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Nathan HPL 020 Vest

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4.5 out of 5 stars 226 customer reviews

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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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Product Description

This award winning Nathan iconic vest just got even better with lighter weight fabrication and an easy adjust system to make your next 100 miler a breeze.

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  • ASIN: B009T42F38
  • Item model number: 5025NU-P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,248 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

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Size: One SizeColor: Grey (2012) Verified Purchase
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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:

Pros:
*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.

Cons:
*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.
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Size: One SizeColor: Grey (2012) Verified Purchase
I just received this and went right on my scheduled 20 mile run. The pack when full weights about 6lbs, which takes about 1/2 minute off your pace until you get used to it and begin to drink from the pack. I mixed 70oz of Cytomax with Endurolytes powder. The 70oz was enough for the 20 miles, but you will need to tank up again for full marathon. I would recommend filling up 1/2 for best results of weight vs duration depending on your access to water at 15 mile mark. If none is available this does the trick.

The package:
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 fit:
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.

The cleanup:
I mixed a mild bleach solution to clean out and dry. There are two holes at top to hang unit for drying.
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Size: One SizeColor: Grey (2012)
Irony. I just came on line to see how I can get a replacement for the bladder to this vest, and here was an invitation from Amazon to write a review. I bought this vest because of the rave reviews fellow runners have given it. Today was it's maiden voyage, a test, for a planned 15 mile run. One mile into the run I felt water streaming down my back and legs. A hole had opened up in the seam about midway up the bladder. I was with other runners so they shared water for the run. On a positive note, the vest felt comfortable with no jostling up or down like the camelback. Don't know how it will perform with a full bladder. I'll let you know how my request for a replacement goes. The initial lesson, of course, is to test out a new product before launching out on a race or long run.
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Size: One SizeColor: Grey (2012) Verified Purchase
I recently used the Nathan HPL in the Angeles Crest 100 trail race. It performed ok, but I was frustrated with several design shortcomings. I have primarily been using a Camelbak Mule for the past 8 years, and although the HPL is probably better for racing in moderate weather, the Camelbak is much more well thought out overall. The Nathan pack is a decent product, but I'd still much prefer running with water bottles. If you need the capacity of a waterpack, the camelbak is probably preferable unless you have moderate distances between aid stations where you don't need to carry much in the way of clothes or cold weather gear. It is really a specialty product that I'd only recommend for limited racing conditions - use waterbottles if the distance is shorter, or a camelbak for more challenging races/training.

Major complaints:
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.
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