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Salomon Raid Revo 20

Just made it back from todays running commute, it felt like a tough one but it was improved by the queues of festive travellers, I get a buzz from overtaking cars.

We were released from work a couple of hours early so I got to run on the scenic side of the river and cross the bridge all before it got dark and spooky. Of course today I was due to take my trial package on a test run, the package is the Nokia N82 Limited Edition Adventure pack which contains the phone, bundled with the Nokia Sports Tracker beta and the Salomon Raid Revo 20. A great set for the runner but not the forgetful runner – I now have two phones on the go and managed to forget both of them! I did remember the Salomon pack though.

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This is a super lightweight package but unfolds to handy size. I got my trousers, shirt, coat and assorted “stuff” inside the pack with quite a bit spare and no need to use the compression webbing for attaching my undies. Good job the extra space wasn’t required as I somehow managed to break the webbing attachment within minutes of removing it from the box, it sort of unwound into a bundle of fluff right before my eyes.

The pack is made of very thin material and I’m not sure how it would stand up to rain, the pack has a couple of plug holes at the bottom for water to drain away, which makes me think it isn’t going to make much of an effort to keep the rain out. The zips look pretty snazzy though, they appear to seal up as you close them so maybe it is more water resistant than I think. Will update next time I get caught in a downpour.

It’s a pretty snug fit on the back, it drapes over your shoulders like a soft cuddly bear (yuk) and the chest and waist strap holds it secure. The chest strap is a great design as it slips up and down the pack to ensure a damn near perfect fit. All in all though I think the fit is just a bit to snug, the pack sits flat against your spine. By the end of the run my back was feeling hot and sticky and this is on a bleak mid winter day, run with this in the middle of summer and I think you’ll pass out before 10 k is up. In contrast my Asics Barrios has a layer of bumps that hold the pack well off your back and is relatively cool to wear.

So the pack is a good size, has really neat waist band pockets big enough to hold phone, keys and iPod securely but its held too close to your back, meaning that the padding will absorb loads of sweat and is bound to stink within a few months. I hope the Inov 8 proves to be a better solution, when it finally turns up.

*UPDATE* I got my wish for a downpour, and I have to say that the backpack held up very well. Check out the details here.

**There is a link to my other product reviews on sidebar. Please contact me at angela@warriorwomen.co.uk if you have a product you would like me to review.

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  • Speed Racer 24 December, 2007, 9:27 pm

    Sounds like I’ll give it a miss. If it’s as sweaty as you say it is, maybe rainwater isn’t the only fluid meant to drain through the little holes in the bottom. And I know you can be a bit disaster-prone, but the webbing bands dissolving within moments sounds like something not even you could manage without the help of some pretty defective gear.

    What’s your opinion on camelbaks?

  • warriorwoman 26 December, 2007, 10:27 pm

    I fancied a camelbak for mountain biking – good and rugged but shockingly expensive. Never had one though, all these running packs have the option of a water pouch so I think I can manage without.

  • AA 8 July, 2008, 12:33 pm

    Hi…could either this backpack or your ivo hold an A4 folder? a thin one?

  • warriorwoman 9 July, 2008, 7:37 am

    Well I’ve just checked and you can get one of the thin A4 files in the Raid Revo, only just though – it would not take a lever arch folder.
    It still remains comfortable enough to run with as well.

    I don’t know what you mean about the ivo. It would not fit inthe Asics Barrios which is a much smaller pack.

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