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The Nathan Minimist race vest has just enough room for the included 50 oz (1.5L) slideseal bladder, jacket shell, warmers and nutrition to keep you light and fast when spending multiple hours on the trail. This comfortable vest design balances weight to eliminate shoulder pressure points; the vertical-adjustable sternum strap and simple waist strap help you customize the fit, making for a compact load that moves with you.


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Vest Details

  • 50 oz (1.5L) Hydrapak® bladder included
  • Provides liquid for about 2 hours of exercise, depending upon individual hydration needs
  • Hydration tube guides on shoulder straps; wear tube on either left or right side
  • Comfortable vest design balances weight to eliminate shoulder pressure points; no need for excessive compression to keep load stable
  • Lightweight, breathable Wall Mesh back with thin padding for comfort; moves moisture away from skin
  • Soft perimeter binding on straps to prevent chaffing
  • Vertical adjustable sternum strap with buckle to customize fit and secure ride
  • Waist strap with buckle adjusts easily on-the-run; pull on front straps adjusts side compression to secure ride
  • Large, expandable back mesh pocket holds bladder, lightweight apparel, warmers and accessories
  • Expandable front Power Stretch Mesh zipper pocket for nutrition, headlamp, phone or small accessories
  • 2 front open Power Stretch Mesh pockets for gels or other small essentials
  • Small water-resistant velcro pocket for electrolyte capsules or tablets
  • Reflective logos increase visibility in low-light conditions
  • Torso Length: 14.0 inches (35.5 cm)
  • Weight: 6.5 oz (185 g) with empty bladder
  • Pack Volume: 200 inches³ (3.3L)

Bladder Details

  • Replaceable 50 oz (1.5L) Hydrapak® bladder
  • Slim and lightweight, fills easily with wide mouth opening and fold over/slide seal closure
  • Soft, high-flow bite valve and one-handed lock
  • Durable, kink-resistant drink tube
  • Plug-n-play, quick connection tube
  • Fill scale helps you monitor fluid volume
  • Reversible for easier cleaning and drying
  • BPA, PVC and Phthalate free, will not taint water taste
  • Durable Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) construction
  • Meets or exceeds FDA and EC regulations

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Customer Reviews

Comments: I purchased this sight unseen for a 100km hike.  All I can say is wow.  Minimal bulk, but enough capacity to make it between aid stations and it was easy to stick nutrition bars and other items into the back mesh pocket along with the water bladder.  During the hike we ran about 35 of the 62 miles and the pack stayed firmly in place.  No rubbing or
chafing.  Fantastic.
From: John, Washington, DC, USA

Comments: Love it.  I'm a big guy and haven't been able to find an armband that is comfortable on me, but
bringing along my android phone running a GPS app and playing music(away from traffic) helps me stay motivated.  I'm 6'3" 275lbs.  Plenty of room left around my arms and with the upper strap.  Lower strap is about 90% extended but most runners are thinner than I currently am (a major reason I am running again).  I just recently started to run again as part of my weight loss exercise plan, and I've started to go for long enough that I need a bit to drink.  This is nice because it holds fluids, phone, keys, etc, but doesn't bounce around like my 100 ounce camelback does.   Weight distribution is nice...there literally was no "squeeze" and did over 8.5 miles today my first time out with chafing or any other comfort issues.  Oh, and no leaks like the replacement bladder (off brand) I recently tried in my other pack.   Highly recommended.
From: Chad, Tacoma, Washington

Comments: This pack works great for what it is.  I plan to use it in several ultras this summer and beyond. It's comfortable, very light, and has just enough storage capacity for a few things.  The adjustable sternum strap height is nice--I'm thin, and
bringing it up high keeps the pack from shifting laterally on my shoulders.   One small downside is that there's no way to secure the end of the tube without tucking it into a chest strap.  A clip or something like that would be nice.  Also, the
weight listed here and on Nathan's website is misleading.  Mine is 6 3/4  oz (191g) for just the vest.  With the empty bladder, it's actually 10 3/8 oz (295g).  That's still about the lightest a vest can be, though (way lighter than my Surge,
though the Surge carries a lot more and rules for giant training runs).
From: Henry, Highland, NY