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Salomon
XA Skin Pro 10+3 Pack (out-of-stock)

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The Salomon XA Skin Pro 10+3 is a one-size-fits-all form-fitting pack for expert trail runners who want to securely carry essentials with high stability. Sensifit construction wraps the pack around the body without binding or abrasion. PVC free bladder with Plug n’ Play hose connector for quick hydration.

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Features

  • Sensifit
  • Adjustable Sensishoulders
  • Double twin link
  • Sensi load lifter
  • 1 main compartment
  • 2 chest pockets
  • 2 zipped belt pockets
  • 1 safety pocket
  • Soft 1.5l bladder - PVC, Phthalate, Bisphenol-A free
  • Bite valve with on/off system
  • Underarm routing
  • Insulated tube
  • 4D bladder insulated sleeve
  • Custom system
  • 4D Pole holder
  • Reflective
  • Whistle

Gender: Unisex
Weight: 600 g, 1 lb 5.16 oz
Material: 70D Tassar Semi-silicone, Elastic Power mesh
Dimensions: 43 x 23 x 20
Pack Capacity: 13L
Season: S12
Vendor ProductId: 128669
Review ProductId: 29118

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3.0

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3.0

Lack of refinement

By J Czabaranek

from Dayton, OH

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Stable

Cons

  • Bladder Vs Bottle
  • Difficult To Access

Best Uses

  • foul weather
  • Mandatory Safety Gear
  • Unsupported Training Runs

I purchased this pack as an experiment with a gift certificate. I thought Id never run with one of these silly packs, and I still will try to avoid them when I can. I've used this pack on three 25-30 mile training runs and one 100 miler.

For the training runs, I just carried an extra long sleeve shirt and a full bladder to get used to the pack. The 100 was in LockPort NY in January, 15-20 F outside with 2" of fresh snow on the ground. The pack was a necessity for keeping gloves, goggles, hand warmers, beanies, and a dry shirt accessible. The pockets on the shoulder straps and the side mesh pockets saw the most use. Ditching the hand bottle was critical to keeping my hands dry and warm. Remembering to take a sip and then blow the water out of the bladder tube would prevent freezing.

The pack seems poorly refined. You know that impression you get when you pick up a Dana Designs pack, a Western Mountaineering bag, or an Arcteryx jacket and say "wow, they thought of everything"? Not here. The bladder is difficult to access. Like any bladder system, if the pack is full you will have a hard time refilling the bladder without disassembling the pack. During the 100 I had to give a lesson to every aid station on how to refill the bladder. The sternum straps are cut too long and the attachment clips are clumsy, next to impossible with gloves or cold hands. Donning/doffing the pack in a race is time consuming and only acceptable if you're not competitive, are required to carry extra food or safety equipment (I had UTMB in mind when purchasing this pack), or you have 50+ miles to make up for lost time. The mesh pockets are fragile, Gu shots and hand warmers cut big holes in them after 15 hours of running. The hip pockets are hard to reach on the run. The pack sits high on the convex part of my back (Im 5'7") and rubs, I'm not sure I can make it ride any lower and not bounce around.

So, while I have lots of complaints, this sort of pack has only been mainstream for a few years. Like any other specialized equipment, it will evolve as you and I begin to customize and make suggestions. I'd like to try a pack with 40+oz bottles instead of a bladder. That might speed up aid stations quite a bit. The Ultimate Direction SJ is on my wishlist.

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