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Contoured for a woman's physique and designed for those really, really long runs.
Nathan created the Woman's Intensity Race Vest to fit your body instead of his, because running thirty miles in a race vest designed for a guy is a guaranteed ticket to pain. Nathan updated this ultra-style running vest since last year, shaving a few ounces off the weight by using lighter materials and a lighter weight fabrication process throughout. Contoured shoulder straps and a redesigned waist-belt match shape of a female runner's physique so this pack sits snug against your body. Weight savings and comfort are imperative for anything you're carrying in a distance event, so the Intensity uses an all-mesh harness that's soft, feather light, and highly breathable. Simple and secure, a pair of side adjustments and a quick-clip chest strap make for easy-on-and-off at aid stations and allow you to dial in the fit of the vest on the fly. A hand-held or a waist belt will keep you minimally supplied, but the Intensity can hold up to two liters of water, offer it up hands-free through a hydration tube at your shoulder, and keep a light rain shell or nutrition within easy reach. Sometimes there's nothing like a running vest with a little extra storage.
- Three-way Propulsion Harness moves in harmony with your shoulders and upper back for long-distance comfort
- Lightweight harness and pack materials and fabrication technique
- Bladder-compatible design for hands-free hydration; 2-liter bladder included
- Repositioned hydration tube exists from the top of the pack instead of the side
- Easy-adjust system uses dual buckle-adjustments at the side and one across the chest
- Front stretch-mesh pockets and two rear zippered compartments hold essentials
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Comfortable running pack
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is my go to pack for anything over 10 miles and under 40 or so miles. The vest initially took a bit of tweaking to get the straps right. I originally had them too tight on my ribs, and dealt with some pain there. Once I had it fitted correctly though it became my favorite pack. It's light and doesn't rub while running. It still wears well when it's stuffed to the gills. There isn't a ton of storage, but plenty for most runs. It only gets a bit too full when you start needing to carry larger amounts of food, and/ or multiple layers
Intensity in Yosemite
Using my Intensity on a 14 mile hike in Yosemite Valley
Great Women's Pack for Trail Runs
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've worn this for day hikes and trail races (running) up to the 30km distance for the past 9 months. Front pockets are good for nutrition and a small camera or extra water. Sliding adjustable chest strap means you can always find a comfortable place to wear it. Inside the zippered pocket, there's a big area, then a key hook which would dangle your keys into a smaller area, separated from the main compartment by a stretchy piece of fabric. I've stashed a flashlight, whistle, a small sunscreen, my phone, car keys, sunglasses, and gloves/armwarmers in the back pocket before. Sometimes I'll run with friends' things in there too, so we don't all need to be pack mules.
I've only used water in the reservoir but the reservoir has turned a yellowish color once before. Color has gone away after rinsing out with a vinegar/water solution. I try to let the reservoir air out by hanging upside down after I use it (luckily it's dry here, so it dries out quickly). I've worn it with everything from tank tops to fleece and windbreakers- shoulder straps are very comfortable and lightweight and I've never had any chafing problems.
I bought this when I got into longer distance trail running despite having a smaller Camelbak purchased about 7 years ago before I was running. I realize it seems silly to have two hydration packs, but I continue to use my older Camelbak for some bike rides and shorter hikes. I choose this Nathan pack for trail runs (chest strap reduces jostling) and longer hikes where I want more pockets and the ability to carry more water. I went with this woman-specific model because I'm 5'2" and have narrow shoulders. It's fully adjustable to find a comfortable fit each time I use it.
Is there a place to slide or hold ones'...
Is there a place to slide or hold ones' trekking pole on the Nathan HPL #020 Hydration Vest? I thought when I first read about this vest online, this was a feature? I've had mine about 2 months now, & just started to use my trekking poles in my training. But can't seem to find where they attach to this vest. Maybe that's because there isn't a holder.
Thanks, Christine Donovan
You can't find one because there isn't one. I guess you could return it for a model that does, or you could see what you can do to "fit" your poles somewhere in the straps or webbing. That yellow elastic shock cord on the front of the pack looks like a good place to start.