|Don't be fooled by the serenity. This place is crawling with leeches!|
After the usual routine of getting ready was completed, I lugged my container full of gear, which was prepared the night before, down into the car and drove to the meet point in Mont Kiara. The thoughts of testing the Salomon hydration vest and the prospects of a new trail route was the only thing that stopped me from heading right back to bed.
|Who brought the salt?|
The drive to Batu Dam (never knew such a place existed in the first place) took us about 30 plus minutes or so. Once we reached the general area, it was a hunt for the entrance which was closed. Then we had to rely on Yvonne's previous knowledge of the area to find another way in which led us to the Riverstone Eco Resort. One of the locals we asked earlier told us they only let people into the dam in the evenings which I thought was rather stupid. Who the heck wants to run so late in the jungles? Oh well, not my place to judge idiots ... hahaha!
|The 200 metres 'flat' start ...|
|I wasn't lying about the incline, look how high up Jamie is ...|
|Wonder where Robinson Crusoe is ...|
|Just before the attack of the leeches ...|
|All that was missing was the picnic basket|
|The sequel to MJ's Thriller. |
Pic courtesy of Jamie.
|Our resident trail maniac Choon Yuen in action ...|
|The adjustable chest straps.|
|The two draw string pockets on the front ...|
|The removeable zipped pocket. Notice how it blocks the pocket below ...|
The right hand size consists of a small expandable mesh pocket that could take in stuff like lip balm, sunblock, keys or some loose change. The rear of the vest consists of one main zipped pocket which is accessed from the side. It looks big enough to fit in things like a small first aid kit, a headlamp, raincoat, gloves and with room to spare even. What I thought was really cool is that Salomon created an open space or loop between the rear pocket and the vest which could be used as a storage space for a blanket or even waterproof jacket on the outside of the vest. Clever touch if you ask me.
|I love this added touch that can be used for a blanket or rain jacket ...|
|The side zipped pockets that can fit your ID, gels, compass, etc ...|
|The main rear side opening zipped pocket ...|
|Adjustable load lifter strap to distribute the weight ...|
Fits like a second skin.
Lightweight and breathable.
Lots of pockets for storage.
A fuss free 1.5L bladder that is easy to use and re-fill while on the go.
Removeable chest pocket (comes with a spare)
An internal hidden pocket with a thermal blanket provided.
Adjustable chest straps.
Pricey, really pricey!
The removeable Velcro pocket tend to get in the way of the pouch directly underneath.
Fragile looking chest straps and plastic clips.
The Salomon Advanced Skin S-Lab 5 Hydration Vest can be found at most World of Sports or World of Outdoors outlets retailing at RM699.00. Members of WoS and WoO can get an additional 10% discount on top of whatever discount is being offered (if any). If you're really into trail and ultra running, I highly recommend the vest.