Nathan Mirage Pak
Current Retail: $14.00-$20.00
Historic Range: $9.95-$24.95
Reviewers Paid: $19.95
This pack is perfect for the minimalist at heart, but beware of bounce with a smartphone. I'd buy it again even with its shortcomings.
UPDATE 7/9/15: Taped seams have separated all over the pack. My local running store replaced the first one for free and the 2nd one has just completely fallen apart as well. I spoke with Nathan Hydration and they have offered to send a replacement free of charge. GREAT customer service...this pack...we'll see.
- Key ring
- Buckle slips somewhat
- Bounces and flops with iPhone 6
- Taped seams separate easily
UPDATE 7/9/15: Taped seams have separated all over the pack. My local running store replaced the first one for free and the second one has just completely fallen apart as well. I spoke with Nathan Hydration and they have offered to send a replacement free of charge...GREAT customer service...this pack...we'll see.
I'm quite disappointed in the quality with it falling apart twice now, but I'm willing to give it another go so long as it isn't costing me extra. Thanks to Nathan and to Fleet Feet for the great service.
The Mirage is wonderfully expandable and will hold odd shaped items and much larger things than you might imagine. It weighs nearly nothing and dries out very quickly. It has a built-in keyring that's nice for peace of mind when you're rummaging through on the run. It has interior pockets that I could see being helpful for salt tabs or the like, but I've never used the pockets so I can't rightfully comment.
Unfortunately, this thing bounces like crazy with my iPhone 6. I have to tighten it down and wedge it against my hip to stop it from bouncing and flopping on the run. It seems that this happens because Nathan chose to have most of the expandability towards the bottom, leaving the support straps only at the top and not able to really wedge the phone against my waist/back.
I don't think you'd have this problem with much of anything other than a large smartphone, but that's what I use it for and it is annoying. I would recommend buying regardless, but hope that Nathan comes up with a better solution before the next version.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $19.95