inov-8 Race Elite Vest
- Anatomical fitted design
- Up to 4L kit capacity
- Holds upto 3 litres of hydration
- Secure non-bounce fit
- 2 x 500ml bottles included (see options)
- One size fits most
Whether you already own a much larger vest, or you're tempted to try a vest instead of a bum bag for those essential items, you could do a lot worse. The Inov-8 Race Elite Vest is a bargain that fits like a dream and comes complete with two 500ml bottles. It'll accommodate a 2 litre hydration bladder (available separately) if desired. Holding upto 3L of liquid, or 4L of combined kit - there's more than enough room for all race essentials.
The features on this vest are incredible, taking off where the Race Ultra Vest (£80) left off in 2014. The bladder was ditched in favour of just the bottles (hence the price), but along with it, Inov-8 got rid of the fiddly clips that were hard to operate when fatigued, in cold or with gloves on. The front panels are full of flat, non zippered, but secure pockets for all your bits and bobs. Key fob and whistle still included. The whole vest is also made from a softer, tighter woven fabric which resists moisture a little more and feels even comfier.
The vest now feels easier to use, fits as well as ever and still provides the best position for bottles that I've ever experienced, so the sloshing sound isn't really noticeable as it is when the bottles are near your face! The six points of attachment front and rear have been streamlined, so now four slightly repositioned points that offer the ability to change the fit until spot on. Available therefore in 'One Size Fits Most'.
Lighter, leaner, easier to use and with greater high visibilty in the detailing for added safety. Buy the Race Elite Vest and I'll bet you never give your bum bag a second thought. Oh, and it's got storage bungees and pole holders on the back as well. It's got the lot. CH