Asics Barrios Bottle Belt
In line with my principal that I never try anything out for the first time on Race Day, I took this out for a trial on my run with Shana on Tuesday morning - an easy jog up to the lighthouse and back, with drinks & food stops thown in for good measure. I’ve a feeling that next time I say we can eat during a run that Shana’ll be bringing the food though - she was seriously unimpressed with the gels I brought along!
ANYWAY . . . the Asics bottle belt. Looks good, with a nice lightweight construction, lots of discrete reflective bits, and an adjustable elasticated belt. It comes with two 6oz (~200ml) bottles, and two 4oz gel flasks. We were running with just the bottles.
The problem I found with it though is that the water bottles seemed to have some sort of moulding defect - getting the lids to mate with the thread was really difficult, and then they were only watertight when done up really tight. I mean so tight that the paml of my had had a bright red line across it. Of course, I only found out that they were leaking after about a mile of running, when I realised that the back of my shorts, legs, and even my socks were wet. And no, unlike some triathletes I could mention, I hadn’t peed myself.
So the Asics bottle belt’s going back to the shop, and I stopped off at Start Fitness in Newcastle this afternoon to pick up a Nathan Speedbelt 4. Of course, in line with my rule about not testing anything on race day, with only one day to go now, that means I need to go out for a run tomorrow morning to make sure that this is OK.
- Type: Run
- Date: 07/01/2008
- Total Time: 1:00:00.00
- Distance: 5 miles
- Average Pace: 12:00/mile