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Patagonia Fore Runner 10L Vest

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If you're not first, you're carrying too much.

Trail runners and speed hikers know the important of going light, but too often comfort gets overlooked;—not with Patagonia's Fore Runner 10L Vest, which weighs just 11oz but is designed to avoid the rubber, bouncing, and jangling that'll drive you crazy on a 30 miler. The nylon ripstop fabric is coated with both polyurethane and a DWR coating, so it will repel water and not get heavier, and the foam back panel is made from comfortable and breathable mono mesh to help you stay cool. Of course, the point of the Fore Runner is to carry stuff, so it has a main top-loading compartment, stretch bottle pockets, and multiple stash pockets to hold energy gels, sunscreen, and other small but essential items. There's also a hydration reservoir for easy drinking, and the whole package is locked down with compression straps to prevent the bouncing that will make you go nuts on extra-long runs and fast hikes.

  • Nylon ripstop
  • PU coating and DWR treatment
  • Foam back panel with mono mesh
  • Top-loading main compartment
  • BPA-free 2L hydration reservoir
  • Strech bottle pockets
  • Gel and stash pockets
  • Item #PAT00P4

Tech Specs

100% ripstop nylon (100D face / 210D bottom), PU coating, DWR treatment
10L (610cu in)
foam back panel
Shoulder Straps
Air Flow mesh
Hydration Compatible
Reservoir Included
yes, 2L, with quick connect
2 front stretch, 1 gel, 1 stash, 1 main
Claimed Weight
Recommended Use
trail running, hiking
Manufacturer Warranty

Tech Specs

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Great for trail running

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love this backpack. It fits great, holds tons of stuff, has convenient storage on the front straps, and feels light as a feather. I put it on and forget it's there until I'm thirsty!


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have searched high and low for a pack to use both on a casual hike and trail running, and I have found it. This pack serves all my needs. I'm 5'5 and the small fit great.

What I love:
1. The color
2. The size. 10 L is just enough to pack all the yummy food I need and extra layers for when I need more protection or when I need to dump some layers
3. The two straps on the chest and the two adjustment straps under your arms allows you the cinch the bag tightly down on your back. I like that it doesn't have a waist strap because you really cannot tell that the bag is one you without it. It's awesome.
4. The straps have enough pockets to store all the essentials: chapstick, phone (iphone6 with lifeproof case fit just fine), wrappers, etc.

what could be improved:
1. I drink a lot of water, so the 2L doesn't really seem to be enough. I would carry another bottle in there for longer hikes.
2. I put the water tube through another loop on the front, though I don't think it's designed to do that. I feel like it kind of flops around if you don't, so had patagonia added just one more clasp it would be perfect.

Feel free to reach out to me with any more questions!

Looks great!

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought this as a birthday gift for my runner son. He is somewhat of a minimalist so he insisted he doesn't need this and that I return it. I was very tempted to keep this for myself as it is so light and looks very comfortable for trail runs.

My Everything

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I initially bought this for hiking, but I use it for MTBing now as well. It comes with a 2L reservoir, which is perfect, though I do find the hose is a bit too long (personal preference I suppose). My FAVORITE thing about this pack is that if you have nothing in it, its incredibly low profile... but it can also hold a surprising amount of stuff. For perspective, I hiked Timp here recently (half day) and fit a light jacket, water bottle, chacos and snacks in without issue... in addition to the full 2L reservoir. My iPhone 6 fits securely into the chest pockets. I don't trail run, so can't speak to that portion. But for what I do, I'll never need another pack. I love you, Patagonia.

My go-to vest for trail runs

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pretty close to ideal in terms of balance of features and simplicity. Fits close to the body and feels weightless on the trail. After using it for a year, I just noticed it has a whistle on a lanyard in the right mesh pocket (bonus!).

My go-to vest for trail runs

Great for trail running!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this vest/pack for those quick trail runs when you need a couple of the essentials but don't want to have a larger pack bouncing all around.

Size SM/M was a perfect fit for me (5'2" and 120 lbs) and actually carries a lot more than I expected. Only complaint is that the front mesh pockets aren't quite big enough to hold a cell phone but hey, forces you to not have such easy access and to enjoy the atmosphere around you!

new favorite riding pack

    I had written this pack off as just a running piece at first, and didn't think a pack with no waist straps would do well mountain biking until a buddy of mine started riding with one and raving about it.

    This is my new favorite riding pack, and one of the most comfortable I've used. The chest straps have two ways to tighten down, and the packs sits really well even over bumpy terrain. Not having a waist strap is actually a great thing, and makes the pack super comfortable.

    I've always liked packs with front pockets on the waist straps, but the pockets on the main straps here are even sweeter. Plenty of room for gels, chewies and bars, and super easy access whether you're on or off the bike.

    It is still designed as a running pack so the interior has just a hydration bladder pouch and the rest of the pack is open. A little tough for a biker to get used to since there's no dedicated tools, a pump, or co2, but I got used to it pretty quick. Finally the exterior stretchy pocket is great for food or an extra layer and actually holds everything pretty well despite not having a secure closure at the top.

    good product

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    nice snug fit to the body with very little bounce. Living in New Hampshire with our wet spring/fall weather im a little concerned with the top loading drawstring closure.My cell phone fit nicely in the zippered storage pocket on the front.Stretchy pockets each held a 10oz water bottle.First time out with this vest i put in 14 miles of trail/dirt road.

    Good overall but could improve

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Overall the pack has nice adjustment. It sits close to the body and doesn't bounce, barely know it is there once it is on. The bladder is easy to fill and clean. I would say this pack is good for medium to long runs or for lightweight hiking where time isn't an issue.

    The lower pockets on the front are good for holding bars or gels but not much else. I did have my phone in there with the elastic tight so it wouldn't come out. Not much can fit in the zippered pocket. Also the key pocket in the back has a clip for a key, but the key will not fit in the pocket (maybe it isn't suppose to).

    Unanswered Question

    I'm considering using this backpack as part of a running commute. Can you fit an outfit in this pack? Slacks, button up shirt, etc. Not shoes.

    Hi Guys,

    I cant tell what the sizing difference is between S/M and L/XL. I am 6', athletic build 185 lbs.



    Best Answer

    Hey Brad - I would recommend you go with the L/XL in this Fore Runner Vest. The sizing is based on torso length and the L/XL is for 19 - 22 in torsos. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

    - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

    Will this keep the contents dry in the rain?

    Hey Conor,

    The fabric does have a water-resistant treatment, but after any extended period in a decent rain it will wet through. You could try getting a pack cover or using aftermarket fabric treatments to boost the waterproof-ability but not add (much) weight!

    I understand that the pack ships with a 2 liter bladder, however, will the pouch also accommodate a 3 liter bladder?


    I think it could be done, but it might not be ideal. I just put an Osprey 3 liter bladder in mine and it fits in the pack, and seems to work since the bladders has a rigid back. Not sure how a camelbak or similar bladder might do without any support since it extends above the top of the bladder pocket in the pack.

    Unanswered Question

    Trying to decide between this pack and the Ultimate Direction Wasp for long distance trail runs and speed hiking. Which pack is lighter? Are the bladders included in the "claimed weight"? Are the bladders included in the "total volume"? or are they seperate? Spec numbers don't always tell the whole story! Thanks!