Clockwise from top left: Black Diamond Spot Headlamp ($40), Columbia Omni Shade Sun Goddess Booney ($20), Patagonia Borderless Short ($48), Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($18), Guyot Squishy Bowl and Cup Set ($15), Brooks Cascadia 6 ($110), Feel Goodz Flip-Flops ($25), Thorlo CoolMax Light Hiker Socks ($16), ASICS Abby Shimmel Tank Top ($35), CamelBak Vantage 35 Hydration Pack ($149).
Even though it's Winter, if you're getting out and active in the snow you still need to drink water. Since you are already loaded down with gear like poles, a regular water bottle is way too bulky, and plus it might freeze.
That is why this StoAway ($35) by Camelbak is great. The super durable plastic bag inside that holds 70 ounces of water, and the external circular purple cap makes it easy to refill. Since it's so slim, it can fit inside your existing backpack with all your other necessities. The drinking tube allows you to access your water easily, so you're more likely to drink it and stay hydrated. All you do is bite the end and suck out the water just like a straw. The bag, tube and bite valve are all insulated, which prevents your water from turning to ice. The StoAway is not just for Winter; it keep your water cool in the Summer. Sounds like a good deal to me.
A few months ago, I encountered a product called The Beer Belly ($34.95). It's a liquid container that you strap on around your waist, allowing you to smuggle beverages into places. Think of it as a CamelBak for your front side. The concept is moderately funny, and it does resemble a beer belly when attached. Recently, the company behind BeerBelly put a new product on the market called The WineRack ($29.95). It's the same concept, only this time you strap it around your chest. A bit on the offensive side, but still sort of funny. While these products might save money on beers at the ball park, I can't imagine actually using one, they're just too tacky. What do you guys think? Are they making their way onto your wish list?
Running outside is wonderful, but the one drawback is water. I have yet to find a water fountain when I am out trail running.
Now, you could wear the Terminator FuelBelt like Fergie Ferg, or you could opt to use the FlashFlo ($40) by CamelBak.
The FlashFlo is a fanny pack designed to hold water that has a built in drinking tube with an easy to use valve. Clip the tube to your shirt and you are good to go. You can easily slip the tubing to either side of the pack so it easy to use if you are right or left handed. The FlashFlo also has a zippered pocket for your keys and a secure outer pocket for your iPod. The fanny pack style is better suited for walking, hiking and trail running than the backpack style hydration units made by CamelBak.
So run those trails carrying 45 ounces of water sitting comfortably on your waist. Buy one directly from CamelBak.
If you are into doing anything outdoors, you've got to have a Camelbak. It's an easy way to make sure you've always got your water with you.
Using the Camelbak keeps your water much more accessible so you are apt to drink as much water as you need.
It's a pack that has a reservoir pouch that holds the water. And there's a little tube that goes from there all the way up to your shoulder. To get the water out, you bite down on the end and suck - it's like a big straw - it's so easy.
But won't my water freeze? Nope. Camelbak makes insulated packs like this one so your water is protected from the cold. It's called the Sugar pack. You know I love that!!!