With many of our races being cancelled, and not knowing if the next one we have planned on the calendar was going to get cancelled too, it has been hard for everyone to feel race goal focused. Luckily, it finally feels like we are coming out of the worst and races can finally go ahead, so I’ve got a big one to aim for. The Mont Blanc half marathon trail run! Yep it doesn’t get any bigger than this for a half marathon, alongside it’s significant incline, might I add, it has some pretty spectacular views along the way.
Training is a go-go and I’ve been trying out the Osprey Dyna 6 running vest, as I’ll definitely need easy access hydration on our run. But is this running vest going to work for this race? Is it comfortable? What’s so special about it? Let’s talk through this female-specific running vest.
I was originally training for my first ultra marathon at the Keswick Mountain Festival in May but unfortunately the festival was cancelled, so my focus has switched to my next race, the Mont Blanc half, in June.
Kit is a big thing in any race and training with what you’re going to be using is really important for a comfortable experience. With that in mind I wanted a hydration running vest of some kind to join me on my training and for the race too. For such a big race at altitude, the last thing I want to be worrying about is dehydration and where to store any extra items I might need, including poles. Welcome the Osprey Dyna 6 running vest, but like every piece of kit we use it has to feel comfortable to go that distance.
Meet the Osprey Dyna 6 running vest. Osprey is one of my favourite backpack companies by a mile, I’ve got backpacks for day time usage, trips away, small adventures and even I don’t have it, you name it and they do it. As you can imagine I was stoked to try the Dyna 6 out, which I can tell you is super comfortable on, and you almost forget it is there.
Meet the Osprey Dyna 6
BORN TO RUN.
Duro is a range of running packs designed to carry all you need for your preferred distance, including running waistpacks, hydration vest style packs and handheld solutions. The women’s specific Dyna utilises Osprey’s renowned attention to detail and stable fit to provide a high-performance running vest-style pack.
Quick points to know about the Osprey Dyna 6
- Women’s 6L hydration running vest
- Holds twin 500ml Soft Flasks
- FABRIC 70D X 140D NYLON TRIANGLE RIPSTOP
- DIMENSIONS (CM): 39L / 38W / 13D
- WEIGHT: 0.3KG
- Space to hold water, clothes, food and equipment
- Stow-on-the-Go™ loop for running poles
- Mesh pockets
- Zip compartment
- Adjustable straps
Impressions of the Dyna 6
I love the fact this running vest was colourful in a vibrant teal and red, after all I am partial to a colourful shade of fitness gear! Whilst that isn’t the MOST important thing with this, there is no denying, it looks quite pretty as running vests go. But the best thing I found about the Osprey Dyna 6 was that I forgot I was wearing it. This might seem a bit of a strange thing to think as a plus point, but it meant I wasn’t irritated or uncomfortable from it, so much so I just forgot it was there.
The vest is adjustable enough to sit snug to to me, and I used it both runs where I required hydration, but also on a dog jog with the dog lead and a jacket in there. Due to the expanding mesh pockets you can really fit a lot in such a small space, or so you think is small, but it is actually a compact and well designed running vest.
Why Osprey Dyna series
The Dyna 6 comes in three different sizes and which you go for, would depend on the activity you’re planning on doing. There is 1.5l, 6l (this one) and 15l. A key reason why the Dyna 6 (and all of the Dyna series), is fantastic is because Osprey offers both a Male (Duro) and female options to cater to our different shapes. Hallelujah – finally a brand that offers something that works for females too.
I think the things I’ve loved most about this particular running vest (and I have tried and owned a lot), is the fact it is adjustable and easily becomes part of your shape, much like putting a running top or leggings on, they’re attached to you, and that’s how this running vest felt. Good storage, perfectly adjustable and hydration capacity that would be ideal for my half marathon in the mountains.
The Osprey Dyna 6 retails at £100.00, with the 1.5l coming in at £80.00 and the 15l at £125.00. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up to the Osprey Dyna 6 – I’ve found the perfect running vest for quite literally all my upcoming trail runs and off piste adventures!
*Osprey Dyna 6 was gifted but the review and opinions are that of my own