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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Review and Giveaway: Hydrapouch

Today is my birthday!  What better way to celebrate than with a giveaway??  The lovely folks at Hydrapouch were kind enough to sponsor a giveaway for my blog!  They sent me my very own Hydrapouch to test, and they're offering a free Hydrapouch to one of my lucky readers!

Hydrapouch is a replacement for cups during a race.  There are a few really great things about it.  First, it's light and easy to carry.  It's made of silicone and has a clip on the back that makes it easy to attach to either your waistband or a belt.  During my test, I clipped it on to my Spibelt (which is what I would likely have with me during an actual race).

I've always complained during races that I can't run and drink at the same time - water or gatorade ends up in my nose, and I feel like I'm drowning.  As a result, I always walk through water stops.  During my little test run, I filled the Hydrapouch and then tried running and drinking from it.  It was amazing -- it worked!  No drowning feeling, I was able to sip right out of the pouch with no issues.  Better yet, if you are at a race, it's always best to drop your cup close to the water stop so that it can be cleaned up.  With Hydrapouch, you can carry it with you for as long as you need it and then just clip it back in place again.

The best thing about Hydrapouch?  Well, it saves cups.  I just volunteered at a race 10 days ago,  and I can tell you how insane it was.  I was only at the finish line and the amount of cups we used really was crazy.  Think about how many water stops there are during a race...  how many runners... how many cups?  CRAZY!

Now, you might be thinking "oh, but what a pain to have to stop and fill this thing!!"  Well, that's where race directors come in.  Check out the Hydrapour, which goes with the Hydrapouch.  In order to really make Hydrapouch work, race directors need to support it by installing Hydrapours on coolers and giving runners access to them.  First of all, this would make life so much easier for volunteers.  Second, it saves money, time and trash at races.  Hydrapouch/Hydrapour is being embraced at some events (check out the list).  Support these races and encourage your local race directors to start embracing cup free racing!

Now, I went out with my wonderful photographer husband and got some photos of me and my Hydrapouch. Let's just say that they didn't turn out very well (it was getting dark, my outfit was a poor choice, etc).  We want to retry, but the situation was just not great on Monday for the photos, and we haven't had a chance to get back out and take more.  So, here is a photo that I swiped off of the Hydrapouch website of what I'd like to look like with my Hydrapouch...


So, now for the Giveaway!  The winner of this giveaway will get their very own Hydrapouch in the color of their choice.  I'll connect you with my contact at Hydrapouch and they'll send one right out to you!

Here's how to enter.  Please leave one comment per entry:

  1. MANDATORY.  Visit the Hydrapouch website, take a look around and let me know what you think about Hydrapouch and cup free racing.
  2. (Optional) Become a follower of my blog, or leave a comment to let me know that you already are!
  3. (Optional) Become a follower of my blog on Facebook, or leave a comment to let me know that you already are!
  4. (Optional) Leave me a comment to tell me if you'd like me to go out and try another photo shoot with the Hydrapouch, and I'll post the photos when I post the winner of the Giveaway! 
  5. (Optional) Share this giveaway on your own blog, Facebook or Twitter!

This giveaway is open for comments until Thursday, June 24 at 11:59pm.  I'll announce the winner on Friday, June 25.  Good luck!

Disclaimer: Hydrapouch sent me a free sample of this product to test.  I received no monetary compensation and was not asked to post a positive review.

38 comments:

Kitzzy said...

I've seen this before and keep meaning to try it, so not better time than if I win one ;) I think the best thing is being able to grab water and keep going until I need it instead of either 1) stopping near the trash can until I finish drinking or 2) dropping the empty cup too far from the water stop. I want to use it for my long runs with my galloway group so I don't have to use up their cups since we put out coolers with paper cups.

Kitzzy said...

I am already a follower of your blog

Kitzzy said...

I just liked your blog on facebook

Kitzzy said...

I'd love to see your photo shoot and the hydrapouch in action!

Tricia said...

very cool

I love the "green" aspect of not going through a million paper cups

happy birthday

Tricia said...

I'm a follower

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Hydrapouch seems very cool and I like the Hydrapour for Race Directors. With a couple of those you could have some unattended aid stations, no need for as many volunteers.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Already a follower

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Already like on FB

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Always good to see more photos - I'd like to see it on the SpiBelt.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Linked on my blog sidebar

Stephanie said...

I'd try it but I'm not sure if it would drive me insane. I'm one of those that can't stand running with anything attached to my waist... not sure if it would be different since it just clips on.

marathonmaiden said...

i think it's awesome! i do think that switching to a hydrapouch would take some time to get used to for me as i hate having things around my waist

marathonmaiden said...

i'm a follower

marathonmaiden said...

and i'm a fb fan

marathonmaiden said...

i'd totally want to see more pictures!

marathonmaiden said...

and i tweeted

Kathryn said...

I have seen this before, as I am part of a Galloway training program and they talk about it a lot. I also went to the website just now and looked around.

I think it's a good idea but would be concerned about losing time waiting in line for a hydrapour?

I would love to use one on my Galloway long runs, though. I just bought a mono-bottle fuel belt and it feels so much bulkier than the spi belt.

Kathryn said...

I became a follower of your blog. :)

Kathryn said...

I would also love to see photos of it clipped to the spi belt.

It looks like you ran with it full as well as empty? How did it feel to run with it full (they didn't recommend that on the site)?

moonangel said...

The Hydrapouch looks cool! I can't seem to master the pinch-and-drink with the paper cups and wind up with my drink down the front of my shirt half the time and this looks like the perfect solution.

I've become a follower of your blog :-)

moonangel said...

Oh, and Happy Birthday!

Whitney said...

Awesome giveaway! I've been looking for a water bottle to clip onto my spibelt too. I like all the color options that they have.

Whitney said...

I'm a follower!

Whitney said...

I "Liked" your Facebook page.

Whitney said...

I posted your giveaway in a Facebook status update. Thanks!

Stephanie said...

I "Liked" your fan page, am now following your blog and replying here too! I've seen this product via their website before. It has been on my "want list" for quite some time now. I like the idea of going 'cup free' to save the environment. There is nothing worse than having someone grab a cup of water only to splash it all over themselves and onto you if you are behind. (Yes I've had this happen). The fact that if you were in a race and were handed a cup, you could basically pour it in one of these and run with it and it doesn't slosh around. This was a huge PLUS in my book. I also liked that you can clip it onto a race belt or somewhere to have it within reach. I think it's an awesome product and definately something I could use. If I can win one, even better!

EricaH said...

I think cup free racing makes a lot of sense after my first 1/2 marathon I felt like in future races I would take along my own water. I am interested now to see how the hydrapouch performs, so i hope i win :)

EricaH said...

I am a new follower found you blog through Kovas.

onelittletrigirl said...

I am late- but Happy Birthday!

jen said...

I have never seen such an awesome concept in hydration. I am a newish runner and I set my sights on a half (go big or go home) and I hate carrying a water bottle on my runs. I like that I can clip the hydrapouch and sip as I go!

jen said...

I am now following your blog!

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

i like the "green" factor of not using disposable cups!!!

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

im a follower :)

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

follower on FB too

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

posted on the sidebar of my blog

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

and posted in last weeks "thumbs up! thursday" post, but forgot to comment here opps!!!

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

posted again on my Thumbs Up! Thursday post....

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