Salomon Wings 10+3 Vest Pack

The Salomon Wings 10+3 vest pack has been out for quite a while, but I bought this one a few months ago and had it stashed in the closet without trying it out. After using it, and really liking it, I decided I might as well post a review. I recently wanted to do a longer distance, slower paced trail run as recovery from a race so it was the perfect time to take it out and get a feel for it. I packed it up with more than I needed to see how it would feel with a bit of “stuff” in it and headed for the trails.

Salomon XT Wings 10+3 Vest Pack

I was immediately impressed with how little the pack moved while I was running. I am 6’ tall and used the smaller sized (S/M) pack. Once I had it on, and cinched up the 2 straps on each side, it was like it became part of my body. I had two 8oz water flasks in the front pockets, and a bunch of gels and energy bars, as well as my iphone in the back section. After warming up, i also stashed a light jacket in there as well. The pack didn’t bounce around at all, and the contents stayed in place.

Mesh vest front with storage pockets

The Salomon Wings 10+3 pack has all kinds of pockets and storage compartments. The main compartment has lots of room, and also has a smaller mesh compartment to keep smaller things (like my phone) in place. This main pocket is also expandable which provides even more room if you have lots to carry. There is a zippered access to the water bladder storage compartment with a velcro strap to hang it from. On the outside of the pack there is a smaller zipped pocket where you can fit bars, gels, etc. There are also two mesh pockets at the side of the pack – one zipped, one with an elastic opening. These are great to shove stuff that you need to quickly access without removing the pack. I had a gel in the zipped pocket and I was able to open the pocket, take the gel out, stuff my garbage back in, and close the pocket, all while moving and without taking the pack off (or dislocating my shoulder trying to reach behind!) That’s a real plus for a running pack. The front vest portion of the pack has two mesh pockets with zippers that were the perfect size to stash my 8oz water flasks for easy access.

Looking into the main pocket with mesh storage pouches

Outside pocket

Side zip pocket for quick access without removing pack

The main pocket expands for even more storage space

If all of this storage isn’t enough, Salomon offers a number of modular additions that you can use with the Wings 10+3 pack. There are water bottle and gel flask holsters, and a large front storage pack that will hold water bottles and other stuff you would need to access without removing the pack. This would definitely be useful for adventure racing. It’s a great idea for Salomon to make the basic pack with optional accessories depending on your use. I prefer this to the alternative of paying for a bunch of features that I wouldn’t use.

The Salomon Wings 10+3 pack obviously limited ventilation/breathability compared to not wearing a pack, but its small size and lightweight mesh front made this less of an issue. I didn’t find that I was overheating because of it, but was obviously sweaty where I was wearing it – no getting around that! This is a great, versatile pack for those times that you need to efficiently carry more than what would fit in your pocket while you’re running.

Vented back of pack

I really found the vest style to work well for running. I didn’t have to adjust my stride or slow down to keep it in place. After a while, I hardly noticed it was there – the mark of greatness in a running product.

Gear test self portrait!

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9 responses to “Salomon Wings 10+3 Vest Pack

  1. Great review!
    How do you add the Salomon accessories (bottle holder etc) to the pack. I can’t work out how they clip on/attach to this pack.
    Thanks

      • Thanks.
        I use the pack (I love it, and use Source 1.5 or 2l bladders in it) but i have not worked out which accessories I can use as my pack does not have the clips for them to clip into. (My XA20 has actual clips in the shoulder straps).

        So, do the accessories (thinking of Salomon extra bottle holder or flask/gel holder) just loop through the webbing bits? If you have an mages of how that fits together, that would be great.
        Thanks
        Mike

      • Hey Mike

        Yeah, I have the bottle holder and it has a rigid vertical strap that slides into the three horizontal webbing bands on the shoulder strap. It also has a strap with a buckle that wraps around the shoulder strap. I’ve emailed you a picture that should illustrate what I mean.

        Hope that helps
        Kent

  2. Hi Kent, excellent review. I’ve just picked up the xt wings 10+3 pack as I’m starting to get involved in longer trail runs(30km+) and multi-sport events. Any advice for a small bloke(175cm and 65kg) as to the excess strap hang i’m getting from how tight i require the pack to be? I tried the ‘tuck in’ but the straps wriggle loose after a while. Next thought is small magnets but that could be hard to make stick. Keep up the good work.

    Mark

    • Hey Mark. Thanks for checking us out. I generally fold the loose ends over each other so they are a little more than 2″ long and then tuck that into the elastic keeper straps. Have you tried that? I find the folded piece has to be longer to stay where it’s supposed to.

  3. Hi, great review. Would you recommend this on a mountainbike? I am looking for a pack that could suit both running and riding. Would it compromise the riding position?

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