Trail Vests has become a must for anyone who’s looking to go longer distances and need to carry additional supplies and layers for when you’re out on the hills. I used the Osprey Duro 6 Trail Vest on a 36 mile hike across North Wales, If you would like to find out how the hike went take a look at our Completing the Welsh 3000s blog. For the hike I wanted to travel fast and light across the mountain range, so I could carry energy bars/snacks, water, waterproofs, and navigation so a trail vest is exactly what I needed to help with the challenge.
Size & Capacity
With a 6 litre capacity and multiple zipped and stretch pockets around the vest. I initially thought it wasn’t going to be enough space for the hike however all the stretch mesh pockets made room in the main section for bulky items such as a waterproof and first-aid kit. When fully packed for the hike it felt comfortable and well balanced on my back when moving fast.
I have so far run roughly 70 miles with this vest, packed with different amounts of gear and every time it felt just as comfortable. The vest stayed close to my back even when running down technical trails. Whilst the side adjusters bring the main pack closer to my back for a stable fit, it also has chest straps that are quick and easy to adjust. The Duro Trail Vest sits differently compared to other trail vests the sitting higher on your back across your shoulders whilst most other vests put most of the weight through your lower back. This felt different at first but eventually, I got used to it and found it just as comfortable having the weight across my shoulders instead.
The Duro 6 has all the features needed no matter the distance or conditions. Numerous stretch mesh pockets I was able to hold 2 500ml soft flasks (included) in the chest pockets and another 2 mesh pockets on the chest which could fit energy gels and bars, there is also a zip pocket which fits a smartphone easily. Working round to the back of the vest you have 2 large stretch mesh pockets which proved perfect for holding bulky food, a stretch kangaroo pocket works well for storing an additional layer such as waterproof or lightweight fleece. There are 3 zipped compartments at the back of the vest with a 6L main compartment, small essentials compartment and a hydration sleeve that sits closest to your back, I recommend putting no more than 1.5L in the hydration sleeve for a comfortable fit. The last feature on the Duro 6 is the Stow-on-the-Go™ trekking pole attachment points these held my poles securely when running downhill, they also didn’t get in my way during technical step accents my one issue was you have to take the pack off to stow them away.
Made from 140D Nylon Ripstop the bag is going the distance with you, vented mesh paneling around the vest appeared fragile at first but I have seen no wear and tear around the stress points and the breathability is fantastic. I have experienced no moisture build up when wearing the vest on warm days exposed on the hills.
The Osprey Duro 6 Trail Vest is the first trail vest made by Osprey and they have not disappointed. Whilst the fit was weird to start with having it so high around your shoulders, it was quick to get used to and I found it just as comfortable. All the mesh pockets are easy to reach whilst wearing the pack so I didn’t have to stop moving when you want to refuel. An issue I have found with the vest is the kangaroo mesh pocket has compression straps that block access to the main compartment meaning you have to undo them when you need to access the main compartment.
If you are you looking for a trail running pack yourself to aid you in your long runs have a look at our selection of trial packs and find the right pack that suits the needs of your time out on the trails.