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Posted on August 12, 2013

Summer is here, and once again, it has become very important to find a way to hydrate properly.  This means you are going to need to find a way to have some water with you on your longer runs.  There are a number of hydration systems designed to help you do this.  Over the years I have tried just about each and every one.  Some are great, some so-so, and many are totally useless.   Today I would like to talk to you about one of my favorites; the Quickdraw System produced Nathan Sports

The Quickdraw is a handheld hydration system that retails for about $19.99.  It is made up of two components: a water bottle and a carrier.  The water bottle is constructed with the needs of a runner in mind.  It is BPA free, holds 22 ounces of fluid, and has a soft sip top which is easily opened and closed with your teeth.

The second component of the system is the carrier.  This is what helps to keep the bottle secure in your hand, allowing you to run without actually having to think about holding the bottle.  The carrier has a number of helpful features.  First off, it is made of a wicking material, which will draw moisture away from your hand, keeping you comfortable as you run.  It also features an adjustable strap, which allows you to custom fit the Quickdraw to your needs.  For safety, the carrier has been designed with reflective materials, to make you more visible in the dark.  Last, but not least, it offers a storage pocket, which is perfect for carrying a few small items while running.

The beauty of this system is how comfortable it is to use.  Many hydration systems involve a belt to hold your hydration.  I have always found belts to be restrictive, and uncomfortable.  The Quickdraw doesn’t have these issues.  Not only does it allows you to carry  water for about 2 hours of running, but it is also comfortable enough to help you forget that you are holding a bottle, allowing you to focus on your run.

I expect that if you give the Nathan Quickdraw a try, your “on the run” hydration issues will quickly be a thing of the past.