Monday, October 21, 2013
Ultra Spire Spry Hydration Vest
I'm not a big fan of handhelds, so I'm always on the lookout for a super duper hydration vest. One that fits just right.
I think I've come close to it in the ultraspire spry. Truth be told: I had access to this minimalist vest minus the bladder. Recently, I ordered a bladder for it and wah-la!!!
It's a minimalist vest and I liked it's...minimalistness. The fit was really snug and comfortable.
Personally, I don't really care for 1.5 liter bladders. I think they're just a little too much. Its 1 liter bladder works really well. It's the perfect size for those shorter distance runs or when aid stations are spaced pretty close together.
The bladder was really easy to close. Unlike the salomon s lab (my current second favorite), I didn't have to work at making sure there was no air in it. It closed/sealed easily and it was really quiet. There was no sloshing around during the run, and trust me: the sloshing can annoy you or those around you.
The 2 chest pockets came in handy for my headlamp on a recent run - no bounce. A couple of gels/gus or whatever you fuel on fit in the other pocket comfortably. I'm sure I could even fit a water bottle in there.
My only complain is that the hose connecting the hydration bladder is very long. It wasn't a big deal, though, I just creatively maneuvered the hose around a bit, but it did not affect my level of comfort.
As an added bonus, you can take the bladder out and use the vest by itself. It's a win-win.
It runs around 70$, but in my opinion, it's a worthy investment.
I'm even trying it out this weekend as I tackle 100 miles.
If (like me) you aren't a fan of bulky hydration vests or handhelds, this is just for you.