Salomon S-Lab Sense 2 Fully Reviewed
“A place for everything and everything in its place,” seems to be the motto of the Salomon S-Lab Sense 2 Vest. But that does not mean it is inflexible. Lightweight at 100 grams, yet able to carry the essentials where it feels most comfortable for you to get you through a long trek of over 20 miles or even a shorter one in the dog days of summer, this vest is one that many have found to be their go-to piece of gear.
It accomplishes this with its mesh fabric and Sensifit construction that allows for an even weight distribution for maximum comfort as you breeze through the miles. Among the storage options are zippered pouches as well as elasticized ones, both small and large. With two along the front to accommodate the two included silicone grip soft flasks, hydration is at your fingertips. This vest is considered by many to be a top-notch piece of minimalist ultra running gear.
- Ultralight minimalist vest
- Mesh fabrics for breathability
- Sensifit construction for a stable and secure fit
- Strategic pouch placement for optimal weight distribution
- Offers 1L hydration via two collapsible flasks
- Flasks are BPA/PVC free
- Flasks are replaceable and are easy to access, use, and refill
- Mulitple storage options
- Adjustable closure straps
- Available in sizes extra small to extra large
- No Bladder reservoir and not bladder ready
- Bottom of flasks can cause discomfort
- Some expressed concern oversizing
Strategically placed storage pockets wrap around the vest varying in size. The two hydration pockets at the front of the included soft flasks also incorporate a small stretch pocket. Above these, with one on one side and one on the other, are a small zipped pocket and a silicone grip pocket. The kangaroo pouch with grip tape on the bottom of the back of the vest is also a good stowing compartment that can be accessed on the fly.
With Salomon's Sensitfit construction, the vest neatly wraps around the body for stability and freedom of movement. And while the design is necessary based and pared down, it is not considered sparse or harsh. The versatility of the pouches allows for the toting of necessary gear and fuel including a small phone as well as keys and ID. The odor guard mesh with soft trim helps to alleviate moisture and promote breathability for improved comfort.
While the vest provides 100 liters of hydration, it does not offer a bladder as many ultra vests do, not an option to carry a bladder. However, most found the flasks to meet their needs. It is lightweight and comfortable making it a solid choice for warm days and rain, but it also is reflective lending itself to runs in the sundown hours.
Salomon touts its success in this vein due to technologies and materials such as Elastic Power mesh, 3D Air Mesh as well as the incorporation of fast wicking fabrics like the 37.5™ moisture-wicking fabric treatment and 4-way stretch AeroTech. A top-rated minimalist vest, even the less favorable reviews were pleased with the breathability.
Most do seem to find it to fit securely with no discernible bounce and with optimal breathability through a few reviewers indicate that the vest rode up creating chafing and there are a few reports of irritation with full flasks. The overall consensus appears to be that the vest that closes via two elastic sternum straps and the adjustable stretchy fit of light twinkling, when properly sized, offers a solid option for fueling and hydrating on the go despite the weather. Even the included BPA/PVC free collapsible flasks feature bite-and-pull valves with wide mouths that are easy to refill with their quarter-turn caps for a more seamless, enjoyable experience.
The light twin link and updated dual elastic straps across the sternum further an adjustable fit. And the Sensitfit elastic sides and the motion fit engineering allow for freedom to move without hindrance so the vest will offer a stable and secure fit.
While some color options are available at lower price points, many that have paid the debut price have no regrets. Finding it meets the needs for fuel and easy hydration, versatility, stable fit, and overall durability, reviewers are overwhelmingly pleased with the Salomon S-Lab Sense 2 Vest and recommend it highly.
- Highly breathable mesh
- Balanced feel
- Smartly placed front storage pockets with rear kangaroo pouch
- Collapsible flasks included
Lightweight and said to feel as if you are wearing nothing, most feel this is a top-notch vest for their ultrarunning, hiking, and even mountain biking pursuits. Many hydration vests geared toward ultradistance tend to include bladders or at least be bladder ready, but the S-Lab Sense 2 offers a different mode of hydration instead with its two collapsible 50ml flasks that store in the front pouches for direct access.
While most enjoy the Salomon S-Lab Sense 2 Vest, a few have found the harder bottom of the flasks to rub and irritate the chest especially when they are filled. However, the bounty of positive feedback speaks for itself in that this is a very good option for those looking to have it all as they venture out to test their mettle. With some concern for sizing, it would be wise to try it on and with a higher price tag, it's always nice to find a discount... but definitely, one to check out.