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 Hydration Pack and Awesome Customer Service
Bought this for my wife to use while on a standup paddle board. She loves it, It's very comfortable, simple and not fussy with a lot of buckles and straps. Seven months later some of the stitching started to come apart so I contacted DolfinPack through their website and was surprised with a very prompt response. I sent them some pictures of the stitching and FOUR days later - shipped to HAWAII - a replacement was in my mailbox! I don't know if anyone could expect better customer service. I was going to wait for my current hydration pack to fall apart before replacing it but am so impressed that I ordered a DolfinPack for myself.
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.
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.
This pack is great on long runs
This pack is great on long runs. Stays in place, doesn't bounce around and keeps me hydrated. It is great because it allows me to stay ahead of my hydration, in the past I'd just deal with the side effects- which is not a good option
Rides perfect while stand up paddling
Perfect for paddle boarding with the close fit and drain holes. No more lugging around bottles.
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.
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.
These guys are great. Great product would highly recommend
These guys are great. Great product would highly recommend. I've run 2 Spartan races (Super and Beast) with this pack. With it being made from the lightweight material hardly knew it was on. Also was able to get some energy packs stuffed in with no problem.
I bought this for my grandson for his birthday. He and his dad go on long hikes so this make things so much easier now that he doesn't have to carry his water bottle! It is very light weight.
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!
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 :)
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.
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!