Nathan 4490 Elite 1 Plus Hydration/Gel Waistpack

Nathan Elite Plus 1 hydration pack

Nathan Elite Plus 1 hydration pack

As soon as I started running for longer than 45 minutes I knew I needed to drink whilst on the move, so I had to get me some sorta drinks holder thangy. I don’t like having to hold anything in my hands whilst running, so those grasp bottles were right out of the question. I plumped for the Nathan Elite plus 1 waist bag (Ok, so it’s actually a bottle-holding BUM BAG!) after mistakenly having clicked on  ‘purchase’ late one night whilst internet ‘window shopping’.

The pack is well made and well thought-out and even has a clip for a house key in the zippered pocket, which is just large enough to take a mobile phone. The belt is a little too narrow to be comfortable and also too long for my waist, which means I can have excess belt flapping about when I run.

The first thing I learnt about the pack is that it has to be worn around the waist, and not on the hips because it rides up. To stop it bouncing about too much, I have to wear it fairly tight, which can be a little uncomfortable if my tummy’s feeling sensitive. Grabbing the bottle whilst running is quite awkward, but still do-able. Grabbing the gel bottle is easier. I find I have to use two hands to replace them though, just to satisfy myself that they’ve gone in snugly. Both bottles fit well.

It does the job. If you find yourself in the market for a hydration pack then I’m sure you could do a lot worse than this. I don’t use the gel bottle for gel (I’m too tight to buy it) I just put 1 part squeezy honey to two parts water and a pinch of salt. Honey is almost 100% carbohydrate and the sugars give you and instant energy hit. Does the trick.

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