The Mountain Hardware Fluid Race Vest is the ultimate ultra-running vest. Conceived to combine the lightness of a layer of clothing with the functionality of a small pack, this vest has an almost invisible profile yet is hydration compatible and has just the right amount of storage for race essentials. Torso Range 16-19 in / 41-48 cm S/M and 18.5-22 in / 47-56 cm M/L.
|Weight:||0.41 lb / 0.19 kg|
|Volume:||175 in3 / 3L|
|Material:||Power Mesh ;100D HT Ripstop Dobby Nylon|
|Hyper Blue - S/M||OU5945434-S/M||0887487508188|
|Hyper Blue - M/L||OU5945434-M/L||0887487508195|
|Steam - S/M||OU5945088-S/M||0887487428486|
|Steam - M/L||OU5945088-M/L||0887487428493|
Bought this vest here about two months ago After reviewing several vests, I chose this one to use for a run at the Grand Canyon; South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch and back up Bright Angel. The other hydration systems I owned were either overkill or inadequate for the amount of water/gear I planned to take. Fit: I wear a 40reg suit jacket, and right between a medium and large T-shirt. I bought the M/L and it fit well, with about a 4" gap in the front. It did not chafe or bind anywhere, and even when fully loaded it did not bounce once I cinched it tight enough. I was surprised to find that even tightened down to prevent bounce it didn't effect my breathing. Function: I tried it with a pair of regular water bottles, and they rubbed into my ribcage, soft bottles are a MUST with this vest. I purchased a pair of Salomon 500ml soft flasks. I did not try a bladder. The front pockets are just a HAIR too small for a small smartphone, I could slide my iPhone3 into the velcro top pocket, but it stretched the fabric a dangerous amount; so I didn't try again. The material for the pockets if 4-way stretch so it keeps items and bottles snug. The straps can be repositioned to suit anyone. They have a unique elastic section coupled to the rigid nylon that allows about an inch of play, which helps keep things snug without binding. The back pocket (to answer the other review) is 6x11" with a zipper top. There are small openings in each corner of the bottom, I assume to allow a tube to exit if that is your preference. There are 6 cord straps on the back, but it does not come with bungee cord, I added my own. There are several tube straps on both sides to allow running a tube any way you want. Performance: I never felt hot or burdened for the 18 miles I wore it, it felt like a T-shirt. The temp was in the 20's when I started, and I wore a jacket over the vest. I wore a t-shirt underneath the entire day. When it warmed up, I took off my jacket and running pants and stored them in the rear bladder pocket, and adjusted the front straps to accommodate them. I also had Black Diamond Z-poles in their sleeve tied to the outside of the back. I also had 4 energy bars, tube of electrolyte tablets, small tube of sunscreen, small bodyglide, moleskin, bandana, and GoPro with me in various pockets. There was room left to stuff a few more things in or tie them on. Anything put in or on the back required stopping and removing the vest to get. The front pockets were easily accessible while running. As the soft flasks became less full, they required two-handed digging to retrieve from the bottom of the bottle pockets, which isn't too bad, because that means the pockets keep things in place. Pros: Weight and comfort. Fills that capacity gap between a water belt and a hydration pack. You hardly know you have it on! Cons: Front strap pockets too small to hold smartphone Doesn't come with bottles (I spent an additional $40 for soft flasks) What I'd like in version 3: Big enough front pockets for smartphone Small pockets below and behind the water bottle pockets for GU, tablets, or other small things Clip for holding excess strap ends so they don't have to be tucked behind the strap to keep from flapping
Can someone please give me the dimensions of the pocket in the back that holds the hydration bladder? Thank you!