Find Your Store
Home Page

Cart, contains 0 items

When autocomplete results are available use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. Touch device users, explore by touch or with swipe gestures.
Expert Help
Earn Rewards

Black Diamond
Distance 4L Hydration Vest

4.285714285714286 out of 5 stars
28 Reviews
Current price: $67.48 - $82.47 Original price: $149.95
Up to 55% off
Color:Alloy

Size:

Size Chart

Quantity


Why We Like The Distance 4L Hydration Vest

Whether you're gearing up for race day or another long training run, the Distance 4L Hydration Vest from Black Diamond is what we recommend to give ultra-runners and trail-enthusiasts the storage they need for a long day in the hills. Smaller and more speed-minded than the other packs in BD's Distance line, this vest still has lots of hydration storage and an over-the-shoulder trekking pole carry.


Details

  • Dedicated hydration vest for speed-minded trail runs
  • Stretchy yet ultra-durable fabrics move with you as you run
  • Removable trekking pole carry offers quick access to extra support
  • Dual soft flasks are included for convenient hydration
  • Bladder sleeve lets you pack along even more water for huge days
  • BD.dry pocket protects your devices from precipitation
  • Race-ready pocket is expandable to help you fit everything you need
  • Secure pockets hold energy gels, keys, cards, and headlamps
  • Item #BLDZ95X
Material
4-way stretch mesh, 100D nylon ripstop
Volume
4L (244cu in)
Support/Suspension
none
Hydration Compatible
reservoir sleeve, dual soft flask pockets
Reservoir Included
2 HydraPak 500ml soft flasks
Access
front panel
Pockets
1 expandable back, 1 BD.dry, 1 security w/ key leash, 2 zippered chest
Trekking Pole Carry
Z-Pole storage on back
Claimed Weight
7.1oz
Activity
running, training
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 28 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 2 reviews
2 Stars - 0 reviews
3 Stars - 2 reviews
4 Stars - 8 reviews
5 Stars - 16 reviews

Fits True To Size

Screen reader users: the following list provides a visual scale to illustrate the product fit. Please refer to the heading above for the fit type in text.
Runs smallTrue to sizeRuns large

What do you think about this product?

View

Selecting an option will reload the available reviews on the page
4 out of 5 stars

December 30, 2022

Pretty good vest

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Size Bought:
M
Height:
5' 9"
Weight:
170

Pros: The Z-pole carrier system is awesome, very nice idea. I like my poles out of the way and it is easy to get them in/out. -Decent storage in the big pouch behind, certainly enough space for a half day worth of food/supplies. Cons: The bottle holders are mesh, seem like they are going to rip. Hard to get bottles in/out. -the designated zipper pockets on chest straps are barely big enough for an iphone SE. any phone bigger won't fit. seems like the seems will tear eventually shoving the phone in there. -not enough zippered pockets(only 2), just lots of open mesh pockets, stuff falls out.

spencer w
4 out of 5 stars

August 1, 2022

Great fit

This is my 3rd attempt at finding the right vest for ultra distance trail running. This vest hit all my requirements. I was looking for something with trekking poles storage without stopping/removing the vest and that I could still manage to utilize after fine motor skills have started to deteriorate due to too much time on trail. Longest run with this do far was only 4 hours, but poles can be taken out/stowed on the fly and seem to ride well. Only complaint so far with the pole storage is the excess bungee on the shoulder strap bounces annoyingly while the poles are stowed. I also wanted a vest that had ample storage that could also be reached without removing the pack. I’ve found with other vests, if I can’t reach my nutrition without removing the vest I’m significantly less likely to consume it. This vest has so many accessible pockets. I can store two soft flask, snacks and phone in the front, more snacks on the side and a wind shell in the rear/bottom pouch that can all be reached while running. And there’s the top zippered compartment for anything you don’t need immediate access to. It’s great. Previously I’ve detested vest wearing. This fits/rides so well that I find myself throwing it on for even 10-15 miles runs because I can easily bring my phone, wallet, keys and some snacks and not even notice I’ve got them. The fit and adjustability is just right. Like others have said, getting full flasks in/out (both the BD ones that come with it and UD ones as well) can be tricky. I’m looking at it as glass (flask?) half full and appreciating the fact that the bottles are unlikely to fall out when trying to move quickly through technical terrain. If you’re looking for a new vest, this is the one you want. Edit after a full summer of use and a couple ultra distance trail races… Still loving the fit and feel. The ability to store and remove poles without taking the vest off is great. However the seams have started to come apart. For the price, I’d like this to be a vest that lasts more than one season of use. I’m thinking it will make it through the fall but I’ll be in the market for a new vest again in the spring. Love the vest but the durability just isn’t up to par.

John H
ExpertVoice.com

Originally reviewed on ExpertVoice.com

3 out of 5 stars

July 17, 2022

I like this pack a lot. I have taken it on hour long runs as well as longer 5+ hour runs and it has provided a comfortable platform to hold my hydration, nutrition and electrolytes. My only grip is that it only has two chest straps and when I carry a lot of water, I need a third to tighten it down enough to feel comfortable. I scabbed an extra strap off an old pack and am happy as could be. UPDATE: I liked this pack but it did not hold up! Already has rips at the seams.

user image
Conan K
ExpertVoice.com

Originally reviewed on ExpertVoice.com

4 out of 5 stars

July 17, 2022

Very light comfortable vest. Have taken it on 2-3 hour runs and no rubbing or discomfort whatsoever. Great for carrying snacks, keys, phone, water etc. Really like the trekking pole feature as well. Only reason why i gave it 4 stars is if you completely fill the water bladders they are very difficult to get into their designated pockets. Wish they had made the pockets just slightly bigger. Really is a joy to wear/run in though.

David S
ExpertVoice.com

Originally reviewed on ExpertVoice.com

4 out of 5 stars

July 17, 2022

Great Minimalist Vest

I've only used the vest a few times thus far. Super comfortable and lightweight. I fell in-between M and L. I'm glad I sized down to the M! I would have likely had to tighten the L completely down. It max fits a 1.5L hydration bladder. One thing I would add to this product would be a zipper to the hydration sleeve component. Also, I don't really use poles all that much. So, I can't speak to the pole storage component!

Joe F
ExpertVoice.com

Originally reviewed on ExpertVoice.com

5 out of 5 stars

July 17, 2022

Perfect Ultra-light Hiking Pack

Perfect amount of storage and water capacity for most hikes that require warm/rain gear and water etc. Really nice design and ultra functional bits.

Ezra D
ExpertVoice.com

Originally reviewed on ExpertVoice.com

1 out of 5 stars

July 17, 2022

Very bad experience

Bought to use with distance z poles for trail running The water bottles are great, but they are way too difficult to get in and out of the vest The vest tore the first time I used it The bottles fell out twice I love the poles, but this vest has some serious flaws. Even the trekking pole storage system is severely flawed.

Thomas A
ExpertVoice.com

Originally reviewed on ExpertVoice.com

5 out of 5 stars

July 17, 2022

Terrific running vest

Product is very comfortable and well thought out. Good pockets and storage and stays close to the body while running.

Peter H
ExpertVoice.com

Originally reviewed on ExpertVoice.com

5 out of 5 stars

July 17, 2022

Must have

So I have been looking for a mountaineering running pack and let me tell you; THIS IS IT! Even the 8 liter can fit my helmet, midlayer, food, ice axe, hydration bladder and trekking poles. I have worn it running and climbing many times and it fits perfectly, I feel like I am not even wearing a pack most of the time. *The helmet is a little tight and I have a pretty small head you can still fit in outside of the pack. Although it does move around if you don’t secure it with something else.

user image
Erynn H
ExpertVoice.com

Originally reviewed on ExpertVoice.com

5 out of 5 stars

July 17, 2022

Used this pack on a winter ultra. Plenty of room for all my gear. No bounce.

Dan H
ExpertVoice.com

Originally reviewed on ExpertVoice.com