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UltrAspire Kinetic Bottle Vest

rated 4.0 of 5 stars
photo: UltrAspire Kinetic Bottle Vest hydration pack

Versatile, comfortable, flexible, usable. Skeptical at first, but this pack has become a fave!

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Versatile
  • Very usable

Cons

  • I think as part of the ergonomic mobility, there is one strap behind and under my right arm that is tricky still to adjust on the move

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Normally I don't think I would have picked this pack for myself, I thought I was a bladder guy. After trying it out a few times I was pretty happy with it.

I remember a few people asking me about the pack at the time and commenting how my elbows would hit the bottles. That has been no problem at all. The location is in a great spot I think. Lower on the back creates a nice low center of gravity, feels real comfortable and has great balance. Pulling them out or putting them back in has become second nature.

With the bottles in back kinda spaced out I find it real easy to strap just about anything I can to the back. For a longer haul I've gotten used to attaching a waterproof stuff sack for extra gear and even strapped some snowshoes on top of that. I like the option of being able to have nothing back there or additional gear if needed. Not a bunch of stuff flopping around loose in a pack that's too big ya know... Feeling that makes it pretty versatile.

The front pockets are great. Magnetic closure on the pill pocket is a nice touch. Cell phone on the hip strap, nutrition in one chest pocket and I like the other pockets as well. Nice place to store gloves or hat or headlamp as I'm rotating through things on longer runs. Everything secures well and there haven't been any issues with broken zippers, clips or whatever. It's taken a beating!

I really like how the shoulder straps and hip strap are separate. Is ergonomic the right word? I feel my range of mobility isn't restricted. I can turn and twist around and nothing seems to pull. Very much a comfortable pack! Straps all stay secure until I want them to move. Material seems rugged and breathable. Haven't had issues with chaffing or over heating at all.

Quite happy with this prize! 

Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (Mad Athlete )

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