A pricey pack, but with everything you will need (well, except bottles and bladder, until you invest in them) – and more – for long distance trail running.
- Many pockets
- Lots of features
- No specific version for women
- Fiddly chest straps
- Bladder not included
Dynafit Alpine 9: first impressions
The Dynafit Alpine 9 looks good, with great attention to detail, and it has plenty of storage. The Alpine 9 boasts numerous compartments and pockets, with a main compartment, (zipped at the top), as well as a Velcro-topped stretchy outer pocket, which would be useful for quickly stashing clothing that you might need to access in a hurry.
There are also mesh pockets for four soft drinking flasks – two 500ml and two 250ml – at the front of the shoulder straps. You can further add a hydration bladder (not included) to the inside of the pack, and run a drinking tube out through a purpose-designed slot at the top of a shoulder.
An internal zipped pocket is waterproof and can fit a large smart phone. There are two trekking pole attachment points (see: best trekking poles), one for speed and one at the rear, the latter of which requires you to take off the pack. Other features include a small whistle and a reflective logo.
All in all, a worthy addition to our selection of the best hydration packs for running and hiking.
• RRP: $100 (US) / £85 (UK)
• Sizes available: S, M/L
• Gender specificity: Unisex
• Weight (empty): 251g / 8.85oz
• Hydration capacity: Two 500ml bottles & two 250ml flasks, plus bladder (not included)
• Gear capacity: 9L
• Colors: Silvretta & Fluo Pink / Mykonos Blue & Fluo Yellow / Magnet & Fluo Yellow
On the trails
The Dynafit Alpine 9 pack looks really smart, which shouldn’t be that important but it is a bonus when buying a product that you will be using a lot. It fits neatly over the shoulders and top of the back and has a thin elastic attachment system at the front. The attachment points (more on these in parts of a backpack) are a bit fiddly and the elastic is thin compared to other packs but it does a good job of keeping the pack in place.
There are lots of pockets and compartments, and while some people might really like this, others will complain there are too many. The more pockets you have, the more likely you are to forget where you’ve stashed items.
It is good to have pocket choice, however, and there is a really useful internal zipped waterproof pocket that is perfect for keeping a phone of small camera dry.
The main compartment has enough space for a few spare items of clothing and there is a useful stretchy outer compartment that is topped with a Velcro lid. This is where I would stash a waterproof jacket, gloves or an extra layer that I might need to find and reach for quickly.
There are plenty of options for carrying water, whether in a larger internal hydration bladder or in one of four mesh pockets at the front of the shoulder straps. The pack doesn’t come with flasks or bladder so you would need to buy these as extras.
The quality of the design and fabric looks and feels good and Dynafit are well known for making good quality products. If I was to quibble it would be to mention that the fabric of the Dynafit Alpine 9 is a little crinkly. This might go away when with use but it might also be annoying to have the sound of the material rustling as you run.
Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors (opens in new tab).
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