Introducing the P.F.V. - Phone. Flask. Vest.
This pack is one of the most fun packs we've designed. The fit is awesome for mountain biking, running, and obstacle course racing. It's designed to hold the essentials and not much more. As you can see from the pics, we minimized the amount of material on your body to achieve maximum breathability. The soft flask holder up front is great for 450ml and 600ml soft flasks (it comes with a 450ml). Then the pocket on the outside of it holds your smart phone wonderfully. On the right side is a shoulder pocket for electrolytes and backup nutrition. On the left side is a dust cover for the bite valve (our OCR people will dig that!). The back has shock cord to hold a jacket, and a small pocket perfect for small bags and sticks of nutrition.
Sizing: Less than a 40" chest diameter, size S/M. 41" to 54" size L/XL.
Pack weight without flask: 7.3 oz.
Patent Pending / Made in Vietnam
Ive been looking for a way to carry a small amount of water (about 12-15oz), because my running belt only held 3oz, and I found that it was extremely helpful during 10K runs. I found a picture of the PFV and researched it extensively until I figured out what it was and who made it. I was a little hesitant at the price but then I saw that demo models were selling for about half. I figured at $50 I had to give it a try. While I have been carrying Camelbaks around since the mid-90s I sweat a lot and hate having that much extra stuff on my torso. The PFV is small enough that it doesn't cause any extra amount of heat / sweat build-up, and supplies enough water for more than 6 miles even on really hot days. I even found myself wishing I had worn it instead of my 50oz Camelbak Flash-Flo on a recent bike ride. The small size of even the XL fit me fine (Im 6-2 and 230lbs), but it is a little awkward to don and doff. There are minor tweaks I would like to see but overall it is very well thought out, designed, and made.
Orange Mud Canada
Thanks for the review Max and glad you dig it! What about the pack could we do better? We're all ears! firstname.lastname@example.org
Awesome short distance pack
I really like the pack and have used it for several races of 10 miles or less. It doesn't move too much, is comfortable and I like not having to use a handheld. The shoulder pocket is nice for having some pre or post race fuel handy. The flask is easy to access and refill at an aid station. My only issue is with the bite valve not staying under the cover like it is advertised to do. The straw is too short for this to work properly and it only gets worse as the flask becomes empty and sinks into the pocket. It's not an issue for me when I'm racing road or trail but I was hoping to use this pack for OCR as advertised but don't see that happening since the bite valve won't stay under the cover. Overall, it's an awesome pack that I have used many times and will continue to use for short, hot runs. I would give it 5 stars if it worked as advertised.
Love this vest!
This has quickly become one of my favorite orange mud products. It’s quick and easy to use, and so much lighter and less obtrusive for short runs. I keep it in my truck ready to go for shorter adventures, and use it 3-4 times per week. It’s comfortable and rides well as I run.
New running companion
I picked up the PFV to solve my hydration needs while training for a half marathon recently. I've used both 15oz and 20oz soft flasks with success. My phone fits nicely in the front pocket to allow totally hands free running and easy access when it's needed. I'll use the vest on any run where I'll need a drink, so personally, that will be anything about 4 miles or longer depending on the temperature.
I like how easy it is to adjust the tightness of the vest on my chest while running by using the side straps. Each of the flask and phone compartments have a tightening string to ensure they stay secure. The pouch on the right shoulder holds a few energy gels.
I'd recommend for anyone looking to free up their hands/pockets while running.
Orange Mud Canada