The North Face Enduro Boa
Price Paid: Singapore Dollars 230
A good looking lightweight fit for purpose hydration running / adventure pack (with built in whistle and useful side pockets and a magnet to hold the hydration hose in place rather than flapping around and occasionally slapping you in the face) made by The North Face and is then it is ruined by the incorporation of a "Source" 1.5 litre water bladder.
As a North Face 100 invitation runner to their upcoming event in Singapore I was given a 30 percent discount coupon for their products - I decided to try out their Enduro Boa hydration pack . . . big mistake . . . the "Source" bladder seam ruptured on the first training run I did with it and that was the end of the water source and the training run.
Finding the manufacturers of Source is near impossible . . . thus any attempt to uphold the warrantee is as useless as the product its self.
I wrote last year on the INOV8 products which use Source bladders where that too had burst (at the base water valve) so in short - if you by a product with a Source component then "Caveat Emptor" (let the buyer beware) as you don’t want to be too far away from your next water stop with this product.
If you do buy this product and you trust in your water supply - your best bet is to fit it with a Platypus bladder and hose (keep the clip on/off magnet off the Source product. I have run 4 x 250 km "Racing The Planet" events with Platypus bladders and never have I had a problem.
Hope this is of help.
Alex Harkess (Jakarta, Indonesia 2010.)
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The sleek and speedy Enduro Hydration Pack from The North Face fits like it's a part of your body. Shaped more like a harness than a plain-old backpack, the body-hugging design means the Enduro won't bounce around while you're on the move. Strap on this pack for long day hikes and trail runs when you want to cover lots of ground.
Every time the water in your hydro pack sloshes, you're thrown sideways, challenging your body to stay upright, tiring you too soon - not so with the Enduro Boa Hydration Pack from The North Face. Handle challenging terrain with this innovative pack that uses an internal tightening system to restrain your water bladder, as you drink, turn the knob at the shoulder strap to cinch down your aqueous load. Extremely lightweight, breathable mesh, an elastic waistband, and a cushioned E-VAP foam panel all provide absolute trail running comfort.
- Mountain Gear
Endurance training demands an ergonomic hydration pack like The North Face Enduro Pack. Trail runners and go-light hikers are sure to appreciate the breathable and comfortable mesh suspension system. The pack remains feather light and offers enough space to stash a layer, snack and keep you hydrated with its two-liter water capacity. The North Face uses the sleek Boa technology to snug down the reservoir and reduce the sloshing. The system is super easy to use and simply requires turning a knob at the side of the pack; something you can do on the fly. The Boa system also helps you get every last drop if liquid out of your bladder. You'll run longer and stay better hydrated with The North Face Endura Pack.
- Altrec Outdoors
The ultimate endurance runner's hydration pack, this feather-lightweight pack keeps your thirst in check on long training runs with a 2L reservoir. Multiple zip compartments provide 5.5-liters of pack volume, ideal to stash an added layer and fuel for your run. Sleek Boa technology tightens reservoir with the turn of a knob via steel wires that compress the reservoir to eliminate sloshingmid-stride, and let you get every drop of water.