Words: Holly Burns
The Dynafit Alpine Running vest promises to be a lightweight and minimalist trail running vest, ideal for those mid distance runs in the mountains.
This stripped down item is ideal for those who don’t want the unnecessary load of running with a full-sized bag, but would still like to bring those items that will allow them to keep pushing throughout the day.
With five pockets on the front in total, this vest is not short on storage. Two soft-flask pockets on either side accompany two similarly sized long pockets where you can stuff gels and bars. Topping off the front of the vest is a separate, waterproof lined, zipped smartphone pocket to keep any valuables safe.
On the back of the vest you have two additional pockets, a smaller one at the top and a larger one at the bottom of the vest, great for extra layers.
Dynafit have added adjustment straps to either side of the body of the vest allowing the runner to tweak things depending on the amount of layers they have on and how full the pack is. They have also cleverly made their snow-leopard logo double up as reflectors to keep you safe on those early morning rises on the trail.
At only 76g, the lightweight and close-fitting nature of this running vest is designed so that the runner does not feel restricted. This, coupled with Dynafit using breathable materials, makes the perfect product for fast and light travel in the mountains.
Packed full, the pockets on this vest span the width and length giving it extra stability, keeping your items close to your body meaning you won’t get any annoying ‘bounce’ typical on traditional running packs.