So, I won a contest to become an ambassador for Nathan Performance Gear. I was so excited when I got the news in January! After a few e-mails, we (there were a few winners) finally got an e-mail in May about what the sponsorship consisted of. We got to choose 5 different items from their site! Woohoo! It took a day or two, but I figured out what I wanted and here’s a brief review of each:
Lock Laces: I love these! These were not one of the choices, but they gave each of us a couple pairs. They really are great!!
The Vapor Draw: I was hoping for a a new type of handheld that had a pouch on the side. The vapor draw bottle is great, though a bit big. I do love the pouch, though, and can use it with smaller bottles. My wife loves the bottle on it’s own. The unique design is meant to help with holding the bottle and it really does. Overall, not bad! If you want a large handheld bottle, this is for you! However, it is not for me as a running device.
The Quick Draw View: I got this one for my wife, though I have used it, too. I LOVE this! The bottle is awesome. I love that Nathan bottles have a removable valve to help clean the gunk out. We can have out iPhone in the view pouch WITH our otter boxes on, though we can’t fit anything else. If you out an iPhone in without a large case, or no case, you can add in a key, gel, ginger chew, $, etc. This is a WIN!!
The Elite 2v Plus waist pack: I really wanted a waist pack that wouldn’t bounce. I had one a while back, but it drove me nuts. This one was listed, when I chose it, as one that wouldn’t bounce. When I tried it on with and without bottles, it felt great! I fell in love with it…until I ran in it. When I ran in it I felt like I was a Baywatch girl running without a bra on…except the boobs were on my lower back. This thing bounced and bounced! I adjusted the sizing and locations around my waist where I wore it, but nothing helped. I eventually dumped out half, then, stupidly, all of my water. That’s what finally helped. On the plus side, we do use it for family hikes. In terms of storage, this thing is unbeatable for waist packs! The pouches held my phone in an otter box as well as snacks, two sets of keys and a mini first aid kit and it sat so well! So, for running, for me, it was a miss, but for hiking, I loved it!
The Minimist Race Vest: Score! This vest is awesome! Now, if I could just get my knee to cooperate and run more than a mile without pain, I could really put the Minimist to good use. The bladder is perfect for me at 1.5 liters. I can fit a couple gels and my phone, sans case, and a key without any problem whatsoever! The pack is very comfy and fits my body well. The overall size and lightness helps keep the extra weight to a minimum and helps keep you cooler. This is a definite win!!
Photon LED Vest: This vest seemed perfect. Reflective, comfy feel, light and LED lights with three different settings. These are all huge positives. Once I started out on my first run with it, the vest started to ride up a lot. I tried adjusting the straps, but nothing helped. Every couple minutes, I’d slide it back down from my chest to my waist. Also, the LED lights slap constantly against my chest. So, I tried a solution: I safety pinned the bottom of the vest to my waist and voila! No more riding! It’s not a major inconvenience and it did solve the problem. However, the slapping still occurs and I really haven’t wanted to add in a second safety pin. This vest, I give a push. I could remove the LED lights, but that’s a feature that I like having since, when my knee let’s me run, I usually run at night.
So, some of it I liked, some I haven’t. But, I felt I needed to give them an honest review. Yes, I did also send this to Nathan a while back. Overall the Ambassadorship has been, in my eyes, a failure and I’m glad it was something I won and not something that I earned because I feel I would have been more disappointed. I did take the Ambassador banner from my side bar, too.
Life moves on!