I had chance to see and test the new Salomon Agile 17 series trail running backpacks with my dearest running friend John Wilkins. With my direction, John bought this pack, added some accessories and he became ready for his ultra running adventures. He chose the largest version for using it for different purposes.
Salomon had Raid Revo and XA 10, 10+3, 20 and WP 25 series packs retired in the beginning of 2013. The new series replaced them called AGILE series. The new series have 7, 12 and 17 litre capacity. All packs have the ability to be customised with a front pack, bottle holder, chest and belt pockets depending on the usage and style.
in the above picture you can see the red coloured Agile 17 that John has. On the right and left side of the pack, there are mesh compartments that allow you to put even bottles. These compartments can be tighten up via the red cords. On the hip belt, you also have two zipped compartments for gels and valuables; both right and left side of the pack.
The pack does not come with bladder but John has bought an original Salomon 1.5 litre water bladder. This enables him to have longer distances with proper hydration.
John also bought a custom pocket ( you can see the large image at the end of this article). This compressible pocket can hold up to ten gels or even an additional bottle. It has mesh pockets for the used gels as thrash. This fits with the custom system that Salomon has with these packs.
This above picture also shows the right hip belt pocket and compression cord of the mesh pocket. The hip belt pocket also has additional mesh pocket that can have few gels and can be accessed easily.
John also customised his pack with an original Salomon bottle holder. This bottle holder fits perfectly on any shoulder. it is very easy to take it out, fill and use the fluid. The front mesh pocket is also nice to have gels or keep the thrash out of the nature. The pack also comes with an emergency whistle.
Salomon Additional Pocket on the hip belt is also an additional item. This is a nice storage for easy access. Compass, headlamp, cell phone can be stored here. It has also inner pocket to organize your stuff as well as mesh gel pockets.
Salomon Agile 17 Litre Grey Colour is mentioned in the below picture. Agile series is very comfortable. John and I have tested the pack in Boxhill, Surrey in a rainy, misty environment for 4-5 hours. He was very comfortable with the pack. It was very easy to reach all the equipment he needed.
One improvement area is the water bladder housing. John and I have struggled a bit to understand as if the water bladder should be used as an under arm routing or classic positioning above and over the shoulder. Taking out and putting the bladder back should be easier. The front chest clips are also a bit tight and not easy to take on/off.
Salomon Agile 17 White Colour is shown below. John has chosen the pack for multiple reasons. These are, easy to use for multipurpose even for hiking, walking, cycling, trail and ultra running. The second reason is the customisation availability of the pack. The third one is the price. With these three, this pack is really great value with Salomon quality.
The pack is lightweight and designed to move with the body during physical activities
Salomon P.A.C.E Fit | V-Shape – better weight distribution | 4D Hydration Reservoir Compartment | Custom Fit |
17L Carry Capacity | Weight: 416g |
Shoulder pocket for Agile Packs are really a must accessory for a long distance trail runner.
The all new Agile Series of backpacks have been designed with physical activity in mind. They move with the body eliminating movement of the pack.
Salomon Agile 7 Litre
Load distribution is also improved in all Agile Series with a V-Shape design and the straps are highly adjustable enabling a Customised fit to be achieved.
Salomon Agile 12 Litre
You can order the pack from Castleberg Outdoors by clicking here.
Salomon Agile 17 Specifications
- P.A.C.E Fit – the pack is supported by the ‘hard’ body (i.e. ribs & scapula) and not the ‘soft’ body (i.e. vital organs) – increases comfort and reduces pressure
- Airvent Agility – the best back panel construction for running with stability, lightness & comfort central to the design
- Harness Construction – the perfect solution to wrap the body and distribute the load comfortably
- Lite Shoulder Straps – constructed with the right fabrics in the right places to increase ventilation and reduce friction on the shoulders and neck
- Motion Belt
- Twin Link straps – for stability and breathing comfort
- Compression Front Lifter – for adjustable stability on the run
- 1 Main Pocket
- 2 Zipped Belt Pockets
- 1 Internal Zipped Pocket
- Easy Access 4D Pole Holder – instinctive, quick and easy access to your poles on the move
- Lateral Bottle Storage
- 4D Reservoir Compartment – for easy access to the reservoir even when fully loaded
- Custom System – re-invent your bag every outing. Connect the accessories you need at the time
- Volume: 17L
- Dimensions: 45.5 x 25 x 17 cm
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