Salomon Agile2 20L ReviewFebruary 28, 2016
- Roll-top closure
- Non body-conforming
- Missing dedicated phone pocket
- Outer rip-stop material
The Salomon Agile2 20L is designed as a foul weather generalist and the only pack in this test that has a completely waterproof compartment. The overall fit and design is on point with nice elastic straps for a body conforming fit the and stability is good enough to be a versatile adventure pack. Unfortunately the roll top closure is like waterproof drop bags and too clunky for this application.
The Agile2 20L exceeds expectations for comfort with light-weight construction, high-end grooved back panel, and quality padded shoulder straps. For running specifically, the pack is below average in its class due to lack of body conforming straps and fit. However Salomon focused on comfort combined with maintaining capacity and versatility with this design, for which it succeeds.
STABILITY IN MOTION
This pack is not super-stable for running fast, especially since there is only one elasticized strap across the chest to hold it down. Otherwise, the side and back straps are standard nylon and they do well to hold more weight comfortably, rather than reduce bounce.
The pack weighs 1lb 5oz which is considered heavy in its class, however the waterproofing and versatility explains the weight and therefore shines over the competition in many situations. Usually waterproof packs are heavy, or at best, bulky while this one feels like a high-end mountain pack.
QUALITY OF CONSTRUCTION
The construction of details of the Agile2 20L are excellent—standard per Salomon. The water-tight zippers are quality, the tapped seams are great, and the strapping is tight. However, the pack’s outer nylon is too light-weight, even though it is made of rip-stop, because it’s prone to puncture and tearing.
This pack is class-leading as a foul weather multisport option if running isn’t specificity the priority. It is great for wet hikes, summit hits, and light overnighters, while maintaining some capability for easy or occasional running as well.
Adam Stepanovic- Faculty
Adam Stepanovic has become an expert on running packs from not wanting to wear them at all during his numerous 100-milers and FKT attempts on the country’s most famous long distance trails.