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 :)
I absolutely love my DolfinPack
I absolutely love my DolfinPack! It's comfortable to wear and does the job I need. I mostly use it for Spartan Races, but have taken it on canoe and kayak outings, as well as runs around the neighborhood or on trails. The water bladder holds enough to get me through all my evens. It is easy to clean and doesn't hold smells (like from preworkout or BCAA powder). The neoprene pack washes clean after each race! I can throw my keys, snacks, or anything inside and am not concerned about losing them! I highly recommend this pack!
The DolfinPack Lightweight does as it was advertised. Light ...
The DolfinPack Lightweight does as it was advertised. Light and compact, I can see myself running with it on my back. Don't buy this product if you expect to carry big items in the pack with the water bladder filled. I fit a wallet, keys, and squeezed a 100 page 8"x 11" magazine in the pack with a little struggle. All in all, I can see myself using this item for many outdoor adventures with and without a shirt.
Perfect hydration back pack
This is my original go to OCR hydration pack and typically the one I use for anything over 12-13 miles it small and out of the way so it doesn’t snag up and very durable! It’s also the only piece of gear not stained from the South Carolina Spartan Beast in 2017
lightweight, secure, quality
My son gets so hot and dehydrated running. He asked me to find something that wouldn't bounce around. This has great padded straps and a cross strap to make sure it doesn't slosh around. He does need to make sure he gets ALL the air out before starting to run. He calls it burping the dolphin. Nice wide opening to clean it out. I put paper towels inside to let it air dry
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
Done well so far in OCR
Needed a affordable but reliable pack for OCR racing, and so far this has done well. Took it through a 14 mile Spartan Beast and for a few laps (15 out of 25 miles) during a Battlefrog Xtreme. Fits tight, no extra bounces, and so far hasn't fallen apart anywhere even if wet and caked with mud. Only downside is lack of places to store nutrients if needed, but its sole purpose is hydration and it does that well!
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
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.
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!
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.
Rides perfect while stand up paddling
Perfect for paddle boarding with the close fit and drain holes. No more lugging around bottles.
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.
Great for Spartans
I bought this for a Spartan race and it worked very well. The velcro fasteners worked well for keeping it high on my back and not bouncing around. The dust cover is key for not getting a muddy mouthpiece to drink from. Plus the holes in the back drain out all the water and mud.
Perfect for OCR Sprints
Bought this for an OCR race after reading a number of reviews. It’s the perfect pack for hot recess. I soaked the neoprene pre-race and it helped my back stay cool during the race. While there isn’t a dedicated pocket, I was able to stuff my gloves, a small rag and some energy gems in the main compartment where the reservoir goes.
It comes with a 1.5l reservoir. I was able to fit a 2l reservoir in it but it was a wider/not longer reservoir.