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Day 162… Gear, Gear and More Gear

Posted on November 16, 2011 by Margaret Schlachter

The gear started to roll in today. I already have my headlamps, strobes, GPS Heart Rate monitor, one pair of gloves and now its time to add more. After a spending spree the other night on my supplemental nutrition and some last minute gear items they are all starting to come in for the upcoming race. Meaning it is inching ever closer to race day. The first item arrived today, like Christmas except I bought it myself, a Nathan Flurry hydration belt.

I picked the Nathan Flurry Hydration Belt for it’s insulation and pocket space. It is the perfect winter running belt for many reasons but I was sold on one feature, the fact you can completely zip in your water bottle. This is not only handy so that liquids don’t freeze but for obstacle racing for when you jump off a plank you don’t have to worry about your belt going one direction and your water bottle the other. It holds a 22 ounce bottle snugly and securely in the two zipped pockets, and when not having to worry about it falling out at an obstacle the sides open and velcro back leaving it easy to access while during running sections. Really what more could you ask for an obstacle race.

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From the company:

“Thinsulate┬« insulation wrapped around a horizontal bottle holster plus zippered entry from either side equals the perfect pak for an hour of cross-country skiing, running, snowshoeing, or snowboarding. In extreme cold, leave both ends of the holster zipped tightly until you need to drink. In moderately cold temperatures, open either end of the holster to provide faster fluid access. Twin waistbelt pockets let you carry ski wax, snacks, or sunscreen within easy reach.”

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I have to admit, I have not tried it out yet, I cannot attest to how it sits while running, but I am a big fan of their other belts and prefer a belt over a pack when possible. This seems to fully meet all my needs. Testing it out this afternoon the two pockets on either side hold a far amount of stuff and should be able to hold what I need for different laps during the 24-28 hours of the race. The fit is really comfortable, but until I get out on the roads or trail I cannot give a full report. But for now all I can say is I am one step closer to World’s Toughest Mudder in December.