So this bag is amazing with one single design flaw. The insulated water bottle pouches don’t fit a single water bottle I own from Nalgene bottles to camelback bottles nothing fits in them. Why include them if they don’t fit anything. The organization is AMAZING and I may even buy the bigger bag for future races for crewing duties. I can’t recommend this bag enough but man do I not understand the point of the bottle holders.
Thanks for your great feedback. I'm not sure if you received my email reply regarding your question about the water bottle holders. They fit many different styles of 16oz bottles. The reason for restricting them to that size is limited to the need for keeping the bag's dimensions in line with what most 100 mile races require. I'll send you a few 16oz bottles to use in the holders! All is not lost. Believe me, they do exist. Cheers!
Bear was just what I’ve needed for self-supported virtual and crewed in-person ultras! Size and organization have been perfect for preparing for different needs and layouts (hotter and dry/rainy, colder and rainy) for both gear and fuel. Pretty indestructible, too (phew!). Sooooo glad I finally brought a Bear home :)
A friend of mine is a jogger/runner, and he showed me this amazing bag which he uses to organize his marathons with water, salt tablets, energy bars etc. I'm not a very sporty person - if I jogged a quarter of a mile I would probably have a heart attack. However, in the bag there are many convenient compartments and sleeves and pockets to organize just about anything. So I bought one for my art supplies. There is a sleeve for my paint brushes, a large space for my batik and wood dyes, a zip compartment for my oil and acrylic paints and the list goes on.... Parents could even use it to organize baby supplies or computer freaks can organize their hardware and cables. The bag is truly a "Victory" for me.
Received my Victory Bag and looking forward to using it on my first race!
Just received my Bear III in the mail the other day. Immediately started organizing all of my running supplies into the bag for a future race in October. Not only did it fit everything I need, I was able to add more things to the see-thru pockets so that I will always be prepared. (Also made my wife happy since I no longer have running gear strewn throughout the house.) Can't say enough about the accessibility to everything stored inside. Can't wait to show it off!!