When you are going for an adventure – no matter if it is self supported run, hiking or multistage trip – the first question is usually what to pack. When weight is one of the key issues, it is not only important what to pack, but also what are you going to pack all your clothes and food into?
Salomon Out Peak 20 is ideal for all fans of light and fast approach. Built as running vest in the front, the main compartment is a 20 litres backpack with full vertical zip which allows quick access. It is really lightweight and thanks to wide shoulder straps it sits comfortably. I was bit sceptical as the smallest size comes in size small, but once it is fully packed – it fits well and doesn’t move as you run. Three fully adjustable straps in the front and cords on the sides let you amend the size of the backpack based on how full it is – so nothing moves inside, even when the backpack is not fully loaded.
The biggest dealbreaker in comparison with S-lab Peak 20 (my no1 exploration backpack) is the water bladder compartment. It fits all sizes of bladders and the pipe feeds underneath the top pocket at the front. If you are more of a soft-flask fan, two front elastic pockets fit all types of soft flasks. In addition there are four zipped pockets in the front: two at the bottom and two at the shoulder level – which means you can fit food, gels, phone, go-pro and everything else you may need – without stopping and opening the backpack.
Another great improvement is the small pocket inside the main compartment where you can pack your bank card, passport or anything that needs to stay dry. Talking about dry – the backpack is waterproof as confirmed during the test in Peak District in snow storm last weekend. Out Peak 20 comes with whistle and safety blanket and has reflective stripes for increased visibility at night. The side pockets in combination with the cords on the side are perfect for running poles – which could be also attached via 4D pole system – as is standard for most Salomon running vests.
Because S-lab Peak is a definite 9 out of 10, then Out Peak deserves 11 out of 10. Can’t wait to take him on more adventures, starting with snowy trails in Chamonix end of this month!
For full technical info please visit: https://www.salomon.com/uk/product/out-peak-20.html?article=401678