Way back in June I won a competition from Accelerate UK for some Montane kit which consisted of a Featherlite jacket, hydration belt, t-shirt, and 3/4 tights. The jacket is awesome, I've worn it several times but as of yet I've not tried out the shirt or tights--it's summer (sort of) so I'm wearing vests and shorts or running skirts as much as possible right now. The Bite 1 hydration belt also didn't get tested out until last week because I've not gone on any runs long enough to justify the use of one since it arrived. I finally decided that I should take it out for a spin on a short run to find out if it would cause any issues on a longer one.
Montane bite 1 hydration belt
First impressions: It looks heavy. Even my friend who I was meeting for a run the day I tested it out commented that it looked heavy. It doesn't feel it once you get moving but it's hard to get past the psychology of it appearing that way.
Looks like I'm getting ready for a quick draw!
Next thing you notice is the pocket material, it's crinkly. And noisy as you are loading up whatever gear you are taking along. Again, once you are moving it's not noticeable until you need to get something out and then you are reminded of the crinkliness (yes I know that's not really a word) and noisiness.
Is it going in yet?
Still trying to get it in place
Last step! But still not quite fully seated
I also wasn't impressed with the water bottle, it has a flat side that is meant to fit flush against your back but while on the run it's fiddly trying to get it back into place because it isn't different enough from the other sides by feel. It also started leaking around the lid during today's picture taking session. Amphipod totally wins with their shaped bottles because you don't have to take too much attention away from running to get the bottle back in place, if I decide to keep the Montane belt I will simply use those bottles with it rather than the one that came with it.
Belt wrapped over and tucked in
The mesh fabric on the inside of the belt is quite comfortable and according to the hang tag it is coated with an antibacterial treatment (no stink!). Haven't tested it out enough to find out if the anti-stink actually works though.
Mesh on the inside of the Bite 1
One last thing that isn't normally an issue for the UK is that the black version can feel hot if you are running on a warmish day. Normally not a problem for here but if you live where it stays warm I would suggest opting for the light blue version of the belt because the black absorbed the heat quite rapidly.
As of right now I'm not sure if I will keep the belt, I do like that the pocket is waterproof and large enough to fill with the necessities of a longer run but the water bottle being so fiddly might be a deal breaker if my amphipod bottle doesn't work with it. The Bite 1 also rides further up on the waist than I usually prefer but at least it didn't bobble about like a Salomon belt does that I have.
Thank you again Accelerate for running such awesome contests!