Salomon Agile2 7 ReviewSeptember 4, 2015
- Versatile design for many activities
- Lots of storage room
- Simple design
- No front pockets for feeding on the move
- Hose routing sometimes pinches off flow
The Salomon Agile2 7 is the best pack of the bunch if you want to use it for more than running. The backpack style design crosses over easily to just about any activity and an insulated hydration sleeve adds four season potential. But like you might expect the versatile attributes take away from its running performance. While it rides quietly it's not as stable or as comfortable on the long haul as the other packs in this test.
Soft honeycombs of fabric on the Salomon Agile2 7 keeps it comfortable, even next to skin. Wings on the bottom corners cushion the waist strap. Two strips of swiss cheese padding down the back, cushion and kick up a little air flow, adding up to plenty of comfort.
STABILITY IN MOTION
The Salomon Agile2 7 has the least sophisticated stabilization system and it shows on the trail. The combination of the waist strap and the four-point adjustable sternum strap wrangled the load fairly well, keeping it calm on smooth trails. But on rougher ground we noticed jostling and noise from the pack.
The two-liter Hydrapak bladder hangs from an adjustable length toggle inside the main pocket. The zip provides wide and free access to the main compartment. The insulated hose routes over either shoulder and passes through a fabric holder on the strap. This holds it securely, but testers found it occasionally forced the hose to kink, cutting off flow. This mostly happened while hunched over biking. Unlike many of the other packs, there’s no magnet to hold the tube. Instead it hangs free, but the fabric holder does keep it out of the way but still accessible.
Most of the storage is inside the main pocket. Zip access opens the Salomon Agile2 7 wide and a fabric divider separates the bladder from the rest of the space. It’s not cavernous, but there’s enough room here for snacks and layers. Two mesh pockets on the sides could hold extra water bottles. The big thing this pack is lacking is easy stash pockets on the front for grabbing gels and snacks on the go.
QUALITY OF CONSTRUCTION
The Salomon Agile2 7 looks solid. The elastic sternum strap locks in place mechanically, which we think will last longer than some of the “rail” style designs. Stitches look quality and secure.
The Salomon Agile2 7 is the most versatile of all the packs tested. The backpack style and ample storage makes this an easy choice if you’re looking for a pack for all your aerobic pursuits.