I blame my entire addiction to a few certain people I know, to be a little more precise, three certain people I know. I'm not going to name names but you three know who you are. They'll probably deny being a bad influence if you ask them about it ... LOL!
I've been doing quite a bit of research about trail and ultra running and have been dragging my poor wife all over town looking for gear. I stress the word looking here cos trail gear is exorbitantly priced. At least the brand I'm looking at is anyway. I've slowly been working up a small, a really, really small collection of trail gear and even got the wife to actually buy something too.
Well, I actually wanted the gear but convinced the wife to buy it so it wouldn't seem like I was desperate enough to buy stuff. With that, let me introduce to you the Salomon Lab Sense Hydro Set Hand Hydration System. This collaboration between Salomon and Hydrapak is based on Hydrapak's soft flask technology with a glove designed by Salomon to hold the soft flask in your hand producing a highly functional handheld hydration solution.
It's a very simple design system that utilizes a pair of gloves which slips over the fingers and thumb. The palm side of the glove holds two elastic bands and is comprised of a highly breathable (still uncertain about this) mesh fabric. The elastic bands hold the Hydrapak soft flask in place while running. The flask is further secured by an adjustable bungee loop to hold the bite-valve in place, keeping it upright for easy consumption of liquids.
|The soft flask is held firmly in place by the elastic bands|
|The bungee cord to secure the bite-valve for easy drinking access|
|The fuss free and efficient bite-valve|
|237ml but you can can squeeze in 250ml of you fill it to the very top|
|Both are 8oz soft flasks. The unit on the right was purchased as an addition.|
While I was conscious of the flask in my palm while running, the entire contraption wasn't really bothersome. Drinking on the run was as easy as biting on the valve and the hand didn't get tired of having to actually grip a normal bottle. The only downside was the chilled water in the flask got warm really fast due to the heat from the palm but I guess that was to be expected. One good thing is there was no sloshing of liquid as you ran and the flask collapses on itself as it empties and you can even stuff it in your shorts pocket if you want to.
|The flasks collapses in on itself when empty ...|
|The white color theme tends to get dirty easy ...|
Light and compact
Comfortably designed with a relaxed and natural hand grip
Bite-valve for fuss free access to fluids
Good for short runs
A viable option for those who dislike traditional handheld bottles.
Not as simple as it's made out to remove and replace the soft flask.
Gloves do get partially warm in spite of the breathable mesh fabric design
The color scheme tends to get dirty easily
Price a little too steep with only one flask provided.
The Salomon Lab Sense Hydro Set Hand Hydration System is priced at RM159.00 for a pair of gloves with a soft flask. An additional flask will set you back an extra RM69.00 for the 8oz capacity and can be found at most World of Sports outlets.