Nathan HPL #020 Hydration Running Backpack
Running on trails is relaxing and empowering, but carrying all your valuables in your hands is not! This is the reason why you must bring your backpack with you when you go trail running or trekking, but a heavy backpack that bounces on your back is really not that helpful at all. Many sports brands recognized this, and Nathan is one of them. They created the tight-hugging HPL #020, which sits comfortably around your chest without bouncing at all. It can hold almost all of your valuables, and it has a 2-liter pouch that will be enough to get you through the day. Dive in and discover what makes the Nathan HPL #020 so great!
Simple and sleek design
Sturdy and durable
A lot of extra pockets
Breathable and moisture-wicking
Extremely easy to access valuables
Wide shoulder straps
Lightweight and doesn't bounce
Poor bladder clip design
Poor water flow through the valve
Difficult to place hoser into the holder
The bladder is what we should mention next. The hydration bladder of the #020 can hold up to 2 liters of liquids, which is just enough to last you for one run. The bladder is sealed quite well, so don't expect any water to spill out. This bladder is quite unique, as it's held up with a hook mechanism. This hook mechanism clasps the bladder and seals it up. The bladder slides out easily from the clasp, and filling it up or cleaning it is a simple and time-saving task. The pack is not heavy, but the water does tend to slosh around and create loud sounds which can get pretty annoying fast, Users reported that not even the trick where you suck out the excess air from the pack helps, so you're either stuck with the splishy-splashy sounds, or you can use your phone or other devices to listen to music to drown the noise out. The valve is also pretty unique. First, you will need to pull the valve out, and then you will have to bite the valve down to activate it, so to speak. This prevents spillage, but it also makes drinking out of the pack a problem, as many users reported. You will need to suck really hard to get the water to flow! The hose is also a bit difficult to snap back into place. You will need to pause to get it out and back in, which can again become a problem. This might make you want to carry extra bottles, but you can also substitute their bladder with a different one and have zero issues.
Now let's take a look at the pockets. The front of the backpack has dual pockets, with zippers that keep them shut tightly. You can fit most phones in these pockets, along with your necessities, as the pockets have plenty of space. The rear zippered pockets are larger, although one is made specifically for the bladder, so there's not much room for anything else there. The smaller one can fit wallets, keys, phones and such, so there's some extra space there to use. One sternum strap sits at the front, and it has a tube clip. It's super adjustable and it's made to fit people of shapes and sizes.