I am not a person to run without water. I know part of it is a mental thing, because even on a short run I take water. That being said when going for longer distances traveling with water is really a necessity. Since I started running, I’ve been carrying my water bottle. I got used to it and the one I bought is easy enough to carry, but I decided that I needed more. I’ve been on the fence for a while on what to buy. Asked all my running friends, looked on line, and ever browsed at the store. I’m not sure what I was waiting for. Finally, I just bit the bullet and bought one.
I bought the Nathan Mercury 2 and took it for a test run today. Actually, not bad. At first I ran with the belt a little too loose which did allow for some bounce. After tightening up the belt some, I didn’t notice it at all. Really. Then again I also run with my Garmin 310 which doesn’t bother me either. Then again my friend Dawn (yup, I’m talking about you again) was going to take it for a test ride and I don’t think we made it 10 feet before she had to take it off! But I’m getting off topic a little…..
The bottles both hold 10 ounces of water and there is a small pouch to put stuff. The description says that it will fit an iPhone, but I didn’t have any luck. Then again, my iPhone has an Otter-box case so that maybe the problem. I could take the case off to try, but I won’t. I have an armband that my phone fits in fine and I’m used to it. That being said, I’m sure if you had a smaller case your phone would fit fine. For me though I just put my other essentials in the bag – chapstick, a few dollars, and my ID.
The water bottles were easy to reach, open, and put back without stopping. The only recommendation that I really have is to make sure to alternate which bottle to drink from. Otherwise, you will notice the unevenness of it or at least I did. Other than that I cant wait to see how it holds up for my long run this weekend and the trails in the near future!