|Endurance Rear View|
|Endurance Front View|
The difference to me was clear the moment I put on the vest. You can see all the technical specs at the link above, but I am going to focus on function and fit. The first thing I noticed when I put the vest on was how well it fit. It seemed to flow perfectly with the shape of my shoulders and back and the contoured back panel was very comfortable. I also felt the pack sat in just the right spot on my back, not riding to high or low. The simple strap system was easy to adjust to comfort and the single front strap made for quick adjustments on the fly as I gradually emptied the bladder. There was also very little to no movement with the pack even on the jarring downhills. It fit like a glove!
Functionally I am not yet sure what else I could ask for in this model. There is enough storage for the duration of runs I would use this vest for and a number of other convenient features. One of my favorites is the tube clip. Such a simple concept but so meaningful having a designated spot to anchor the tube and easy to use. I also love the waterproof pill pocket. I can't tell you how many times I have reached into a zip lock to grab on to a pile of mushy S-Caps. There is of course a zipper pocket for your phone and an expandable pocket to shove in a bunch of gels. Additionally there is a mesh holster in the front which can hold a 22oz Nathan Handheld bringing the fluid capacity of this vest to 92 oz.
|Minimist Rear View|
|Minimist Front View|
I hope you find my thoughts on these products helpful and trust you will like them as much as I do. Thank you to Nathan Performance Gear for the opportunity. I am looking forward to miles of great running together and writing a few more reviews including one on Nathan's safety gear, one of my favorite topics.