by MattinSonomafromWorks Great, Love itI looked at a bunch of different hydration vest options and was about to go with the Solomon until I saw the price difference and was also able to try this one on. It is very comfortable, especially with the water being securely on your waist.
The main reason I got this was so that I could do long trail runs where you need to be more self sufficient. The best part is that this is a two liter bladder plus the two bottle holders on the shoulder straps. I put large bottles in there and can carry a full 4L of fluids!
My only gripe, and it is minimal, is that the shoulder straps tightening band likes to slowly loosen up. I have thought of maybe doing a pre-run safety pin once I have them good and tight. They are pretty good though and a little pull every couple miles never hurt anyone.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5out of5
by ScienceGuyfromTopsI primarily use this for my run in to work (~12 miles) and have found it really comfortable. Initially the sloshing water bladder was noticeable, but that fades as it reaches half capacity, and I didn't even feel the vest at the end of the run, even loaded with nicknacks (jacket, food, phone, sunblock, etc.)
The pack is super adjustable and a lot of the weight sits on the hips, with a really comfortable hip belt. The pockets work well for food, sun block, phone, etc. I was happy with how well it breathed, considering the amount of body area that the pack covers. Surprisingly well designed, with tucks and stow areas for most of the straps.
Only downside is that the bladder takes just a little more effort to load than a standard camelbak, but I'd say it's worth it for the weight not riding on your shoulders for 12 miles. This thing is tops.
Date published: 2012-08-01
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