UPDATE: This GIVEAWAY is now closed. Congrats to the winners(!): Mary Furbee (water bottle holder), Norma Corry (water bottle holder) and Anje Carlisle (cell phone holder). We used Random.org to pick the winners. Please contact us ASAP for your addresses so we can send these out to you! Thanks! – Chica & Sunsets

We get questions all the time about our fabulous water bottle holders that attach to the front shoulder strap of our backpacks. We had these hand-made for us by Justin Anderson. He makes them out of his home – buys, cuts and sews the fabric himself. This is his design, and man is it awesome! Also, we love supporting Appalachian Trail cottage industries.

Why have a water bottle holder on your shoulder strap? For whatever reason, most backpacks made for long distance hiking have two pouches for water bottles that are extremely hard to get to. You have to reach back behind you, on either side, and it is at such an angle that makes it REALLY hard to get out. About half way into our thru-hike on the AT, we met a girl who stopped us and asked us to help get her water bottle out for her. I really wanted to ask her how she gotten this far with not being able to reach it herself?

We can’t say enough good things about Justin’s Water Bottle Holder! They lasted us our entire thru-hike. We LOVE them – so sturdy, extremely light weight, and keeps the water super handy to sip on all day.

Check out this video for how to attach Justin’s Water Bottle holder to your backpack’s shoulder strap:

*Please note backpack shown in video is for our upcoming Camino de Santiago hike.

The water bottle holders come in two different sizes, one for the 700 ML water bottle, and one for the 1 L water bottle (we have the 1 L size). Justin also makes a similar cell phone holder pouch that attaches to your shoulder strap the same way, this holder also has an additional (mesh) pocket on the front (perfect for hand sanitizer and chapstick).They measure 4″ X 7.25″ when laid flat and will fit most cell phones (even plus sized models without bulky cases).

To order directly from Justin, you can find him on Etsy or email him directly at: JustinsUL@outlook.com.

Now for the fun part! We are giving away 2 Water Bottle Holders (1 liter size) and 1 Phone Holder. To enter to win, do the following:

1. Leave a comment below on this blog post. 
2. Share our Appalachian Trail Tales Facebook post on your Facebook page.
3. Subscribe to our Blog or YouTube channel or like our Facebook Page (if you’re already subscribed or liked to one of these, thanks!).

That’s it! Cut off is midnight CST on Tuesday, January 9th, USA shipping only. Three (3) winners will be picked and announced on Wednesday, January 10th!

Good luck! — Chica & Sunsets

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