Sunday, April 29, 2018

Product Review: Amphipod PureRun Minimalist Hydration Vest

The Amphipod PureRun Minimalist Hydration Vest is very versatile and has a plethora of pockets!!!

Disclaimer: I received an Amphipod PureRun Minimalist Hydration Vest as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews.

Have you ever felt on a run like you'd enjoy having a hydration vest that could more securely fit you, have pockets for water bottles on shorter runs and a back pocket for a hydration bladder for a long run, or both for an ultra?  Maybe it could also have several storage pockets, be lightweight and breathe really well even while giving you that great custom fit?  Perhaps it could also do this without totally breaking the bank?

Enter the new Amphipod PureRun Minimalist Hydration Vest.  It has 7 pockets as well as a cinch cord.  Now, 3 of those pockets would traditionally be used for hydration, but they don't have to be.  There are 2 on the front which hold 2 12oz Hydraform Flasks that are ergonomic and have what the company terms Jett-Squeeze caps.  Those caps securely hold fluids and can either be lifted up to drink from with your teeth or hands.

The cavernous pocket for the hydration bladder will hold a up to a 2 liter bladder.

The pocket on the rear of the pack can hold up to a 2 liter hydration bladder.  If you are not using that, it's also a great pocket to leave unzipped and store those extra clothes/layers as you take them off.  For example, during one long run, I decided to take off my gloves and I simply reached behind me and stuffed them down into the pocket without having to take the pack off.  If, however, you were using that pocket for a hydration bladder, there is also a cinch cord on the back to hold extra layers.  

Big enough for a phone or some bars, gels, iPod, etc.  Notice also the hose clip for an optional hydration bladder.
That accounts for the 3 pockets mostly, but not necessarily given over to hydration, but there are 4 more pockets.  The 2 pockets on the front sit above the pockets for the flasks as shown in the picture above this paragraph.  I could snugly fit a phone in one pocket, (a phone in a case nonetheless), and put a couple of bars and gin gins in the other pocket.

Another pocket sits just below the entrance to the hydration bladder slot and another sits on the bottom right hand side.  Both have zippers.  I also received the little smiley face clip on blinking light for late night runs.

The last 2 pockets both have zippers and are on the back of the pack.  One sits just below the zippered pocket where you can insert a hydration pack and goes halfway down the length of the pack.  The other pocket sits just below that and zips up and down as opposed to across, but the pocket spans the width of the back of the pack, probably a good 4 inches or more.

In addition, the pack is lightweight and has "cooling free-flow AirMesh™ construction."  This should work well in the summer when things can get sticky!!!

Notice the cooling mesh system that runs the entire back and chest of the pack.  
In addition to the pack coming in 2 different sizes, each of those sizes has 3 straps across the front and one to each side in order to further customize the fit for every individual.  

Overall, while I haven't had the opportunity to use the pack with a hydration bladder, everything else has been stellar.  The pack is easy to customize the fit, the bottles don't slip out of the front pocket holders, most of the rest of the pockets are all within easy reach.  The one or two that might not be would be for the hydration bladder and the one underneath it.  However, you'd typically take the pack off to refill a hydration bladder and could then get into the other pocket.  This still leaves you 5 other pockets to use for those items you need easy access to during a run.  As I mentioned above also, if you don't use a hydration bladder, the ease of use to simply reach behind you and stash gloves, hat, extra layers down the center of the pack is so convenient.  I love it.  And that's how I feel about the pack as well.  In addition, this pack seems reasonably priced at just $100.  

I also have a quick 1 minute video on my Instagram that you can check out @zbultra, which is also my Twitter.  Enjoy!

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