Gear Review: REI Double Shot Waist Pack

Recently, I won a Twitter contest put on by the good folks at FitEgg Tri Reviews ( follow them at My prize was a REI Double Shot Waist Pack.

From the REI website: When one shot won’t do, this lightweight dual hydration belt is perfect for the trails. Highly breathable air mesh belt holds two water bottles in molded foam pockets and two power mesh flat pockets with elastic-bound edges are sized for small energy gel packets. Full zippered storage pocket with key-keeper clip; reflective elastic shockcords provide external storage and help you to be seen. Lightweight adjustable webbing minimizes bulk and it comes with two 24-fl. oz. water bottles made from FDA-approved food-grade polypropylene that won’t flavor your water or leach chemicals (these water bottles are compatible with most water bottle cages on bikes).

I hope that one day I’m running far enough to actually need 2 water bottles, but this is a really comfortable pack, and the 2nd bottle can always be for my wife, son, or other training partner. By far the best feature (and this is really cool) is that the waistpack can be cinched down enough to fit my 9 year old son. It almost fit my 2 year old! That is amazing and shouldn’t be discounted, as any gear that gets a child excited to run is great gear.

This is the old version of the REI Double Shot Waist Pack, and is currently on sale for roughly half the price of the new one. Thanks again to the folks at FitEgg for the fine prize.

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