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Patagonia Slope Runner 8L Pack

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Slope 8L Runner Pack

The one thing you don't need when you're running for hours at a time is to tack on more discomfort. Ditch those bouncy and bulky running packs and gear up for ultra-races and long training runs with the Patagonia Slope Runner 8L Pack. Designed to fit more like a piece of apparel than a pack, this intuitive running piece moves comfortably with you as you run. It's made with stretchy, breathable, and moisture-managing materials that'll keep you comfortable and cool even during hot and sweaty runs to exposed alpine summits. When the sun is beating down you'll be thankful for its airy mono-mesh back panel, as well as its versatile hydration storage options. It comes complete with a 2L HydraPak reservoir that stores easily in the main compartment, and can also accommodate a variety of soft flasks and bottles in the stretchy front pockets. These pockets also give you quick-access storage to energy gels and snacks when you're on-the-move, while the zippered chest snugly stores your phone as you track those long miles. 

  • Low-profile running pack that fits more like piece of apparel
  • Stretchy and breathable materials offer a barely-there feel
  • High-airflow back panel helps regulate temperature on hot trail runs
  • Included 2L hydration reservoir give you constant access to water
  • 8L storage compartment lets you stash layers for changing conditions
  • Zippered phone pocket keeps your phone close by in case of emergency
  • Stretchy front pockets hold gels, snacks, and soft water flasks
  • Item #PAT02WK

[face fabric] 100% nylon, DWR treatment, [panels] 100% nylon
8L (488cu in)
Shoulder Straps
Hydration Compatible
yes, 2L HydrPak reservoir, soft flasks
Reservoir Included
[reservoir] yes, [soft flasks] no
front panel
[exterbal] 4 front stretch, 2 side strecth, 1 zippered front smartphone, 1 back stretch, [internal] 1 zippered key
Ice Axe Carry
Trekking Pole Carry
side shock cords
14.5 x 16 x .5in
Claimed Weight
Recommended Use
road running, trail running
Manufacturer Warranty

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 4

Great Design If Not For Hydration

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

I used this vest for a few quick assents through Utah's canyon trails. The 2L bladder at max capacity was the perfect fit for a 7-mile trail run. The outer rear pocket was a perfect fit for a Houdini. I challenged the chafe by wearing it without a shirt and the vest stayed comfortable the entire time despite the tan lines. Something you don't really notice is that the lowermost chest pocket goes the entire length of the ribs. I found this perfect to store snacks in, but it's also great to stuff the extra length of the tube when not in use. Usually, the tube-style packs are by biggest hinder because the excess can get in the way, but that was solved with this easy and useful function. Still a little bouncy for my liking. I want to say this is due to the lack of anchors (single on the top) to the bladder (HydroPak). The biggest benefit of this bladder type is that with the mesh contact point on the back is very breathable and with a cold bladder it gives you a great relieve in the sometimes brutal uphills.

>Rating: 4

Lightweight, Straightforward

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

This is a lightweight running/hiking vest that allows you to carry some water, nutrition, a light layer, and some essentials like your phone, wallet, keys, etc. The back has a small storage area for a windbreaker, a collapsible dog bowl, things like that. There's a small stretch pocket outside of that for quick stashing smaller items. There's also a small bladder sleeve back there that can hold a 2L bladder, I'd say (a 3L may be pushing it). The front has some stretchy pockets that can hold GU, collapsible 8oz bottles, nutrition bars, and your phone. I didn't really like the chest strap system - I get that they are going for lightweight, but I would have preferred buckles over the hook and loop system they have used. That is really my only ding on the vest, otherwise, great product from a great brand!

>Rating: 5

Simple and Straightforward

I've used it several times

I use this vest for longer runs in the 13-20 mile range. The design is really simple and straightforward, foregoing most of the bells and whistles of a Salomon ADV Skin Set Vest, which I like to use if I need more organization/storage options for long runs or ultra races. The pockets up front hold gels, phone, soft flask bottles, but the layout is simple and minimal, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The main pocket is spacious and has room for extra layers and a bladder with a smaller zippered pocket to hold keys/sunscreen. The mesh pocket in back can keep your ultra light Houdini-like shell easily accessed or allow it to dry out if a shower passes without throwing it in the main compartment. The additional feature of the trekking pole holders in the back are solid and straightforward to use which is much appreciated. The performance of the vest is really secure and resistant to bouncing or movement while running or scrambling. The adjustable front strap system is great for different body types and allows a more custom fit than traditional vests. This thing just sits really comfortable and stretches and conforms to fit your torso well. I wore a Medium - the same as my shirt size and it fits great. Overall a simple, functional, and straightforward piece of gear, the likes you would come to expect from Patagonia. In fact, it is a pretty logical progression in the Patagonia Trail Running Pack story, coming from the Nine Trails 15L Running Pack and the Fore Runner Vest. If you need more storage, organization, or complication, there are plenty of other options out there.

Hey there! I currently have the ADV Skin 12 and have had issues with durability (the stitching is already coming loose after a few months of light use). Is the Slope Runner any better in terms of durability? I love the ADV Skin 12 but at this rate, it won't last me even a year with medium use.

>Rating: 5

Great running backpack!

I've used it several times

This is a super nice backpack for long runs, hikes or biking! I don't usually run with water or a backpack and this made it easy to carry water and my phone in the zipper pocket. The front is pretty adjustable for tightness, but it doesn't move around while you move!

>Rating: 5

Great quality pack!

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

I used this pack for the first time on a 4.6 mile trail for a relay race last weekend. I loved how lightweight and breathable this pack was! It was so nice not needing to stop at the water stations and also knowing the quality of the water. The side pockets could hold snacks, a phone, or additional small waterbottles (to answer the question listed below!). I am 5'11" and the XS was adjustable to fit my chest/shoulders, but while this pack is adjustable and I was able to make it work, I'd recommend a S for anyone of my same height/ build. :)

>Rating: 5

Perfect Lightweight Running Pack

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

I love how lightweight this pack is. The pack is large enough to have my phone, snacks, extra water bottles and full hydropack (which comes with the vest and its 2 liters!). I loved the venting and material. It was super breathable so I didn't have a major sweaty back. I am 5'8'', 34 C and usually wear a medium top and the medium fit great. I love that you can adjust and move the clips to custom fit you, especially since this is a unisex vest and us ladies have certain spots that straps wont work . The mouth piece doesn't leak so you don't have to worry about having wet spots on your shirt. I highly recommend this vest for any trail runners or hikers that love to hike with a light pack.

Are the front pockets large enough to hold a water bottle? Thanks!


155cm ,50kg ,what size?