Morning run over the Twins to Stanley in high heat but low-ish humidity. Fab fab fab.
Great conditions too for testing my new Mountain Hardwear Fluid Race Vest (HK$699, Gigasports) which I bought using some vouchers I’d won at the King of the Hills Sham Tseng race a few months ago. This is my second fluid race vest – I also have the first version, bought in end 2012 and still in great shape and being used very often.
The latest version however is much improved: more pockets and bigger, more functional ones too. The old pack had just one bottle holder at the chest strap – there are now two and much deeper pockets too. Gone are the useless smaller-than-credit-card-sized pockets (one zippered, one open); there are now one small velcro pocket and one zippered pocket of about half-credit-card size – good for keys, trail mix, and other little jangly dangly things.
The main compartment is now zippered and has a smaller zippered pocket too – good for mobile phone, cards, money, etc. I hate using hydration bladders but the bag is bladder-ready if that’s your thing, with many options for routing the tube to your preference.
The fit is still great as ever: like a second skin, it moves with you and being super lightweight, you hardly feel it’s there. It’s super breathable, which is fantastic for days like today – your don’t feel like your back is overheating. I got it in size S/M and have the straps cinched to the tightest.
Perfect for short sprints, the vest is also suitable even for races up to 100km with mandatory gear. I used the vest for the Vibram HK100 in 2013 – it was excellent. Awesome pack. Affordable. Highly recommend it.