Salomon Advanced Skin S-Lab 5 Set
Salomon’s Advanced Skin S-Lab 5 Set is one of the finest hydration packs we’ve ever seen. While the pack boasts a dazzling array of features, its fit is what steals the show. Its snug, vest-like cut does feel like a second skin that eliminates quickly-tiresome pack bounce.
On the features front, it’s got a 1.5 liter hydration bladder, but that’s not all. The bladder’s hose threads out the bottom of the pack before being threaded under the arm through the vest itself. Salomon made sure that aid station stops remain quick despite this feature by adding a quick release/reattachment point between the hose and the bladder that you access from the outside of the pack. There’s a removable insulation pouch for the bladder.
Befitting a racing pack, the main rear compartment of the S-Lab Skin pack is tiny. It could fit a windjacket, a bit of food, an emergency blanket (included), and maybe a bit more. There are two hip pockets that we’d recommend you think of as longer-term storage rather than immediate use pockets. There are two chest pockets that are better suited for immediate use items. There are also two water bottle holders on the chest straps, though for the American audience, these are more likely to be used as additional storage.
The pack comes in three sizes: extra small/small for a 34-38″ chest, medium/large for a 38-42″ chest, and extra large for chests larger than 42″. This corresponds to one’s size in a men’s Salomon tee shirt.
$180 ($15 off)
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More Info from Salomon
Here’s Salomon’s Adam Chase giving a brief description of this S-Lab Skin pack’s very similar predecessor: