New last year, and while it’s a little big for most of the running I do, it really doesn’t matter: It’s so adjustable that once I am wearing it, it disappears. It’s a wraparound vest-type backpack, and comes with a huge 3.5litre water capacity – 2 water bottles on the chest and a bladder in the main pack. There are a total of 7 stretchy zipped pockets for smaller items like phone, keys, hat, gloves, gels and energy bars – I particularly like the larger ‘kidney’ pockets which will take a camera or a windshirt. The pack still has room for waterproofs and an insulating layer as well as navigation tools and pole storage, so if you are entering a mountain challenge with a list of items that have to be carried for safety, this pack should accommodate most needs aside from overnight gear.
As I’ve alluded to already, in use it’s extremely comfortable. The 2 fully adjustable sternum straps and wraparound hipbelt mean there’s absolutely zero bounce or rubbing, and while I was concerned that a hipbelt would affect what little running style I have (!) it’s made no difference other than to stabilise the load when I am carrying more gear. Probably the highest compliment I can give a piece of outdoor kit is to say that it is ‘fix and forget’. The Duro is exactly that. It’s a unisex pack but comes in two back sizes, weighing in about 600g for the larger of the two (without hydration).
► Verdict: All you need from a running pack and more, without it getting in the way during shorter runs.
► Best for: Training runs to ultras and mountain marathons.
Review by David Lintern @davidjlintern