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Interested in this as Saloman gear piqued my interest at UTMB last year. I'm pretty happy with my OMM last drop 10 and Adventure Light 20, but the 10 tends to be too small for longer ultra's (and I'd rather be safe then sorry when it comes to skimping on kit) and the 20 I must compress down to about 12L.
The XT wings 10+3 vest looks interesting. Bit more too it than the last drop and says its 12L capacity. My only concern I guess is how good the bottle holders are? Sounds silly, but I got some for the OMM pack and bottles were wobbling too much, drove me mad, good job the mesh side pockets can hold a bottle. If the front mount system for Saloman packs is better I definately fancy it.
I'm completley confused now though as the XA Skin Pro and Race S-lab packs also look really snug and like they'd hug the body well.
WiB - How do you mount the bottles on the S-lab 5? as I thought the bottles on the packs mounted on straps at chest height?
I guess I need to look at the whole range, wonder how far from Hull the nearest stockist of a decent range is
Look forward to hearing about how the Skin pro 10+3 compares *Jimmy*, find that info on wings pack useful.
Not being a pole user that wouldn't put me off the Wings pack, though, maybe lack of front pockets would (this is only problem with OMM last drop 10 really). Also not fussed on bladders as prefer the bottle
I'm starting to think that whether vest or chest coupling these are all going to fit well. I just wonder if the one-size fits all aspect of Skin pro will be a pain? Is its built to adjust for all builds at shoulder, chest and waist?
I've got to find a shop to try a few of these I think.
S-Lab 12 looks tempting, but I'd have to try it before forking out that much too!
DE - On the skinset 5 the bottle holders are fixed in place, when I have the pack loaded up and fitted to me the holders are under my arms which was uncomfortable. I guess I am just the wrong shape for it! The person who I borrowed it from to try is a little bigger than me but only about an inch taller and fits them fine.
If you get one to try make sure you load it up with everything you are likely to carry when you try it on
I got the S Lab 12 for Christmas from my Mum. I'm very pleased with it - it's superbly comfortable and the back side mesh pockets you can reach and get stuff out of without taking it off and they hold a 500ml bottle each so you always have a litre of liquid in easy reach (I don't like bladders). The little front pockets are brilliant for phone, gels etc
Downsides - only that the front fasteners are a bit fiddly with cold fingers and it's expensive. And it's a long time until next Christmas.
Cheers all, though I'm more confused than ever Though I'm fairly sure I'll try one of these packs.
All options have lots of positives with just the odd negative. Soooo... I'm going to let fate decide. I'll see which I can get on offer first, or find physically in a shop first to try and I'll buy it if I like it, and won't or return if I don't
I've just tried on, and then bought, the Wings 10+3 Vest (small/medium). Can someone tell me which bladders are compatible? I've already discovered that it won't take a 3 litre bladder and that the Platypus would be a bad idea. Camelbak 2L looked like it would fit - would need to be slid half out to fill. Any recommendations?
Does anyone know where you can buy these, not online ?
Bump I would like to try one too. Anyone know what shops stock it?
edit looks like sweatshop do the 14+3