Nathan HPL #020 2L Race Vest

Nathan HPL #020 2L Race Vest

Price: $69.95 MSRP: $100.00
Nathan HPL 020 2L Race Vest One Size Grey
In Stock: 6+
  • Color: Grey
  • Size: One Size


Model Number: 5025N

The classic Nathan HPL #020 hydration vest helps you stay hydrated while exploring the trails with a 2L (70 oz) bladder riding comfortably behind via the 3-Way Propulsion Harness that allows the vest to move naturally with your body. Turn that extra bend in the trail knowing you have extra pockets for a 22 oz bottle, nutrition, and a shock cord to carry apparel.

Vest Details

  • Includes 2 liter (70 oz) Hydration Bladder with unique Slideseal™ top closure
  • Provides liquid for about 3+ hours of exercise, depending upon individual hydration needs
  • 3-Way Propulsion Harness™ moves with your shoulders and upper torso: each shoulder strap moves independently, preventing pack from swaying or riding up, provides freedom of movement
  • Fully adjustable, including vertical sliding sternum strap and side straps
  • Wall Mesh construction is lightweight and breathable, with soft perimeter binding
  • Contoured, padded back panel for comfortable, snug fit
  • Zipper pocket offers quick access to bladder for re-filling
  • Small rear zipper compartment for stashing essentials, includes key hanger
  • Front power stretch pocket can hold 22 oz bottle
  • Zippered front pocket stores gel packets and small accessories
  • Rear shock cord and one-pull tension lock carries jacket or other apparel
  • Tube clip at chest closure and tube guides
  • Weight: 14 oz (396g) with empty bladder
  • Pack Volume: 4.92L (300 inches³)


  • 80% Nylon / 20% Polyester

Bladder Details

  • Hydrapak 2 liter Hydration Bladder
  • Unique Slideseal™ allows for easy filling, cleaning and drying
  • Durable Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) construction
  • BPA and PVC free, will not taint water taste
  • Anti-Microbial additive helps keep bladder clean
  • Dishwasher safe bladder
  • Omnidirectional high flow bite valve
  • Durable, kink resistant drink tube
  • Fill scale helps you monitor fluid volume
  • Tube can be cut to desired length, simply remove the bite valve and cut with sharp scissors
  • Hose is removable from bladder

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Customer Reviews

Comments: Finally I found a vest that works for me both in fit and function and never would have guessed an older more basic vest would work versus the two I recently returned. I'm training for a 50K in the the Fall and have been carrying a handheld most of the summer but the past two 3 plus hour runs convinced me I need something more for my hydration needs. I have already tried some newer vests: The Salomon S Lab Ultra Sense Set was just not a great fit and decided I needed a unit with a bladder not the soft bottles up front. I also tried one of the newer Nathan packs, the Nathan Vapor Air Hydration Pack 2L. I did not like the Vapor Air at all. IMO, there are way to many straps and I could not get it to fit well and with a full bladder it bounced around like crazy. Returned that one as well and then read all the great reviews about the HPL #020. Was skeptical because having just returned a newer Nathan pack did not know if an older model would work for me or anything for that matter! I tested this out on a short 6 mile run this morning and I have to say what a pleasant surprise!!! This pack was easy to adjust with fewer straps than the others and with a full 2L in the back it did not bounce around at all! It is small. lightweight, and easy to adjust. It will also handle a 20 ounce bottle in the right front pocket with a nice zippered pocket in the left side for a phone, gels, salt tabs, etc......Cannot wait to use this weekend for my 20 Miler! One other thing is that in reading the reviews I kept seeing how others have said that the Bladder would slide off the hook and fall to the bottom? Well Nathan must of redesigned this as the Bladder attaches via the velcro strap that comes with the newer Vapor Air model so no worries there. All in all a fantastic pack at a great price!
From: Mark, Austin, TX, USA. August 18th 2016

Comments: I took a chance on an Ultimate pack and it just wasn't for me. Didn't fit right and storage was not in the places I'd prefer. The woman I spoke to on the phone in RW customer service suggested this pack. I'm am eternally grateful for her help. If I was to design my "perfect pack" this would be it. Fit is spot on, I forget I'm wearing it. Just the right amount of storage and pockets in all the right places. The pics on the site don't do it justice. It appeared to me that it was going to be rather big and bulky. Having never seen one in person, up close I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived. Very compact and lightweight. Excellent price and as always excellent customer service.
From: Garret, Saint Louis, MO, USA. March 23rd 2016

Comments: I purchased this pack in June, and quickly started to wonder how I ever got along without it. It's essential for long hot runs on trails or roads. I load it up with ice and water and it keeps the fluids cold 4x longer than a handheld. Plenty of storage and comfortable to run with. I second the advice about not wearing it too tight, and also am not a fan of the bite valve. That's the only real negative. Great pack, and I'll buy another when this one wears out.
From: John, Cincinnati, OH, USA. December 17th 2014

Comments: I purchased this vest in preparation for my first full marathon. Training during an Iowa summer is no joke, and I wore it for every training run. So comfortable I opted to wear it during my marathon. No chaffing ever. Front pockets carried a 20 oz water bottle for my training partner, other front pocket carried Gu. Back pocket carried iphone5 and car keys. CANT MISS product.
From: Jim, Des Moines, IA, USA. November 1st 2014

Comments: I've had my Nathan HPL 020 for a number of years now and I consider it the standard by which all other hydration packs should be measured. It's no-frills, simple and it works. As others have commented, the biggest mistake people make with this is they wear it too tight. It's meant to be worn like a gentile hug: snug but not too tight. The pack really will move with you if you wear it that way. I have to replace the bladder once a year, but that would be true of any hydration pack. My only complaint is the bite valve, which I simply don't like (personal preference). When I replace the bladder I simply cut the old valve off and swap it with a Camelbak Big Bite Valve, which I like way more.
From: David, CA, USA. September 11th 2014

Comments: I've had a few vests over the last 13 years, however the Nathan HPL 020 is the best one of them all. I love the pockets in the front, as I have always had issues with the reach-around aspect of many of the other brands. The one thing you need to avoid is wearing this vest too tight, as I see many people do. It is made to move with you! Very comfortable, even with my light build and 2L of H2O.
From: Ralph, Grover Beach, CA, USA