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It’s only May, but summer has arrived in Arizona already. Even short runs/workouts are going to need water. Enter the OrangeMud Gear Vest Pro.
I have owned several hydration packs, including the OrangeMud Endurance Pack. They each fulfill a specific purpose. The Gear Vest Pro has a much smaller footprint than anything else I own – Yet it has literally everything I need. Bottom line – it has all the storage, the awesome “chip clip” bladder closure (my own description) and room for 35 oz water.
Bladder Size: 1L (35oz) included.
Sport Focus: Ride, Run, Explore.
Pocket 1 - 1L Bladder,
Pocket 2 - Bulk Cargo,
Pocket 3 - Zipper secured cargo and secure key clip.
Ok now it was time to put it to the test! I tried it on and it felt a little odd with the straps fitting just above and below my breasts. It wasn’t uncomfortable, but it looked a little funny to me. A fellow BibRavePro suggested criss crossing the straps to make it more comfortable if necessary. Either way works! You’re supposed to cinch the sides first to get the right fit before doing the front straps.
The storage is impressive. In addition to the large zip up compartment across the back which can hold way more than it looks – you can easily stash extra clothes, hat, gloves, whatever in there – there are two lower compartments in the front that can hold up to a plus sized phone, keys, or a soft flask. There are also two pockets at the shoulder design to hold gels. The pack was designed for a variety of sports – running, biking and hiking. There are even loops to hold hiking poles! Now that’s cool.The bladder comes out for easy washing and the whole pack can be washed easily.
I took it out for a hike and it was perfect. I wanted to stay hands –free because I am a total klutz and need to keep my hands free to break my fall if I trip on rocks or roots. I carried my phone, keys, headphones, sunglasses, my tripod for pics and of course a liter of water!
This product retails for $129.95. I received orange (my favorite!!!) but it comes in 3 colors – also lime green and coyote brown. I totally recommend this! It’s great for shorter distances (with the ability to stretch for longer distances with extra flasks) and I can bring everything I need to be out for a long time.
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OrangeMud is such a well respected outdoor lifestyle brand. I’ve never been disappointed with any of their products!
Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!