Not sure where to start when it comes to selecting a vest pack for trail running? This advice is here to support your decision making.
What is a Vest Pack?
A vest pack is a pack that clasps around your chest without a waistband. This ensures there is no bounce in the pack when you run and helps prevent any chaffing or discomfort from the waist strap. There are a variety of trail running vest packs on the market.
How to choose a Vest Pack?
When choosing your vest pack, it is essential to keep in mind a number of factors:
The distance of your event
How much mandatory gear or storage is required for your event
The hydration capacity required to complete your run
Whether you prefer soft flasks or bladders/reservoirs
Use our comparison chart to help you select your Vest Pack:
This is our list of the best vest packs available on the market. We have described:
What race distance they are suitable for
The hydration capacity of the vest pack
What we feel are their best features
Our list is ranked by mandatory gear storage size of the vest pack, from the LARGEST storage size to the SMALLEST storage size. Please note, storage size is not a reflection of fluid carrying capacity, but rather a reflection of how much gear the vest pack can hold.
This is the largest vest pack made by Salomon. It is NOT a race appropriate pack. A vest pack most suited to longer adventures such as long single day or very light multi-day missions. Storage capacity - 20L
2 front hydration elastic pockets, compatible with500ml Salomon Soft Flaskswith side space for extra Soft Flasks. Total capacity - up to 2L
Lightest pack on the market. Designed for races where no mandatory gear is required. Ideal for road races and short trail events. Storage capacity - 2L (in pockets on chest area and a very small back pocket)
Ideal for marathons and events where you just need to carry fluids, nutrition or personal essentials such as, keys & phone. The extra 1L capacity is really helpful to carry more nutrition too.
REVIEW: Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8 Set Trail Running Vest pack
By Hanny Allston
Finding a shoe that will meet most of our requirements as a trail runner is really difficult. Not only do races throw multiple challenges at us - single tracks, rougher terrain, roads - so too does the weather! What happens when the rocks get slippery or the scale of muddiness increases? Then of course we all partake in training or ‘missioning’. Whilst I enjoy the freedom of the trails on my daily jaunts, there are times when I find myself cruising the roads and footpaths too, be it for recovery, long runs, speed or access to new trails.
Asking one shoe to do all this for us is quite a challenge! However, I honestly believe that the all new Salomon SLAB Sense Ultratrail running shoe gets damn close to achieving this for me. Details and technical specs is not my strength so here is my ‘layman's' review of this shoe.