A common logistical problem prompted my next test with the Fluid. In Chesterfield, New Hampshire, there’s a glacial-carved body of water called Indian Pond, miles from any road access. Ice cold, clear, and chock full of snakes and leeches—just what you’d expect of a great untouched swimming spot. I’d always wanted to jump in, but I hate running back to the car in soggy clothes. With the Fluid Vest, I was able to bring a full change of clothes and a towel, and run to the pond and back. The springy shock cords held a lot of bulky items and cinched down to hold them securely.