Odd hydration vest / water bladder question

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Dec 2023
12:18pm, 2 Dec 2023
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auburnette
Wow! That would indeed work.

Been googling and it looks like this vest has hard plastic bottles: google.com

Plus a bladder that it looks like I might get on with, it has a pull-push mechanism rather than a true bite valve.
Dec 2023
12:22pm, 2 Dec 2023
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auburnette
Or there's also this one: ultramarathonrunningstore.com

I think one of these could definitely work for me - my favourite handheld bottle is actually by UltrAspire. Plus I can put electrolyte/energy mixes in the bottles without worrying about everything going mouldy and not being able to properly clean them.
Dec 2023
12:36pm, 2 Dec 2023
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StuH
I think most vests with pockets for soft flasks will accommodate slim bottles, I've used Lucozade Sport bottles in mine. If you need to carry more you could refill those from a bladder, pinching the bite valve with your fingers
Dec 2023
12:37pm, 2 Dec 2023
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K5 Gus
tipsku to stop bladders, tubes, soft flasks, etc getting gross with mould etc, then a quick rinse after you've used them, then store in the freezer - this prevents any mould growing.
Dec 2023
12:40pm, 2 Dec 2023
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Sam Jelfs
These soft bottles with push/pull style valve the same as most bike bottles should work with most race vests I would think?

ultramarathonrunningstore.com

Keith from ultramarathon running store is really helpful if you want to know if they'll fit a specific vest
Dec 2023
12:41pm, 2 Dec 2023
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auburnette
Great ideas here, thanks so much. I didn't realise you could get/use hard flasks with vests at all!
Dec 2023
12:47pm, 2 Dec 2023
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auburnette
I think those bottles are the same material as my existing handheld which I love - it's perfect because it will conform to your hand but it doesn't have the jelly texture of a true soft flask which is the thing that puts me off.

UltrAspire vest plus these bottles seems to be the way to go - just need to decide which one!
Dec 2023
1:24pm, 2 Dec 2023
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auburnette
Have ordered UltrAspire Momentum 2.0 from ultramarathonrunningstore as a Christmas present to myself...Vest will take 4 of the 550ml hydro flask, stored front and back. I think this could be ideal:

- have ordered bottles in two colours so i can save some for just water and put energy/electrolytes in the others. I find putting energy drinks in flasks makes the flask taste of them in perpetuity when subsequently used with water, so this would solve that issue.

- can take two bottles out for most longer runs and only take the full 4 for very long runs or unusually hot conditions.

Really hopeful that this will be a good solution - I've got on well with my handheld but it's not ideal for very long runs and not sure it is doing my right shoulder any favours.

Fingers crossed it doesn't bounce too much, I'm used to running with a backpack so am hopeful!
Dec 2023
4:06pm, 2 Dec 2023
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Merry Christmas and Happy NewG(rrr)
I've had my ultra vest from before soft flasks were common, I think, so only had hard bottles with just the normal pull valve. Also same as other suggestions, just take Lucozade type 500ml sports drinks. I've never put anything other than water in my vest bottles which mean they've never got mouldy either. Best of luck.

Oh and aversion to certain textures is quite normal. Mine is wooden lolly sticks or wood or some types of paper on tongue or lips. Xylophobia (for my wooden lolly sticks) or Haptodysphoria for general aversion to certain types of touch. :-) G
Dec 2023
4:59pm, 17 Dec 2023
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auburnette
Used my UltrAspire vest for the second time today, absolutely love it. Have only needed to use it with 2 bottles, in this weather 1.1l of fluid is more than sufficient for even the longest runs, but good to have the option to take more in a heatwave etc.

Have done 2 runs of over 14 miles with it and no chafing or bouncing so am very pleased. The sloshing sound isn't too bad either as the bottles (if you just have 2) are stowed on your back.

Thanks to the wisdom of Fetch which helped me find this! I didn't realise vests which carried bottles were even a thing.

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Weird question but worth a go!

So I have quite a strong sensory aversion to drinking from things with a soft silicone/rubber texture (probably fertile ground for therapy but that's not what this question is about!). To the point where I'd choose to go thirsty than drink from something with that texture, it just really grosses me out. Unfortunately a lot of the bottles used in soft hydration flasks and a lot of the water bladders have a nipple that has this texture I find so offensiv...

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