With the rising popularity of long-distance trail races, as well as provide a hydration vest for their own team of trail running athletes with a vest to store hydration, in 2016 Nike released their first ever hydration vest called the Nike Trail Kiger Running Vest. Though reviewers had found some negatives about the vest, mainly in regards to the size and price, the consensus was that the Kiger vest was a pretty solid vest. This UTMB approved hydration pack features plenty of storage, including multiple large stretchy pockets including water-resistant zipper pockets as well as 360-degree reflective details and adjustable sternum straps for an adjustable fit. The first impression of the Trail Kiger vest was that reviewers were impressed with the overall sleek style that Nike fans know and love.
Unfortunately, some users had a problem with sizing as the pack seem to run small, while other reviewers found the snug fit to be a plus since it prevented the vest from bouncing or shifting while running. The price did cause a little sticker shock, but overall, the Trail Kiger vest was a great intro into the world of hydration vest for Nike. Keep reading to find out if the Nike Trail Kiger vest is right for you!
A major highlight of the vest is the amount of storage it has. The Kiger vest has a 3.5-liter capacity. Storage features include 2 bottle holders with elastic loops to hold bottles securely in place, large zipper pocket in back can store up to a 2 liter hydration bladder, and various large and small pockets in both the front and back. Some of the pockets are water resistant as well. The vertical zipper makes it easy to access the back pocket. The mesh pockets stretch and are able to hold a variety of sized items. And on top of that, Nike also included a removable emergency safety whistle. Reviewers really enjoyed all the large pockets that were able to stretch to hold large phones and even additional water bottles. However, some thought that accessing the back pocket, in particular, was a little difficult and were annoyed that they needed to completely remove the pack to get to the pockets.
The Trail Kiger vest also features 360-degree reflective features to keep runners safe when using the pack at night. One feature that this vest does not include is trekking pole holders.
The Trail Kiger vest itself has a 3.5 liter capacity and weighs 9.5 ounces. Some reviewers thought the vest felt a little heavy and would've like it a little lighter.
Reviewers were impressed with the design and strong, sleek color combo of the vest as well as the durability of the mesh and other details such as the welded overlays. While many runners had sizing issues, most stating that vest was too small, most reviewers had no issue with unwanted bouncing and shifting because of its snug fit. The vest features plenty of storage including room for a 2 liter hydration bladder, two water bottles and various size pockets, including water-resistant zipper pockets to keep your phone and other valuables dry. The high price tag may make it hard for some runners to swallow, especially since the price does not include any accessories such as water bottles or hydration bladder. Being that this vest was a first for Nike, most reviewers found it to be a really solid pack that worked well for the endurance adventures.