Salomon XA Pro 10+ 3 Set

XA Pro 10+ 3 Set     Photo: Courtesy of Salomon

BEST FOR: Moving fast. THE TEST: Salomon touts the XA Pro for trail running. Two quick-draw chest pouches keep snacks at the ready, while the stretchy hipbelt, pliable suspension, and dual body-hugging sternum straps hold the XA Pro snugly in place, even when you’re bounding down steep technical trails outside Boulder. The included 1.5-liter hydration system slides neatly into an insulated sleeve, and the hose is long enough to go over the shoulder or under your arm. Of course, you need not actually trail-run to reap the benefits. This lightweight, bare-bones bag was really all we needed for short hikes; the simple main compartment has just enough room for a shell, map, and other basics. THE VERDICT: A great austerity tool—you could carry more, but why? 1.3 lbs

HAULING COMFORT: 4.5
VERSATILITY: 3.5 

Brand: Salomon $150

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