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FEATURES of the Salomon S-Lab ADV Skin 5 Set MotionFit trail Sensifit (pack) Soft twin link 1 Main compartment 2 Front soft hydration elastic pockets 1 Chest pocket 2 Zipped side pockets 1 Zipped back pocket 1 Back kangooroo pocket 1 Battery pocket
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 12.99 x 6.3 x 1.97 inches; 3.88 Ounces
- Item model number : L37572300
- Department : Unisex
- Date First Available : February 5, 2015
- Manufacturer : Salomon
- ASIN : B00RKUYVWQ
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,137 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
- #1128 in Hydration Packs
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- which size to get?
- should I get the 5 set or larger 12 set vest from Salomon?
I am 186 cm and 92kg so I am not exactly thin built. When I measured my chest and compared that to Salomons size chart I was just on the upper boundary of the M/L size so also XL might have worked for me based on the chart. However since I am hoping to become (physically) smaller and not bigger with this product I decided to order the smaller one and that was definitely the right decision. During first run the pack felt a bit tight but once I got the adjustments right it started to feel just right. Also it is possible that the vest might slightly stretch during first few hours of use. With my body this size is very form fitting and doesn't bounce around at all which is a good thing. However possible due to the fact that I am on the upper boundary of the size chart some pockets in the back are a bit difficult to reach with the vest on. That said I am fairly certain that I can reach any pocket if I need to pull out or stow some larger item like a raincoat where dexterity is not that much needed. So overall verdict is that the size M/L is just right for me but any bigger or more muscular built guys might have difficulties. So my advice is to use tape measurement and Salomons size chart and if you are normal built person between two sizes then get the smaller one. For Schwartzeneggers between two sizes it might be better to go with the larger one.
Other big question for me was weather the pack is large enough for me. Right now I am very happy that I got the 5 set and not the bigger 12 set. My runs tend to be sub-marathon distances with the odd marathon or 50km once or twice a year. So far I have managed to store everything that I need for up to 8 hours running without any major issues. Typical load for me might be: 4-6 energy gels, 1-2 energy bar, first aid kit (bandage, pain killers, space blanket), 1-2 litres of water in the back bladder (which needs to be bought separately) and 1 litre in the soft flasks (which are really good btw), largish smartphone, raincoat. On few commuting runs I have also added wallet and few sets of key that I need at work. So the 5 set is able to carry quite a lot. And when running you want the pack to be as tight as possible so that things don't bounce around. Therefore it is better to have a smaller pack as long as it can carry everything that you need. In summary my recommendation is to get the 5 set that unless you know that you need to carry extensive amount of gear for instance due to self-supported ultras or commuting where you also carry work clothes or something else that requires more space. I have found that everything that I need on a full day race can be stuffed into 5 set.
A few people have commented about the soft flask but in my opinion they are splendid because they are so comfortable that you don't even know that they are there. I haven't had any real issues with either stowing or filling the soft flasks.
Another common comment is the price. However when I look at the materials and all the complexity in the stitching and overall construction I have to say that I feel that the price is quite justified. Off course it would be nice to get good gear cheaper but when you compare S-lab adv skin for instance with Salomons own lower price point vests the difference is quite clear. You can also see the difference at races when you look at people running before you. A lot of the cheaper packs look saggy and are bouncing around the runners backs but the S-labs stay in place. Other brands probably have equally good products but I doubt if any company can manufacture similar quality pack without coming at least close to the Salomon price point. Salomon might have some brand premium in the price but I wouldn't say that they are robbing their customers with this product. Recommended.