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Hydration, Walker & Runers
« on: June 06, 2020, 05:59:24 AM »
Not surfing, but where there are surfers there are usually some runners or in my case walkers.

I'm 70 and just recently March 17th received a heart transplant. Trying to get back on the go and walking approx 4 miles now and moving forward, although slowly 19 minute miles... Its sunny South Florida with days liek today, overcast 881 degrees but 95% humdity, feels like 92...

Because of the much higher risk of skin cancer, due to anit-rejection and suppressed immune system, I have to wear long sleeve high UPF rated shirts and a hat.

How do other walkers Hydrate before, during, and after a walk or run.

Carrying a water bottle is a pita, thinking of sometihng like a CamelBak..

Whats your thoughts and solutions ?
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Re: Hydration, Walker & Runers
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2020, 09:27:17 AM »
I'm a big Camelbak fan, but you probably need to go to a store that has a lot of them to find one that's comfortable. For short distances simple shoulder straps work, but if you want to carry other things or perhaps eventually use it in the water you also want a waist strap. You'll also want to get cleaning equipment for it given your situation. I have several Camelbaks and it easy to forget to clean them and get a mouthful of very skanky water. I used to add coconut water to mine for the extra hydration and tasteftp:// until I got a mouthful that had been fermenting for a few weeks. You can get long skinny brushes designed to clean the tubing and rinse out the bag with a little bleach water (rinse carefully and thoroughly after) or just get a waist pack that carries a couple of water bottles, which are much easier to keep clean. You'll be in good company--Dave Kalama hates camelbaks and always uses water bottles in a waist pack--even for M2O.

You might also look at qore (, a company that makes iceplates for people who work in warm environments. You fill the plate, freeze it, wear it in a pack (military people wear them in their bulletproof vests) and drink from it as it melts. The founder/CEO is the son of my late best friend. They make fantastic products with an aim toward perfection that is almost maniacal.

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Re: Hydration, Walker & Runers
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2020, 05:44:35 PM »
My partner runs ultra-marathons. Her community is almost as nerdy as ours when it comes to gear.  A lot of those runners use vests that have soft flasks in the front.  Here's an article talking about them:
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Re: Hydration, Walker & Runers
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2020, 07:19:34 PM »
I’m not a runner, so I don’t know if this would suit you, but when I’m on the water I use a “Dakine Waterman Hydration Pack” (, which I really like. It’s lightweight and fits me well. 

Good luck with finding something that will suit your needs and congratulations on your successful surgery!
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