Our 5 Top Tips for picking the perfect running pack with Salomon
Written By: SportsShoes
When Salomon’s bag designers sat down with women trail runners in recent years, they were surprised to learn that many of them had abandoned a trail running race, simply because they had discomfort from the pack they were wearing. Of course, the design team thought this was unacceptable, so they went to work to make women’s running vests/packs more, well, female-friendly.
Salomon’s pack developers first set about improving the design shape to better fit women’s bodies and now bring us a wide range of female specific trail and hiking packs!
Women's bodies come in all sorts of beautiful sizes, shapes and heights, so how do you find the perfect pack for you? We’ve pulled together 5 top tips to aid your pack finding journey!
1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE FOR YOUR HEIGHT AND BODY SHAPE
The sizing guide is your new best friend. With Salomons pack range coming in a S/M/L sizing range, make sure you know which is best suited for you. Salomon apparel including packs do tend to fit on the small size, we recommend a size Small for 6, Medium for 10 and Large for 12/14!
2. CHOOSE A PACK TO SUIT YOUR ADVENTURE
If you’re a minimalist when it comes to racing and training, then a lightweight pack is calling your name, perfect for carrying small amounts of gear. Why not give the Sense Pro 5 a try? A racing staple for core runners looking for a fast, light, high-performing pack that will save precious seconds in a marathon or ultra-marathon race!
If your focus is distance instead of speed, covering long and ultra-distances, running or hiking, you’ll need a little extra room for clothing, food and extra water! Let me point you in the direction of the Active skin 8. Inspired by top trail runners, this spacious hydration vest gives you the confidence to take on longer trails.
3. COMFORT IS KEY
Nobody wants to be uncomfortable while out on those trails! Think about your body type and your referred fit, this is important for when it's full of gear and you're wearing it during exercise. Part of this relates to how the pack is designed - choose a pack that allows you to adjust the sizing and fit at various points. Example; a range of adjustable straps across your waist and chest will allow for a more personalised fit.
4. CHECK OUT THE FEATURES
Zipped pockets, open pockets, waterproof material, breathable fabrics, the list of potential features goes on. Which is more important for you? You can figure this out by thinking about things like if you carry polls, take your phone (or a similar device), how much food you carry (the most important feature, right?) and how much water you drink.
5. READ THE REVIEWS
Your pack is a partner for life, so make sure you're perfectly suited! Do your research first and don't rush choosing one. Carefully study the product descriptions, read reviews by your peers (including leading authorities/running experts) and ask your trusted running buddies for advice. Use running forums to ask questions, or ask SportsShoes by either contacting us via social media or by starting a discussion on relevant posts. Don’t forget to check out our Running Hub for plenty of kit reviews, advice and inspiration.
SportsShoes are proud to stock a wide range of Women’s Salomon backpacks (over 50 of them)! Check out the full range here
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