Patagonia Fore Runner Vest 10L
The Patagonia Fore Runner Vest is an all-weather hydration vest that’s easy to pack thanks to a simple drawstring top-closure design. The pack comes with a 2L bladder and is made of super durable fabric, but it’s also lightweight and breathable. It’s intended for trail runners but is suitable for a variety of other activities as well. Whatever you’re in the mood for, the Patagonia brand vest provides the option for hydration and plenty of extra room to pack additional supplies. It has a fair bit of storage room and thanks to the bag’s drawstring design, it’s super easy to stuff things inside or grab whatever you need from the interior.
- Easy to pack
- Very roomy
- Comes with 2L bladder
- Very durable
- Comfortable fit
- Bladder is easy to clean
- Great value
- Chest straps lack vertical adjustability
- No weatherproof top zipper
- Front pockets are a little small
The bag's top positioned drawstring opening provides an advantage, though. The bag's wide open compartment makes it super easy to retrieve items from inside when needed. Packing the bag is also a breeze since there's no need to fiddle with zippers that won't close.
The pockets on the bag are stretchy enough to hold a decent amount. There are also pockets positioned at the front of the body but reviewers complained that although they're within easy reach, they're a little small to be very useful. Most phones should fit inside, but there will be very little room to play. Worried about keeping valuables safe and secure? There's a small zippered pocket near the bag's opening where you can stash your keys. The bag also features a big open mesh pocket that's useful for packing a lightweight layer that can be grabbed while on the move.
The included 2L bladder is super easy to use, too. The tube can detach so cleaning is simple. Drinking from it is easy and the nozzle has a valve to stop the flow of water when you're done drinking.
The bag really shines when it comes to additional storage, though. The unique drawstring construction means that it's easy to pack quite a bit into this bag. On its own, the bag is super lightweight, so you have the opportunity to pack a few extra items without having to worry about the bag's initial weight.
The bag's straps can be adjusted but some found the adjustability a little limited. If you're a female trail runner, depending on your body type and the way the bag sits on your body, the chest straps might not fall where you want them. Larger chested women may find the placement of the chest strap incompatible with their body type since the straps cannot be adjusted vertically. The low down? With this pack, you can fit everything you need and more in this bag. Reviewers were impressed with the amount of storage provided by the Patagonia vest and appreciated how easy to was to stuff things inside.
Otherwise, the pack lacks options for adding accessories. It's a good choice for those who find packs like those from Osprey a little too overwhelming in terms of their bells and whistles. Want something a little more minimalist? This bag will do the trick.
- Stretchy pockets for extra storage
- Main compartment with drawstring opening
- Breathable design
- Includes a 2L BPA-free bladder
- Compression system to hold things down and reduce bounce
- Durable ripstop nylon construction including a reinforced bottom
- Weighs 11 ounces
The pack comes with a 2L hydration bladder that's a breeze to refill and clean. The best part, though, is probably the weather-resistant construction. The versatile design paired with the pack's durable ripstop covering make the Patagonia vest a great choice for users who want a bag that will work all-year round for all types of activities.