Author Archives: Laurie Hess

Update FuelBelt Ergo Hydration Running Belt

FuelBelt Ergo Hydration Running Belt

Update FuelBelt Ergo Hydration Running Belt

I recently ran a half marathon on a rail trail on a hot and humid morning in York, PA.  I used the FuelBelt Ergo Hydration Running Belt for the first time.

The three features I was especially interested in were the micro race locks to hold my race bib in place, the front pouch to hold my phone, and, of course, the overall fit and comfort of the belt.

I attached my bib to the belt using the micro race locks provided with the belt. I was apprehensive about the bib flopping around since I usually use 4 pins to secure my bib, but the race locks worked well. There were no issues with a floppy bib.

The belt was very comfortable and I liked having my own hydration for 2 reasons, even though the race had adequate aid stations. First, I could provide the hydration of my choice. I sometimes do not care for the hydration provided by races. Second, I could hydrate when I wanted to. Sometimes my need for hydration does not coincide with the location of water stops in a race. The amount of liquid in the two 8 ounce bottles was adequate for the half marathon, even on a hot day.

The belt did not make me hot, even on a very humid day. The bite valves were easy to use. I had no issues getting the liquid out of the bottles easily. In a training run, I like to unscrew the cap off of the bottle and drink directly from the bottle, rather than using the valve, but during a race, I liked the time-saving option of just drinking directly from the valve.

The phone carrier in the front pouch of the FuelBelt Ergo Hydration Running Belt was comfortable and easy to use. I did not pull my phone out during the race, but carrying the phone was convenient and I did use my phone to take pictures before and after the race.

All three features lived up to my high expectations. To read my review, click here.

 

Update: FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle

FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle

First Update FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle

I have a favorite loop that I like to run which starts at a nearby rec center.  The length of the loop can be varied, so that the total distance is anywhere from 6 – 12 miles. I took the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle out for a spin while running a 7.5 mile version of this loop.

The temperature was in the low 80s and the humidity was high during this run. I was very happy to have some hydration along with me. The ergonomic design fit my hand perfectly.  It was much more comfortable than my previous hand-held water bottle (an older model also by Fuel Belt). The temperature during my run was in the low 80s. The amount of fluid that the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle could hold was adequate for this run.

The unit did not make my hand hot, even though the temperature and humidity were relatively high. The strap was comfortable. It did not become loose as I ran and was easy to adjust. The valve was easy to use, but when I take a drink, I prefer to unscrew the top and drink directly from the bottle, rather than the valve. I love the new design and will use this on more medium-length runs.

There was one feature of the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle that I did not use for the entire run – the phone holder. In my opinion, this is not a comfortable way to carry a phone. I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 phone. Even though it was held securely in the straps of the carrier, it flopped around on my hand and made the entire system much less comfortable.

To read my review of the FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle on its first test run, click here.

FuelBelt Ergo Hydration Running Belt

FuelBelt Ergo Hydration Running Belt

I reviewed the Ergo Hydration Running Belt by FuelBelt.

The FuelBelt Ergo Hydration Running Belt is a lightweight belt designed to carry two eight ounce water bottles. It is specifically designed to fit a woman’s body. The water bottles, which come with the belt, are BPA-free.

It contains is a storage pouch for smart phones, which is completely detachable. Inside the pouch, there is a hole for a wire to be inserted, in case you are using wired ear buds. The pouch is held in place by Velcro and a zipper.

Two detachable micro race locks are also included. These are used to hold a race bib in place without pins, saving expensive tech shirts from holes and snags. The belt contains reflective accents for visibility when running in low-light conditions. Hex foam moisture wicking padding surrounds the inside of the entire belt.

 

Read the entire review here.

FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle

FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held

The FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle is a lightweight method to carry up to 10 oz. of hydration on a run. There is an adjustable strap, so you can adjust it to fit around your hand comfortably. The FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle is dishwasher safe (top shelf only), which is a real plus. The bottle is BPA-free, so you don’t have to worry about Bisphenol A  leaching into your water from the plastic.

The FuelBelt Tech Fuel Hand-Held Running Water Bottle has two gel pack loops to securely hold gel packs. It also has a smart phone holder, so you can have easy access to your fitness apps and music. The loops that hold the smart phone in place stretch, so any size phone can be accommodated securely.

To read the entire review, click here.

FINAL UPDATE: KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions.

KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System

I took the KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions out in the field to try it out while looking for song birds. I was hoping to find some early migrants, but no luck. There were plenty of birds around, though. One of my favorite places to spot birds near my house is a poser line cut. There are several different types of habitat there. I saw woodpeckers drumming, bluebirds nesting, and hawks kiting above my head. I did not see yellow-rumped warblers, as I hoped, but juncos and white-throated sparrows were still plentiful. To read the full final update click here.

Update: The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions

The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions

Testing at the Wildlife Management Area

There is a wildlife management area located just north of where I live. Each year thousands of tundra swans, snow geese and other waterfowl gather on the man-made lake there to await the perfect time for their journey north. I just checked. 70,000 snow geese were counted today. (How do they make those counts?) More are expected tomorrow. They come every February, congregate on the lake and eat the leftover corn from surrounding fields. One day in late March, one of the geese sounds the call, and they are all gone. Woosh! Like that! Off to their breeding grounds in the tundra. I tested the KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions to view the snow geese and ducks at the lake and surrounding ponds.

The The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions was tested by the reviewer while driving and hiking. It was found to be comfortable and allowed easy, quick access to the binoculars. To read the review, please go here.