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The MOST Comfortable and functional hydration vest
Superior ergonomics- Montane Via series vests is far better than all the others I’ve tried. Zero hot spots. Zero pressure on sternum or ribs with full load. Wide range of adjustments from big elastic straps. It even has both over the shoulder and under arm outlets for drinking tube! Great for those who dislike the feeling of a drinking tube flopping around the shoulder. Buttonless storage for a 5L pack- phone, headlamp, smart watch, windbreaker, there is a pocket for all of the above plus a 2L water reservoir. On my first run I thought I accidentally grabbed my other Montane Via, which was a 15L one!
Runs warm - being a longer pack, and wraps around like a shirt, it does run a bit warm, despite the highly breathable materials. Asymmetrical Front Pockets limit ones soft flask and bottles options - Strangely one is zipped and one is not. The included 17oz fit both pockets ok, not bouncing around, but if you want to use longer Salomon styled soft flasks, or add long straws to them, then you’re out of luck. Stick to reservoirs.