To be honest, when I first put on the Naked Running Vest it felt a bit ‘strange’, like putting on a female running top. Not there is anything wrong with a female running top, other than most of the time men don’t wear them :).
But I fell in love quickly for the simple reason that it performed as promoted:
Keeping your gear close and secure around your body, no matter if you are bouncing down hill.
The Naked Running Vest follows the earlier Naked Running Band with the same design philosophy:
Simplicity made perfect…
– stretch mess allows your body to ‘breath’ and keeps all your gear close and secure to your body without any zippers, velcro etc –
… that is all there is!
I wrote my experiences with the Naked Running Band earlier in one of my blogs.
So what is it?
The Naked Running Vest easily stores the basic trailrun gear you need for a long day on the trails (see photos in this blog and a small You Tube video):
- Two front pockets for two softflasks, emergency blanket, first aid and whistle.
- Two side pockets for energy bars and a hook to secure your car/home key (worst nightmare is to return to your car/home tired & dirty and than realise you lost your key!).
- One large back pocket to store foul weather jacket and trousers.
The stretch pockets will allow you to take even more. And if you combine the Naked Running Vest with the Naked Running Band you can add even more storage room for softflasks, clothing and running poles for example.
Worth the price?
Is the Naked Running Vest worth $125 / £90 / €110? That is a difficult question. It is made with care and from high quality material. You probably need to invest only once for the rest of your trailrun life. There are in total 12 (!) sizes to have a perfect fit, something I have not seen with any other running vest.
The price is in the same range as other premium trailrun brands like the SALAMON S-LAB Sense 2 for £110. Off course there are also cheaper running vests available starting around £30, you can find these for example at DECATHLON. This may suit your aims, however for me the sizing, breathable material, simplicity and most of all the very secure feeling that everybody remains in the vest without any bouncing around makes it worth the once in a trailrun lifetime investment. I see it as a valuable addition to some other running vests I have and is for sure my trailrun vest of choice for a nice day on the trails – see some other reviews if you want to read more about my experiences with running vest: Trail Belts / Vests / Packs and The Naked Running Band.
You can order the Naked Running Vest online from the USA. The Naked Running Vest and Belt are also available in the UK Centurion Trailrunning shop. Unfortunately there is no real shop available in the Netherlands (yet).
What are your experiences with running vest? Feel free to leave a comment, all experiences add up to that we can make the right choice for what we a re looking for, THANKS!!