Nathan VaporHowe 12L

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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 12L one should truly be considered.

 

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Plenty of storage
  • Excellent pocket design
  • Sliding sternum straps for proper fit
Cons
  • The trekking poles should be moved to the side to avoid irritation
Use
Use

Use

The Nathan VaporHowe 12L hydration vest can work for almost any outdoor adventure, such as long-distance training runs, extreme mountain hikes to neighborhood trail walk due to its versatile design. While it is perfect for long days in the mountains or ultra-marathons and other races that require quite a bit of gear, it's extreme comfort allows it to work for any adventure. Anyone from novice adventurers to expert runners will enjoy this vest.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

It's soft, stretchy, breathable mesh keeps for a comfortable day on the trails as it doesn't make athletes hot and overheat. The mesh has small holes along the back panel to allow airflow that keeps runners cool all day, even in intense summer workouts.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Nathan VaporHowe 12L fits the female core very well. It doesn't have any gap or fit issues like most unisex vests on the market. It's incredibly soft, and would even be comfortable to wear with just a sports bra underneath. It's easily adjustable and irritation-free. 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.
Size
Size

Size

The Nathan VaporHowe 12L weighs 8.2oz which is incredibly light for all of the storage it affords. The manufacturer website features a sizing chart. Proper size is obtained by measuring the circumference of your bust and sternum.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The vest is composed of BPA-free nylon and polyester. Even after 200 miles of use, users report that there are no signs of wear and tear showing that this vest is built for long-term use. Runners report that the vest is extremely soft and comfortable, oftentimes the best material they've experienced in a racing vest.
Accessories
Accessories

Accessories

The vest comes with a 1.8L hydration bladder. It's easy to set up, and the bladder pocket reduced bounce. It also includes a safety whistle in a hidden zipper pocket. While it's a great accessory to have, the pocket can potentially be difficult to access in a emergency.
Style
Style

Style

The vest only comes to light blue with dark blue edging. It has the Nathan brand logo on the front pockets and the rear main pocket. The vest is designed for the female form for optimum comfort and performance.
Price
Price

Price

While it may be a bit more costly than other vests in the industry, this one is worth the cost. For women who feel that unisex vests don't provide the comfort they truly need, this is definitely one to consider. It comes with an amazing fit, bit even more, it has incredible storage space. For athletes who train in the mountains and compete in ultra-marathons and shop for high-quality vests, this price shouldn't be a surprise.
Features
Features

Features

Two lateral straps under the arms allow tightening for a proper fit. These are very easy to use compared to some competitors. It also includes an elastic band that holds the extra strap. It's a minor detail, but a good one. 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.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

  • Composed of durable BPA-free nylon and polyester for long-term use and extreme comfort

  • Sliding sternum straps for an ideal fit

  • Includes 1.8L water bladder

  • Magnetic clip for water hose

  • 12L storage space for plenty of gear

  • Plenty of pockets of differing sizes

  • Bounce-free design

  • Storage space for two 22oz bottles
  • Bottom Line
    Bottom Line

    Bottom Line

    This is a fantastic running vest for women. The designers really took into account what women need in a vest, and with Stephanie Howe's fantastic input, they really did a great job. It's one of the most comfortable vests on the market and includes plenty of storage space. This is comfortable and practical enough to work for trail walks around the neighborhood, long days in the mountains to ultra-marathons. It has a higher price point, but with the higher price, you're getting a higher quality vest.