I’m going to throw this out there, dear readers:
I need bag that I can run with. It needs to carry two bottles of water, poop bags, my car keys, and my phone. Room for a spare leash or a tiny toy would be nice.
I have plenty of “serviceable” options (have I ever mentioned that my husband adores buying outdoor gear?), but I’m kind of in the Goldilocks position.
The bag I carry when I run solo only holds one bottle of water, like this one.
I can share with Silas if I pour from the bottle, but yesterday we went through a whole bottle in a thirty minute run. Pouring is wasteful, and our steel water bottles don’t have the squeezy kind of sport cap. Have I mentioned that it will get twenty degrees hotter than it was yesteraday? (At that point I won’t be running at 2:00 in the afternoon, but yesterday’s high was still cooler than what we’ll be running in before long.)
The bag I carry when I go to the park with Silas recreationally has acres of room, but still only one water bottle pouch. (You can click through to my review here.)
Option three is, on the other hand, too much. Or, rather, too hot. I could carry the pack my husband bought me for mountain biking. (HAHAHAHAHA) It carries 100oz of water, with a squeeze-type hose where I could easily dispense water for Silas. It has plenty of room for all of his park stuff. I could stop switching bags, and keep the frisbee, the long line, the extra short leash, the poop bags, the squeaky ball, the tug toy, and all of my stuff in one bag all the time. It has room for summer emergency supplies, like sunscreen and bug spray. But it is a full backpack, albeit a light one. Do you know how hot it is to run in a backpack at 90 degrees? Let alone one that’s full of ten pounds of water and dog gear.
How do you manage, athletic people? Does your dog not stop to beg pitifully for water every three minutes? Do you own clothes with lots of large pockets?