- If you liked the HPL #020 then you’ll like the Endurance
- Tons of storage compartments on the front straps
- No waist strap
- We tried to find something, but it was tough to really complain about a bag that has so many cool features.
The Bottom Line
If you’ve never used a Nathan pack then this should definitely be a contender for your first, especially if you’re an avid trail runner or looking for a great long distance vest.
Comfort and Fit
Although the Nathan Endurance may seem a little larger than some packs, coming in at just over 11 ounces (dry), it’s still incredibly light and perfect for trail running.
Nathan tends to use a little bit thicker straps than their competitors, but they still manage to build the pack out of very breathable mesh. This pack was also made with a contoured back, which is supposed to fit better with the curves of your back, though it is definitely subtle.
The Endurance comes packed with a 2 liter (70 ounce) Hydrapak reservoir. If you haven’t used a Hydrapak bladder before then you’re in for a treat as a lot of runners think they’re superior to the CamelBak bladders, though we think it’s just a matter of personal preference.
This particular bladder utilizes a slide seal enclosure, which works exactly like it sounds.
This bladder is accessed by dual vertical zippers that run up the side of the pack. In addition to the zippers the top of the bladder is secured by a large Velcro flap.
Across the front of the pack is a sternum strap with the typical clip for your water tube, which utilizes a twist and bite valve.
As we mention below there are also storage compartments on the front of the shoulder straps, one of which is an open string pull pocket that is large enough for a 16-22 ounce water bottle, if you need to carry more.
If you’re a cargo nut then you’ll love this pack.
Here’s what you got in terms of storage:
Right Front Shoulder Strap: (1) elastic pouch at the bottom of the strap, perfect for stashing some gel wrappers or anything else you’ll need to grab at quickly; (1) waterproof pill pocket towards the top of the strap.
Left Front Shoulder Strap: (1) zippered pocket at the bottom of the strap; (1) stretch pocket that fits just over the zippered pocket; (1) small stretch pocket towards the top of the strap.
You can’t really ask for much more in terms of storage and the variety in the style of pockets is great for carrying a lot of different items.
Back Lower Pocket. This pocket is broken up into 3 different items: key clasp, inner stretch pocket, zippered pocket.
In addition you’ll notice there is a bungee cord shock cord that hangs off the bottom of the pocket that can be used for stashing a rolled up jacket or long sleeve shirt.