Ultimate Direction Naviti – Hydration Belt

Model : Naviti
Overall :  Functional for walk or hiking
Manufacturer : Ultimate Direction
Purchased : Yes via LeftLane Sports

Test Conditions : Treadmill

Features:

  • Two 20 oz / .6L bottles included
  • Comfort stability belt with dual-adjust quick-release buckles
  • Strap secure webbing control
  • Closed-cell foam back panel padding won’t absorb sweat
  • Snug fitting, twin ‘V’ canted bottle holsters prevent bottles from popping out
  • Bottle lock bungee system keeps bottle in-place
  • Reflective piping & logo
  • All Ultimate Direction products are 100% BPA-Free

Storage: Contoured zippered storage pocket with key hook

Specs:
 
  • Weight: 1lb / 454g
  • Height: 8 in / 20.3 cm
  • Length: 27 in / 68.6 cm
  • Depth: 7 in / 17.8 cm
  • Storage Capacity: 320 in3 / 4.9L

Materials:
3D AirMesh, Nylon 210D & 150D and Nylon Mesh

Miles : ~ 3 miles
Tasty?  This pack is a no go for me. I think really I just picked the wrong item for the task. I was looking for a pretty well contained running belt that would let me haul along a couple of bottles of water, a jacket, some gels, and a small single use first aid kit.  This pack really could carry way more than that and it looks like its meant more for hiking or walking.  When I filled the water bottles and stuffed the items in the belt it felt heavier than I expected.  However, its the ride that matters, so I took it for several test spins on the treadmill trying to adjust the placement on the hips and the circumference of the belt.  I fiddled around for about 30 minutes, but no matter how I tried the water bottles bounced like crazy and it was just generally uncomfortable to run in. It might work for walking or hiking, but it did not meet my needs for running.  That said I do have another Ultimate Direction pack that I am playing with and having much much better luck with, more on that later. For the moment I would carefully consider other options if you are a runner.

Second Opinion: From reviews at Amazon

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Road ID Sport (Wrist ID)

Model : Road ID SportRoad ID web small
Overall :  Effective / Excellent
Manufacturer : Road ID
Purchased : Yes via Road ID

Test Conditions : Road / Trail

Details:

  • The Wrist ID Sport is a comfortable bracelet ID that includes two 3M reflective strips and a Velcro closure. Laser engraved peace of mind in a stylish and durable form. Easy to wash and interchangeable with the Shoe ID.
    Weight 0.1 ounce (3g)
    Material Laser Engraved, Satin Polished, Surgical Quality Stainless Steel
    Interchangeable Yes, the ID tag on the Wrist ID Sport can be easily transferred to the Ankle Band, Shoe Strap or Shoe Pouch.
    Dimensions 0.75″ X 1.5″ (19mm x 38mm)


    Miles : 
    ~150 miles 
    Tasty?  Yes – Excellent. I tried a different brand before turning to the Road ID, and let me tell you the Road ID is the Wrist ID to wear. Its solid, light weight, and DURABLE.  I put it on for every run or bike ride, and it has yet to show any wear.  The printing on the other brand smudged and became unreadable in roughly thirty days.  In addition, The Road ID website is also excellent and clearly works hard to protect your identity while still allowing emergency personal access to your data when needed.

Second Opinion: From the gadgeteer

Cyclops CYC-MHC-W Micro Mini LED Hat Clip Light

Model : Cyclops CYC-MHC-W Micro Mini LED Hat Clip LightMini LED Cap Light web small
Overall :  Effective
Manufacturer : Cyclops
Purchased : Yes via Amazon

Test Conditions :
Nighttime: Road / Dusk: Trail

Details:

  • Micro Hat Clip Light with 10 lumen
  • 5 super bright LED’s with built-in 15 angle tilt
  • Weighs less than an ounce, top mount design does not obstruct vision
  • Burn Time: 118 minutes
  • Powered by (2) two CR-2016 batteries (included)

    Miles : 
    ~15 miles 
    Tasty?  It works and it works well. It does everything as advertised. I do have to say that I found myself in a nighttime 5K in the pitch black of night and it got me through the race, but I did find myself wanting a brighter more powerful headlamp for those conditions. And it certainly looks like Cyclops offers headlamps with more lumens. The reality is I had no clue how many lumens mattered. So in this case, for trail running at dusk or road running with some street lights around, where I needed just a little more light this was perfect. For times I found myself standing in the pitch black of night, I would recommend something with a lot more lumens, 10 was just not enough.

Second Opinion: From Amazon Customers.

Feels like a Patellar issue, but might be the IT Band – Does not matter Pro-tec is awesome!

Model : Pro-Tec Athletics Knee Patellar Tendon Strap Petla Band web small
Overall :  Highly usable / effective
Manufacturer : Pro-tec Athletics
Purchased : Yes via Amazon

Test Conditions : Road / Trail / Treadmill
Miles :
100+ miles 
Tasty?  Excellent.  Running more than three miles results in knee pain for me. My solution to date has been to use a Patellar Tendon strap and it works.  In fact this model from Pro-Tec is awesome: Its simple to line up and put on. I have tried others with more complicated straps or tightening mechanisms, but sometimes simple is better.  Now – let me just add something here. While the Patellar band seems to work, I have never bothered to actually see a doctor and I suspect it may actually be an IT band issue, and to that point I do have an IT Band strap on order to experiment with, and Competitor.com has a great article on some exercises to try – I am going to do both.  I will post my final results once I have completed my trials runs and comparisons of results.   But please don’t consider any of this medical advice.  🙂

Second Opinion: From Amazon Customers.

Amphipod RunLite AirStretch Hydration Belt

Model : Amphipod RunLite AirStretch Hydration BeltAmphipod Hydration Belt web small
Overall : Light weight and comfortable
Manufacturer : Amphipod
Purchased : Yes via local REI store

Test Conditions : Trail
Miles :
18+ miles
Tasty?  Excellent. The Amphipod has become my go to hydration belt for long runs, and by that I mean anything at six miles or more. Since I am my own trail support at the 6 mile mark I have a hydration and nutrition plan that starts at 3 miles. The Amphipod lets me carry water and gels with no issues and the water bottles snap in and out even at a good pace.  The other cool thing about the Amphipod is that you can add pockets or bottles based on your needs.  I have done just that, adding another pocket to haul my cell phone and using the rear pocket for gels and trash.  If you’re looking for a good solid hydration belt that can adapt as your needs change, I highly recommend the Amphipod.

Second Opinion: From The Running Duo

Clif Shot Energy Gel

Model : Clif Shot Energy GelClif Shot Gel web small
Manufacturer : Clif Bar
Purchased : Yes via Amazon

Features:
– 90 % Organic Ingredients
Great Taste
More Electrolytes
Thinner consistency
Trash Fighting Litter Leash

Test Conditions : Road and Trail
Tasty?  Love these things. I have not tried all the flavors, but so for I really like the Chocolate, Espresso, and Mocha flavors.  Some of these have caffeine, some do not. Chocolate for example does not, while the Mocha has one cup of coffee worth, and the Espresso has two cups of coffee worth. Clif marks each little shot so you can determine what you want to eat. Its a nice handy system and when your out on a long run and you are your own trail support system, these things are great.  In addition, My son is a juvenile diabetic so we always have to carry a snack with us in case his blood sugar drops. These shots average around 20 to25 grams of Carbs, and are very temperature stable, and like most kids he loves chocolate. So these little mostly organic shots serve double purpose for us and I am very glad we found them.

Second Opinion: From CoachLevi.com

Optic Nerve Boneyard Sunglasses

Model : Optic Nerve Boneyard SunglassesOptic Nerver Web Small
Weight : Less than 1 oz  
Manufacturer : Optic Nerve
Purchased : Yes via Woot!

Features:
– Ventilation gap in upper outside of lens (Prevents fogging).
– TR90 frame has polycarbonate polarized lenses
– Hydrophobic clear coat to repel water, oil, and dust
– Protects against 100% of harmful UV rays
– Meets ANSI Z80.3 standards for optical clarity and resistance
– Optimum use: Running

Test Conditions : Road and Trail
Miles :
Over 20 miles
Tasty?  YES!  They come with interchangeable lens which I have yet to try, but bottom line the provide good eye cover, dark lenses to protect from glaring sunlight, and do not fog up during a long hard run. I am extremely pleased with them.  And if you poke around the Internet you can definitely find them for a good price.  Beyond pure function they also have a rubber like coating on the arms that hold them in place even under extreme sweat soaked conditions. These are my primary go to sunglasses for sunny day runs.
(Yes, it was a hot muggy day out when shot the picture above.)

Second Opinion: From iRunFar.com (Slightly different model)

Xloop Metal Rimless Sports Run Triathlon Sunglasses

Model : Xloop Metal Rimless Sports Run Triathlon Sunglasses 2326 Blue XLoop Sunglasses Web Small
Model:  Xloop Rimless Red Gafas De Sol Mirror Triathlon Running Cycling Sunglasses

Weight : Less than 1 oz  (0.8 ounces)
Dimensions :  
7.1 x 3.5 x 1.6 inches
Manufacturer : Xloop
Purchased : Yes via Amazon (As pictured)

Features as pictured:

  • Lens: Blue- Reduces glare, commonly used in outdoor applications.
  • Frame: Rimless
  • Compliance: Exceeds 86/686/EEC-EN1836-1997 Impact Resistance.

Test Conditions : Road and Trail
Miles :
Over 100 miles on the Red Gafas De Sol
Tasty?  Good for the price point. The Xloops typically sell for around $10.00 and my Red Gafas De Sol lasted me around a year. The lens finally broke away from the small bolt holding the lens to the nose piece, but until then they remained a consistent piece of gear on most of my runs, especially evening trail runs that required some eye protection from the sun and elements. The lens was dark enough, but not too dark. For very bright sunny days, I did switch to sunglasses from Optic Nerve which I will review at another time. Bottom line for $10.00 these things served me well and I have another pair (The blue ones pictured), waiting in reserve.

Second Opinion: From Amazon Customer Reviews

Salomon Agile 7 Hydration Pack

Model : Salomon Agile 7Salomon Agile 7 web small
Weight : Approx: 10 oz
Dimensions :  44 x 21 x 12 cm
Overall : Light weight and comfortable
Manufacturer : Salomon
Purchased : Yes via Leftlane Sports

Test Conditions : Trail
Miles :
10+ miles
Tasty?  This has proven to be a nice asset for our low speed interval work and speed hiking. Its strong, light weight, and has nice storage pockets and straps. In fact it has two pockets on the outside that hold water bottles perfectly. Each pocket features an elastic strap that can be adjusted to lock bottles in place. Lots of options for attaching gear.

Second Opinion: From Bikerumor.com

Hydration Running Belt By Camden Gear

Camden Hydration Belt web smallModel : Hydration Running Belt
Weight : Approx: 0.7 kg
Dimensions :  46 x 5 x 1 cm
Overall : Light weight and comfortable
Manufacturer : Camden Gear
Purchased : Yes via Amazon

Test Conditions : Road and Trail
Miles :
10+ miles
Tasty?  A good value based on cost and functionality. This is a running belt with two 6oz hydration bottles.  The pocket is big enough to hold a cell phone and a credit card. If I removed my car key or my house key from the key ring, I could also squeeze that in as well.  The belt works and it got me through several runs, that said I have switched to an Amphipod for my long runs because of its versatile. For example, the bottles on the Camden belt are little hard to return to their holsters at a full trot, and there is no good place to hang gel packets from the belt,  I experimented with packing some gels next the water bottles in the holsters with the elastic to help hold them in place, but the reality is that I lost one during my run.  I like it, but its really for a more casual run and that does fit many people’s needs. I consider this a good buy for that purpose.

Second Opinion: From Tales of the working Mom