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Written By Clare Wilkes - March 24 2017
Just when you think you’ve found the perfect running pack, Salomon come along and redesign their Advanced Skin 5 and 12 set hydration packs, pretty much eliminating all the competition. While it might not be the accessory of choice for a multi-day hike through the Rockies, for everything the Vancouver trail runner needs, it ticks all the boxes and more.
With 1L of hydration as standard, and capacity for another 1.5L in the back, there’s enough to get you through several hours on the trails, and the additional space will house more snacks than you could ever eat.
Essential items like an emergency blanket and a whistle are already built into the pack, so there’s plenty of space left for the rest of your kit - warm layers, packable jackets, etc. all fit nicely into the stretchy pocket on the back, while your phone, credit card and keys slot easily into the zipper or drawstring pockets on the front.
Although you can be carrying up to 12 litres worth of kit and hydration, the snug, body tight fit of these packs means you never feel like you’re carrying more weight than an extra jacket. The seams stretch with your body’s movement, hugging the pack to your torso but without rubbing or chaffing.
When you first put the pack on with full flasks on the front, prepare to feel a little top heavy - once you’re used to the sensation and have taken a few sips, it’s full steam ahead and you’ll never question carrying liquid on your front again.
The 2017 version sees extra mesh pockets on the front of the pack - perfect for extra snacks, gloves, headbands, etc. - and updates to the front fastenings, ensuring the pack stays in place for the whole day. Extra loops over the flasks keep any bounce at bay, especially when nearing empty.
The popularity year after year proves just how great these packs are at being your best friend for any trail adventure you take this summer.
ADVANCED SKIN 5 SET - BLACK / RED
ADVANCED SKIN 12 SET - BLACK / RED
Hey Jackie – the depth of the new front pockets is good for a can of bear spray no problem.
Will this pack securely hold a bear spray canister in a front pocket? That’s my #1 qualification for a good running pack.