I’m always looking at ways to stay hydrated while running. Previously here at Hydration Anywhere we’ve highlighted hydration packs for running, water bottle holders of all kinds, we’ve looked at ways to carry your water on your back, your belt, your vest, even on a sling or mounted on a bicycle. It might seem like we’ve exhausted all of the ways one can hope to carry their water on the go, but we’ve so far neglected what is now one of my new favorite ways to stay hydrated when I’m on the run.
Let me introduce you to the awesome HydroSleeve Armband Hydration System.
Stay Hydrated While Running with the HydroSleeve Armband
The HydroSleeve is one of those things that is so obvious and yet genius that when you see it you go, “huh, why haven’t I seen this before?” Strapping to your upper arm around the bicep, the HydroSleeve provides a completely hands-free method of getting a drink while you’re running. Inside the HydroSleeve is a 7.5 ounce insulated anti-slosh bladder, perfect for keeping enough water for a run in without substantially weighing you down.
Because of the placement of the HydroSleeve, it is super easy to get a drink even when I’m moving and jostling about. Drinking access is provided through a BPA-free valve, which makes it simple to bring up to your lips and get a drink any time, even while literally on the run. Drinking while running is further facilitated by the HydroSleeve’s anti-slosh bladder technology, which compresses the bladder to prevent water from sloshing around inside and making drinking more complicated. This is a clever little innovation which really adds a lot of value and utility to the HydroSleeve.
Designed For Runner’s Comfort
The anti-slosh bladder is only one example of the design innovations employed by HydroSleeve to make their armband hydration system as runner-friendly as possible. Aside from this, we find the same kind of clever additions all over the design. The armband is made of a well ventilated and highly breathable material, meaning the HydroSleeve’s armband won’t get too sweaty or cumbersome on a long run. The armband is highly adjustable with the inclusion of micro-velcro and includes an anti-slip feature to keep it firmly strapped in place even during the motions of running.
My HydroSleeve fits quite well and stays in place better than I expected it would. It took a little adjustment to get used to the feeling of having it on, but it doesn’t bother me at all now. Three sizes are available (I opted for Medium,) and with the right choice of size and a bit of tweaking the adjustable velcro strap, there should be a HydroSleeve to fit just about anyone comfortably.
A Pretty Neat Purchase
My other major concern with the HydroSleeve was that it would leak, but the angled valve does a great job of preventing any leaks. The HydroSleeve definitely doesn’t leak when being used properly, but I wouldn’t abuse it and expect it to keep dry.
I was also pleasantly surprised with the insulation: while its nothing to really get excited about, it is plenty to keep your water cold during a moderate length run. It is nice to having refreshing cold water, so I always chill my water substantially before putting it into my HydroSleeve.
Overall the bladder is very well made. It can easily be removed from the armband by opening the zipper when makes up the insulated compartment. The bladder itself is made of a durable BPA-free plastic with HydroSleeve’s neat anti-slosh technology. To fill or clean it out, it is a simple matter of opening the bladder in a similar fashion to which you’d open a plastic sandwich baggie. (Check out the video below if you can’t quite picture it.)
Give it a shot! You might be pleasantly surprised. Learn more on Amazon.com.
Short Clip from HydroSleeve
This short clip gives a bit of history behind the origins of the HydroSleeve, as well as showing it in action, being filled, taken apart, and more. Check it out:
Comfortable And Secure
Drinking Spout Provides Easy Access
Anti-Slosh Provides Extra Comfort and Easy Drinking
Requires Some Adjustment To Be Comfortable
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The Hydrosleeve is a simple design which incorporates a hydration bladder into an armband with a drinking valve, providing easy access to a drink without missing a step.
Jacob Hatch is the author and founder of Hydration Anywhere. He has been actively writing about drinking water since 2013. These days Jacob spends most of his time investigating water related news, studying environmental issues, reading health studies, and reviewing products like water bottles and water filters.