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Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8 Set - The perfect pack for ultra-running   

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Farewell Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 3 Set vestpack

It is four years since we met, united in our purpose to run wilder trails.  Today we are nearing the sad finale.  The moment when one of us has been stretched just one too many times.  Farewell Bestie – my Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 3 Set vestpack! 

 

My Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 3 Set vestpack has accompanied me on so many missions that I cannot name them all.  South Coast Track, Overland Track, Federation Peak, Frenchman’s Cap, Larapinta, Dolomitii Skyrace, Hong Kong Skyrace… together we have travelled far and wide in search of the favourite trails.  Here is my Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 3 Set vestpacks’ resume:

      

 

Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 3 Set

NOTES

Total Volume for ‘stuff’ aka. Gear capacity

3L

I believe this trusty old 3L vestpack could really carry up to 10L! I called it the magic pudding of trail running.

Total volume for fluids

1L

In two 500ml soft bottles carried on the front.  But I would add extra soft flasks into the low, rear pocket if I needed to.

Longest mission

12hrs15mins South Coast Track (93km), Tasmania

Check out the video HERE

Most gear carried

Overland Track in Winter

Food for 10hrs, down jacket, rain jacket, beanie, gloves, headlamp, radio, spare socks, first aid kit, car keys, phone, thermal top, thermal bottoms, spare t-shirt – yup, it all fitted!

Longest race

Ultra Trail Australia 100km, 2017

Yep, all that mandatory gear still fitted!

    

Welcome Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8 Set vestpack

Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8 Set

Now approaching retirement, I have replaced this beloved friend with the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8 Set.  I believe that the virtues of these Salomon S-Lab vestpacks are too often overlooked, with most people not realizing their capability of travelling the longer distances.  I can absolutely promise you that your gear for long distances races, even the Ultra Trail Australia 100km, will fit into either the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 5 Set or the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8 Set.  Let me explain why these are my pick of the vestpacks on the market:

    

 

Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 5 Set

Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8 Set

TIPS

Gear Capacity

5L

8L

Due to the hugely stretchy fabric, you can just keep adding! 

Fluid Capacity

1L

1L

When I need more capacity, I tuck 2x500ml soft flasks into the smaller, low rear pocket.  These were normally empty but I could carry 1 full one easily in this pocket.

Weight

110g

125g

Compare this to the Salomon Advanced Skin3 12 Set which weighs 270g without the bladder.  You literally feel like you are wearing nothing!

Fabrics

Super light, 4-way stretch fabric with a mesh back between you and your gear.

To protect your gear from getting damp or sweaty, use a Sea to Summit Dry Sack (4L) to squash all your gear into.  This also helps to get your gear into a smaller volume.

Sizing

Unisex – XS, S, M, L, XL

The biggest question in sizing is how broad are you across your chest and around your rib cage?  To help, I am a women’s size 8 (or an XS-S in clothing) and wear the XS vest size.  My husband Graham is a smaller male and wears a Small.  I have not yet fitted anyone into an XL.

    

Performance of the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8 Set vestpack

Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8 Set Review

Full or not, the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8 Set vestpack is extremely comfortable.  Even when bulging with gear for a wickedly wild day on the trails, it does not wobble or feel uncomfortable on your back.  I try to not overfill the feed sacks on the front as they are made of the stretchiest fabric and they can get a little wobbly if too full.  Otherwise, the pack performs exceptionally.  Here are some final tips:

  • Phones – This fit perfectly into the soft flasks pockets on the front, or in the flat pockets under your arms.
  • Keep your gear dry with a Sea to Summit Dry Sack (4L)
  • These guys are perfect in hot climates as they are way more breathable!
  • Washing – when the day is done, throw it into the washing machine with your running clothes. Simple!

    

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