Salomon Adv Skin 12 Set

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This Salomon backpack claims that this anything but an actual backpack. They use the term “carrying solution”. This pack moves away from the traditional ideas of what a backpack should be and invents something new. They say that this pack is so snug and comfortable and uniquely designed that it isn’t something you carry it’s something that you wear. The pack is uniquely designed for the runner out on adventurous, sometimes aggressive runs. The engineering behind the design of the Adv Skin 12 Set is to make sure the pack stays as close and as snug to your body as possible without eliminating airflow and ventilation. Runners appreciated the multiple bright colors as well as the various sizes offered. Since the benefits of this pack center around getting a perfect fit, Salomon offers their Adv Skin 12 set in a variety of sizes. This pack comes in a special male and female versions in addition to coming in multiple sizing options as well. The materials used on the backpack works hard to be both soft and wicking. Salomon is known for their advanced technologies in all of their products and their backpacks, including the Adv Skin 12 Set is no different. It comes stocked with a variety of unique design elements that give the runner superior comfort and breathability. The only downfall of this pack? The price is not cheap, but in the end, runners claim it is a smart, long-term investment.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Superior wicking ability
  • Multiple colors and sizes
  • Stretchy, breathable material that molds to the body
  • Easy to access pockets

Cons
  • Expensive
  • Not suited for overnight hiking or backpacking
Use
Use

Use

This backpack is designed for the runner who is looking to go fast. The design of this backpack almost resembles more of a vest than a backpack and it includes strategically placed pockets to eliminate the need to take the pack on and off to access all of the gear you’ve brought with you to have your best possible running experience. This pack is extremely lightweight when empty. The engineers behind this pack wanted to ensure that runners received the best fit so they could focus on the trail or the road and not on the fit or feel of the pack. For this reason, they designed the Adv Skin 12 Set in gender-specific styles and a variety of different sizes to ensure runners can get the best fit. Since this backpack is designed for speed and trail racing, it also comes with a variety of different safety features that runners could to be extremely helpful and increase their overall peace of mind while running alone. This backpack is versatile enough to use for any light outdoor activity that an athlete would need a hand free, worry free way to carry their gear.
Breathabiltiy
Breathabiltiy

Breathabiltiy

Salmon uses some of their patented materials and technologies to ensure that this running pack has exceptional breathability and ventilation. Since the design of this pack covers more area across the body, it is imperative that the material used doesn’t constrict the runner and cause them to overheat. To ensure that this won’t happen, Salomon uses their patented 3D Air Mesh and Sensifit technologies. Both of these design elements prove the runner with a fit that conforms to their shape and stretches to allow air to flow freely through the pack. The entire covering of this pack is outlined with a breathable, durable mesh with large ventilation holes. Elastic Jersey covering is soft and comfortable but also provides the running with a feather-light fit. Runners commented that even while training in the intense heat, this pack provided enough air flow to keep their upper body cool and dry.

Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Runners raved about the overall fit of this item. In particular, this product has a stability and a stretchiness that runners found to be the perfect complement to one another. The material used is a stretch nylon and uses Sensifit construction. This technology adapts to the movement of the runners and eliminates any chaffing or irritation. In addition to the Sensifit technology, Salomon uses cutting edge technology called Sensi-load that helps support the weight and movement of the pack. This takes the pressure off of key places and eliminates uncomfortable chaffing. Salomon made sure to put this pack through a series of rigorous tests with multiple wearers to ensure that runners will be comfortable on their runs. Runners described the fit as more of a wrap-around approach to the backpack. It wraps the body in snug support but is so light and breathable that runners practically forgot they were wearing it because of its high level of comfort. Additionally, due to the stretch material, this pack can accommodate warm weather running clothes like tanks and tees to bulkier winter gear like sweatshirts. Regarding the shoulder straps and back panel, Salomon uses a combination fast wicking materials that reduce wetness. An elastic jersey is used across the chest to hold the pack in place without creating a feeling of confinement.
Size
Size

Size

One of the details that runners appreciated most about this product was that it not only comes in gender-specific designs, but it also comes in a variety of sizes. Due to the unique vest like shape of this “backpack”, Salomon had to invest in proper sizing to ensure that the design of the Adv Skin 12 Set would work in the way that it was meant to, and in this case, it was meant to snuggly hug the body to eliminate bounce and unwanted movement. To do that, the sizing needs to be more precise than other backpack designs.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Runners may be initially put off by the price tag connected to this pack, but the high level of durability that keeps this pack looking and feeling new for an extended around of time makes this an investment. Salomon uses a variety of stretchable, breathable materials, but they also selected designed that would hold up to the punishing conditions on of the trail while still providing a comfortable feel for the runner. Runners were pleased to announce that even in rain and while running through difficult terrain, the pack never lost its shape. The outer most layer of the pack is also designed to be puncture and tear resistant. In addition to this, this pack comes with a wide variety of zippered pockets made from stretching materials. The zippers on these pockets have been reported to withstand extensive use.
Accessories
Accessories

Accessories

Two key accessory categories can be found in this product. The first is the extensive amount of pockets and compartments for all of your running needs. In total, this pack offers one zippered front pocket, one back, larger pocket, one pocket on the inside, one main back pocket, two stretch pockets in the front, two side pockets that are zippered, and two front soft pockets that are designed for your hydration systems. All of the pockets are designed to hold your treasures perfectly and are easy to access, so you don’t have to worry about taking the pack on and off all the time to get to your good. These pockets are strategically placed in easy to reach places and are spaced out enough that runners can easily distribute weight to keep the comfort level high. The other key category is the loot that comes extra with this pack. For starters, it comes with 2 500 ml soft flasks that fit perfectly in the hydration pockets. Regarding safety features, the Salomon Adv Skin 12 Set comes with a variety of accessories to keep runners safe on the trail. A safety blanket, a safety whistle, and reflective overlays along the pack are all included in this product. There is space for a 1.5-liter hydration bladder, but this product must be purchased separately.
Style
Style

Style

This product has a unique look to it that all runners might not love. It has a unique aesthetic design that has been created with function, instead of form, at the forefront of its design. This product almost looks more like a vest than it does a backpack. It has a wrap-around look that is designed to fit snuggly against the body and eliminate bouncing and irritation. In addition to the unique look of the product, this backpack comes in a wide variety of colors ranging from bright to muted. Regardless of the color that the athlete selects, all of these Salomon packs include reflective details to keep runners safe in low visibility areas.
Price
Price

Price

This pack is not for athletes on a shoestring budget. This product is much higher than the average runner’s backpack on the market today. In part, this can be attributed to the fact that this is not your average running backpack. The design has a variety of benefits compared to a traditional backpack, and runners will pay for these benefits in the higher price tag. Although the initial price tag of this product can be jarring, the durable and the accessories it comes with can help to justify this purchase. For one, runners found this pack to last much longer than a traditional backpack. Additionally, this product comes with a safety blanket, two soft flasks for water, and a safety whistle.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- Sensifit technology including Sensi- load lifter
- Space for a 1.5 liter hydration bladder
- Includes 2 500 ml soft flasks for water
- Multiple sizes
- Elastic Power Mesh
- PVC Free
- 514 grams
- 3D Air Mesh
- Fast wicking fabrics eliminate odor and irritation
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Salomon Adv Skin 12 Set is a carrying solution for the extreme adventure runner who needs a companion that can easily carry their equipment and hydration systems without holding them back. This bag is more expensive than most other packs on the market today, and it suggested for only the most extreme athletes. The wrap around vest design holds the pack close to the body and eliminates bouncing and movement that can lead to chaffing and irritation. Salmon selected only the highest quality materials to ensure that this product can move and adapt to the shape of the body and also provide superior ventilations and fast wicking capabilities. The pack is designed with a wide variety of stretchy, zippered pockets that can accommodate all of your essential gear and are strategically placed so that runners don’t need to take the pack on and off to access these items. Salomon cares about the safety of their runners and has included a variety of safety features, including reflective elements along the outside design and the inclusion of a safety whistle. Runners appreciated the wide variety of colors and sizes that are also offered with this pack. The Salomon Adv Skin 12 Set is a great carrying solution that an ideal investment for the adventure runner who is serious about racing.