Quick gear review – Salomon Advanced Skin 5 hydration vest

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered a Salomon Advanced Skin 5 vest. I was using a Nathan Firecatcher but after seeing how well this fit on a friend of mine, and the feel I knew I wanted to have one. As a runner who’s slowly getting into longer distances, I wanted a vest with lots of pockets and that was light weight.

I ordered a blue version of the vest online and received it in a few days. I was excited as the blue colour of the actual vest was much bluer then I expected.

First of all I’m in love with everything it comes with. The vest comes with two 17oz soft flasks – perfect for hydration or gels of you wanted to use the bottles that way.

The second thing I love about the vest is all the pockets. Lots of room for keys, gels, snacks and anything you may want on a run. The pockets are easy to get to as well – a bonus when you want to grab a quick snack on the run.

A bonus feature is that the vest comes with a built in safety whistle – as a woman that runs alone at times in the early morning I find this to be a great safety feature.

The front of the vest has adjustable straps, so you can tighten the vest as needed. I don’t like anything to bounce when I’m running so being able to tighten the vest makes me happy. I used the online sizing chart when ordering and got a medium based on my chest size.

More technical information about this vest can be found here: Salomon Official Site

Getting to the back side of the vest, this can hold 1.5 l bladder (which does not come with it, but I already have one from owing a previous vest), so that worked out well. You also get included a safety blanket (space blanket) as you never know when you’ll need to stay warm.

I haven’t been able to take this vest out for a run yet (in days away from surgery), but I will be excited to break it in once I’m cleared to run again. I’m excited to take this on the trails with me and break it in. Of course my daughter Sierra wanted to model the vest, see her pictures below.

This vest retails for 155.00 USD off the official Salomon website, and you can find it on sites in Canada as well. I’m a bargain hunter so I did searches online and found it for less (running gear doesn’t have to cost a fortune). Good gear to keep you safe and hydrated on the run is very important to me, so I did my research going into this purchase. I’ll be doing a proper post gear year review soon.

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