Over the past three years, I exclusively wore the HyraQuiver Double Barrel (DB) for all long runs and races that ranged up to 100 miles, but recently bought the new HydraQuiver Vest Pack 2 (VP2). For me, carrying large bottles is a must as it is really convenient to refill on the run. Plus these packs have plenty of space to carry essential items so I wanted to find something very similar to the DB.
The first thing that I noticed about the VP2 is that it is has a more balanced feel as the straps under the arms and across the chest form a snug fit around the torso versus the DB that cinches around each shoulder. The VP2 also allows for more range of motion when reaching in front and I expect it to be a more comfortable fit over long periods of times because it is not tightly strapped around each shoulder. The pack also feels lighter and like it breathes better which I imagine is from using different material. Also, I like the big pockets in the front which fit a sandwich as before I had to reach behind my head to unzip the pack and dig out stuff.
Two things that I’ve noticed about the VP2 that are a bit inferior to the DB is that it is difficult to tighten the straps under the arms when wearing the pack as they are hard to grasp. In addition, it seems the bottles fall out of the VP2 easier as the DB has some squishy material in the holder that seems to hold the bottle.
All in all, I think the VP2 is a great product and I look forward to wearing it over the next few…