Inov8 are always really quick at getting kit out to testers, so I wasn’t surprised that the Race Elite 10 pack arrived first of the 4 packs I’d like to test out for the Cape Wrath Ultra. See previous post for the other three. This is a First Look, and I’ll be doing a First Run with it later today at 11:30am LIVE on my YouTube channel Wild Ginger Films.

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Inov8 Race Ultra 10 running pack

The Inov8 Race Elite 10 info says, “An all mesh, fully breathable, body-tight vest with stretch pockets ideal for ultra distance racing. Can carry three litres of fluid and features six adjustable straps to ensure a secure fit. Comes supplied with two 500ml bottles.”

It’s £90 and weighs 382g.

I like:
My first thoughts are that it looks comfy, the mesh shoulder straps are wide, the materials feel robust and durable.

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Wide shoulder straps, robust materials, comfy breathable mesh

There seems to be a good level of adjustment at the sides for a snug fit despite there being only one size available to fit all.

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Compression side straps so it shouldn’t bounce around as you run

There are also a couple of straps and bungee cord for securing a smaller load, so that does bode well for a multi-dayer with distances ranging from 16 to 42 miles. The side pockets underneath the compression bungee are reinforced at the base making them good for carrying poles.

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Reinforced side pockets for poles and bungee to hold everything in place

I’m not sure about:
I do like a bag that uses soft bottles, so these hard plastic ones will be interesting to try, especially as they feel like my elbows might bash into them as I run…

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Hmm…hard plastic bottles…I prefer soft bottles

Also, the front pocket openings seem a little narrow for their length – I’m guessing I’m meant to put long, thin things like gels and bars in them, but I’m a bit of a natural food eater when it comes to long distance running – not sure I’m going to be able to fill these pockets with a banana, or nuts and raisins and dip into them as I go…

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The front pocket openings look a tad narrow for my hands

The main compartment, although large at 10 litres, opens lengthways with a dual vertical zip rather than from the top, so it seems tricky to access things stored in there while on the move.

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10 litre main compartment is not accessible on the move

On first impressions, I’m not sure this Inov8 pack is going work as well for me as the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra pack designs. However, the proof is obviously in the testing, so I’m going to give you a First Run assessment in my live YouTube video on Wild Ginger Films later today at about 11:30am.

Ok so I’m not sure about this pack, but I do know that Inov8 do make fantastic shoes. So if you’d like to buy anything else from them please do so through the link above as it means I get a few pennies at no cost to you. How better than to show your appreciation for my independent, honest reviews? 🙂 Thank you, Claire