Fitletic Hydra 16 Review

Running has always been a “less is more” thing for me.  There is nothing I enjoy more than getting out and just running…no phones, no music, no distractions, and as little gear as possible.  However over the past 2 years I have realized there is something I need.

Water.

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This past weekend I tried running with a hydration belt for the first time.  I honestly didn’t think I would like it but I have to admit the thing was pretty damn cool.  I used the Fitletic Hydra 16 which carries 2 water bottles, has an accessories pouch, and is water resistant!

Dehydration is something I have struggled with during summer runs for several years.  I finally decided something needed to change and when Fitlletic asked me to do a product review I jumped at the opportunity.  We’d carried Fitletic at Palmetto Running Company for several months and had been getting great customer feedback so I was pumped to try out their product.

The 2 8oz bottles the Hydra 16 carries sit very nicely on the hips and barley move.  The bottles sit at the perfect position for easy access, even when running at a good clip.  The bottles are also very ergonomically shaped and have a great Quick Flow cap that allows for easy drinking.  All you have to do is squeeze the bottle and you get a perfect shot of water…which when moving at a sub 7 pace is something I have not been able to find until now!

For me having a water resistant belt is a must. Regardless of if you get caught in a storm or (like me) you sweat a ridiculous amount a water resistant pouch keeps everything high and dry. Don’t think the Fitletic Hydra Belt is actually water resistant?  I took this thing for a spin in 70 degree weather with 90 percent humidity and got hit by some rain.  What happened to my phone?  Nothing!  I opened my pouch mid run to take a picture and everything was bone dry.  Same when I ended the run, not a trace of dampness penetrated the neoprene pocket.

Something I else did not expect was how well the Hydra Belt stayed in place.  Yes I know it has silica gripy things but to tell the truth I thought once I got sweaty they would start to slide.  Well I was dead wrong.  Even after 9 sweaty miles and some rain that sucker hadn’t moved.  So I did the only thing I could think of.  I picked up the pace.  Even after hitting a 6:06 mile the Fitletic Hydra Belt Did. Not. Move.

If you are thinking about getting a hydration belt the Fitletic Hydra 16 (or 12) is something I highly recommend.  This lightweight belt dos it all…keeps your phone dry, holds enough water for your long run, doesn’t bounce or slip, and has extra storage for gels.

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