|bite or pinch to let the water out|
Carrying your own water during longer training runs and unsupported races becomes a must. Along with the growth of ultra and trail running has followed a slew of hydration product solutions, everything from hand held bottles to hydration back packs and belt systems. There’s something for everyone out there, but personally I’ve preferred to carry a hand held bottle for my runs, sometimes two if needed. I like having the water in my hand, knowing how much I have left, and knowing it’s fast to refill. At times during falls it’s also doubled as crash protection.
Although lately I’ve been wanting something a little more streamlined, a little less bulky.
Which brings me to the Sense Hydro Lab hydration system. Kilian Jornet and the Salomon team have been field testing the item for some time. According to the promotional videos they made the system in response to Killan’s failed Western States attempt in 2010 where he ran out of water of all things. (He came back the next year to win it)
|the squishy bottle fits snugly in the palm of your hand|
What it is
The set comes with 2 breathable mesh gloves with rubber bands to hold the soft flasks. The outside of the glove is terrycloth. The bottles have a squeeze nozzle that is easy to pinch with your fingers or bite gently with your teeth. The flasks collapse down as you empty the container, are very light weight, and made of BPA and PVC free rubber.
The set comes with one 8 ounce bottle and two gloves.
|very comfortable mesh glove that doubles as a sweat band|
fit and feel
|this ultimate direction bottle can carry 3 times the volume but is bulkier|
A few negatives
This is a deal breaker for most. If you can handle a workout holding 1/3 the water as a standard bottle, then it’s perfect. I think for runners in very good shape this is the case. I’ve noticed with myself the better in shape I get the less water I need. So it depends on the individual, and also on the heat. I’ll be using this more in the fall when the temperature and humidity drop. For standard 1-2 hour runs it’s perfect.I was originally going to test this during a recent 50k trail race. I’m glad I opted for my Ultimate Direction water bottle instead, seeing as how hot and slow I was during the race. I was going through water pretty fast and ran out several times. The limited volume of the sense lab would have made a tough run even tougher.
missing bottle in set
|made with materials free of all kinds of things that may be bad for you|
A very nice alternative to those who don’t need that much hydration, or who just don’t like carrying bottles in their hands. For shorter runs it’s perfect. People will get different mileage out of it.