Best Salomon Vests for Running Reviewed

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Once attractive aspect of running is its minimalism: no shin guards, no nets, no padding – just strap on your shoes and go. This idealized image of running, however, does not reflect the many variations of the sport. If you are running long and far, you need water. And none of us want to be without our cell phones and keys on board as well. And some Kleenex, maybe a few gels or energy bars and a credit card or two…

Salomon has a long history of technical innovation in all aspects of sporting equipment. They have applied their genius to running vests. We have reviewed their offerings and created this list of the top five Salomon running vests.

Last Updated: May 20, 2017

We dicided to come back to this one and add a bit more information that shows how the best salomon running vests were reviewed and what criteria we were really looking for when checking out the Salomon running vests.

The FAQ section has been added with questions and clear answers as to what to look out for when checking out these and similar products.

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5 Best Salomon Running Vests

 

1. S-Lab Advanced Skin 12 Set Racing Vest

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This tidy vest has a 12 liter volume (approx. 3 gallons) capacity divided among pockets of various shapes and sizes designed to accommodate everything from light clothing to a phone. The foundation of this vest is its hydration capacity.

The vest includes two Salomon 16 oz. collapsible water bottles with an insulated, rear pocket designed to hold the Salomon hydrapack 1.5 L. (approx. 51 oz.) which is sold separately. Of course, if you elect not to purchase the hydrapack, this space is also available for your other storage needs.

Salomon includes an emergency blanket as well as a tethered emergency whistle with this vest.
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Storage
This approx.15”x 7.5” vest includes 13 individual storage areas:
• Rear bladder pocket to accommodate the Salomon hydrapack 1.5 L. (approx. 51 oz.), which is sold separately
• Flask pockets, one on each shoulder, for the included water bottles with bungee loops to hold the flasks
gy-backing on the flask pockets are two mesh pockets approximately 7”x6”
• 2 underarm zip pockets approx. 5”x7”x6.5 – large enough for a phone, gloves etc.
• Rear pocket with two openings approx. 15”x8”x5.5” – a light jacket could fit in here
• Rear upper zip pocket: approx. 9”x11”x9.5”
• Inside the rear zip pocket is a key pocket
• On the left shoulder, there is an envelope pocket with included safety whistle, for small valuable: approx. 2.5”x4.5”x2.5”
• 4D pole holder is a 4-step system that enables you to pack and unpack your poles without losing steps; poles store conveniently on the back of the vest.

Features
• Measures about approx.15”x 7.5”
• Reflective details on all sides
• Very light – weights about 11 oz. with the flasks empty
• Flasks collapse as you drink to consume less space.
• Runners can drink from flasks without removing them from the storage
• Flasks are held in place with elastic straps so they don’t bounce out.
• Available in black, blue and red
• Pack storage volume is about 3 gallons.
• Includes an emergency safety blanket

Comfort
Salomon vests are known for their lightweight comfort. Salomon Labs invented what they call “Sensifit” construction which molds itself to your body for a soft, secure fit. The trim is super soft to prevent abrasion. The vest is designed to support shirtless running without causing abrasion.

The two sides of the vest are held together by two, flat, flexible, sternum straps that zig-zag across the chest and terminate with adjustable locking anchors. This arrangement enables you to adjust it to your personal preferences and leaves the middle of the chest uncovered for maximal cooling and air circulation.

Salomon composes the vest from 3D Air Mesh which is stretchy and enables air circulation and moisture wicking. The MotionFit feature holds the weight of the pack’s contents securely for minimum bouncing.

Value
No question, this is an expensive item. However, Salomon packs as much as they can into these nearly weightless vests.
Pros
  • Very light
  • 13 pockets
  • Mesh construction for comfort and weightless feeling
  • Non-abrasive material throughout
  • Reflective attributes on all sides
  • Durable
  • PVC-free
Cons
  • Some runners find the sloshing of the water in the containers which are secured in the upper part of the chest distracting.
  • Some runners report quality issues.
  • Expensive

2. S-Lab Advanced Skin 5 Set Racing Vest

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Finishing in second place in our evaluation is the S-Lab (Salomon Lab) Advanced Skin 5 Set Racing Vest. This is an excellent, lightweight vest distinguished from the S-Lab Advanced Skin 12 Set Racing Vest primarily by reduced storage capacity. The two vests measure the same size.

The vest includes two Salomon 16 oz. collapsible water bottles with an insulated, upper rear pocket designed to hold the Salomon Hydrapack 1.5 L. (approx. 51 oz.) which is sold separately. Of course, if you elect not to purchase the Hydrapack, this space is also available for your other storage needs.

Salomon includes an emergency blanket as well as a tethered emergency whistle with this vest.
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Storage
This approx.15”x 7.5” vest includes 10 individual storage areas:
• Rear bladder pocket situated in the upper part of the rear between the shoulder blades, to accommodate the Salomon hydrapack 1.5 L. (approx. 51 oz.), which is sold separately
• Flask pockets, one on each shoulder, for the included water bottles with bungee loops to hold the flasks
• Piggy-backing on the flask pockets are two mesh pockets approximately 6”x6”
• 2 underarm zip pockets approx. 5”x5”x4.5 – large enough for a phone, gloves etc.
• Rear pocket with two openings approx. 15”x5”x5.5” – a light jacket could fit in here
• Shoulder envelope pocket with included safety whistle, for small valuable: approx. 2.5”x4.5”x2.5”
• Right shoulder zip pocket approx. 2.5”x5”x4.5”
• 4D pole holder is a 4-step system that enables you to pack and unpack your poles without losing steps; poles store conveniently on the back of the vest.

Features
• Measures approx.15”x 7.5”
• Reflective details on all sides
• Very light – weights about 11 oz. with the flasks empty
• Flasks collapse as you drink to consume less space
• Runners can drink from flasks without removing them from the storage
• Flasks are held in place with elastic straps so they don’t bounce out.
• Available in black, blue and red
• Pack storage volume is about 2.5 gallons.
• Includes an emergency safety blanket and whistle

Comfort
Salomon vests are known for their lightweight comfort. Salomon Labs invented what they call “Sensifit” construction which molds itself to your body for a soft, secure fit. The trim is super soft to prevent abrasion. The vest is designed to support shirtless running without causing abrasion.

The two sides of the vest are held together by two, flat, flexible, sternum straps that zig-zag across the chest and terminate with adjustable locking anchors. This arrangement enables you to adjust it to your personal preferences and leaves the middle of the chest uncovered for maximal cooling and air circulation.

Salomon composes the vest from 3D Air Mesh which is stretchy and enables air circulation and moisture wicking. The MotionFit feature holds the weight of the pack’s contents securely for minimum bouncing.

Value
Expensive item – fractionally less expensive than our #1 selection – Salomon packs as much as they can into these nearly weightless vests.
Pros
  • Very light
  • 10 pockets
  • Mesh construction for comfort and weightless feeling
  • Non-abrasive material throughout
  • Reflective attributes on all sides
  • Durable
  • PVC-free
Cons
  • Some runners find that as you consume the water in the bottles, the flasks slip into the pockets slightly.
  • Some runners would like to see the vest bundled with the Hydrapack.
  • Expensive

3. S-Lab Sense Ultra 8 Set

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Finishing in third place in our evaluation is the S-Lab (Salomon Lab) Advanced Sense Ultra 8 Set Racing Vest with approximately 2 gallons of storage space. Salomon targeted this vest to ultra runners to provide the necessities and support posture without compromising efficiency.
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Storage
This vest includes 10 storage areas:
• Flask pockets, one on each shoulder, for the included water bottles with bungee loops to hold the flasks
• Piggy-backing on the flask pockets are two mesh pockets approximately 6”x6”
• Two underarm pockets approx. 5”x5.5”
• Lower rear pocket with secure closure for light jacket etc. 7”x6”
• Nested pocket inside the lower rear pocket for secure storage of keys, cards: approx.: 6”x3.5”
• Upper back pocket with secure closure for gels etc. approx.: 2.5”x5.5”
• Right shoulder zip pocket: 2.5”x5.5”

Features
• Measures approx. : 16x14x3 inches
• Includes two Salomon 17 oz. Speed Soft Flasks bottles with easy squeeze fluid release with high flow rate including soft bite spout pull release - easy on the teeth
• Flasks collapse as you drink to consume less space
• Flasks are held in place with elastic straps so they don’t bounce out.
• Flasks have wide mouth that can accommodate ice cubes
• Locking sternum straps that do not require readjustment
• Removable sternum straps
• Reflective details on front and back
• Very light – weights about 4.4 oz. without the flasks
• Available in black/red, blue/black and white/red
• Pack storage volume is about 2 gallons.
• Includes an emergency whistle

Comfort
Salomon stripped this vest to the essentials to support ultra runners without weighing them down. Salomon Labs invented what they call “sensifit” construction which molds itself to your body for a soft, secure fit. The trim is super soft to prevent abrasion. The vest is designed to support shirtless running without causing abrasion.

The two sides of the vest are held together by two, round, elastic, sternum straps that loop across the chest and terminate with adjustable locking anchors. This arrangement enables you to adjust it to your personal preferences and leaves the middle of the chest uncovered for maximal cooling and air circulation. You may remove these to remove a tiny bit more weight if desired.

Salomon composes the vest from 3D Air Mesh which is stretchy and enables air circulation and moisture wicking. The MotionFit feature holds the weight of the pack’s contents securely for minimum bouncing. The shoulders and back are padded with nesh for evaporation.

Value
Expensive item – fractionally less expensive than our #1 selection – Salomon packs as much as they can into these nearly weightless vests.
Pros
  • Very light
  • 10 pockets
  • Mesh construction for comfort and weightless feeling
  • Non-abrasive material throughout
  • Reflective attributes on front and back
  • Included soft flasks with wide mouth that accommodates ice cubes
  • Durable
  • PVC-free
Cons
  • Some runners find that adjusting to the new straps was fussy.
  • Expensive

4. S-Lab Sense Ultra 5 set

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Fourth place in our evaluation is the S-Lab (Salomon Lab) Advanced Sense Ultra 5 Set Racing Vest with approximately 1 gallon of storage space. Salomon targeted this vest to ultra runners to provide the necessities and support posture without compromising efficiency.
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Storage
This vest includes 11 storage areas:
• Flask pockets, one on each shoulder, for the included water bottles with bungee loops to hold the flasks
• Piggy-backing on the flask pockets are two mesh pockets approximately 6”x6”
• 2 ventilated, zip underarm pockets approx. 6”x6”
• Lower rear pocket with secure closure for light jacket etc. 7”x6”
• Nested pocket inside the lower rear pocket for secure storage of keys, cards: approx.: 6”x3.5”
• Upper back pocket with secure closure for clothing etc. approx.: 8.”x 10.5”
• Left shoulder pocket with secure closure for gels etc. 2.5”x5.5”
• Right shoulder zip pocket: 2.5”x5.5”

Features
• Measures approx. : 16x14x3 inches
• Includes two Salomon 17 oz. Speed Soft Flasks bottles with easy squeeze fluid release with high flow rate including soft bite spout pull release - easy on the teeth
• Flasks collapse as you drink to consume less space.
• Flasks are held in place with elastic straps so they don’t bounce out.
• Flasks have wide mouth that can accommodate ice cubes
• Locking sternum straps that do not require readjustment
• Removable sternum straps
• Reflective details on front and back
• Very light – weights about 4 oz. without the flasks
• Available in black/red, blue/black and white/red
• Pack storage volume is about 1 gallons.
• Includes an emergency whistle

Comfort
Salomon stripped this vest to the essentials to support ultra runners without weighing them down. Salomon Labs invented what they call “Sensifit” construction which molds itself to your body for a soft, secure fit. The trim is super soft to prevent abrasion. The vest is designed to support shirtless running without causing abrasion.

The two sides of the vest are held together by two, round, elastic, sternum straps that loop across the chest and terminate with adjustable locking anchors. This arrangement enables you to adjust it to your personal preferences and leaves the middle of the chest uncovered for maximal cooling and air circulation. You may remove these to remove a tiny bit more weight if desired.

Salomon composes the vest from 3D Air Mesh which is stretchy and enables air circulation and moisture wicking. The MotionFit feature holds the weight of the pack’s contents securely for minimum bouncing.

Value
Expensive item – fractionally less expensive than our #1 selection – Salomon packs as much as they can into these nearly weightless vests.
Pros
  • Very light
  • 11 pockets
  • Mesh construction for comfort and weightless feeling
  • Non-abrasive material throughout
  • Reflective attributes on front and back
  • Included soft flasks with wide mouth that accommodates ice cubes
  • Durable
  • PVC-free
Cons
  • Some runners find that a larger mouth on the soft flask would make loading powders or tablets at hydration stations quicker and easier.
  • Expensive

5. S-Lab Sense 2 set pack

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The Salomon S-Lab Sense 2 set pack places at the bottom of our list of very closely placed competitors with approximately 68 fluid ounces of storage space. Salomon targeted this vest to ultra runners to provide the necessities and support posture without compromising efficiency.
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Storage
This vest includes 7 storage areas:
• Flask pockets, one on each shoulder, for the included water bottles with bungee loops to hold the flasks
• Piggy-backing on the flask pockets are two mesh pockets approximately 5.5”x6”
• Lower rear pocket with secure closure for light jacket etc. 8”x6”
• Left shoulder pocket with secure closure for gels etc. 2.5”x6”
• Right shoulder zip pocket: 2.5”x5.5”

Features
• Measures approx. : 16x14x3 inches
• Includes two Salomon 17 oz. Speed Soft Flasks bottles with easy squeeze fluid release with high flow rate including soft bite spout pull release - easy on the teeth
• Flasks collapse as you drink to consume less space.
• Flasks are held in place with elastic straps so they don’t bounce out.
• Flasks have wide mouth that can accommodate ice cubes
• Locking sternum straps that do not require readjustment
• Removable sternum straps
• Reflective details on front and back
• Very light – weighs about 90 grams without the flasks
• Available in black/red, blue/black and white/red
• Pack storage volume is about 68 fluid ounces.
• Includes an emergency whistle

Comfort
Salomon stripped this vest to the essentials to support ultra runners without weighing them down. Salomon Labs invented what they call “Sensifit” construction which molds itself to your body for a soft, secure fit. The trim is super soft to prevent abrasion. The vest is designed to support shirtless running without causing abrasion.

The two sides of the vest are held together by two round, elastic sternum straps that loop across the chest and terminate with adjustable locking anchors. This arrangement enables you to adjust it to your personal preferences and leaves the middle of the chest uncovered for maximal cooling and air circulation. You may remove these to remove a tiny bit more weight if desired.

Salomon composes the vest from 3D Air Mesh which is stretchy and enables air circulation and moisture wicking. The MotionFit feature holds the weight of the pack’s contents securely for minimum bouncing.

Value
Expensive item – fractionally less expensive than our #1 selection – Salomon packs as much as they can into these nearly weightless vests.
Pros
  • Very light
  • 7 pockets
  • Mesh construction for comfort and weightless feeling
  • Non-abrasive material throughout
  • Reflective attributes on front and back
  • Included soft flasks with wide mouth that accommodates ice cubes
  • Durable
  • PVC-free
Cons
  • Some runners find that the spout on the soft flask bounces up and down on the crease left after you take a few ounces of liquid.
  • Expensive

Salomon has designed a collection of very clever, very light running vests.  The vests designed with ultra runners as the target audience ranked lower, not because they are less technical or lacking in any key features, but because fewer runners participate in ultra races.  All of these are excellent vests.  You need only select the one appropriate to your needs.


The Criteria We Used While Choosing The Best Salomon Vests

Running is considered one of the trendiest activities by many and it’s becoming a very important lifestyle amongst the rich and the middle class. Apart from this it is a great activity that gets the blood pumping and endorphins rushing, leaving the body feeling relieved of excessive wastes energy and feeling fresh. Recommended by many physicians to people suffering from terminal illness as part of the healing therapy. Running involves having the right type of running clothes and gears that will help make your running experience successful. Arm yourself with the right apparel for a comfortable workout. That’s why it’s important you have the perfect running vests from Salomon. Salomon is one of the trusted manufactures in sports gears and apparels being in the market for a very long time and being able to gather a good number of loyal customers. The right running vest will keep you dry and free from chaffing while you are running. Luckily there are so many innovative running vests from Salomon that are offering high-tech running vests features, hence it’s hard to make a bad decision. Still, the perfect option is out there waiting for you. We all know a good sports vest is just as important as the shoes you run in, if not more so. Too much movement up top means a painful and uncomfortable run, strange looks from passers-by who wonder what on earth you’ve got going on under there and an early southern migration of things that we’d rather stayed north.

In this guide, you’ll learn about the Salomon running vests that keep you covered and comfortable during summer to make you as an athlete achieve your desired goals.

This guide will help you learn how to choose the best running top for your needs. We give a clear guide with regards to the factors that were considered when picking out the best Salomon running vests, and also cover some of the frequently asked questions that many may have when considering to buy a Salomon running Vest.

When picking out the best Salomon running vests our team of testers and researchers considered the following factors; that are essential when considering the functionality of a Salomon running vest.

The Style of the Running Vest

There are basically variety of styles of running vest not only for male and female but also for children and adult runners. The styles are mostly differentiated by the design of the vest, tank and length of the running vest, whether short or long, and also by gender. The weather will also decide the style and design of running vest to select.

Running tanks: These are typically made for women, though they can also be found for men. Tanks, especially those that are racer back style, provide the most flexibility for movement in the arms and the most airflow to the underarms—which can help keep things cool and dry during long or hot (or both) runs.

Long Bottomed Running Vests: These are perfect when the weather gets cooler, longer bottom keep the runner warm. Some runners even prefer layering of long bottomed vests over shorter sleeved vest, shirts or tanks in order to maintain comfort during long run, especially if the weather might change. Long bottomed running vests are typically worn during regular exercise runs or training runs.

Short Bottomed Running Vest: Short bottomed running vests use thin material, often with a perforated texture to keep you cool and dry. They also protect from the sun. Some are baggier, allowing better airflow, while others are more form fitting, which reduces the chance of chafing. Some running vests also have rear zipped pockets, which are handy for carrying sports nutrition during longer runs. Other runners even prefer to keep the vest clothing minimal during racing in order to maximize on speed.

Simple Designed Running Vests: They are the most popular style of running vest for men and are technical simple designed vest because they provide flexibility and comfort when made from the right materials. Running-specific simple vests are typically made from fabrics that will keep things nice and dry to prevent chaffing and discomfort, while still offering a high range of movement in the arms. The material used in these running vests is lightweight, high performance fabric designed to move moisture away from the skin. This helps in keeping control of the body heat — even in cold temperatures. Technical fabric typically uses synthetic materials such as nylon, polyester or Lycra. Technical running vest fabric is breathable.

Material

 Running vests are typically composed of synthetic fibers, synthetic-cotton blends or cotton fibers. The type of fabric used in making the running vest will definitely determine how the running vests functions with regards to, how well the top fits, how breathable it will be and how long it will hold up in the long run.

The Salomon running vests are typically composed of technical lightweight materials, that is capable of transporting moisture and heat away from the body as quickly as possible, or insulating the body against the cold without overheating. The fabric not only looks at the functionality of the vets but also determines the durability of the vest and also the colors play an important role in your running experience. These running vests will have high visibility coloring or reflective details to help you stay safe and be seen by other road users in low light conditions.

Below are some of the materials that are used in making running vests:

Synthetic Fibers: Running vests made of 100 percent polyester provide the highest amount of moisture-management for breathability, but styles with sleeves sacrifice best fit for women. While short and long sleeve tech shirts tend to fit men better than women, tanks made completely from synthetic fibers do fit the female torso well. However, synthetic blends (think polyester-elastic) can also provide great fit for women in sleeved styles without sacrificing sweat wicking capabilities, especially in pullovers or zip-up jackets.

Synthetic-Cotton Blends: Synthetic-cotton blends (like a polyester-cotton or nylon-cotton blend) tend to provide fantastic fit, while still having a good amount of sweat-wicking moisture management. These fabrics tend to be a little less breathable than completely synthetic blends and are more likely to show sweat.

Cotton Fibers: Running vests made of 100% cotton, although breathable, provide the least amount of moisture management. Though breathable, they are also highly absorbent and will soak up sweat, which can lead to chaffing and overall discomfort since the running vest will feel heavier. That said, cotton is soft to the touch and provides a comfortable fit for shorter-distance runs.

Technical fabric: This material is lightweight, high performance fabric designed to move moisture away from the skin. This helps you control your body heat — even in cold temperatures. Technical fabric typically uses synthetic materials such as nylon, polyester or Lycra. Technical running vest fabric is breathable. When running, you want breathable fabric. Breathability is defined by determining by how much air flows through fabric in one minute, and is measured in cubic feet per minute. In addition to breathability, the technical Fabric is Lightweight. weight is an important factor to consider when choosing running apparel. Because technical fabric is designed to wick moisture away from skin, it stays lighter throughout your workout — versus cotton, which holds moisture.

Breathability & Moisture Control

This is greatly contributed by the type of material used in making the running vests. A running vest fabric must be breathable. When running, you want breathable fabric. Breathability is defined by determining by how much air flows through fabric in one minute, and is measured in cubic feet per minute.

  • Synthetic vests: breathability rating of 150 cfm.
  • Cotton vests: breathability rating of 30 cfm.
  • Garbage bag: breathability rating of 0 cfm.

It’s easy to see the best option: technical fabric. In this example, technical fabric made from synthetic materials allows your body to breathe, sweat efficiently, and regulate core temperature. Wearing a Salomon technical vests keeps you cooler because moisture is moved away from your skin to a greater surface area. This allows evaporation to occur more rapidly, meaning a synthetic vest can keep you dryer and cooler than not wearing a vest!

Seasonal Uses

Depending on the season of your running time, you choose which type of running vest to choose. When running in colder or unpredictable weather, it’s best to layer running vests to maintain comfort through the entire run. Longer bottomed base layers under a shorter vest or shirt and jacket can keep the runner dry and warm in the winter. In the heat of summer, it’s best to wear as little as is comfortable on top to avoid overheating. If you exercise outdoors or play seasonal sports, what you wear may have to change with the seasons. Keep these tips in mind when dressing for outdoor exercise:

Summer & Warm Weather: During warm summer months, be sure to choose fabrics that allow your skin to breathe and wick sweat away. Dress in clothes that are cool and comfortable, and allow you to move freely.

Winter & Cold Weather: When it’s very cold outside, you’ll need to dress warmly, but keep in mind that you’ll be exercising and boosting your heart rate and your body temperature. Dress in vest layers that you can remove, and always dress for weather that’s warmer than what the thermometer outside says. Keep sweat-wicking clothing on your inner layer, and put an insulating layer on top of that. Always cover your head, ears, and hands to protect them from the cold.

Wet/ Rainy or Windy weather: Nothing can ruin an outdoor workout faster than getting soaked in the rain or caught in a strong wind. Wear an outer layer that protects your skin from the elements.

Just remember that no matter what the temperature, you’re still likely to work up a sweat during a workout. Keep yourself as comfortable as possible with clothing designed for heavy exercise that wicks sweat away from the skin. And keep the weather in mind if you’re exercising outdoors, and dress appropriately.

Comfort

Another very important criterion when choosing the best running vest for your routine is comfort. Any chafing, rubbing, or pressure points are greatly magnified when running because of the natural bouncing action of the body. Add in long distances and time, and you can see why comfort is so critical. The most comfortable packs were the ones that used elastic and stretchy material to hug the body, rather than adjustable straps. While adjustable straps, especially on the sides, allow for greater adjust-ability, they also rub and chafe more. Packs that included shoulder adjustment straps tended to be more comfortable than those without because of the fine-tuned fit.

A well comfortable running vest will give the runner an easy time running and not concentrate on the vest but the exercise.

 

Other Important Factors To Consider

Other important factors that were considered when picking out the best Salomon running vets included:

Apparel Basics

Running vests are typically made to block wind, retain warmth, and repel water. The Salomon running vests are made from a lightweight polyester blend; although, you’ll see many brands use special fabric technology to put their own spin on the classic blend. Running jackets and vests are ideal for chilly weather and dusk, when temperatures drop and reflectivity is necessary. After assessing your environment and your fitness needs, start choosing which specific features you want your running apparel to have.

Special Design Features Running jackets and vests have a plethora of features to keep you warm, comfortable, and protected against the elements. Here are some favorite features that are good to look for:

  • UPF protection to protect against the sun’s rays.
  • Reflective accents to keep yourself visible in low-light environments.
  • Accents can come in the form of reflective fabric or piping.
  • Moisture-wicking capabilities to wick away perspiration so you stay dry and comfortable.
  • Pockets to hold essential items like car keys, energy gels, license, or debit card.
  • Flat-lock seams to provide a smooth, chafe-free fit.
  • Thumbholes to act as faux-gloves keeping your hands warm and protected.
  • Breathable mesh panels to keep you cool in warmer conditions.
  • Waterproof or water-resistant properties to keep the water out.
  • Wind-resistant to block the wind and keep you warm.
Functionality

Many women enjoy wearing sports vests both inside and outside the gym. Today’s sports vests are well-designed and stylish affairs that can look as good on an errand run as they can in a yoga class. Many sports vests feature reinforced bra support elements, making them very comfortable garments to wear. Razorback sports vests are particularly popular as they give arms a full range of motion and also add more support to the chest.

Get the Right Size

A good running top should fit more like a model’s T-shirt than a skater’s hoody. The baggier it is, the more drag you’ll create and the less warm it will be. Also make sure you try it out of you are making a physical purchase but if you are making an online purchase then refer to the size chart guide provided by many online stores to determine the perfect fit for you. Always remember that running vets are not supposed to fit like bras or other fitting tight running tops.

Know Your Features

If you often run at night, go for a top that’s big on reflectivity. A zip is useful if you get hot quickly, while thumb loops are a nice touch to keep hands warm and stop cold air going up your sleeves. Get a hood if your ears are prone to icing up and a neck gaiter if you want maximum skin coverage.

Make sure that the running vest you consider to buy will be able to suit your needs before buying it, it is important to assess your running environment and personal preferences. It’s also important to give a consideration to your fitness goals, and whether the running vest will help you achieve them. Is it typically cold where you live or would a lightweight mesh jacket be sufficient? Do you get cold easily or do you need more ventilation? Since you know your body better than anyone, be sure to choose a jacket or vest based upon your comfort level. For those who often encounter windy conditions, a running vest would be more suitable than a jacket, provided that the temperature is mild enough where sleeves aren’t necessary. Running vests do an excellent job at blocking the cold wind so you can retain more heat. Running jackets provide greater coverage and warmth, while some still offer excellent breathability.

In the end, your ideal choice will be influenced by your personal preferences. Some runners tend to run warmer, and some cooler. Some prefer to be completely protected from all wind and rain, while others hate that clammy feeling coming from a jacket that doesn’t breathe well. For example, if you are running for an hour and a half in the rain, would you rather have a jacket that is more breathable, but risk getting a little wet from the rain towards the end of the run? Or would you rather stay dry from the rain for the duration, knowing that you might sacrifice breathability? Consider your personal preferences and tendencies, then use temperature and weather conditions as primary factors when choosing the best running jacket for you.

 

FAQ

Below are some of the questions that are normally asked with regards to the best Salomon running vests. The questions have detailed answers that will guide you in making sure you make the correct purchase of the best Salomon running vests.

Q. What is technical running vest fabric?

A. Technical fabric is lightweight, high performance fabric designed to move moisture away from the skin. This helps you control your body heat — even in cold temperatures! Technical fabric typically uses synthetic materials such as nylon, polyester or Lycra.  For attire that will keep you dry and comfortable during your run, stop by our store and let our staff help you find running and walking clothing to fit your needs.

Q. Are the Salomon Running Vests’ Technical Fabric Breathable?

A. When running, you want breathable fabric. Breathability is defined by determining by how much air flows through fabric in one minute, and is measured in cubic feet per minute. The technical fabric used in Salomon running vests is made from synthetic materials allows your body to breathe, sweat efficiently, and regulate core temperature. Wearing a technical shirt keeps you cooler because moisture is moved away from your skin to a greater surface area. This allows evaporation to occur more rapidly, meaning a synthetic shirt can keep you dryer and cooler than not wearing a shirt!

Q. Are the Salomon Running Vests Lightweight?

A. In addition to breathability, weight is an important factor to consider when choosing running apparel. Because Salomon uses technical fabric, it is designed to wick moisture away from skin, it stays lighter throughout your workout — versus cotton, which holds moisture. On its own, a dry standard cotton t-shirt weighs about 8.5 ounces, whereas a dry standard synthetic shirt weighs about 4.5 ounces. When sweat is added, the cotton shirt becomes even heavier.

Q. What are the some of the important features of to look out for in Running Vests?

A. Below is a short list with brief explanation on the best features to look out for and are also found in the above Salomon running vests:

Moisture wicking: Moisture-wicking fabrics transport perspiration away from skin to keep you dry and chafe-free while you’re running.

Quick drying: Fabrics that dry quickly, such as polyester and nylon, keep you comfortable as you work up a sweat. If you’re caught in a passing rain shower, they’ll dry quickly to keep you from getting cold.

Packable: Some running jackets and vests pack away into their own pocket for compact storage.

Insulated: Lightly insulated styles provide a bit more warmth with minimal weight.

Chafe-free seams: Look for flat or welded seams placed away from areas that could impede your stride or natural running motion.

Mesh vents: Many tops are augmented with cooling mesh panels for high-heat areas such as your back, underarms and sides.

 


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Below are the sources that we used in collecting the most relevant and up to date information when coming up with the list of the best Salomon racing vests.

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