Why We Chose It: practical, budget-friendly, minimal bounce, snug fit
It’s always clear when a product has been designed and produced by a proper trail runner. Packed full of handy features, with every square inch of the product made use of, you can really see that the Harrier Curbar 5L trail running vest is made by someone who knows exactly what an off-road runner wants.
It’s a trail running vest that’s lightweight, comfortable and feature-packed, all coming in at a low price of £54. There’s not much to dislike with this one.
Who Is The Harrier Curbar 5L For?
At 5 litres, the Curbar 5L is ideal for short to medium distance single days on the trail. The 220g (for a size small) weight is going to suit all but the most serious of weight weenies, especially when you consider the masses of storage this vest is packing.
The Curbar 5L is made from a soft and extremely stretchy polyester and comes in two different colourways (blue or orange). This polyester has been treated with a DWR coating on the exterior and features plenty of mesh on all the next-to-skin sections to promote moisture wicking.
On the back of the pack, Harrier has made use of a very simple mesh panel system to provide a lightweight, yet comfortable carry system. We’ve got to mention that there is very little padding between your back and the main compartment, so considerate packing is key to avoid any discomfort.
The Curbar comes in four different sizes; XS, S, M and L. Selecting the correct size ensures a close fit and, when combined with the stretchy material that the Curbar 5L is made up of, you’ll have minimal bounce, even over technical terrain.
“It’s got everything a trail runner needs.”
You’ve got plenty of storage options across the entire vest; certainly more than you’d expect to see from a 5 litre trail vest. On the back of the pack there’s a large main compartment that stretches down the full length of the back. This compartment is split up into two separate sections; a kit one and a hydration bladder one. This can all be closed off via a simple, yet practical, velcro tab.