After several years of searching, I have finally found the Cadillac of hydration packs. The Salomon XT Advanced Skin S-Lab 5 Set is all I have wished for, and more! When I first laid eyes on it, I knew I had to have it. It’s sleek design stays put in spite of my body’s constant jostling during a run, no chafing here!
Also, the fact that it sits comfortably on my back makes it perfect for me. I seem to have GI distress wearing a hydration belt and apparently I don’t have the strength to hold bottles for the length of time I spend running. (I also find I waste a lot of energy over gripping the bottles, I’d prefer to conserve as much energy as possible.)
The vest is secured with adjustable elastic and two clamps that can be anchored in various locations for a custom fit. Wearing the vest comes closest to running free that I have found as far as hydration solutions go. This pack even comes with an emergency blanket as well as a whistle! Plus this vest has pockets galore. Zippered pockets, cinched pockets, pockets for an extra layer, pockets for water bottles… Even removable pockets.
I have run road marathons and trail ultras with this pack, it has yet to fail me. The bladder is brilliant with a secure zip-type opening. Cleaning is a cinch, you can easily turn the bladder inside out. The tube screws off for ease of cleaning. Plus, the bladder is secured in an thermal package, keeping your liquids at your preferred temperature.
When I purchased this vest, my intention was to utilize it in my 100M race this summer. It is truly that complete. Every last detail was considered, the quality is unsurpassed. Some may balk at the price but I believe this vest is worth every penny!
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