Earlier this year I reviewed the Buddy Pouch from Running Buddy, and just recently I was asked by a marketing representative to review two new Running Buddy Products: the Buddy Pouch h2o, and the Buddy Brite. First up is the Buddy Pouch h2o, another hands-free/belt-free pouch but this time a smaller one that holds a 7oz. water bottle.
On the Running Buddy website you can see the pouch being worn on the front side of a runner’s shorts, but for some reason the pouch did not sit comfortably when I tried to do the same. I tried re-positioning it several times, around the front and sides of my hips, but the minute I started running it bounced significantly and tugged my shorts down. Once I moved it to the back however, I had no problems with it at all – although I did need to tighten the drawstrings of my shorts.
On that first run with the Buddy Pouch h2o, I ran approximately five miles and included some faster pick-up strides; the pouch remained nice and secure. I have since run with the Buddy Pouch h2o several times, and I love it! I’d recommend this mini-hydration system for shorter runs that last less than an hour, and especially for those of you who live in hot and humid conditions where even a 30-minute run without water can result in a heat-related illness.
The second product I was asked to review is the Buddy Brite; it’s an Ultra-Brite LED that clips around the back of your running shoe.
I already own several types of reflective running gear and apparel so I have to admit that I wasn’t overly excited to try out this product. But surprisingly, I was impressed with the level of visibility and I kind of like the bright neon green color! Check out this photo taken from an upper level balcony; I am down on the street and while it’s difficult to see anything in the pitch black darkness, you can clearly see the Buddy Brite on the back of my shoe!
I tested the Buddy Brite while walking my dog one evening, but I also wore it on an hour-long run to make sure that it would stay in place, and it did. This a great new product that can be worn by runners, cyclists, walkers, and even skaters.
At just $14.99 and $13.99, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with either of these products. It looks like these prices may be temporary however, so don’t wait to order if you think you’d enjoy them!