Our View - Raidlight Gilet Responsiv 20L:
The all new Raidlight Responsiv 20L Race Vest is the largest of the Raidlight Gilet Responsiv range and it's aimed at trail runners undertaking longer adventures and is especially suited to stage racing. Indeed the pack was co-designed and tested during the Marathon des Sables by 4th & 2nd places Elisabet Barnes & Nathalie Mauclair.
Despite its huge 20L capacity the vest still only weighs 270g! An incredible achievement to engineer a pack so light yet durable and capable of carrying the weight of kit required for long races. Capacity is one thing but equally, if not more important is comfort and this is something that Raidlight have perfected throughout the Responsiv range. The super soft stretchy R-Dry fabric laid out in an ergonomic design ensures the pack fits excellently and the laser cutting, heat sealed seams ensure there is little chance of irritation from the fabric. Additionally, the fabric is ultra-fast drying and ventilation is also excellent across the mesh back. Side boa adjustments enable a precision fit to be achieved and on the fly adjustments to be made with ease.
As well as the main compartment, there are also multiple pockets on the front shoulder straps (the new pack has been further update to allow upper and lower bottle storage options on the front of the pack) and side as well as additional mesh pockets on the back. The front shoulder pockets are compatible with the Raidlight Eazyflask Press to Drink bottles (soft flasks) allowing on the go hydration and easy re-filling at aid stations.
Unique to the Responsive 20L is the Roll Top Closure to the main compartment that allows for variable loads to be carried without bounce and protects the contents maximally. The additional side load compressors also help to stabilise the load.
The Raidlight Responsiv 20L Race Vest is an excellent addition to the Raidlight range and has maintained the comfort and practicality of the smaller capacity gilets. An ideal pack to consider for ultra marathons and stage races.
Specifications – Raidlight Gilet Responsiv 20L:
- Laser cut fabric with heat sealed, flat seams for maximum comfort
- 3D Mesh fabric Hyper-ventilated on the back for breathability and comfort
- Lightweight Ripstop Fabric on the outer for resistance to damage
- High stretch and ultra-fast drying R-Dry fabric, combined with an ergonomic design provide a natural fit and minimal movement
- 20 litre main section
- 2 Micro Adjustments Boa buckles for adjustment
- 4 Shoulder strap pockets compatible with Raidlight Eazyflask "Press to drink" bottles
- 2 secured side pockets ideal for carrying gels and small snacks
- 2 Pole Holder attachments (chest and back)
- 2 Chest straps with integrated whistle.
- Material: 70 % Polyester, 25 % Polyamide, 5 % Elastane