The Good: Unique, in a class with only one other pack we’ve tested, the Orange Mud Hydra Quiver.
The Bad: It’s not an all around pack, and still has some room for improvement.
The Medal Worthy: This pack is one of the better options for people who don’t like running belts, and only need something for shorter runs or hikes.
Before we get to the full review, I just want to mention that this pack was created by one of our readers. And that is beyond cool.
You can follow the story behind the pack here, and read all about the journey.
We tested this running pack via the following activities:
- Hiking Tumalo Mountain Trail
- Several walks/runs around our neighborhood/park in Bend, OR
- Shooting some hoops
Design and Quality
The pack is made of airprene perforated neoprene. It’s built well, absolutely no problems with the pack pouches, flaps, or stitching.
Right off the bat though, one thing I’d rather see with this pack is a lighter mesh lining on the inside (i.e. the part that rests against your back). The material is comfortable, and flexible, but a little “thick” or “hot.”
The shoulder straps use Velcro to adjust fit, and include nylon finger loops for quick access storage (if needed; we didn’t use these).
There are two rear cargo pockets/pouches. Both are “open,” but the top one has a flap for covering.
The top pouch is made to fit a zippered, clear plastic, pack for keys and phone. We tried to fit a Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s into the phone slot and didn’t have a problem. However, we did have to remove the cases they were in.
The bottom pouch is for your choice of running bottle, but we had a More Mile Space Saver.
Comfort And Fit
As we mentioned above, the pack quality lends to a nice flexible material to achieve a good fit. I think this might be the first pack that adjusts shoulder straps with Velcro, and I actually liked this. You’ll notice one of my major complaints in past reviews is straps bouncing around like crazy.
Here’s the instructions we received for achieving the best fit:
1) Fill up the Soft Bottle with water and place it in the outer pocket (smaller) first. Then place the cargo wallet (phone, keys, cash) in the back pocket. Its designed to slip in easily when the water bottle is in place.
2) On the first go – fit the straps (Right to Right / Left to Left) so the pack is tight when the water/cargo wallet is in place. The Velcro should lie smooth. This may take a few goes to get it right. Once you have the right fit, there is no need to keep on undoing. Just slip the pack down you arms and over your head to put on and remove. Very simple once you have the knack of it.
Here’s how it looked after the first fit.
It’s a super slim design, no added frills. One thing that was interesting is that instead of removing the bottle, you simply slip off the pack to drink.
I thought this was going to be a nuisance, but I think I liked it better (or at least equal) to pulling the bottle out each time.
It’s really easy to see that this pack was designed for a specific purpose: a pack alternative to a running belt. Hopefully one day this will be available for people to buy, because I think it fills a special niche in the running world.
Disclaimer: We have been paid to review this product; all opinions are ours and based on an actual product test.