CamelBak Zephyr 10L Running Vest Review

As I run more trails, I’ve been looking for ways to carry fuel which led to the CamelBak Zephyr 10L Running Vest. Camelback actually just released new packs and vests.

CamelBak Zephyr 10L Running Vest Review

About the CamelBak Zephyr 10L Running Vest:

The Zephyr 10L Running Vest also comes in a woman’s specific vest. I actually had no idea that vests could be women or men’s. I never thought about it, but it does make sense. The women’s vests are more narrow at the shoulder and torso, with more room in the bust. As a female, the CamelBak Zephyr 10L Running Vest fits well.

At $150, it’s probably one of the most expensive running gadgets I didn’t know I needed. I will say that it’s well worth the price. I don’t see myself needing to replace it, and the size and fit make it worth it. I’m sure it would be great for an ultra marathon or longer. I personally function on a lot of water, so I bought a reservoir to add to it.

All of the materials feel premium, including the mesh, stitching, and buckles.

CamelBak Zephyr 10L Running Vest Review

CamelBak Zephyr 10L Running Vest Specifics:

Quick Stats:

  • Price: $150
  • Weight: 7 oz (Seriously 7 oz for all of this is amazing)
  • Capacity: 10 L
  • Compartments: One interior compartment, eight exterior pockets
  • Secure phone pocket to make it easy to access your phone to take trail selfies (LOL and for the safety, of course)
  • Safety Whistle: Speaking of safety, there is a safety whistle.
  • Materials: Polygiene fabric, engineered knit mesh, BPA-free plastic
  • Accessories included: Two 500mL CamelBak stow flasks.
  • Removable Sternum Strap: Makes it easily adjustable to your chest and height.
  • 2X 500mL squeeze bottles. I’ve never had much success with a bottle vest versus a vest with a bladder. I appreciate your ability to put the bottles in the upper mesh or the side pockets. Plus, there is room for a bladder in the vest if you so choose.

CamelBak Zephyr 10L Running Vest Review

Running With with Zephyr 10L Running Vest:

How does the CamelBak Zephyr 10L Running Vest feel while running is probably one of the most important questions. If it’s annoying, moves, jiggles, or whatever, it’s not going to do anyone any favors.  I’ve taken it out for several runs and hikes and have had zero issues of movement. In fact, sometimes I forget I’m even wearing it.

Part of that is adjusting the sternum straps to your particular height. I love the various ways you can adjust the CamelBak Zephyr 10L Running Vest to fit your needs.

Inside the CamelBak Zephyr 10L Running Vest:

The Zephyr 10L Running Vest interior has room for an extra running outfit (in case you need to delayer or just want one), snacks/gels, or up to a 3 L reservoir. I personally use most of the room for a reservoir because I like being able to sip that way too.

Sustainability:

As most people know, sustainability is important to me. Camelbak believes “doing the right thing isn’t just good business sense, but common sense.” They pay close attention to how their products impact people’s lives and the environment. They even pledged that by 2025, all CamelBak products would be designed to reduce climate impact and be made with the safest materials. How exciting is that!

CamelBak Zephyr 10L Running Vest Conclusion:

I haven’t had any issues while running in the CamelBak Zephyr 10L Running Vest. Is it worth the price? The only drawback I can find is the price and lack of reservoir. If you are looking for a vest that doesn’t move, chafe, and is just an extension of your body, the Zephyr 10L Running Vest is a great option. I bought a reservoir to add to it, and it’s been perfect for me. I’ve run about 100 between trail runs and even a few longer road runs, and it’s been a great choice. I haven’t had issues of movement, and I usually forget I’m wearing anything.

CamelBak Zephyr 10L Running Vest Review

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Questions for you:

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