Why We Chose The Inov-8 Adventure Lite 15: Stable carry, lightweight, versatile
15 – 20 litre backpack / trail vests hybrids are becoming increasingly popular in recent years. These packs are usually sporting a well thought-out harness system, ensuring the load is well distributed, complete with a simple and lightweight carrying section, allowing for multi-sport applications.
It’s no really surprise to see more and more of these packs, after the growth in the ‘fast and light’ trend in the hiking world, and of course the increasing popularity of ultra distance trail running.
One pack of note from this category was the OMM Phantom 20L – which featured in last year’s Outdoor 100 – and now another British trail running leader, Inov-8, has brought us this, the Adventure Lite 15. With a compartment large enough to carry a good amount of equipment for single or (extremely lightweight) multi-day trips and a stable carrying system, the Adventure Lite 15 is a great allrounder.
Who Is The Adventure Lite 15 For?
This pack is firstly going to appeal to ultra distance runners first of all. However, Inov-8 have designed (and marketed) the pack as “a versatile, lightweight and highly durable backpack designed for multi-sport adventures.” And we can get behind this quote. The pack has an impressive range of features that don’t just pigeonhole the pack into the fell running world, as you might’ve expected from Inov-8. So let’s dive into these features.
Given the fell running heritage, this pack is obviously sporting the standard hydration flask holders in both shoulder straps, which we’ve been stuffing with 500ml flasks with no issues at all. There are also ample stretched and zipped pockets on each shoulder to stash a few energy bars, and a zipped pocket to store your mobile phone – however, these can become tricky to access if you’ve got a filled hydration pack in each pocket.
Two zippers feature at the top of the pack. One opens up the main compartment, one large and the other accesses a smaller compartment which is ideal for a head torch, wallet and mobile.
The main compartment offers the majority of the 15 litres of storage on this pack, while also offering a sleeve designed to hold a hydration reservoir (Inov-8 state that it’s designed for their 2 litre Shapeshift reservoir, but you could fit any other brand’s 2 litre reservoir in there). The pack also has a small cutout at the top of the pack, allowing you to feed the hydration hose through to your shoulder for easy access.