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A Trail Favorite
I wore this last week for a 60k race in northern CO Rockies, and have worn it more times than I can count on shorter trail runs >3hrs, as well as a handful of longer backcountry days 6+hrs with lots of elevation. With this vest I have felt more than comfortable, as well as adequately supplied. The chest pockets, sitting on top of full 500ml flas... Read Moreks, can stuff a crazy amount of snacks or other items. In the zippered pocket on the back I keep my first aid kit and Garmin inreach mini. I've used the water reservoir compartment once with a Patagonia/Hydrapak 2L bladder, though the slider clip on top sat a bit oddly on the back of my shoulder blades. Otherwise I keep a space blanket, chafe stick, and headlamp in a dry bag in that compartment. For the back kangaroo pouch, I have filled with my rain shell (storm racer), extra layer (airshed), a buff, gloves, and pack of poptarts. I intend to wear this tomorrow for a long hike traversing multiple high peaks and ridgelines. I will say, I find the claim that this wears like a garment more than a pack to be true. It's comfortable, breathable, not cumbersome, can carry what you need on long days and is streamlined on short outings. This has become one of my favorite pieces. One gripe: While still keeping this vest light and simply, I do think the team could add some small storage pockets on the upper chest/clavicle area, for things like chap stick, pills/tablets, sunscreen, trash, etc. A little more organizational capacity would keep one from having to search and dig through pockets full of snacks, etc.- which would enable one to maintain movement and performance A fine piece, cheers Patagonia!
Great Running Vest!
This is an awesome running vest. I got it to train for the Pikes Peak Ascent and both my husband and I have never liked to wear anything... he purchased after I got mine and as he said "it's a game changer". Extremely comfortable, adjustable and practical design. Pocket in back allows for phone and extra jacket; front pockets for gel... Read Mores/calories. Nailed this one Patagonia!
Improved on an already good product
Bought this to accompany and eventually replace my Slope Runner 4L which is aging, still works, but has issues. Some key improvements: the flask sleeves on the Slope Runner were sooooo tight and very time consuming to get flasks in and out of, this has been fixed, which is huge when you need to replace flasks for long efforts. This is accompanied b... Read Morey loops that can slip over the cap of the flasks to keep them in place, which is also huge, since on the Slope Runner, without the loops, the bottles would slowly slide down into the sleeves making it hard to use later in longer runs. But this leads to my big question - if one is using these loops to secure the flasks, they cannot be used to secure running poles when not in use, which forces the question, how is one supposed to store poles on this vest? I see the lower loops, but the upper loops, which could secure poles, are needed to secure the flasks...head scratcher. I might add a second loop through those same upper tabs so i can do both, but it would be great if Patagonia could at least post an image of this pack with poles mounted, cause i can't figure this one out. As it stands, this is an awesome running vest - my favorite - perfect amount of storage (LOVE the new larger storage sleeve on the back!) for a long trail run OR aided ultra race. Having a solid way to mount poles would take it to the next level and make it work for mountain and alpine FKTs as well, but at the moment, without that, i will continue to use a different vest for those.
Hello Timothy, we appreciate your detailed review on the vest. Please look for a separate email containing a photo of the vest worn with trekking poles.
Comfortable well-fitting vest!
Used this recently for part of a 100-mile event in the Bighorns. Carries front bottles well with storage volume for at least 5 hours of fuels in the front. Back of pack easily carried the Houdini along with a headlamp. Fits comfortably and snug while being breathable--much better than the Black Diamond version. Lighter weight and more comfortable t... Read Morehan the osprey version. Extra sleeve at back carries gloves and arm warmers for easy reach. Not likely to carry a full day's worth of gear easily for longer adventures. No extra-small pocket for keeping electrolytes or extra batteries separate. Dark color a major draw back in hot conditions.
Outstanding Construction, But Too Small
First off, this is my first purchase of hydration vest. & from a fit, finish, & quality perspective it lives upto Patagonia's reputation. From a size though, it seems pretty tiny. I am talk, lanky, & not a Hulk by any means. I know it is supposed to be a snug fit, but it feels like that with empty water bottles, & nothing in th... Read Moree packets. Maybe it's just me. & to make a long story, I've since returned the vest.
Thank you for your feedback, Rick! We're sorry to hear that this vest didn't work for you. The details you provide are helpful for other customers to make good decisions as well as our designers in making future changes to sizing or features. Please reach out if you need any [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) with returns or product information!
This is my first running vest and I love it - just did a 4 day mountain trail running weekend and it was great. Took some adjustments to get the fit "right" the first couple of runs and I over-tightened initially which caused some chaffing, but once dialed in no issues. Great front pockets for easy access to nutrition and even phone if wa... Read Morent to keep up front. Only used zipper pocket (wallet/phone) and a single jacket in main pocket and all worked great. Really a game-changer for long runs (or hikes) in the woods!
I purchased this item in size small, but I found it to be slightly short. I requested an exchange for a medium, and it arrived within the week. great service there! I mainly use it to go cycling as I do not have a bottle holder, and 2 bottles are just enough to take me to the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. The only real issue I have found are the ... Read Morebottles themselves: I get a weird taste when I drink water from them. It is not entirely unpleasant, but any flavor other than water catches my attention. Can someone please help me with this? Is it normal for the water to have a weird taste due to the bottle? Additionally, I really only wash them with hot water, is that enough or should I add soap/bleach? Overall, amazing product.
It does what it's supposed to do and no more. I added a 1.5L bladder and there's a little bounce but its not bad. The rear stow pocket works really well for storing a jacket and the front pockets are maybe a little too deep for snacks but they work and none have ever jumped out. I do wish there was a zippered phone pocket in the front lik... Read Moree many others running vests have.
Still rockin' after 500+ miles
This has been my go-to vest for over a year now. Fit is still great, zero chafe, locks down and adjusts well without restricting motion. Carries everything I need for training without letting me overpack. The stretchy loops near the bottles wore out after wrapping them around my bottles every run. I was able to easily replace them with a couple of... Read More my wife's hair ties.
True minimalist trail runners vest
Breathable, lightweight, pockets are spacious for 600 ML soft flasks and plenty of snack space. Back compartment is spacious for a package jacket or a small med kit (mine is a ziplock bag filled with antiseptic wipes, bandaids and q-tips to apply any needed insect bite ointment. Overall, awesome vest. I would buy another vest if there was a differe... Read Morent color. Having two vests wouldnt be ideal haha.
This thing is sweet. You can tell they worked super closely with their athletes to design and refine this. It feels like my superman vest when I'm putting it on for a run. Everything is dialed on this and it's the perfect minimalist running pack. Holds the bottles well, plenty of room for phone, snacks, and layer or two. No complaints, hi... Read Moreghly recommend for sure.
Comfy....but, one issue! Still 5 stars
I admit to having a problem buying trail running vests! And, really, this is a great one! I normally dont like water bottles in front, but these fit snug and dont leak or smack me in the face! There is still room in the other front pockets for nutrition, hand gel or chapstick. I also really like the zip pocket in the back to secure my car key! I ... Read Morehave one issue - just one, but it still gets a 5 star! That is the hook closures in the front. They hook from left to right, which I could not manage (my dexterity?) so, I took them off and switched them to the right side so I can hook from right to left!! Voilà. Happy with this purchase.
Good quality and materials!
At first, I started using this vest to do long runs and I was hurting on my ribs after the run. I had scoreness and didn't know why. However, I started wearing 1 good layer and adjusted the vest to be more fitted, and it doesn't hurt anymore. Get to know your best and play around with the adjustable straps, the best part is the quality an... Read Mored environmentally-friendly materials. I wish the starps were a bit thicker and maybe have 3 instead of 2, but it works!
Love this vest!
I researched hydration vests from a variety of companies. I eventually landed on the Slope Runner 3 liter. I am a marathoner and I use this vest on any run longer than 6 miles. The vest does fit me well. I do not even know that I am wearing it. The design fits my body size perfectly. The big pocket in the back is perfect for layers, as far as the f... Read Moreeedback I read about people losing things from the back pocket goes, you need to stash bigger bulky items not a set of keys. The other feedback I read was the back of the vest cut into their neck. I did not find that to be an issue. This vest is such a pleasure to run in! Way to go Patagonia.
The Best Running Vest
I love this vest. I'll note though, am new to using something like this. I traditionally have used handhelds or nothing at all really. So I'm not super comfortable with every bit that his vest has to offer, but overall I'm very pleased with how it has worked and felt while running. It fits snug and very comfortable. I was afraid it... Read More would feel "sloshy" with the flasks strapped to my chest full of water... but I simply sucked out the extra air and boom! No sloshy... and truthfully not that heavy. I dig it. Simple, and easy. Just get it already... :)
Haven't worn it yet but I know it'll be killer.Fits just like the description says "like a shirt".It's very firm fitting and wraps around you're torso smoothly.The adjustments seem all very easy.I've tried it on about five times just to see how the adjustments work and finding that right fit!Can't wait to hit... Read More the trail with my new vest it seems super chill to wear and can pack a fair amount of necessity in it,Houdini,gloves,gels,ex hydration,water filter etc seems like you can put whatever in there.I'm still trying to figure out how to put my poles in the hold down straps though.I'm sure the'll tuck away smooth and easy once I figure it out.I'm ready to do twenty and gain a bunch of elevation in my new forerunner endurance vest.Stoked!!
Needs one important change.
Although a good overall design it didn't work for me. Big problem with the pack rubbing on the back of my neck. Sorry to say I'll be returning it . All Patagonia needs to do is take a few measurements from one of your competitors and this would be a great 100 mile race vest.
The best thing ever--the small fit me fine
I am 5'8" about 136 pounds, I wear a 36 B, and I was worried this this would be tight or awkward in the breast area, but it isn't. I LOVE this vest. I ordered the small and it fits well, plenty of room to size up a bit if I had layers under it or gain a few pounds. I wasn't sure if I should buy it, which I now find hilarious bec... Read Moreause I use it CONSTANTLY. I use for mountain bikes, walks, hikes trips to the park with kids. I have asthma and I love that I can keep my inhaler right there if I suddenly go into brochospasm without warning. I can keep so much stuff in it. Yesterday it held my inhaler, hand sanitizer (it's so handy to have that right there to grab quickly) tissues, TWO jackets (one for warmth and one light waterproof layer), AND my huuge thick winter gloves (it's cold here these days). It warmed up and and I took ALL those off and they fit in the vest. It's the greatest thing ever.
I am glad I bought this vest. My first concern was they did not make XL. (some Patagonia pieces I buy an XL) But fit is pretty good. It rides well while I'm running, no issues with rubbing or chaffing. Runs have been in very warm humid weather and breathability has been good. Have not used the rear stuff pouch yet so can't comment on effe... Read Morectiveness of pouch not losing items. I did add a tether to the stuff pouch with a plastic clip similar to one in key pouch to secure garments at neck loop. Over all so far so good.
Like Mary Poppins carpetbag.
I bought this vest for training and a 100k race, and what a phenomenal investment. I cant believe its only 3L because it fits just about everything I cram into another 8L vest I own. Its a perfect race vest, but a perfect daily driver too. I swapped the 500ml bottles for 600s and they fit fine, the pockets up front defy physics with their capacity,... Read More and the back sleeve fits a 1.5L bladder no problem (probably would fit a 2L too). I stuff a Houdini and gloves into the outer pocket and theres plenty of room to spare. The zippered pocket fits a small first aid, sunscreen, extra snacks, trash, keys, wallet, what have you. If you run with just bottles and no bladder, might as well throw the kitchen sink back there, itll fit. Case in point: I took this pack on a 35 mi run this weekend and easily fit my 12hrs of snacks, jacket, gloves, knife/sunnies/first aid/etc, phone, and 2.7L of water. Pretty heavily laden and still didnt chafe or make my shoulders sore. Honestly I bet this vest would be capable of a fair weather 50 miler or maybe even 100k unsupported so long as you include a good water filter. Just embrace being a jogging bag of snacks. Im in love. Thanks Patagonia!
Great vest, comfortable fit
I'm 6'5", and bought this vest for a 50k ultramarathon. It took a couple of runs to dial-in the fit, but it's incredibly comfortable, doesn't bounce, and I forget it's there at times. I've added a bladder for longer runs and run the tube through a loop near the left shoulder which keeps it right where I need it. M... Read Morey decision came down to this vest and one that is top-ranked by some of the running mags, but chose Patagonia because of the quality and durability of their products. I have so many Patagonia products with 10-15 years on them that I still regularly use.
This is an update to my review labeled "Great Product". I want to re-iterate that items can fall out of this vest. I was on what turned out to be a 15+ hour wilderness trail run when my new (and never used) Patagonia Storm Racer Jacket fell from the vest and is lost. I had this jacket rolled in the pocket in the hood, then stuffed in this... Read More running vest. I believe it fell out when I took the vest off rather than when I was actually running, but I can't be sure. (As I noted in my initial review, this was the one problem with this vest). I am lucky that the forecast rain showers never manifest, as I was still hours from meaningful shelter when I noticed the raincoat missing. Overall, I am otherwise very happy with this vest. On the 15+ hour trail run, I did not having any significant rubbing, and it carried the weight of my layers and food and water very comfortably. Obviously, in a future iteration, designers need to make sure the stretch pockets hold things securely and reliably.
Comfortable, breathable, adaptable
Running in the Hudson Valley summer heat is a challenge. I bought this vest because I needed to carry more water than Id been running with, and my hard flask belt had never really felt great over distance. The Slope Runners new stretchy solution is the best paradigm Ive encountered for running with weight, hands down. Starting with full flasks, I ... Read Moreimmediately felt they were stable, and positioned at a comfortable spot for their weight to interact with my running movement (carrying weight at the hip never felt good). As I drink, I gradually tighten the front cords, and there is never any sloshing or wobbling. Ive had no difficulty with the hooks on the front, its hard to imagine how they could be confusing. The flasks slip right into the pockets, I think because the vest is quite loose and flowy when its off the body. Once you pull it on everything is comfortably snug. The vest is very cool and breathable. Most of my running this summer has been in over 80° weather, and Ive had no temperature discomfort related to the vest. I think this is due to the mesh construction, and the very small footprint on the shoulders. It fits more like a tiny bolero than a life jacket, and I think thats a complete game-changer. Cant say enough good things about the vest. Ill be purchasing a 1.5 liter bladder if my mileage requires it, but Im pretty confident that weight will also ride very stably. The unusual cut of the vest works with the compression cords to really draw everything into a compact bundle.
Good Vest but flawed
I love the fit of this vest, I really do but there are some design flaws for such an expensive vest. Patagonia used elastic cord that is knotted to fit over the top of the water bottles that are included as well as to hold the trekking poles in place. The knots on these cords come undone over time (i've had the vest for 4 months.) I lost two o... Read Moref the cords just out on the trail and so now my bottles don't stay in place and bounce around. I have tried knotting the cords again but they just keep coming undone. I think a plastic toggle to keep the cords from coming undone would be great. I plan to call customer service to see what they can do about this issue. Otherwise the bag fits my 6' frame fairly well, as a women I max out the sternum straps which seem to be holding out for now. I can place a phone up front and other items in the back. It's breathable and doesn't really jostle around too terribly. I had higher hopes for this item maybe future versions will be better.
Fantastic Running Vest
Just purchased this vest and have taken it for a couple of 10-15 mile road runs so far. It is a great piece of kit. I'm 6'1" 175lbs and usually wear a 38L in suit coats so thought the medium would be the best size for me but ordered the large because the medium was out of stock and the large fits great. The various elastic cables for... Read More adjusting the fit allow you to get a really secure fit, with very little bouncing even with both bottles full -- so far I've noticed only a *very* slight bounce on downhill sections and not sure any vest could prevent that. The vest is super light and mostly constructed from very breathable mesh, so no issues with overheating. I saw a couple reviews mentioned that the chest hooks can be a little tricky to hook and unhook but I've had no issues there -- and it's worth noting you can move those hooks to different attachment points and even switch them to the other side of the vest if the left-handed orientation of the hook fasteners makes it more difficult to manipulate them. The bottles that come with the vest are fantastic, and I've had no problem getting them in and out of the pockets even when only partially full. The other pockets work well also, and I've given this 5 stars because it absolutely works as advertised, but in an ideal world I'd love a zippered chest pocket that could fit a phone and that is accessible on the go -- I can reach over my shoulder and drop items into the zippered back pocket but it isn't easy to fish my phone out of that pocket while running. (You can jam a large phone into one of the front pockets but it's a tight fit, especially with both bottles full.)
I used the old Fore Runner Hydration Vest previously for longer runs (no longer made)--needing to carry water, and to a lesser extent food and layers. The new Slope Runner is a huge upgrade, overall. While the carry capacity is smaller than my old running vest, the snug fit and lack of bounce and rubbing is excellent. I've now taken my Slope R... Read Moreunner on several multi-hour distance runs, and it is far more comfortable than the predecessor. Pros: -ability to tighten and loosen the vest and load via tension cords, plus the easily adjusted front closure, is a huge upgrade -I find the included hydration bottles work very well, and fit well to the vest. Cons: -except for the small pocket for phone/cards/keys, the other space is premised on compression of the vest against one's boy. While I've lost nothing while wearing the vest, I have had bulky items fall out when I take the vest off. -this could use more than one secured storage pocket (I like to keep keys and phone separate), but this is not that big a deal. Overall, thanks for a great product!
Only needs 1 minor enhancement
I was running a downhill section and some of my nutrition and spare soft flask flew out of the bladder pocket (that I was using for storage). If you would add a small fabric loop (low cost, complexity, and weight) to the top of the zipper pocket the bladder pocket can be held shut utilizing the bladder clip. Other than that I adore the product. Be... Read Morest fit, comfort, and accessibility of any vest I have ever owned. Wonderful product and well worth the cost.
I own the slope runner vest (4L) and this one. The volume is smaller but overall experience increase as the accessibility to every pockets is much better, especially the back elastic mesh pocket. The bottle pockets are improved. It become easier to put in-and-out 500ml - 600ml soft flasks from the pockets. And I feel the front pockets are slightly ... Read Morelarger as well, implying that I can hold more gels, foods, clothing accessories or small devices etc. But what is the problem at the end letting me putting 3 stars instead of 4 or 5. I find that elastic cord to hold poles or adjust the fit of the vest will be untied by itself. This has happened a few times. The reason is that those cords are linked by the (single) fisherman knots. But these knots seem not quite suitable for these kind of elastic cords. Plus, the tail of the cord is too short, leading to this problem sadly. The easy way to solve it could be making the tail longer, using a stopper of the knot or using other technique to create this cord loop without any knots.
Thank you for you detailed feedback on the design of those cords. Comments like these are so helpful for our designers and we appreciate you putting this vest to the test. If you decide you are unsatisfied with it, please feel free to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it back to us.
Great Trail Vest
I love this vest, works really well for the most part and fits like a glove but can someone please explain to me how I'm supposed to attach my traditional adjustable trekking poles to this vest using the bungees to each side of the front of vest? Are these just made for the uber lightweight folding poles?
I adore the fit and feel of this vest but its as if I need an engineering degree to get this thing hooked.... plus Im righty so it took upwards of 5 minutes just to get the thing on the first time. I can only imagine the difficulty getting this back on during an ultra.
Hi Robert, thank you for taking the time to write us a review! Feedback like this is truly crucial to improving products for future seasons so we'll pass this along to our design crew. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you are welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Improved in almost every way
I've put this through ~100 miles now and although I liked the previous Slope Runner 4L I'm a big fan of this version. Simpler, cleaner, and overall more functional. A few observations: - The zipper pocket on the left chest is removed, which keeps that side closer and less bouncy - Pole loops in the front are nice additions, you can loop ... Read Morethe top ones around your bottles to lock them down - Single giant wraparound kangaroo pocket makes accessing rear items easier - Still not 100% sold on the front hook design but the loops are more prominent and easier to hook/unhook - More breathable mesh throughout - Bottle pockets are easier to get bottles in/out - Vest packs into its own pocket to save space Two teeny tiny complaints so far: - Hydration bladder clip bounces/clicks softly in my ear, clipping it through the hang loop helped a bit - one or two little extra side pockets would be nice... though wearing Strider Pro shorts fixes that pretty easily
Worth every penny!
I cannot say enough good things about this vest. I was looking for a product that was comfortable and light-weight, and this was exactly it. It fits around around your body like a glove, and and the hydration system works like a dream. It might be expensive but I promise it was worth the purchase to get the best product on the market.
Finally - thank you Patagucci!
I could not be any more ecstatic about the launch of this new hydration vest. Prayed every night to the Patagonia gods to bless us with a product that was not only just as functional, if not more so than the main competitors on the market right now, but also carried the quality that the company is known for. I feel like you guys really hit the nai... Read Morel on the head with the revisions you made from the original Slope Runner. Not only is the colorway more appealing, but the addition of the pole loops, wider front pouches for gels, and relocation of the cell phone pocket to the back makes much more sense. There's also a key hook in said pocket which is nice for added security. Moreover, the adjustment all around wrap your body like a warm hug from your grandma and the front cinch system bodes excels in ways other vests don't. The soft flasks are easy to get in an out and most importantly, stay in place (don't sink down) when in action which is clutch. Since this vest sits higher on the torso than others, it's much easier to hydrate with just a turn of the head instead of having to caress the vest up a bit to grab a drink. It sounds silly, but over the course of a long run, this can get old quick. I've put around 30 miles in the vest so far and can't think of one thing I would change yet. For reference, I'm 6'2", 167 lbs, and have a 37.5" chest. So technically I'm sort of between a Small and Medium and am happy with the Medium I purchased. Since they're missing a sizing chart, here's on that you can off that they used for their old Slope Runner which seems to run true for this one: XS: 30-33"; S: 34-37"; M: 38-41"; L: 42-48"
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