New to the Nathan line up is the Ice Cutter series built specifically for winter running, with three hydration options to solve the troubles of freezing water.
IceSpeed Insulated Handheld
18oz / 535ml double-wall insulated SpeedDraw Flask is just a bit bigger than the common 500ml for that extra sip. A double-wall insulated flask for preventing liquids from freezing. The SpeedDraw Flask features a unique shape, with a flatter side sitting comfortably in the hand combined with the thumb loop for grip-free running, I find this handheld effortless to carry. To bring visibility to you the flask and adjustable hand strap is covered in reflective markings and a bright yellow Ice Cutter Cap to cover the Blast Valve, protecting it from icy winds.
There are four well thought-out pockets. The large expandable zippered pocket has a glove friendly zipper pull. Inside the main compartment is small pocket where you can securely store a key or gel. On the outside of the main pocket is another mesh pocket. The fourth pocket is designed for a hand warmer. It’s located in-between the flask and your main pocket. It works to keep your gels and water from freezing in combination with the insulated flask. If you don’t want to put a hand warmer in the fourth pocket, it’s a great spot to stash a little bit of money or an id card. Weight 4.50z / 127g.
IceStorm Insulated Waist Pak:
18oz / 535ml double-wall insulated SpeedDraw Flask with Ice Cutter Cap and Blast Valve. Easy access angled insulated bottle holder with reflective markings and bungee cord system for a jacket. Behind the insulated bottle holder is a hand warmer pocket. There are five additional storage compartments including a large zippered pocket, plus a key clip. Weight 8oz/225g.
IceSleeve Insulated Winter Hydration Kit:
For those of us that like to use our hydration packs for a long wintery run Nathan offers an Insulated 2L winter bladder sleeve. Features an insulated hose and bite valve cover. Cleaning Brush included. BPA-free with odorless and tasteless technology. Although I still stash my hydration pack under my jacket, this offers one more layer of protection against freezing water.
~Kelly Anne Wald is an ultra runner in Barrie, Ontario. Photo credit Nathan Sports.