Hydrapak Velocity 1.5L
Hydration is one of the most important aspects of safe running. Ensuring that you have the necessary amount of water in your body while running is more important than where you are running, how long you are running, or what kind of footwear you wear while running. Before dealing with these dilemmas, the one thing any and every runner needs to ensure is that they are able to maintain adequate hydration throughout the entirety of their exercise.
For many runners, the simplest way to ensure proper hydration is through the use of a water bottle. Having one on hand can be useful when running on a treadmill, sprinting on a track, or jogging through the neighborhood. However, it can be hard to manage a water bottle when engaging in more intense forms of running, such as the adrenaline-fueled pastime of trail running. For situations like these, runners will often turn to hydration belts and backpacks for their ability to store water and other essentials hands-free. For longer running sessions, the most ideal form of water storage is a hydration reservoir that is stored in a compatible backpack. These refillable bladders vary in price, size, and construction quality, which can make it difficult to pick one; however, the Hydrapak Velocity 1.5L is an excellent choice for a plethora of reasons that can be found in the sections below.
- Impressive storage capacity
- Excellent durability
- Easy to clean and refill
- Convenient handsfree water delivery
- Heavy when filled with liquid
- Requires a compatible hydration backpack to function properly
While the construction of the Hydrapak Velocity is sturdy and fairly resilient to puncture damage, this water reservoir is designed to be used in a hydration backpack. Aside from products made by Hydrapak, this reservoir can be used with products made by other hydration pack manufacturers such as CamelBak. So long as their product documentation states that they can support a bladder with 1.5 liters of storage, the Velocity bladder will work with it. Most of these backpacks will come with some sort of strap near the wearer’s shoulders that can be used to affix the bladder’s tube and valve for easy access; finding one of these backpacks is ideal since the Hydrapak Velocity includes an attachable clip that was designed for this exact purpose.
In regards to volume, this water storage product is a bit more impressive. Although it will result in an increase in size that can make storage a bit more difficult, the Velocity can hold up to 1 ½ liters of liquid. This is enough to provide adequate hydration for up to 3 hours of strenuous exercise, according to approximations made by medical professionals based on the human body’s hydration requirements during exercise. This is the secret to this Hydrapak product’s compatibility with trail runners; if they were to hold the same amount of water in a different storage vessel, such as a water bottle or hydration belt, the experience would be much less ergonomic and intuitive in comparison to the Velocity paired with a compatible hydration backpack. That being said, anyone who only needs water for shorter exercise sessions may want to look into a different product that weighs less and takes up less space on their person.
While it’s true that this product is reasonably durable in the face of minor abrasions, it’s still not a good idea to use it outside of a compatible storage product. After all, trail running is the sport that this water reservoir was primarily designed around, and this form of physical activity is far from low-intensity. Because of this, it is still highly recommended that users contain the Hydrapak Velocity in a hydration backpack of some kind, whether it’s made by Hydrapak or another manufacturer such as Camelbak. In addition to ensuring more protection for the bladder from bursting or leaking, this will make it much more comfortable and intuitive to actually use it for staying hydrated during a typical exercise session.
Regarding the latter, this Hydrapak product was designed to function as an accessory for a typical hydration backpack. Unlike a hydration belt, these products are fairly large and are meant to store large water reservoirs such as the velocity. Some will also allow for the wearer to store accessories and valuables in other pockets, but their primary design purpose is to accommodate the Velocity and similar water bladders. Many of these products will feature a convenient hole that the wearer can use to feed the drinking tube through in order to easily access it while storing the rest of the bladder inside the backpack. However, thanks to the included clip, the Hydrapak Velocity can provide similar functionality without the aid of a specially designed hydration backpack. This small clip can be used to provide the same ergonomic benefit in other products, like a standard backpack or messenger bag.
The jury is still out on the stylistic qualities of a hydration backpack. There are many people who see the concept of a backpack with a large straw coming out of it as tacky and somewhat childish. These individuals will likely see a person using something like the Hydrapak velocity as superfluous or “extra,” especially if they are wearing one on the street or in any other environment where hands-free water access isn’t entirely necessary. Still, this product isn’t nearly as awkward looking as a hydration belt, which bears a striking resemblance to a “fanny pack” that stores bottles of baby formula.
In the proper environment, such as a long hike or camping trip, the use of a product such as the Hydrapak Velocity with a companion backpack is much more acceptable. In these situations, style takes much lower priority over functionality, and people are more likely to wear slightly tacky objects such as these. That being said, it is possible to derive some fashion appeal when picking hydration backpacks to accompany this water reservoir, especially if you can find one with a color scheme that matches your footwear or other parts of your wardrobe.
Alternatively, someone may seek out the Hydrapak Velocity because they already own a hydration backpack and need to replace the water bladder that they were previously using. Maybe they obtained one with their initial purchase and it no longer retains water, or they want to upgrade the storage capacity for their backpack. In these cases, the cost of this product is a bit more reasonable. However, some low-end hydration backpacks cost roughly the same amount as this water reservoir, which can make it tougher to justify paying a nearly full price for a simple replacement part. Still, this product provides excellent functionality at a relatively reasonable price.
- Stores up to 1 ½ liters of fluid
- Compatible with most hydration backpacks
- High-pressure bite valve attached to long straw-like tube
- Resealable top and reversible design facilitates easy washing and filling
- TPU construction is durable and free from harmful additives like PVC and BPA
- Bonus clip allows for attaching tube to the shoulder of a backpack