it eventually settled into the right spot. In comparison to the UD waistpack, the other thing I noticed was that the Amphipod doesn't have as much storage room for gels, bars, keys, phone, etc. I don't run with a lot of items, but if I'm on a trail running for 2+ hours, I normally bring along several gels. There is probably just enough room for 3 gels. I didn't have any issues with the bottle leaking. It is easy to remove and put back in the waistpack while running. Since the bottle removes from the right side of the pack, I'm not sure if a left handed runner would find it equally easy to remove? It has a little elastic type cord that slips over the mouthpiece of the bottle which holds it in place and keeps it from falling out of the pack. It might be nice to have one of these on both sides, so then the bottle could go in from the left or the right. Also, I appreciate the extra thought and design to the Amphipod bottle, it fits nicely in my hand. However, I'm not sure that it makes much difference in terms of comfort and how a regular water bottle would sit in a waistpack. All in all, I like the pack and will be using it on more runs. I have a pouch from another running belt that I've been able to slip on and I can keep it in the front with my phone and more gels when needed. The waistpack held up great during Pike's Peak and I did not have any trouble getting it adjusted.
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated2out of5bysqroot3fromWAY TOO BOUNCY! do not recommendMy friend has a previous incarnation of the amphipod full-tilt waistpack, and he loves it. This new version, though, thanks to AirStretch technology, is WAY, WAY, WAY TOO BOUNCY. I used mine today on a 5-mile trail run and it was torture when the bottle was full. No amount of cinching down the belt on my waist and around my belly fat and super-toned abs helped. I promptly returned it after my run (thanks, REI). Sad--I really wanted to like it, and the elastic pouch seemed to work well.
I highly recommend AGAINST this product if you are doing any sort of running or jogging. (It's probably fine for walking.) The old version, without AirStretch technology (just woven nylon straps), is way less bouncy.
Date published: 2013-08-17
Rated2out of5byMartin JfromFor slower runners onlySo far I've used this waistpack for running 3 times on hilly trails and once on flat pavement. It is simply not suitable for running at paces faster than 8:00/km or 12:00/mi if your waist is narrower than your hips. In this case, the belt won't stay on the hips, it will move up to your waist while running and it will bounce widely - unless you tighten it enough (very difficult to do while running) but then it will compress your lungs, bowels and everything else in your abdomen. At a pace of 5:00/km it is only comfortable once the bottle is empty, so it might work for you if you start with a continuous steep climb, drink everything up by the time you start the descent, and finish with an empty bottle in your back.
On the positive side, the belt is comfortable once adjusted for walking conditions. The bottle is sufficiently easy to drink from while running, it is very easy to refill and does not leave a bad taste. The belt's stretchy pocket can accommodate a large smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S3 without a case), an ID card and a tissue but not more.
I would not recommend this product for thin people who see themselves more as runners than joggers. It should be very comfortable for short hikes (up to one or two hours, depending on temperature), and might be a good fit for slow jogging or for bulkier body types (not tested). I ended up happier running with the bottle in my hand, so instead I would recommend a handheld hydration set, which lets you carry the same amount of water and personal items.
Date published: 2013-07-04
Rated4out of5byQuestorfromHardly know you're carying itGreat for running. Does not bounce around and is secure. It can leak, but only if the valve is not seated completely. I can hardly tell I'm carrying it.
Date published: 2013-06-12
Rated4out of5byMark FrerichsfromSo far, so goodI like the belt and bottle. It fits snugly in the small of back and has little bounce. The only minor drawback is that it's not super-smooth to access it if you're running hard on a trail (I don't run on roads...probably easier there) because of the need to have the little elastic loop over the valve to hold it in. Still, I knew that was a tradeoff going in for the benefit of it centered on the back. My biggest concern was that it would leak, being in there horizontally, but six pretty tough runs in and no leaks so far.
Date published: 2013-04-21
Rated5out of5bymtns4megfromReally like this pack.Started running this summer in the southern US and quickly realized I needed to carry water. This pack has been great. The small zippered pouch fits an iTouch and my old flip phone, plus a key (warning: this doesn't stretch out the pack too much, but others have warned against over streatching pockets as zippers may fail. I haven't had any issues).
While it may be minor, I hate hearing water sloshing around while I run and was worried that this bottle would be loud due to the sideways position. However, it doesn't. This makes for quiet, peaceful runs. It has a nice secure fit.
Date published: 2012-09-15
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