FAQ's about our hydration packs

Questions and answers about our hydration packs.

  • Q: Will the straps through my armpits rub me raw? It seems weird....
  • A: Our packs are designed for running. Doing so creates some fun challenges and as such they aren't as comfortable to wear around your house, at least not properly anyway. But when you first get it in the mail that's probably where you will put it on and think "man this fit is different". Well your right, it is! But don't let that scare you away. Cinch it up tight, nice and snug leaving about a thumbs thickness under the straps and take it for a test drive. Remember we have a money back policy since we actually want you to test and put our gear to work. All we ask if give it three tries and after three we're pretty confident that you'll dig it!
  • Q: Is it easy to grab the bottle? How about put it back in?
  • A: Super easy. Can you scratch the back of your head? If so you're all set. Just reach back by gliding your palm over your shoulder to grab the bottle. A slight twist makes retrieval even easier. Putting it back is super easy too, even at a full pace. 
  • Q: What makes your packs different? 
  • A: Lots of things!
    • Fit - Our packs mount on your upper shoulders which is a very stable area while running. Keeping the packs off your torso and lumbar regions ensures that movement is kept to a minimum for a stable run. It's also not a core hot zone on your body so temperature regulation is greatly enhanced. 
    • Temperature Regulation - When you're cold, where do you put your arms? Across your chest right? Notice that our packs don't have front chest pockets, or the ones that do stop just about the nipple line. This keeps breathability at a max! 
    • Bottles - Our bottle based systems allow maximum heat transfer away from your body. Imagine a typical bladder is at least 6" wide and at least 16" long, that's a lot of plastic trapping heat on your back. Our small 2.875" diameter bottles transfer heat right past them easily. Plus you can refill and management fluid levels easy, aid station volunteers will love you, and you likely already have backup bottles in your pantry. 
    • Materials - We use tough materials that will last you a very long time. Endurance racing is hard enough, you shouldn't have to worry about your pack failing. Sure we overkill somethings, but at the expense of a few grams extra you can trust your gear. 
    • Accessory Management - We have a lot of strategic pockets to manage your cell phone while running, electrolytes, food, gels, and more all at quick access. 
    • Breathability - All of our packs are designed with air flow as a major component. We use mesh that isn't typically used in sporting goods, rather generally medical device and military, just so we keep your temps regulated. Plus it's tough too!
  • Q: Where are your packs made? 
  • A: Some are all US, some are a hybrid of US and Mexico. We only cut po's to US suppliers.
  • Q: Do you have somewhere to hold my phone? 
  • A: The shoulder pockets are perfect for storing your phone. An iphone 6 fits great in them, or 6+ fits in the front chest pockets or in the rear cargo. 
  • Q: The excess straps flop around and are driving me crazy. What do I do with them?
  • A: Look right behind the tensioner on the front and you'll see a narrow band of elastic. Take the end of the strap and tuck it in there. Notice that the end of the strap has a tab on it? That's so it doesn't pull out.
  • Q: Is there a place to put my keys?  
  • A: Of course! On the Single Barrel, Gear Quiver, and Double Barrel hydration pack, open up the rear zipper pocket and you'll find a 1/4" thick cord with a key clip on it. On the Vest Pack 1 and 2 the clip is in the inside of the front right chest pocket. 
  • Q: What's the black circle with the cross in it on the back of the Single Barrel?
  • A: That's the headphone port.
  • Q: What's the V shaped feature at the bottom of the Single Barrel with the oval holes in it?
  • A: That's to use an optional cord and cord lock set to hold a jacket. We sell them on our site for $5. Or you can pick up some shock cord and a cord lock at many sporting goods stores. 
  • Q: I have a large chest, will your packs work with me? 
  • A: The answer to this is tricky to answer politically correct and in general too! 
    • HydraQuiver Single Barrel - No problem, this pack fits nearly everyone. 
    • HydraQuiver Double Barrel - Absolutely! There is no chest strap to cause fit issues. 
    • HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1 and 2 - This is where it gets tricky. The front chest pockets and strap ride higher than most packs. So generally they still fit 90% of large chest, especially if natural. But to be blunt and your chest is not as originally created, the extra firmness of an implant can cause the pockets to shift up a bit which shifts the pack back a bit. Most find that they can still make it work, but may require a bit of finessing to get the fit right. 
    • Gear Quiver - Fits everyone! 
  • Q: I'm petite, will your pack fit me? 
  • A: See below
    • HydraQuiver Single Barrel - No problem, this pack fits nearly everyone. 
    • HydraQuiver Double Barrel - Fit works with 99% of customers, but we do find if you have very narrow shoulders it may be a bit too wide. We do hav some runners in the 100lb range that works great, but they often have larger lats from swimming or gym workouts. If more of a straight cut, and under 115lbs, the best we can say is to try it! 
    • HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1 and 2 - The VP1 fits nearly everyone, the VP2 oddly (odd because it's the same footprint as the VP1) has the same fit limitations as the Double Barrel. 
    • Gear Quiver - Fits everyone! 
    • Q: I'm built tough, will your pack fit me? 
    • A: Yes!
      • HydraQuiver Single Barrel - No problem, this pack fits nearly everyone. 
      • HydraQuiver Double Barrel - Absolutely! There is no chest strap to cause fit issues. 
      • HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1 and 2 - Only limits at a 50 to 52" chest.
      • Gear Quiver - Fits everyone! 
    • Q: I'm far from scrawny, will your pack fit me? 
    • A: Yes!
      • HydraQuiver Single Barrel - No problem, this pack fits nearly everyone. 
      • HydraQuiver Double Barrel - Absolutely! There is no chest strap to cause fit issues. 
      • HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1 and 2 - Only limits at a 50 to 52" chest.
      • Gear Quiver - Fits everyone!