Inov-8 Race Pac 2 Chest Pouch

I have a high regard for Inov-8 products.  Lightweight, innovative and minimal whilst retaining very practical features, I first got into Inov-8 with my fist pair of Terroc 330 shoes a few years ago.  Next came a Race Pro 12 hydration pack, a Race Pro 4 waist pack followed by a larger a larger Race Pro 22 pack,
all of which I am very pleased with.

These lightweight packs are compatible with the Inov-8 H2orizontal Hydration System, which for me is the best hydration bladder system I have used.  Up to 2 litres of water can be carried with ease around the waist and the bite valve does not leak.

From 2011, Inov-8 pack shoulder straps have been redesigned to take the Inov-8 Race Pac 2 chest pouch. The addition of a couple of plastic tabs to the pack shoulder straps allows the Race Pac 2 to be mounted by clips and it's own adjustable straps in front of the chest.  The chest pouch is then stabilised by running the main pack waist strap through a tab at the back of the chest pouch.  There is a plastic clik-lok fastener on the left strap of the chest pouch which releases it on one side to help getting the pack on and off.  In use,  a pack with a full hydration bladder and the chest pouch attached is no more fiddly to use than a pack without either of these attached to it.

The Race Pro 2 has three generous zipped pouches that will take items that might be needed on the go without having remove the pack, such as a hat, gloves, camera, gps, compass, mobile phone, loose change, keys, cereal bars etc.  Behind the three zippered pouches is an elasticated pouch that will take a guidebook or OS map, with an elasticated clik-lok fastener to keep things in place.

Once adjusted, I found the Race Pac 2 to be very stable and a very useful addition to my pack.  Accessories like the H2orizontal Hydration System and Race Pac 2 Chest Pouch are only usable with Inov-8 packs, which is a clever marketing move by Inov-8.  This means I am now effectively locked-in to using Innov-8 packs for day walks, but as I said at the beginning I like these packs very much and the chest pouch at only 110 grammes with an additional 2 litres capacity means the practicality of a compatible Race Pro pack is increased significantly.

I got mine from Pete Bland's website.  Cost £15.


Inov-8 Race Pac 2 Chest Pouch attached to an Inov-8 Race Pro 22 backpack

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