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Slope Runner Exploration Pack 18L Reviews

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Slope Runner Exploration Pack 18L

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November 28, 2023

Crucial Gear

This has been an awesome piece of gear. I like the weight, size, fit and function. I did add shock cord to the front to create a pocket for rain gear. Having access to a small pack that has storage and allows for water needs makes me secure on the trails and roads. I think this is high quality and will last a long time but I would buy it again in a... Read More heartbeat.

November 18, 2023

Trail running vest

Great service. Love Patagonia products

August 21, 2023

Great for long trail days!

I used this pack on a recent trip to Iceland. Fit is great with no chafing. It has room for a lot of gear with no bounce while running. Excellent pack for a day on the trail when you might need extra layers or gear.

August 12, 2023

Backpack top sits too high hitting back of neck

I was so excited to receive this! It looks beautiful. But when I put it on I realized the way the backpack has been built it hits you in the back of the neck and is really uncomfortable. I think maybe the XS was graded badly because the other reviewers do not mention this. I had to return it as I couldn't wear it.

May 24, 2023

Wonderful pack, user friendly and

Wonderful pack, user friendly and well fitting. Would add at least 1 pocket with zipper for cell phone and such.

April 27, 2023

Worth every penny

Running vest stays on the contour of my body. The straps are robust enough to keep the vest from swaying while jogging. Big main compartment to fit a lot of items.

April 22, 2023


Love the minimalist design but may not be great for serious running as it is pretty basic, the main pocket is one large pocket and there is no compartments, it would be beneficial if it was more bladder friendly. The materials are high quality and the fit is terrific.

January 30, 2023

Good but depends how you use it

Its a tricky one. I love this pack for its comfort but not for getting stuff in and out. If you are loading this pack for fast and light or running and only using the front pouches then it really is a great pack. If you need to reach for a shell or gloves etc. then it just doesnt work for me. You cant access anything from the back of the pack witho... Read Moreut taking it off. When it is off, the narrow neck is a real annoyance and a black inner means you just cant see anything in there. A lighter lining would help locate things and a wider neck just makes sense. It really could do with some side stash pockets. The top pockets are ok but not really designed for more than gloves or a hat and again hard to access on the move. The tapered bottles do a good job of trying to jump out the pack and the elastics didnt really hold them well so they were the first things to go. The clamshell top cinches down with shoulder elastic draws but they can whip you in the eye in the wind so be sure to tuck them. All in all I do like this pack a lot. For hiking its great but for running or multi day runs it is just to fiddly but I preserve because I like the build, fit and feel.

November 26, 2022

Great piece of gear

This is a nearly perfect piece of gear. Great & true fitting overall. I spent hours running with it in cooler conditions and didn't have the usual rubbing marks that other packs give me! A few suggestions for improvements though: - the expandable bits near where your ribs have a potential for rubbing in warmer conditions - pack comes only... Read More in black color which works great in winter but not so great in the summer as it will heat up in the sun! - I love the idiot-proof zips and pockets but would have them in i.e. contrasting color as having them all in black is not so great for somebody with bad eyesight or when you are desperately trying to get a big pair of mitts in winter conditions...

August 15, 2022

Finally the Big One

From the early reviews of the prototypes I knew this pack would handle a gap in my endurance activity storage needs well. Like all the other Slope Runner vests it does an excellent job of carrying light & moderate loads with a minimum of shifting and bouncing. The unstructured main compartment is sizable though the mouth is slightly narrower th... Read Morean expected. Medium sized and stuff-able items will work just fine but large inflexible items may take patience to stow and extract. The back is a dimpled mesh a bit thicker than the 4L or 8L vests and has a perforated stiffener panel that adds some lightweight structure. The ice axe provisions appear to work fine for a full-sized frame pump. A few more slightly larger lash points would be nice for the next version to attach a Stealth Workstation. There are plenty of pockets for hydration flasks, but a hanger loop for a hydration pack would still also be useful.

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