Monday, May 31, 2010

Mystery explained

On Saturday when I ran with Wayne at Afton I could not believe how much I was sweating nor how much fluid I had taken in. At the end of the run my shorts were soaked and my Nathan was almost empty. I had started with and apparently gone through a 1/2 liter of Perpetuem and 1 1/4 liters of HEED from my Nathan in a little over 2 hours. Now it was hot but I was puzzled as my normal fluid intake is around 1/2 liter an hour so I figured I had enough fluids for 3 hours or more and to be almost dry was a surprise. As I got into my car, I noticed I had something on my leg that was a bit sticky. I surmised that I must have brushed up against something. Since I was again taking a S-cap on the 1/2 hour, I figured that they must have had me sweating more than normal. Which of course led me to think, oh great, yet another thing to worry about at FANS.

Yesterday as I refilled my Nathan, I noticed that I had spilled a bit on the counter. As I picked up the bladder to wipe it off, I quickly discovered the problem. It had sprung a leak. This is my second Nathan hydration bladder that has leaked (they both leaked on the side seam). The first was replaced by Zombie at no charge (it failed in the first few months of use, great service from Zombie). I think this one was replaced last summer regardless of that, this time I will buy a different brand. I have a 50 oz camelbak bladder that has lasted for over 5 years so I believe I will order a 70 oz camelbak.

Well, at least this mystery is resolved and I now have one less thing to worry about for FANs, except it does remind me, was I planning on wearing my vest there? Oh, great another thing to think about ;-).



4 comments:

Wayne said...

I guess that explains why you didn't share with me. I figured you just wanted me to suffer under the guise of "helping me" acclimate. :)

Kel said...

I wrote about my Nathan vs Camelbak experiences (and the solution I found) here: http://mntrailsrecommends.blogspot.com/2009/02/camelbak-vs-nathan-revisited.html

Today is the last day of the REI spring sale - perhaps you can put that 20% off coupon to use! Not every Camelbak bladder fits the Nathan vest, so make sure you order the right one :)

wildknits said...

Had a similar experience - though a pinhole leak in my "winter" nathan bladder. Patched it with the glue from my air mattress kit.

Has seemed to hold up since then.

Have a new bladder (new nathan vest) and am hoping it is more durable.

As always - I would also let the company know. The goal is to get them to fix the problem!!

Mike said...

Kel - Thanks for the advice, ordered a Camelbak early today, I think it is the one you posted on. Will find out in a couple of days.

Wayne - Would I ever allow you to suffer for no reason :-)

Lisa - will do about dropping Nathan a note.

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