Nathan Vapor Airess 2.0 Review

Last year my husband gave me money for my birthday and told me to buy a new hydration pack because mine was so worn and stinky and the zippers were failing.ย  Well, I used that money for other things I needed more, shoes and fuel, and I kept wearing my old vest. I more than got my money’s worth out of that vest! My first ever hydration vest was a Nathan Intensity, a low-priced, simple model. When I started running longer distances, I bought a Nathan Vapor Airess. I wore that thing in training and races, close to a thousand miles per year. It really is a great pack, but when the main zipper of the largest storage pocket broke, and the zipper on the side pocket got stuck, I knew it was time.


Old faithful. Lots of good memories in that pack!
Two weeks ago we received an unexpected check in the mail and I decided to use some for a pack. I have been shopping for them for a long time, looked at other brands, but I really like and trust Nathan’s quality, so I bought the new version of the Vapor Airess. This is my review after wearing it on two runs.

The little red clip is for my sweat towel. ๐Ÿ™‚

Good points

  • The price is comparable to other packs of this quality and with similar features. Varies, but retail is $149. I didn’t pay that much.
  • The weight of the empty pack is very light.
  • Comes with the excellent 2 liter Nathan bladder and tube with a magnetic clip.
  • Pockets galore! This pack has bigger and more pockets than the first version.
  • Front pockets can hold bottles.
  • Adjustable fit.
  • Breathable.
  • Female specific fit.
  • Quality construction and comfortable materials.

These adjusting straps are hidden inside zipper pockets that took me a while to find. Haha!
For those who prefer bottles or flasks, this vest has large front pockets! That is a full size hard plastic bottle. A big selling point for me. I usually use a bladder ,but , I like options.

  • Not as adjustable as I expected. Unfortunately, even cinched as tight as possible, it’s still a little loose on me. But I can still use it.
  • No upper adjustments, such as on the first version. So no way to tighten it up on the shoulders.
  • The fit makes it feel like the bladder is hanging lower on my back and, indeed, I got a new chafing scar from it. I can adjust to that, I hope.
  • I miss the tiny little pockets on the upper chest that the first version had.ย  I used them for salt tabs and Tylenol.
My pink Vapor Airess , first version. See the little pockets? And the little yellow upper adjusting ribbons? Those are not in the new version.

Overall, I am happy with it and don’t plan to return it. I think I just need to get used to the few differences. There are only two sizes and I got the bigger one. Should’ve got the smaller one.ย  I’m 5’3″, have short legs, with a normal size torso, and a slightly wide back. So I can wear petite pants, but petite shirts feel short. I got the L-2XL because the Small size version one was starting to feel tight on my new menopausal body. It’s really too big for me. I DO recommend this product. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments. Thanks for reading and happy trails!

Women’s Nathan VaporAiress 7L 2.0 Sizing
Sternum Bust
XXS-M 26 – 33″ 30 – 36″
L-2XL 33 – 41″ 37 – 44″



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