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Get in Gear: Nathan Speed 4 Water Holder

If you're into long-distance running or training for a marathon it's imperative to stay hydrated. Carrying around a huge water bottle can be annoying though, and most hydration waistpacks only hold 20 ounces of water or less.

Check out this Nathan Speed 4 Nutrition Speedbelt ($34.95). It's a long name for a holder that you wear around your waist that houses four, 10-ounce bottles. That means you get 40 ounces of water total, and because the bottles are spread out, you won't feel uneven pressure or strain on your back or hips. The bottles can also be filled up with special electrolyte drinks or carb gels, since long-distance runners need extra calories in order to keep running. I love that you can easily pull the bottles out with no problem, and they're curved so they fit in one hand comfortably. There's also a little pocket in the front for small essentials. The waistbelt is adjustable so you can get a snug fit without it bopping up and down as you run. Order it from

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Beaner Beaner 9 years
I like my camelbak instead.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
bicyclebeth bicyclebeth 9 years
How much/often should you drink while running?
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 9 years
those things seem so awkward to me! i'm happy with my camelbak.
Passion4Fashion Passion4Fashion 9 years
I have a similar belt with four bottles, but I believe they are 8oz. I've only used it when I run more than 8 miles- I got it for a half-marathon I did in the fall, and will use it again as I'm training for another one this spring. When worn high at my natural waist, it doesn't bounce or intervere with my arms or anything- I'm a fan. I usually put water in two, and Gatorade in the other two.
noid19 noid19 9 years
I have the same set up but with two water bottles and I never finish all the water/gatorade even when I am running for 10-15 miles. I would think that 4 bottles would be quit heavy.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
i like the concept of this but i would never use it!
mwjank mwjank 9 years
All filled, this will be over 2.5 additional pounds around your middle. Depending on your size and build this may effect your balance. I wonder if the bottles on the side would get in the way as your arms pump? I guess it is hard to know without trying it on. I have good luck with my Nathan 20oz. bottle carrier. When am running quite long there are a few places in town where I know I can top it off. When it is full, it feels quite heavy. The 40 oz would be twice as heavy. I have no problem remembering to drink. Each time I sip I feel lighter.
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