By Jenny Willden
When you’re out all day skiing or riding, having a pack to tote water, electronics and valuables safely is heaven sent! Created in Jackson Hole, VestPac is the solution for carrying your MP3 player, smartphone, camera, ID, ski pass and water…without worrying about losing anything!
But VestPac is different from most hydration bags because it’s designed to fit underneath your coat, which means water stays thawed and your electronics’ batteries will last longer. Plus, you won’t ever have to worry about tangled straps trapping you on the ski lift. For backcountry use you can sling a larger pack on top of your coat while keeping your electronics and water close, dry and warm.
Individual zippered and Velcro pockets keep you organized while preventing harmful condensation from accumulating on your phone or iPod, so you can keep using it in freezing temperatures. The chest-mounted design offers quick access and keeps electronics and other valuables safe.
All models also have a 3D airmesh backing that promotes airflow and improves moisture management to prevent sweat accumulation. Plus, each one is hydration compatible and includes a reservoir. Overall, the VestPac I tried was light, comfortable and virtually unnoticable. Usually carrying a pack throws off my balance while riding, but with the VestPac on I felt stable. And being able to drink water all day without it turning into an ice block was delightful. Tons of styles and colors are available, but we liked the GranitePac because it’s affordable and features just enough pockets for essentials. $67.95 vestpac.com