TETON Sports Trailrunner 2.0 Hydration Backpack

From Teton Sports, a leading manufacturer of equipment for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, comes a smaller sized hydration pack meant for people always on the go, who don’t like being hindered by weight at all. Featuring a lightweight design, the Trailrunner 2.0 is perfect for anyone who finds themselves encumbered by heavier hydration packs. A 2.0L capacity water bladder means it does not compromise its compact design for less hydration.

This is perfect for those who are minimalists and require less while on their activities. A deep mesh pocket for belongings is at the front, along with an exterior bungee with barrel lock. The high-quality water bladder is protected inside a quick-access main pocket, closed with Velcro.

If you’re in the market for a hydration pack with a trusted brand, with only the basics covered under a minimalist yet strikingly stylish design, then you will adore this pack.

Features

  • smaller dimensions of 16”x10”x2”
  • high-quality water bladder, BPA-free, FDA-compliant with revolutionary triple-heat sealed edges
  • high-grade, extremely durable with 420D Double Line Ripstop technology for a shell
  • revolutionary and highly flexible stay-put thumb adjustment loops for maintaining your settings throughout your activities
  • 9” deep mesh pocket for belongings
  • non-chafing mesh straps with comfort-taped edges
  • well-ventilated and breathable back panel
  • built-in orange whistle, reflective trim and strap clips for safety features
  • limited lifetime warranty with every purchase
  • back panel comes with a quick drain drip hole
  • comes in four colors (black, orange, red and blue)

Advantages

If you’re in the market for a very basic hydration pack, then this is the one for you. The design limited itself to pretty much the basics, so the outcome was a very compact product with very sleek dimensions and still keep managing to keep its efficiency. In comparison to Teton Sports’ other hydration packs, this is by far the simplest and lightest. The simplest way to describe what it does: carry your hydration without any extra bulk.

That doesn’t mean, however, that it did not make room for any belongings to be stored. On the front of the pack there is deep mesh pocket to store your belongings, such as keys, phone, wallet and even small snacks.

The water bladder itself is stored in the main pocket protected by Velcro from dirt or foreign objects. In turn, it is much easier to remove for cleaning or refilling. The main component used is heavy duty, rip stop nylon, the type being high class 420D Double Line. It’s guaranteed to last through even the harshest of conditions with the least amount of wear and tear.

A built-in chest shock absorber reduces bounce even during very intense activity. The mesh straps themselves are lined with comfort-tape along the edges so they don’t chafe.

The water bladder is made of BPA-free, non-toxic material, heavily reinforced to avoid leaks. It has a capacity of 2.0L, which is more than enough for most outdoor activities. It’s encased in the main storage area of the pack, protected by Velcro for easy removal before and after use.

The additional safety features such as the whistle and reflectors are pretty nifty. There are even thumb adjustment loops for better control of movement during activities. It’s also pretty cheap for a branded product, mostly because of its minimalism.

Disadvantages

The minimalist design means two things: one, that it’s pretty basic when it comes to features and two, there’s less water capacity. The first one is actually the one that matters more. It perhaps sacrificed a bit more than it should have, because the mesh pocket is not inside the pack for it to be considered waterproof.

If you want to keep your valuables in it, you should consider putting them in a zip lock bag first, if you’re going to get wet during the activity. For use in running (when there’s no chance of rain), it’s mostly safe.

The water bladder is also becoming an issue with most people who bought it. It seems to be a little too compact to be used properly, and other people are complaining that you have to suck in very hard in order to be able to drink.

This is also the result of a longer tube which means the water drips back down into the bladder, making it harder to drink every time. There are some buyers who have said that it takes time getting used to, so if you’re not prepared for that, you’re better off elsewhere.

There’s some fine print to the limited lifetime warranty as well so, if you’re not entirely pleased with the tube of the water bladder and there is nothing physically wrong with it, you may end up not getting a replacement.

Verdict

All in all, this is an awesome buy for if you want to keep your hydration pack to the most basic. However, you might find that, since there should always be more room, your pleasure in the minimalist design will wear off and you’ll want another pocket instead. Otherwise, for a fair price and a small sacrifice of space, you’ll own a more than decent hydration pack with strength to outlast your activities.

Mark McKnight
 

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