Nathan VaporKrar 12L
Runners have many things to worry about on a run. How will they stay hydrated and keep their nutrition up to avoid pitfalls such as exhaustion, dehydration, and illness (no one wants to throw up after a run)? They also need something to hold key items in places, such as keys, phones, and even electronics, like laptops, at times when their run may end in a coffee shop or pub. This is where various wearable accessories come in. There are belts, waist packs, backpacks and even just vests that focus on different aspects of running — some more about keeping runners hydrated while others more focused on their ability to store valuables. The type of wearable you will want will depend on your needs and how comfortable you want to feel on your run, as well as how good your performance needs to be. It will also depend on how heavy of a load you need to be able to store in terms of volume and how important having a hydration source attached to your body is.
Running packs and belts are useful for lightweight and quick fixes in terms of holding only a couple of essential items in place and some offer some hydration storage. However, for larger storage and without having to feel something dangling off your midsection, vests may be a better alternative and a great option overall. The Nathan VaporKrar Hydration Pack was developed with performance in mind and is tailor-made for ultrarunners. It was originally developed while looking at the demand specifications and various endurance tests of a world-class ultrarunner, Rob Krar, so you know you are getting a quality product here that will keep you hydrated and running.
- Tight fit with no sloshing
- 4 pockets that are easily accessible
- 1.8L bladder to hold liquids
- Up to 12L in storage capacity
- Not cheap
- Only available in mens' fit
Many vests may be made out of ventilated material, but also come with rigid side straps that are just too tight for a fit and squeeze the wearer. However, with the Nathan VaporKrark, they do not rub the ribcage or sandwich in the wearer. This is because of the straps construction and the fact that they can be easily loosened or tightened.
The vest itself is also designed with comfort as it is made out of very lightweight material with zip pockets to hold items such as smartphones. There are also ventilation shafts on the material in places such as the shoulder straps to keep it cool. And to top it off, the vest has side adjustment straps to tighten the vest and keep it in a closer and more comfortable fit.
You can read more about Nathan's patented hydration bladders from its Amazon listing. Some of its listed features include high-flow bite valves, easy-fill openings and quick-release hoses for convenient cleaning. It is a nice thing to have in order to keep hydrated and cool on a long run.
The colors are dark grey with various shades of light grey and either orange or yellow sections that include the logo written in the middle. There may or may not be ways to change this section upon order as there seem to be different images showing on different stores of either yellow or orange, but no option of selection. There are also a lot of stylish looking ventilation holes upon the front of the vest that makes it stand out. Overall, it has a nice design.
- 4 storage pockets
- 1.8L Bladder for hydration
- 12L of storage
- Ventilated material
The bladder is really awesome because of how easy it is to refill and drink from. It also offers 1.8L of capacity so to put it in perspective, this is almost four pints that you see in a regular glass of beer in a restaurant or bar. That should be plenty of water for anyone on a long-distance run or even a hike and again it is easy to refill.
There is a lot to like about this vest in terms of function also. It has a lot of pockets and storage space along with a tight fit that you can adjust to fit your body time. Of course, the one gripe is that it is only available for men although Nathan offers other variants for women. It is also not the cheapest vest or hydration solution for runners out there, but it has been custom designed for ultra running and can pass the test no matter how heavy or light your runs are. If you are a serious runner or athlete it may be a worthwhile investment in terms of its bladder and hydration offerings if nothing else.