Salomon Advanced Skin Hydro S-Lab 5 Set Review

Salomon Advanced Skin Hydro S-Lab 5 Set

Hardmoors 55 Kit
The pack swallows up all the mandatory kit with ease

The Salomon S-Lab Advanced Skin Hydro 5 Set is a super light form-fitting vest that has 2 500ml soft flasks for your hydration needs and holds everything you need while out on the trails. Salomon has created a product that is all you will ever need in a race vest.

I use this pack anytime I’m running for more than a couple of hours and need to take water and extra kit with me. Its my race pack of choice and I use it for anything from a 26.2 mile trail marathon, all the way up to 100 mile ultras and so far it’s been perfect for everything.

Simply fill the pack up, put it on, adjust the front straps and go run. The S-Lab 5 does not move in use and just sits perfectly on your back with no movement and no rubbing.

Salomon Advanced Skin Hydro S-Lab 5 Set on Buckden Pike Trig Point
Buckden Pike Trig Point


In use, the Salomon Advanced Skin Hydro S-Lab 5 Set is incredibly comfortable to wear but it is important to get the correct size.

The mesh is comfortable on your back and it lets the pack breathe. Sweat build up is never an issue, even on the hottest days.

The pack feels great when you are running and once into a rhythm you completely forget it’s there until you need something.


The Salomon Advanced Skin Hydro S-Lab 5 Set weights just 269g and is 10% lighter than the previous model.

When you are carrying kit for 100 mile every extra gram counts and this pack weighs virtually nothing so it is perfectly suited to longer races.


Drinking is easy with the 2 soft flasks being within easy reach when you need them and there are enough pockets and storage compartments in the vest to store all your kit efficiently and logically making it easy to reach when you need it.

Without a proper zip closure on the main compartment and it being held together at the top with a clip it makes it very easy to reach inside whilst on the move with no need to stop and remove the pack from your back.


Thanks to its form fitting technology the Salomon Advanced Skin Hydro S-Lab 5 is incredibly stable when in use.

Once you have the chest straps adjusted correctly then there is very little bounce in the pack as you run.

Salomon Advanced Skin Hydro S-Lab 5 Set Technologies

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