Running vests come in all shapes and sizes. Some may be built to hold items in place and have little room for liquids. Others are robust and built to last, but maybe too heavy on a long run and feel uncomfortable over long-term use. Some vests are built for hydration purposes and may contain nozles or reservoirs with pouches built into them to sip water out of easily.
There are different options for such vests depending on need and usage. Some runners, athletes, hikers, and marathoners may need a heavier or bulkier nag with a lot of liquid volumes to hold their water and be hydrated on their longer outings. Other runners may only be joggers who want a very flexible, light and durable vest with only enough liquid volume to last them their morning and evening runs -- but not necessarily be bogged down by their pack and need a ton of room for items to carry inside. The CamelBak Octane Dart Hydration Pack is such a vest. It is the lowest entry in terms of liquid volume carriage capacity, weight and gear carrying capacity volume in the CamelBak Octane lineup: this lineup includes Octane XCT Hydration Pack with 10 oz in total weight, a liquid capacity of 2L and a total gear capacity of 5L as well as the CamelBak Octane 16x Hydration Pack, which features a total weight of 15 oz, hydration capacity of 3L and gear capacity of 13L. The entry-level Camelbak Octane Dart features only a weight of 7oz, liquid capacity of 1.5L and a gear capacity of a meager .5L.
This is not a vest to really use to carry much gear in at all. If you want a vest for that you are much better in picking one of the other two options. Its hydration capacity, on the other hand, is decent and will get you through most running endeavors. This is one of its strengths, besides price factor and weight, when compared to other packs or vests in this lineup or on the market as a whole. All of the hydration packs in this lineup feature the Crux Reservoir system built for hydration intake in a very efficient way. The reservoir comes with a leak-proof On-Off Valve, as well as a Big Bite Valve, to keep the water from leaking and allowing for easy sipping. You will not have to worry about drips or leaks even when tossing the pack on a couch. It also comes with Anti-microbial HydroGuard coating and an easy-open leak-proof cap, to allow very easy refilling and sanitation for runners.
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The reservoir's hydration intake is 1.5L, which is no slouch, and it has notable features when compared to other rivals reservoirs. It comes packed with a pair of already-mentioned valves that have features preventing water leakage and bacterial cleanliness. The on-off valve is leak-proof and will allow you to seal your water supply with just a thumb flick. The Big Bite valve also shuts off the water flow after intake. The reservoir also includes anti-bacterial protection, called Anti-Microbial HydroGuard Coating, which is said to be free of BPA, BPS, and BPF.
Besides the impressive reservoir, the pack also has other noteworthy features, such as a four external pockets (albeit less than the six and eight its rivals come with) and padded mesh on its back panel. There is a lot to like regarding features it comes packed with despite its minimalist design.
The other nice thing about this vest is that it is unisex. This means both men and women can wear it and makes it stand out among many other vests that are only built for one gender.
- Stretchy pocket on harness to keep small items such as energy gels
- Minimalist design
- Very little soshing
- 1.5L hydration capacity
- .05 gear capacity
- Padded mesh back panel
- Reflectivity for early morning or night running