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Harrier Kinder 10L Race Vest review: a value-for-money vest with thoughtful features

Made in the UK, the Harrier Kinder 10L Race Vest is designed by experienced trail runners for trail runners

Harrier Kinder 10L Race Vest
(Image: © Harrier)

Our Verdict

A smart vest – great value for money and with many thoughtful and useful features – you can tell the Harrier Kinder 10L Race Vest has been designed by the kind of people who’d use it.

For

  • Four sizes
  • Lots of thoughtful features
  • Water-resistant treatment
  • Good Price

Against

  • Water bladder and bottles not included
  • Quite difficult to get on and off
  • No specific version for women

Harrier Kinder 10L Race Vest: first impressions

Coming across the neat, smart and cleverly designed Harrier Kinder 10L Race Vest,  we were full of excitement about exploring this relatively new UK brand that focuses specifically on trail-running gear. If you’re wondering Should I buy a hydration pack?, then this smart piece of kit may swing your opinion.

This unisex pack is sold in four sizes, with the aim of offering a size to neatly fit a range of people. There are many features including width adjustable elastic chest straps, which can also be adjusted up and down the front of the pack.

The main compartment area is split into two, offering good organisation options. A bungee cord on the back can be cinched and secured around additional items, such as a waterproof jacket. There are other pockets such as stretchy-mesh, zipped side pockets and front stuff pockets with silicon grippers.

There are different hydration options, including front pockets for two 500ml or 300ml soft flasks and a 1.5-litre or 2-litre bladder in a separate back compartment (none of which are included), which is why it stakes a claim in our selection of the best hydration packs for running and hiking.

The fabric is treated with DWR (durable water repellent) for water resistance, although it’s not waterproof. There are also three options for stowing poles when not in use: at the front vertical, back horizontal and side horizontal. On top of all this, there are other details including a zipped, water-resistant phone pocket, a secure key clip inner pocket, grippy zippers and gel pockets.

Specifications

RRP: £59 (UK)
Sizes available: XS, S, M, L
Gender specificity: Unisex
Weight (empty): 230g / 8.11oz
Hydration capacity: Two 500ml or 300ml soft flasks and/or a 1.5l or 2.0l water bladder
Gear capacity: 10L
Colors: Red / Blue

Harrier Kinder 10L Race Vest: on the trails

The Harrier Kinder 10L Race Vest  comes in four sizes, offering a good choice for runners, both men and women, and as a guide I am a UK10 and I found the UK small fits me well.

The packet fits neatly over the shoulders and upper back and the chest straps are useful and versatile so you can get the fit just right. Women will like that the two straps can be moved up and down the front of the pack to accommodate their chest size.

One criticism is that the pack fabric is not stretchy, so it can be a bit of a hassle getting it on and off, rather like putting on a supportive sports bra, ladies. It's not a major issue but there are other vest packs that have a bit of stretch and give so they are easier to get on and off.

It is obvious that this vest pack has been designed by trail runners, because there is so much attention to detail. There are several hydration options and the soft flasks are kept in place thanks to elastic loops that fit around the lids of the flasks. (Check out our guide to the Best water bottle for some options.)

There are useful pockets, both open-topped and zipped that can be easily used without having to take the pack off. This is important when you are on the move or taking part in a race.

For example, the zipped side pocket fits a large iPhone, which means you have easy access to your phone for taking photos or checking a map app.

The pack looks and feels well made and has high quality features, including the grippy zippers, but the price point is really reasonable. These are useful when  you are in a hurry, have cold hands or you are wearing gloves. I find the chest strap fasteners a bit tricky to use when my hands are cold, however.

The pack has almost the perfect number of pockets and compartments in my opinion. Too many pockets means you easily lose items, while too few can lead to everything being stowed in one big pocket.

A quibble is that there are a lot of elastic attachment points and unless they are in use they tend to jiggle around while you run. I find this annoying. I am told you can tuck these into the pack but I find one or two always make their way to the outside of the pack.

The price is really good for what you get, especially compared to some bigger name brands. I would just love to see an area of this pack being fully waterproof so valuables, such as a phone stay dry in the rain.