Those who have followed Bike Hacks for a while know that I carry what I consider to be "necessities" around with me, whether I am on two legs, public transit, or on my bike. My solution for several years has been to wear an Army surplus vest under a button up shirt as covered in this previous blog entry.
A few months ago I was given the chance to field test a product called the Quivver, but it was a bit too minimal for me. After I reviewed the Quivver, reader Jimmy contacted me and let me know about a similar product called the Runnur. I was intrigued and got in contact with the manufacturer of the Runnur, who kindly agreed to let me field test one, and to give one away to a Bike Hacks reader. Keep reading to find out how to enter.
The Runnur is a carry-all strap worn over one shoulder. Here is a picture of my front side . . .
. . . and of my backside.
The Runnur features a variety of pockets that can fit most standard things you would want with you on a bike ride. The Runnur comes with a carabiner on the bottom which can be used for keys, or in the case of riding a bike, for added stability. Leaning forward is pretty typical when riding and at first I found that the Runnur would sag a bit and my leg would rhythmically bump into it each time I pedaled. I solved this problem by incorporating a second carabiner (ironically the one that came with the Quivver) and attaching it to a belt loop.
The picture above is just of me standing, when I ride the tension on the loop relaxes and the Runnur stays in place without causing any discomfort. Also, I typically toss on a button up shirt over the top. Not that it don't look cool and all, but I prefer to wear it incognito.
Reader Jimmy carries quite a bit in his runner. He writes:
Here is my load out for the Runnur when I’m on a ride. Starting on the front side of the Runnur, I keep my Droid 4 (main phone) in the lowest pocket. My Droid 2 (deactivated and acts as an MP3 player) in the upper pocket. I tuck the velcro closure behind the phone so I can plug my headphones in. I rarely use the integrated wallet as a wallet but I can put my everyday wallet into the area and it doesn't bulge much. I also throw a pen and marker into the provided slots. I don’t really use the ID window much, never had to flash identification often enough to use it. I attach a key chain led flashlight as well as two small screwdrivers to the d-ring at the top of the strap.
I keep a patch kit, multitool, and small crescent wrench in the sunglasses pocket (my eyeglasses have transition lenses so I don’t need to carry an extra pair of glasses). I keep an extra tube and two tire levers in the zipper pouch in the middle of the strap. It is a snug fit but it works. As for water bottles, it is really whatever is handy that fits. Usually that means a 20 oz Gatorade bottle or a 16.9 oz water bottle. Lastly I use the grommet at the bottom to clip the Runnur to my belt so it doesn't move around so much. As for the hidden passport pocket, I keep a small notebook I had lying around.
With all of this in the Runnur, my pockets are fairly empty. All I have are my keys, pocket knife, prybar, and flashlight.
As Jimmy demonstrates, the Runnur will carry enough to keep the average rider happy and ready if some repairs need to be performed on the road. I also decided to see if the Runnur would pass the phablet test. A co-worker has a Galaxy Note II and it fit in two different pockets. This one . . .
. . . and this is the water bottle pocket, the phone will push all the way in but I just wanted to show that the width is fine.
Here is a video from their web site that runs through all of the features.
All in all I have found the Runnur to be a winner. It's cooler (temperature wise) than my vest and I have ridden with it for a month and really like it. It also carries the goods I need, and I likely will use it for some travels as well because a passport stashes nicely.
And now the fun part for readers - thanks to the good folks behind the Runnur, we are going to give one away to a Bike Hacks reader to review. We have had fun with Haiku contests in the past and we are going to have some fun again. Here's what to do:
Here’s what to do:
- Compose your bike Haiku – see examples of the 5-7-5 pattern below. The Haiku should be inspired by the Fix it Sticks product/video/concept. You can use a title if you like, but it is not necessary. If you wish to use the traditional Haiku pattern of 5-7-5 with syllables that is fine too.
- Click on the Submit Your Hack link in the header of the main page and send us your Haiku, as many as you like.
- When you submit your entry, include at a minimum your first name, email address, and where you live.
- Your Haiku will be posted on the site for the public to view.
- The deadline to submit is Friday, March 1st.
- If you wish to include a picture to go with your Haiku that is fine too. Just let us know this when you submit and we will reply allowing you to send along a picture or pictures.
- Winners will be announced sometime after March 1st and there will be great rejoicing.
- Compose your Haiku – see examples of the 5-7-5 pattern below. If you wish to use the traditional Haiku pattern of 5-7-5 with syllables that is fine, but as this site states, "In foreign languages, there exist NO consensus in how to write Haiku-poems." Thus simply using 5 words, 7 words, and 5 words is fine. Haiku purists, this is Bike Hacks and following rules is not our specialty.
- The Haiku should be inspired by the Runnur and/or challenge of carrying stuff. A title can be used but is not necessary.
However, this site states that "In foreign languages, there exist NO consensus in how to write Haiku-poems." - See more at: http://www.bikehacks.com/bikehacks/2010/05/bike-hacks-flashbak-haiku-contest.html#sthash.KzYIPjLN.dpuf
- Send your Haiku to bikehacks.com [at] gmail [dot] com. Send as many as you like and use the subject heading RUNNUR HAIKU.
- When you submit your entry, include at a minimum your first name and where you live.
- Your Haiku will be posted on the site for the public to view.
The deadline to submit is Monday, September 16th, 2013.
- The winner will be announced in mid-to-late September and the winner will post their review after putting the Runnur though the paces.
Sample Bike Hacks Runnur Haiku
I have stuff to carry
I find stuff in my pockets annoying
Runnur does it for me