NATHAN® MINIMIST VEST 1.5L :: If you like to carry your essentials, but prefer to pack light, you'll love the Nathan® Minimist Vest 1.5L. Get all the hydration you need to keep you running strong while still enjoying lightweight comfort thanks to featherweight design. Avoid the dreaded over-heat with the breathable mesh, and go soft on your skin with this vest's soft perimeter binding. Sippin' will be no sweat from the hydration tube's bite valve, and you'll store your stuff safe and sound in the new zippered storage compartment. You can even pack additional fuel for your toughest workout, thanks to the new front storage pocket that easily fits a 22 ounce bottle!
Features & Benefits:
Lighter weight fabric than previous versions
New easy-adjust strap system for faster on and off
Front storage pocket fits a 22 ounce (650ml) bottle
I have been using this system for 2-3 hr runs in areas where water is scarce. Even though it's true that the bladder is unsecured (except by its own weight) I have found it to be held securely in the pack. If you invert the bladder after filling it and suck out all the air prior to placing it in the pack there is really no appreciable sloshing. I am able to cary enough fluids for even hot days as well as a couple snacks, my Iphone, and car keys. When the weather gets colder there is also a storage space large enough for a light shell in back. The hydration tube is a bit long but it is securely held by the clip on the sternum strap. Overall I'm very happy with this product.
Palos Verdes, CA
Great storage, terrible water pack
This water pack had really great storage for a runner that carry everything with them. Unfortunately it was very lacking in the water storage area. The pack is light but the bladder doesn't have anything to anchor it in place and therefore flops about as you run. It is housed in a very stretchy dry fit style pouch which doesn't give it any support to remain upright. The water tube is incredibly long and didn't hook well. Don't waste your time.
Addendum to original review
A couple points about my review:
1. I have the newer (red) version of the pack which looks much better engineered than the original.
2. I place the bladder into the zippered pocket of the pack rather than the open top panel so it's probably more secure than the way it is pictured on the website.
Palos Verdes, CA
Love it, used it in Nike Women's Marathon SF. Perfect!
Nathan Minimist Vest 1.5L Hydration
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