Nathan Water Bottles HPL 008 Running Vest

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Description

The Nathan Water Bottles HPL 008 Running Vest lets you stay hydrated without taking any of your concentration away from your run. Designed by Olympic marathoner Magda Lewy-Boulet, this 2-way propulsion harness keeps you focused on speed and performance.

Specifications

  • 2-way Propulsion Harness
  • 1.5 liter Hydration Bladder with a Slideseal™ top closure and bite valve
  • Power Stretch Mesh back pocket for jacket or gloves
  • Dual front Power Stretch Mesh pockets –– one with zipper closure
  • Vertically adjustable sternum strap with tube clip
  • Lightweight, breathable Wall Mesh with soft perimeter binding
  • Adjustable fit - one size fits all
  • Weight: 11.2 oz

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Review Summary

4 out of 4

1 Reviews

Quality: 4 / 5

1 Ratings & Reviews

Quality: 4 / 5
runswithdog
from Western PA
55-64 yrs

Happy with my Nathan HPL 008
September 02, 2011

I am a newbie runner but I have walked and jogged with a dog or two for years. I bought this pack because I don't want to carry anything in my hands, especially if I have to handle a leash or two. I felt like I would like a backpack hydration system better than a waist or hip carrier, and this looked and sounded like the smallest, lightest-weight one. I am 5'3", 125 lbs, and I think it is big for me, but I am satisfied with the fit. The front strap fastens well down on my rib cage but that is acceptable. The pack does not bounce around but moves with me. It doesn't feel restrictive, but comfortably snug. When the bite valve is in the tube clip, it is nowhere near my mouth so I have to release it in order to drink and then put it back in the clip. I was concerned about sloshing noises when running, but if I take care when I fill the bag to get as much air out as possible, there is not much noise. I was also hopeful that I would be able to give my dog a drink and if I hold the tube lower than the bag and pinch the valve open, the water runs out so no pressure is needed. (Maybe that is elementary physics, but I saw a hydration system that was supposed to be under pressure so that it sprays water out so you can give your dog a drink. That doesn't appear to be necessary.) The bag comes attached to the slide that seals the bag which, in turn, is attached to the pack. I decided that I didn't mind keeping the slide attached to the pack, but I wanted the bag to come free for cleaning so I disconnected the bag from the slide. Using a hydration system was new to me so I wasn't sure about how to clean it and the instructions printed on the bag are not entirely clear to me. I tried to contact the Nathan website with my questions, and though it says I should hear from them within 72 hours, I have never heard from them. So I finally pulled just the tubing off of the base on the bag (I wasn't sure if the elbow is supposed to separate from the base) and pulled the bite valve off of the other end as well. I also took the bite valve apart and was finally able to turn the bag completely inside out, including the mouth, with no ill effects. So now I think I can clean it adequately. The pockets are good for carrying my smart phone and car keys and a few things for the dogs (plastic bags, small water dish) with room to spare. I can't comment on durability since I haven't had it long, but overall I am happy with my hydration pack.

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