On the suggestion of a friend, I ordered this for the Spartan Super. I am small (5'3", 118 lbs.) and many other hydration packs are too bulky, take on too much water (during obstacles), or chafe. This pack is awesome! Extremely low profile with soft straps. It velcros across the front just under the breasts.
Note that there is no zipper pocket for fuel, but in the large pouch which contains the bladder, I put chews, gel, and a protein bar no problem. My Spartan teammate had that in hers plus compression sleeves and gloves.
Wore this for my first spartan beast and it was ...
Wore this for my first spartan beast and it was so light I sometimes thought I had low water. Filled it once on the 14 mile course and could even fit my Gu packs and nuun tablets inside the pouch!
don't know it is on my back!
I do SUP. It is very well made out of neoprene. Excellent for water sports like SUP. It holds enough water ...about 1.5 L.
Even when full I do not notice it is on my back. It does not slide when paddling. Most of the times I do not wear a T shirt and there is no chafing. You can still fit your cellphone and keys. Will buy it again. thanks
Rides perfect while stand up paddling
Perfect for paddle boarding with the close fit and drain holes. No more lugging around bottles.
is easy to fill and nice looking
This has saved me during the heat wave we've had in the Northeast - it's light, is easy to fill and nice looking. Great product
Lightweight, small, and easy to run with!
So I have only used this once, but I really loved my first experience with it! I have had others in the past and like so many elements of this one way better. I use this for longer distance runs or will use in the summer when its too hot to run without water.
I like the material, it feels very water friendly for all the sweat that I get on it ;) It was very lightweight and didn't jiggle around at all! Even the water in the bladder didn't bother me, I couldn't hear it over my tunes playing. I am slightly worried that the velcro will wear out, but I'll cross that bridge if it happens then!
The mouthpiece is very easy to bit down on and there is a on/off switch which is a really nice feature.
The position on the chest may be a little funky for women with larger breasts. While my chest is rather small, I did not have this issue, but due to the placement of the straps, I'm not sure if they would fit well under larger ones or make them uncomfortable?
But overall I like how small and lightweight this is! Perfect for just the right amount of water needed for a 2-3 hour run :)
Best Hydration Pack, Hands Down! Very Pleased!!!
I just ran a Spartan race and was concerned about my Camelbak absorbing too much water and holding lots of mud while I ran. So I ordered this Dolfin Pack to use instead. Definitely the best decision I could have made. This pack is super comfortable and light. It fits securely and thanks to the neoprene, it did not chafe me in the least even when I was soaking wet. Since the straps are fitted using velcro instead of buckles, adjustments were easy and fast. Plus the pack did not shift as I drank the water.
No mud stayed inside due to the drain holes in the bottom so I had zero added weight from mud and muck.
The water storage capacity is perfect. I did not fill mine completely full so I had a bit of space to include a waterproof bag with a tracker inside for my husband to follow my progress with. There is no additional storage space otherwise. I'm a bit torn on whether I would want that or not as it could compromise how the pack fits and drains but for a longer race, I will need to have fuel like GU or NUUN tabs with me so I may need to find another way to do that.
I did have to use a bit more pressure on this bite valve to get water out but it wasn't anything that affected my thoughts on the pack.
This thing was completely coated with mud after the race but washed clean in only a couple minutes with cool water and a cleaning brush. This will now be the pack I use for every race I run. I have a beast in August and a half marathon in Sept. and I plan to use this pack for all my OCRs.
Thank you Dolfin Pack!! I was not paid to write this or given anything for a good review so this is what I truly think of the product.
Since this worked so well, I am also looking at the hydration armband for short runs. Once you find something this good, you stick with ti!
This hydration pack is light and comfortable. I used it for an 8 mile Spartan
This hydration pack is light and comfortable. I used it for an 8 mile Spartan run and it did a fine job. Lately, I have taken out the reservoir and relied on the water at the water stations. Instead I have used it to carry gels and goos as well as any items (layers) I remove while running. Comfortable and versatile.
Great Spartan Race water pack!
Used this for a Spartan Super and it went great! Definitely much slimmer compared to traditional water backpacks and kept out the mud that I was rolling around it. Also, there is plenty of room to store energy gels in the large compartment for during race energy. This is already cleaned and ready for the upcoming Beast!
Customer service is PHENOMENAL!
I purchased my DolfinPack mainly for Spartan OCRs and for my long runs. I researched several different brands and found this one to be a great fit for my needs. I have had it for about 7 months and I absolutely love how lightweight this product is, the material is breathable (need that in a Florida!) and it does the job. I did have to request a replacement after 6 months when I noticed that the seams started coming apart on one side and the strap began ripping. However, I still give this product 5 stars because the customer service is PHENOMENAL because within 24 hours of putting in my initial request (on a Sunday, no less) my replacement was already on its way to me. One thing I do wish it did have was an exterior pocket for fuel and/or keys so I don't have to put in the main pocket with my hydration pack.
Great Running/Outdoor Hydration
I needed a water source for long runs in south Florida where hydration is important. I LOVE this. It fits me perfectly and is extremely light in its construction. The neoprene is great. I didn't like the camelback because of the heavy canvas straps and the canvas body - all I could feel was bulky and chafing. It has a small place for the gu if you use that, but no where really to hold your phone - I just tuck it into the strap and it works fine.
Simple, streamlined, perfect solution
If you are looking for a ligthtweight alternative to a Camelbak, this is for you. If you are a petite person (I'm 5' and 100 lbs) frustrated by gear that is too big and therefore chafes and throws you off balance, this is for you. It's easy to put on, easy to wear, and easy to clean. The bite straw is efficient and easily tucks into the elastic loops. You can put a phone in the pack with the bladder if you are in an area with low humidity (due to condensation); just seal the cap well. The only catch-22 is that the super adjustable and sturdy velcro on the straps can snag your shirt if you don't align them perfectly.
In Lake Tahoe 10/1/16 in this and was extremely satisfied, light weight
Ran the Spartan Beast in Lake Tahoe 10/1/16 in this and was extremely satisfied, light weight, low profile and durable. The Velcro worked well and never came loose, only knock is if you use the dust cap the holder doesn't work, I brought my own Velcro strip to hold it in place while I ran. Overall great buy and will use it in all of the longer Spartan runs and in training. Also since there are no pockets I filled 3/4 full and there was plenty of room to put a Ziploc bag with my energy beans, salt tabs and beef jerky.
Perfect for skiing or snowboarding
I use this pack for skiing and it fits perfect - high enough on my back that I don't even feel it on the chair lift. It feels too tight with layers of clothing underneath but I usually just leave the straps loose. I am 6'1" and 180 pounds.
Perfect for marathon training
This pack is working great. I am using it for marathon training. Slim and it doesn’t bounce hardly at all. Also love the neoprene material. I have not had any chafing. I do put bodily glide where the pack potentially may rub. I have worn this on a 17 mile run