Nathan Hydration Pack Review & Giveaway!

I had been on the hunt for a new hydration pack for a while. I got my first one while training for my first half marathon, Kona, Hawaii with Train to End Stroke in 2008!

It definitely served it's purpose, and I've used it on countless runs and races since then. One of my major concerns when I was running was my low back. I have a history of back problems, throwing it out randomly, and extreme tightness despite a ton of stretching. The left side of my low back was always bothering me, especially when I run. Especially with my northface single bottle hydration pack.

I came up with a theory. Having the single bottle, weighing me down at one spot, in a tilted angle, might be contributing to my back pain since I was unable to evenly distribute the water around my waist. I started searching out hydration packs that held 2 or more 'flasks' and were more ergonomic looking.



I found Nathan's website through another blogger, and loved the look and specs on their hydration packs. I got in touch with the amazing folks over at Nathan who offered to send me a pack to try out! The thing that sets Nathan apart, is that they are marathoners, hikers, cyclists & triathletes. They develop their ideas while training and racing, when they are faced with new challenged to overcome. They test all their products in extreme conditions, so you know its good quality before it even reaches you.

LOVE this baby!
I decided to go with the Speed 4. I like to drink. I never go out for a run without water. On my long runs, I always run out of water & am forced to stop at gas stations or starbucks for a refill. I wanted to get a belt that could really keep me loaded for a race. If I'm so thirsty during a half marathon, what will happen when I plan out a full?!






What did I love?
Besides the amount of liquid, I loved that the 4, 10oz. bottles were evenly distributed. My back pain has practically disappeared on my long runs! 
It has one awesome big pocket, and another small one which is plenty to fit my chapstick, cell phone, sport beans, and extra tissues! 
It never rides up, slips off, chafes, or causes any discomfort! I was in between sizes and went with the smaller size, which was perfect. Its snug, just like I like it, and the velcro closure is perfect for easy on/off.
The bottles are in convenient holders that keep the flasks in firmly, but are simple and easy to get the water out. It took me a run or two to figure out that I needed to bite the tip of the bottle a little to get the water out faster, but now its perfect.





In fact, I loved it so much, my running partner headed over to Amazon to buy a Nathan Speed 4 Waist Pack of her own & she loves it too!

Want one of your own?
Nathan has generously offered a Speed 4 hydration pack in size medium to one lucky reader!
If you can't wait, head over to amazon and buy one here: Nathan Speed 4 Waist Pack.

How to Win
please leave a separate comment for each entry
1. Be or become a follower of this blog
2. Head over to Nathan's website HERE and tell me what you love or what you learned!
3. Like Running to Health on facebook HERE
4.  Like Nathan Performance Gear on facebook HERE & let them know I sent you!
5. Post this to your blog, facebook or twitter (1 for each)

You have until 2/3 to enter, good luck!


131 comments:

Lisa said...

I'm a follower!

Lisa said...

i love two things from their website - the reflective stuff (would love their reflective sleeves) and the hydration vest (actually got one for Christmas but haven't used it yet)

Meg O said...

i'm a follower! fun giveaway :)

amber said...

im a follower :)

Carly said...

Follower.

Carly said...

Linking on my sidebar.

amber said...

i like the speed 4 :)

Carly said...

I have a hand held sprint, but I would love to try their hand held elite (it's bigger). :-)

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I follow!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I learned that Nathan has their own hydration capsules called Nathan Catalyst.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I like Running to Health on FB

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

Posted on my blog!

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I'm a follower!

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I like the Intensity Race Vest.

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I like Running to Health on Facebook.

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I like Nathan Performance Gear on Facebook.

Paula - Running Mom of 5 said...

I posted this giveaway on my blog.

Simply Life said...

great giveaway! i'd love to have one of their runner's pak!

*~* *~* Tracy said...

I'm a follower!

*~* *~* Tracy said...

I like you on FB

*~* *~* Tracy said...

I like Nathan on FB

*~* *~* Tracy said...

I linked this on my blog

*~* *~* Tracy said...

I tweeted!

Elizabeth said...

i’m a follower

Elizabeth said...

i have the handheld but i have been eyeing the belt for a while!

Elizabeth said...

i already like you on fb

Elizabeth said...

already like nathans performance gear on fb

Elizabeth said...

adding giveaway to my blog

The Green Girl said...

I'm a follower!

The Green Girl said...

I love love love love love the Nathan Speed 4!

The Green Girl said...

I 'like' Running to Health on Facebook.

The Green Girl said...

I already 'like' Nathan on Facebook.

Lisa J said...

i'm a follower- fun giveaway!

Lisa J said...

I love (and have) the Nathan trail mix- has 2 holders which is perfect for now- but 4 would definitely fit the bill for the hot and humid TN summers

Lisa J said...

already like 'running to health' on fb

Lisa J said...

already like nathan on fb

Lisa J said...

adding your giveaway to my blog

Staci said...

I follow your blog

Staci said...

I follow you on Facebook

Staci said...

I like Nathan Performance on Facebook, and told them you sent me.

Staci said...

I like the Speed 2 and the Speed 4, as well as the reflective sleeves.

Sara said...

I'm a follower!

Sara said...

I like the TREK pack in purple!

Sara said...

I like Running to Health on FB.

Sara said...

I like Nathan on FB too.

Sara said...

Posted on my blog.

Sara said...

Posted on my FB too!

Kiley said...

I follow you now

Kiley said...

I like the speed 2, Nathan packs are awesome!

Kiley said...

I have a link to your giveaway on my sidebar

Becca said...

I am a follower of your blog :)

Becca said...

I went to Nathan's website and found out they have a bunch of different hydration packs for everyday and running.

Becca said...

I like "Running to Health" on FB

Rae said...

I follow!

Rae said...

I love the pink belt!

Rae said...

Linked your giveaway on my blog!

Rae said...

I like you on FB.

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

I'm a follower!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

I've been wanting to try a hydration belt for longer races, I currently use a handheld, and on summer races, it's just not going to be sufficient.

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Already like you on facebook!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Also, already like Nathan on facebook (LOVE their handheld... can't live without it!)

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

I'll get a link on my blog pronto!

Canadian runner said...

I follow your blog

Canadian runner said...

Linked your giveaway to my side bar

Canadian runner said...

I would love one of the 4 bottles hydration pack. I like that you can fit everything in the pocket.

RunKnitRun said...

I'm a follower!

RunKnitRun said...

I like running to health on facebook!

RunKnitRun said...

I like Nathan Performance Gear on facebook.

RunKnitRun said...

I didn't know Nathan sold music bands! I might have to get one for my iPhone.

RunKnitRun said...

I linked the giveaway in the sidebar of my blog.

RunKnitRun said...

I tweeted the giveaway (@knitterphd)

Aimee said...

I'm not entering your giveaway because both my husband and I have the Nathan fuel belt and LOVE it!! You will love it the more you run with it...it is amazing!

bobbie said...

I am a follower!

bobbie said...

Like Running to Health on Facebook

bobbie said...

Like Nathan on Facebook

bobbie said...

Linked on my blog

5ringcircus said...

Blog follower

5ringcircus said...

Liked Nathan on FB

5ringcircus said...

Liked Running to Health on FB

5ringcircus said...

I like the Speed 2

5ringcircus said...
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dmberg81 said...

I am now a follower of your blog--feel special it is the first blog I have followed!

canyoncairns said...

I follow your blog.

canyoncairns said...

I tweeted about it too. :) http://twitter.com/#!/kattehcat/status/31055383090962432

13point1miles said...

I am a follower!

13point1miles said...

I like the Triangle fuel belt!! :)

Pinkhatrunner said...

I am a follower

Pinkhatrunner said...

I like the Speed 2 belt

Pinkhatrunner said...

I like RUNNING TO HEALTH ON FB

Pinkhatrunner said...

I like Nathan Performance Gear on fb

Pinkhatrunner said...

posted giveaway on my fb page

Stacie said...

I'm a follower!!!

Stacie said...

I would love a Speed 4 like you are giving away. I've wanted one forever. I also love their arm sleeves.

Stacie said...

I like Running To Health on Facebook.

Stacie said...

I like Nathan Performance Gear on Facebook.

Stacie said...

I posted the giveaway on my blog.

Stacie said...

I posted the giveaway on Facebook.

Stacie said...

I tweeted ~ windyrunner

Sheridan Lee said...

Already a follower...

Sheridan Lee said...

Already a fan on Fb...

Sheridan Lee said...

Already follow Nathan on FB...

Sheridan Lee said...

I would love to try the Speed 4. I have the Speed 2, which is perfect for a mini, but I'm training for my first full, so the Speed 4 would be fab!

Sheridan Lee said...

Facebooked the giveaway...

Sheridan Lee said...

Posted to my sidebar on my blog...

Christine Jensen said...

I'm a follower as Chris

Christine Jensen said...

I think the Power Shower wipes would be great for overnight relays!

Christine Jensen said...

I like Running to Health on facebook

Steph said...

I'm a follower now. :)

Steph said...

I've never been a huge fan of Nathan products but recently tried on a hydration belt and they seem fantastic. I love the holsters on them and that there are tons of water bottles cause I'm a big drinker.

Steph said...

And I liked Running to Health.

Steph said...

And I liked Nathan on FB.

LoriV. said...

I am a follower

LoriV. said...

I like Running to Health on FB

LoriV. said...

I like Nathan on FB

LoriV. said...

I like the look of the Nathan Quick Draw plus in purple. Not sure if I could carry it on a run, though, so probably should stick with the Speed 2 in pink.

Kovas said...

Follower - I'm always up for trying a new hydration pack

Brandy Shannon said...

I'm a follower!

Brandy Shannon said...

I like Running to Health on facebook!

Brandy Shannon said...

I love the decorative Snap! bands!

Brandy Shannon said...

I liked Nathan on facebook and told them you sent me!

Brandy Shannon said...

I posted the giveaway on my fb page!

Brandy Shannon said...

I posted the giveaway on Twitter!

Tim Wilson said...

I am a follower

Tim Wilson said...

I have wanted a hydration belt for a while for my long runs. I like the smaller bottles like the one you are giving away mainly because I run long with Gatorade and water to simulate race day.

Tim Wilson said...

I Like on Facebook

Tiffany said...

I like on Facebook

Tiffany said...

I fanned Nathan on Facebook

Tiffany said...

I went to Nathan's website and I love everyhing but the quick raw would be really nice for short runs

Tiffany said...

I am following you on twitter duffiegrl

Tiffany said...

I posted to facebook

Tiffany said...

I follow your blog..whew that's a lot of entries but I am training for my first 25k after losing 190 pounds so its worth it :o)

 
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