Test: Patagonia Slope Runner Endurance Vest
Lightweight vest for medium-length trails
Choosing a trail running vest is not easy for two reasons: a good backpack can be recognized by the details, to understand if it is functional it is necessary to try it for a long time. This spring our testers tested the new Patagonia Slope, a very light vest with a capacity of 3 liters suitable for runs up to 100 kilometers in temperate climates. The space is mainly distributed horizontally on the dorsal belt: with a large open pocket on both sides that passes behind the back rotating on the side, and two elastic pockets on the front arranged below those for the flasks. The pocket with the zipper on the upper back is instead quite small and it’s useful to store objects that you do not take out frequently, such as headlamp, thermal blanket and keys. This is separate from the fabric mesh that rests on the back, and is therefore adjustable in height thanks to two tie rods placed on the shoulder straps. The spaces for the bottles are designed in such a way as to insert the flasks without hassle, which does not happen in other backpacks. We also liked the rubber bands on the front, while we found the hooks to close the tie rods on the chest slightly difficult to use, so you need getting the hang of this. The vest fits quite high, leaving a large part of the back free to breathe and move freely, following the gesture of running. We recommend it for routes where a lot of material is not needed and in mild climates.
We Like: Its fit and the comfortable pockets
Use: Trail Running
Fabric: Recycled nylon + water repellent DWR treatment
Price: € 150,00