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Product Review : Hydration Pack

2010-04-23 Running Gear 018-640

Brand : Crane (Aldi sports line)

Bladder Capacity : 1.5 Litre

Storage Capacity : small, ideal for a short trek.

Review : While this bag is small and compact in size making it ideal for a shorter hike I would not recommend it for trail running. It is strong and sturdy, but the firm tape on the arms of the bag cause significant chaffing of my underarms on a 30km trail run (running interspersed with walking). The chest strap was not placed in the right position for a woman to wear it but was fortunately disconnected and able to be repositioned.

The other problem I had with this bag was the bite valve on the bladder. You had to turn the valve to allow free flowing of the water from the bladder, and this wasn’t a problem, but the problem was that the valve would easily come off, causing water to spill easily, and if the valve wasn’t turned off properly it would drip water.

The action of biting the rubber mouthpiece was great in design as you could easily find where you were supposed to bite and the water would flow freely.

Inside the separate storage area, there was a mesh pocket and key hook. In this, when the bladder was full, I was able to store a banana, muesli bar, energy bar and phone. (I wish I had stored my paw paw ointment as well)

This bag worked well for my 11 year old though on an 8km hike with the shoulder straps able to be shortened to accommodate the smaller frame.