Technically the Skin Pro is a running pack, but it’s so light and the fit is so good it merits serious attention. It works because it’s not really pack-shaped – it’s more like a waistcoat, with straps that curve in one piece rather than a traditional shoulder strap/hip belt combo.
It fastens via a series of straps and, while they’re a faff to set at the start, once you’re done it’s just like wearing a top (we didn’t actually wear it as a top, of course – we’d have looked like high-storage perverts. But you get the drift).
Made from Ripstop nylon, it’s lighter than many similar products, with a multitude of pockets angled for easy reach on the fly. The large main compartment is expandable and easily takes a day’s worth of tools, snacks and extra layers.
The Hydrapak bladder is a doddle to fill and clean, and has an insulated panel to ward off the time when your drink reaches back-temperature. We liked this a lot. Because it’s designed for running we’d caution you not to overload it, though, and watch out for the shorter drinking tube.