The Salomon Skin Pro 15 Set is a versatile hydration vest that can be used for multiple outdoor activities. Whether you are heading out for a long mountain run, fast and light alpine climb or a day of mountain biking you will be able to carry all of your necessary gear in this 15L version and be comfortable all day.
Salomon Skin Pro 15 Set Observations:
I had the opportunity to test out the Salomon Skin Pro 15 Set recently while trail running in the Irish mountains. The weather in the West of Ireland is notoriously fickle so I packed to accommodate for changing conditions.
I was keen to test out the Skin Pro 15 Set as I am interested in having a more versatile hydration vest, one that can accommodate more gear and still be comfortable after hours of moving. I found pros and cons with the vest, however I really think that the Skin Pro 15 hits the mark for an all round hydration pack.
The Skin Pro line of Salomon packs are my favourite ones that they make. The vest design is far superior to a regular backpack design for comfort. When it comes to outdoor gear you shouldn’t have to think about it while you use it, it should be intuitive and feel like an extension of your person, a second skin if you will. The Skin Pro line excels at this.
With a 15L capacity there is ample space to carry everything you need. For anything small that you need at hand, the 6 pockets on the front of the pack will store these items for you. They are varied in size and are elasticized mesh so they expand to accommodate bulkier pieces. It’s definitely handy to be able to keep food, gps, phone etc. within arms reach and not have to remove the pack each time you need to grab these items.
The pack is one size fits all, which I normally shy away from as they don’t tend to fit well. Salomon however has found a solution to this issue and built-in tensioning points throughout the pack to create a more snug, stable fit for each individual.
It’s extremely lightweight and with the stretch Sensifit construction it’s a comfortable pack suited for multiple types of adventures. Overall I am impressed with Salomon’s attention to detail and ability to engineer such a well designed pack.
- Versatile: With attachments to carry poles, helmets and an ice axe, this is more than just a standard running pack.
- Comfortable: Sensifit construction and the built-in adjustment system allow for a snug, stable fit on anyone.
- Lightweight: Weighing only 1 lb this pack is barely noticeable, yet surprisingly rugged.
- Capacity: 15L capacity in the main pocket with 6 additional mesh pockets ensures plenty of room for any fast and light adventure.
Front Closure: The front strapping system can be hard to use when hands are cold and does require re-tightening now and then. However I do appreciate the larger width of the straps for gripping.
Buy It If:
You are looking for a minimalist, versatile mountain pack that can be used for everything from hiking, trail running, biking or alpine climbing. The combination of lightweight design and adjustable comfort makes this a great option for most of your mountain pursuits.
Altitude Sports: Salomon Skin Pro 15 Set
Price (at time of writing): CA $219.99