The Good: An easier way to carry water bottles on a day run or hike.
The Bad: Took a little time getting used to the weight distribution.
The Medal Worthy: This is easily one of the most unique hydration packs on the market.
The following review is for the: Orange Mud HydraQuiver Double Barrel
We tested this running belt via the following activities:
- Walking Deschutes River Trail
- Hiking at Smith Rock
- Road running
Design and Quality
I first saw the HydraQuiver around mid 2015, while hiking at Arches National Park. I was literally carrying my Hydro Flask by a carabiner attached to the top, when this guy walks by with two on his back.
I personally prefer a bottle (most of the time) to a bladder on hikes. Normally I carry a North Face pack with bottle holders on the side. The problem is the bag is way bigger than I need it to be. So, seeing this pack was just super cool. And finally, about a year later I’m super excited to be testing it.
The design of a “backpack” with water bottles strapped to it is very conspicuous to say the least, and in a good way.
We love our Hydro Flasks, so even though the pack comes with two 25 oz BPA free bottles, I immediately wanted to know if they could be subbed out for our flasks. Thanks to a genius design, using a Velcro strap on the bottle holders, it can easily adapt to handle them.
With that out of the way, the next thing I checked out was the pockets. The front chest pockets are perfect size for a smartphone, and the shoulder pockets easily accommodate some quick snacks (i.e. gels or bars) and a ChapStick/sunblock combo.
While we didn’t use it, the back of pack also has an adjustable shock cord for a jacket stowaway. This would definitely get used more in the Spring and Fall, when morning or evening runs can be cooler or rainy.
Comfort And Fit
When putting the pack on for the first time, there’s a single chest strap and side straps for adjustment. This is more than enough to get a good fit.
The first time I put the pack on it did feel a little “off.” I think I was surprised by how much the pack weighed with the bottles full of water. The chest portion gave the feeling of riding up a bit, and for the first 10-15 minutes I kept getting the urge to pull it back down. After about a mile of hiking though and it got to the point I didn’t even notice it.
The interior is made of a comfortable, breathable mesh, similar to that of the Endurance Pack by Orange Mud.
I’m not a profuse sweater, but I didn’t have any problems with sweat wicking after a few miles of moderate hiking/running.
I can’t help but love this pack. The engineer in me loves the simple design. I prefer a more traditional hydration pack with a bladder on runs, but for day hikes this is the perfect pack.
Disclaimer: This product was provided free of charge for this review. We have not been paid to review this product and all opinions are ours and based on an actual product test.