I asked you on Facebook whether you would want me to share more of my running experiences, races, reviews and you said yes! So here I am with Women's/Men's Ultra Pro Vest Review.
This is not a sponsored post, although we have been gifted these to try and write an honest review.
Camelbak Women's Ultra Pro Vest Review
I am going to start with mine first. I am currently using and truly loving Camelbak Women's Ultra Pro Vest. I have got the grey and blue colour, which is a nice neutral colour, and you can't see the sweat patches 🙂 and I sweat a lot!
The Camelbak Women's Ultra Pro Vest comes with 4 different soft flask specific pockets so you can decide where you want to carry the water flasks. At first it felt strange to run with bottles in front instead of a bladder in the back, but I got used to it fairly quickly and now really love this feature. The Quick Stow flasks come each in 500 ml, but the vest can fit a 1.5L reservoir at the back which can be very handy for longer runs.
I really like the valve-and-teat drinking which makes it possible to easily suck water out of the flask while the flask is in the upright position. I do find though that sometimes the flasks sink down into the flasks pockets when they are not full anymore.
I find the top access front pockets keep things inside them secure. It's great for gels, my granola bars or these little energy bars which I take on my long runs. There is only one zip pocket, which is perfect for keys or phone. Unfortunately my phone doesn't fit in there, I have Iphone 8 Plus, but my go-pro fits in just right.
There is an overflow pocket at the back where you can stash a jacket or spare running top. The two chest straps work well. I have to re-adjust them after a while to compensate for the emptying of the flasks.
If you are busty, you will definitely need to size up further. I think it might be slightly undersized. The vest itself is lighter than I anticipated, it fits really nicely and ventilates very well thanks to its 3D Micro mesh vent which offers lightweight cushioning while maximising airflow and reducing the risk of chafing.
Extra added features which I like are reflective details at the back, a whistle (I know!) and if you are using this vest for hiking you can fit your trekking poles on easily.
My conclusion: Overall I am very happy with my Camelbak Women's Ultra Pro Vest. I would love a bigger zip pocket to fit my phone in. Here is to many happy miles ahead together.
Camelbak Men's Pro Vest Review
Now for Mark's vest which is just like mine,but better fitted for men. It's Men's Ultra Pro Vest. His one is Graphite/ Sulphur colour with lime green detailing. He finds it light, stretch, extremely breathable and very compact. It sits nicely while he runs with no bounce.
There is a bigger zip pocket at the top, which can be accessed quicker than the one on my vest. He uses it for keys, money, salt tablets or gels. We tested it and it doesn't fit his Iphone 8 Plus either (fair play as this is phone is bigger than the traditional smartphones).
It also has the same two, half-litre, hydration bottles featuring the one-piece silicone bite valve which he finds easy to use while still running. He loves that feature, as he never likes to stop on our runs or on race days. No unwanted water leakage reported throughout our runs either, so brownie points for that too!
He found the same slight issue with the chest straps needing re-adjusting especially after drinking most of the water in the bottles.
Across the bottom he has a large stretch overflow pocket. It fits his spare running shorts, or his cold weather layers. Just like the Women's Ultra Pro Vest there is a room at the back to for an additional hydration reservoir (this needs to be bought separately). His vest also features a whistle (he uses it more for the kids) reflective details and you can also fit in your trekking poles.
His Conclusion: Overall I would say that the Camelbak Men's Ultra Pro is a great lightweight vest, which fits well, looks great and can carry all necessary stuff for most training runs and races.