I agree.

All photos: Sean Caughlan (age 9). Available at REI, 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. It's in the top 3 bestselling hydration packs and has a couple of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Nathan Vapor Airess or Nathan VaporKrar WaistPak . Both of these products have been incredibly durable this spring and summer, and they are both very lightweight with the VaporKrar 4L Race Vest weighing in at 6.4 ounces without flasks, and the VaporKrar WaistPak weighing a featherweight 2.1 ounces unloaded.

], Tom Caughlan is iRunFar's Minimalist Gear Editor.

At some point in the near future I’ll need to find someone to replace the side straps, and the the chest straps will probably need doing shortly after. While I tested the four-liter version, a 12-liter vest is also available, the Nathan VaporKrar 12L Race Vest. [Editor’s Note: If you’re affiliated (i.e., an employee, ambassador, etc.)

The two zippered shoulder pockets were large enough to hold my iPhone 6 and five gels at a time. It may take a while for any other product to unseat them as my favorites. I’m curious as you’ve tried both. Nathan is a hydration company on the move this year, with products and lines superseding everything they’ve previously released by leaps and bounds. The only disappointment I have with this pack is that the side straps do make it very difficult to access the side compartments, but frankly I didn’t miss them in this race-oriented pack. Nathan makes a women's version of this hydration vest, the VaporAiress 2.0. Thanks for replying.

The result is a completely leak-free flask that is easy to fill and cap.

Leaning towards the S Lab but worried about its durability.

That has all changed now, though, and the Nathan VaporKrar 4L Race Vest ($150) is my pick for pack of the year. With less material, the VaporAiress 2.0 also weighs less. Here is a review of the now outdated Spry 2.0 vest https://www.irunfar.com/2016/09/ultraspire-spry-2-0-hydration-pack-review.html. A back view of the Nathan VaporKrar WaistPak.

Love it. This website displays data from third party public sources. I’ve got the 12L VaporKrar and absolutely love the pack. I’ve made some ugly repairs so it’s still working but have also just got the UD utility belt. I ultimately used a separate Nathan 18-ounce soft flask in the lumbar pocket, which offered me 42 ounces total and I was able to put different fluids in different flasks. Todd – Great question! The materials on their vest are soft and extremely stretchy, very similar to what Salomon has been using in their vests. In 2015, I had the S/M VaporAiress- loved it!!!!!! SIZING-The sizing is based on a chest circumference measurement taken around the sternum and will be as follows: XXS 25-30in (63-77cm), XS 28-33 (71- 84cm), S/M 31-36 (79-91cm), L/XL 34-40 (86-102cm), Size: XS (28" to 33" / 71.1 cm to 83.8 cm in chest), Size: S/M (31" to 36" / 78.7 cm to 91.4 cm in chest), Size: L/XL (34" to 40" / 86.4 cm / 101.6 cm in chest. This tactic also seemed to be a well-balanced load and I experienced absolutely zero bouncing.

While wearing the WaistPak I hardly notice it is there, and the ability to adjust on the fly and carry some water if needed means that my Naked band lives in the closet.

Hi Mike- Thanks for the kind words. Do you have any thoughts on the VaporKrar WaistPak versus the Naked Running Band? I ended up returning it. The most remarkable aspect of the VaporKrar is the fit and I was lucky enough to have several sizes in stock at my local specialty-running store to dial things in. While Nathan does outfit this pack to accept up to a 1.8-liter bladder, I haven’t given it a try.

For some inexplicable reason Nathan chose to use a very soft webbing for all the straps and it’s not holding up well. While I don’t usually like side straps for fear that they will dig into my ribcage, the adjustable-on-the-fly side straps on the VaporKrar 4L Race Vest stay put and are very easily loosened or tightened as needed, depending on the load you’re carrying. My minor problem is the small horizontal tab of Velcro used to close WaistPak. I lean towards the Krar, but the Salomon 8L has more storage and I love the side pockets on the vest. The Nathan VaporKrar 4L Race Vest.

Ultramarathon Training: A Guide to Everything, Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons, Salomon S-LAB Sense Ultra 8 Set Pack Review, https://www.irunfar.com/2016/09/ultraspire-spry-2-0-hydration-pack-review.html. Nathan Vaporhowe Hydration Pack, Running Vest with 1.8L Hydration Bladder Reservoir, Women's 4.7 out of 5 stars 231.

A back view of the Nathan VaporKrar 4L Race Vest.

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