Nathan HPL 020 Vest
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- New easy adjust system for faster on and off
- Reconstructed bladder tube now exits from top of pack to eliminate skin contact
- Front power stretch mesh pockets and two rear zippered compartments store all your essentials
- Wall mesh shoulder straps and back panel channel air across your skin and wick moisture away
- 3 way propulsion harness moves in harmony with your shoulders and upper back reducing wasted energy
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Top Customer Reviews
I waffled between giving this 4 stars and 5 stars, but ended up with 5 because it really is the best hydration pack (for running) out there. I've now used it for six+ months, putting in 50-70 miles/week, and also three 50 mile races.
However, it isn't perfect, so I'll outline the pros and cons as I see them. Some of this is probably personal opinion so use your own judgment:
*lightest weight for the carried volume I could find
*easy to clean for those of us that put drink mixes in bladders
*Pretty good bite valve, although I do recognize that some don't like it
*Nice inventive chest clip that holds the drink tube, back panel securing system, adjustable height chest strap, and some other nice touches. These guys at Nathan did not just assemble a bunch of off the shelf crap to make a product; they creatively invented some stuff to solve real world problems, and for that they are way ahead of the pack (e.g. Camelbak)
*Reasonably good assortment of pockets and well placed too.
*After about three months of use my bladder has started to leak many here have complained about it. I like to know my stuff is rock solid and I don't have full confidence in it. I'll replace with an MSR bladder, as those are bomb proof.
*Bladder sealing mechanism takes some time to get used to. With practice, you can open and close really quickly, but others can't, which can kill time at an aid station during a race. It's in your best interest to run into the station with the thing off your back and the slide opened, and close it yourself after they fill it.
*The mesh pocket on the left side (as you're wearing it) needs to be taller and with much tighter elastic along the top; if you're trail running stuff falls out.Read more ›
Lots of room for cell phone, drink mix, gu packs, camera, pair of dry socks. Two side pocket in front for quick access for needed items. It also allows you to change layers and store them on pack, which works for cold mornings that get warmer within a few hours of your run.
Pack stays on back without movement, but you will hear the liquid sloshing. I did not chafe on 20 mile run, and straps did not put pressure on shoulders with a thin tech shirt. This would be best for remote trail runs where you are away from any support (7-11, gas stations, fast food)
The front has a clip for the hose. I found that it is adjustable and with a few tries was able to get it to stay put. There are two sliding clips on the front that allow for vest to remain comfortable.
I mixed a mild bleach solution to clean out and dry. There are two holes at top to hang unit for drying.
1) Hose clip - Although many people have complained that the bladder is terrible - although it is not of the same caliber as the camelbak's, I found it ok - my chief complaint with the pack was that the hose clip would not keep the hose in place. If the clip was just attached to the hose it would seem to pop out after a couple minutes on rough terrain, and even at the end of the hose where the nozzle comes out it wasn't that much better. It is incredibly frustrating during a race to have the hose bouncing around, and the clip should be a lot stronger and more secure.
2) Hose sleeve - camelbaks and many other packs incorporate a sleeve into the top of the shoulder strap as well as a band on the strap before including a clip. This significantly reduces the bounce that could lead to the hose bouncing off.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far so good. I have had this vest for a few months and it's held up well. A few things that I found are missing, a dedicated cell phone / media pocket, and a second water bottle... Read morePublished 14 days ago by josh
When training for a marathon, I made a rookie mistake of going on a long run (~12 miles) on a hot day without any form of en route replenishment. I bonked really hard. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Family life
I really like this product. Exactly as advertised. The only downside is that its a bit time consuming to clean. But that is a minor negative in comparison to the positives.Published 1 month ago by Skullptor
Very stable on my back, great to run with, lightweight, no trouble staying cool with it on. Just enough storage to hold car keys, cell phone, and protein bar.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love it. My bladder did a an extremely small hole but I fixed it with duct tape. Good as new.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This product is great for someone like me with a bigger chest. it has many different points where you can adjust fit so you can always make it comfortable. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tyler E
I am a Ultra Marathon runner so I need a pack that can handle long self supported runs. The pack has a really good fit. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Todd Robertson
Ordered through Amazon prime 4 days before ACL weekend one. This thing rocked. The amount of storage it has really can't be beat. I used every bit of space that it had. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cody Steele
Vest is great. Comfortable while running, no chafing even with shirt off. The bladder developed a leak after three runs. This is why 4 stars. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steven L.