*I paid for the Camelbak Annadel with my own money. I am not affiliated with Running Warehouse or Camelbak. All opinions found here are my own.*
About a month ago, I received my Running Warehouse purchase in the mail. Before I get into the actual product, let me just say that Running Warehouse ships FASSSSSSSSTTTTTT!!! My package was here before I could close my laptop from ordering it (not really, but you get the gist)!
I had decided that with my runs getting longer, a handheld water bottle just wasn’t enough. Going out onto the trails, there are two water fountains that can easily get very far away from you (unless your running loops…blah). I checked out all different brands and even tried to order one from Amazon but the seller never shipped it (I’m still waiting on my giftcard refund which really irks me, by the way). I ended up at Running Warehouse and luckily saw that they were having their 2012 liquidation sale. The Camelbak Annadel (2012) was marked down from $55.00 to $32.88; I also had a promo code knocking the price to about $25.00! Great deal!
Here are the details straight from Running Warehouse’s site:
“Designed with a Women’s specific fit for utmost comfort on-the-move, the CamelBak Annadel 2012 holds 50 oz of hands-free hydration via the slim and lightweight Antidote™ Reservoir, with two external pockets for essentials.”
It has a clip-in strap that runs across the top of your chest. This picture was taken before I figured out how to tighten it. Now, I don’t even use the clip-in strap because I prefer the pack to be tighter around my shoulders than around my chest. Both ways work well though, just depends on where you want the tightness to be.
Again, now that I’ve figured out the strap “tightening mechanism” the pack sits a lot higher than it appears in the picture and doesn’t move around.
- Love the Bullet Bite Valve. It’s so easy to take a sip while in the middle of running without having to stop or get water all over myself.
- Holds a lot of water, but doesn’t feel like it.
- Large pocket with separate sections so you can easily find items without taking the pack off.
- Easy access smaller pocket. With all the pockets, I can fit my phone, keys, food, even extra bottle of water if I needed it for a run without a place to fill up again.
- The size of the bladder holds enough water for me to get through a 15-mile run without having to fill up again.
- (Once I figured out the straps) The fit is really good and it doesn’t bounce around
- Unless you know how these crazy straps work, they can be somewhat confusing
- I’m still trying to figure out how to get moisture out of the tube. I’m afraid that it’s going to get moldy.
- Going on a long run, you’re bound to get sweaty. These straps start smelling. I guess that isn’t really a con, it’s just what happens when you sweat. But this thing has to be handwashed…
Definitely a good purchase, especially for the price! I take it with me on every long run, and even on some shorter runs that I don’t feel like carrying a bottle or need to have my phone, keys, and anything extra.
Do you use a Camelbak? Love it, like it, hate it?
If you don’t use one, what brand do you use? How do you hydrate?
* Side Note:
Guest blogging at The Skinny Student today! Check out my post: Reading Runner Girl Takes Over