Nathan VaporHowe 12L Hydration Vest Fully Reviewed
Designed by famous runner Stephanie Howe and made for female athletes, it’s obvious a lot of thought went into the Nathan VaporHowe Hydration Vest. It’s perfectly designed for almost any outdoor adventure. It includes pockets on pockets and a rear storage compartment that continues to stretch to fit whatever gear you may need.
This vest will perform on trail walks, long hikes in the mountains and rugged ultra-marathons. For women who are tired of wearing unisex vests that don’t fit properly, or for those who want a vest with plenty of storage, the Nathan VaporHowe one should truly be considered.
- Extremely comfortable
- Plenty of storage
- Excellent pocket design
- Sliding sternum straps for proper fit
- The trekking poles should be moved to the side to avoid irritation
The mesh back panel keeps runners cool all day, thereby eliminating the risk of over-heating. The stretchy material conforms to the core, so there doesn't need to be a lot of adjustments made after being sized. The pack is very easy to wear and doesn't cause bouncing during runs or intense passes.
Even when only partially filled, the pockets sit flat and don't move around when empty making for comfortable wear. When the pack is full, it doesn't cause any unnecessary strain on the body causing discomfort or muscle soreness. The weight is easily distributed.
The front of the vest features dual sliding sternum straps for further adjustment. The sternum straps are each adjustable in three places for an even further customized fit. These also come with the elastic strap to hold extra strap from sizing. The sternum straps also feature a magnet to keep the hydration hose in place for easy storage and access.
The front features three layers of pockets. The external ones are small with velcro and fit gels, electrolyte tablets or a small mp3 player. Behind those are longer pockets with velcro for snacks and phone. The right side features a small, upper pocket for an alternate storage option for the mp3 with no closure. The left has a zipper pocket for the whistle. The two main pockets can each hold one 22oz bottle for added water storage or to use instead of the water bladder and free up storage space in the rear.
The rear has a giant stretchy main pocket that can fit a rain jacket, climbing shoes and an extra layer without issue. The more packed into this pocket, the more it stretches providing unlimited storage options. The rear also features a zippered pocket with an internal mesh cell phone pocket. It can also work for sunglasses, headlamps, emergency supplies, and other small items. The top holds the water bladder and a smaller pocket perfect for a headlamp, wallet or more snacks.
The hydration system features a rear pocket designed specifically for the bladder. It helps reduce bounce and helps keep it organized. The velcro tab at the top keeps the bladder in place. The hose passes through some elastic and stretchy loops to connect to the sternum straps. Even in intense passes, the magnet holds the hose in place without issue. The bite valve is easy to use. There's no locking option, but that can be beneficial on fast passes.