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I have a couple of Orange Mud products- the handheld and the Transition towel. I love them both but I’ve really had my eye of their hyrdation/ gear packs. Have you seen them?? So pretty! You know runners love their gear right? Then I saw the Phone.Flask.Vest and was like- wait, what?
I mean logistically how was that going to work? Don’t get me wrong, looked awesome but that mannequin looks noticeably flat chested- I may not be Dolly Parton but I’m also not flat chested. I was confused. At the time, they weren’t any pictures of the pack on women on the site either (there are now). I was intrigued enough to want to try it.
It arrived and it was even smaller than I thought it was going to be. However there were plenty of pockets. On the front side- there was the flask packet, another pocket directly in front of that, a key pocket, and a pocket on the shoulder. The entire back was a pocket complete with an extensive shock cord. The included flask was 450ml. Which if you’re like me, I had to look that up-15oz. 😛
Getting it on was a little tricky- silly me forgot to loosen any of the straps, ha! Once I did that it just a matter of finding the right fit. Which, I am not going to lie- I have to adjust the fit every run. However, the fault for that lies purely on my abnormal upper half- most of the time I’m a Cish cup, however there are times I’m above a D cup. Yeah, it’s fun, but I guess you could say I tested the pack in a variety of ways?😛
Ok- now for the running with it part. As long as I had it tightened properly- I never had any bounce. It only moved around on one run and I think I was just too tired to get it properly situated. Either that I was freakishly small that day. One quirk about the straps is that they tighten towards the back- so to tighten it- you pull it to the back. It was a little awkward at first but then I adjusted. It’s super lightweight and I can barely feel it when it’s on.
A full flask fits perfectly in it’s pocket and it worked great but to be honest I didn’t use it much. There were a few reasons. I kept forgetting it, I was only running a few miles and didn’t need water or I needed more so I carried a handheld too. My phone was also problematic. I have Iphone 7+ and the thing is huge. It does fit in the front pocket with flask in place but it’s a very snug fit. I preferred to run without the flask and put my phone in the flask pocket. Then I kept my pepper spray and chapstick, sometimes and entire body glide in the front pocket. My inhaler went in the shoulder pocket for easy access. The only pocket I had issues with was the key pocket. It’s small- very small. But then my new car key is huge- I was bemoaning that fact while buying the car. I didn’t even have the pack yet. 😛 Instead I keep a little hook on my key and attach it to the shock cord and place it in the pocket on the back.
Not only have I run with the pack every run since I got it, it has so far stood up to my treatment of it. I am hard on gear. I have a tendency to toss things around and I expect them to be able to handle that. For example- when I run after work, I am often parked in odd locations. The only door I open is my driver side door. I won’t open any other doors or the back of the car. I don’t want to dump the sweaty pack on the passenger seat post run ( I need another transition towel!) so I slingshot it from my seat to the back of the car. With all my stuff still in it. I don’t care how it lands as long as it’s on the very back of the car. 😛 So far, this hasn’t hurt it!
So a few things that could make it better-
2 buckles. There is only one buckle on the left side. While I can now get it on and off without taking my hat or glasses off, it would be a lot easier with 2 buckles. Sometimes it’s like taking off a sweaty sports bra. I also have a small head, so this would a very snug fit for those with more of average size head. Hmmm, that sounded odd.
I’ve got a theory (
it could be bunnys) While I have plenty of leftover space on the straps, I wonder about the sizing. I measured multiple times and ordered a S/M because according to the site that’s what I needed. However I’m kind of wondering if the L/XL would have made the pack itself fit even better due to my ummm, upper half. It makes me wonder if the sizing for woman should be more like S/M for those who wear A/B and L/XL for C and higher. But again that’s just a theory and not one that I could test out.
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