Salomon Trailblazer 20 Backpack


Salomon Trailblazer 20

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A runners backpack, perfect for the running commute. This backpack is lightweight, tough with enough adjustment to ensure it remains in place while you complete your run. I’ve been using this backpack for a few months now to run to work. I’m a big fan and very happy with my purchase. I’ve not experience any rubbing around my neck or too much bouncing around, even with my laptop inside.

Capacity
Weight
Back Ventilation
Build Quality

Summary

This bag replaces the very popular Salomon Trail 20 running backpack. At the same volume this pack offers a number of improvements over its predecessor and makes for a very versatile and lightweight backpack for use when trail walking or commuting. The rucksack is lightweight and can easily fold to be packed away in a suitcase when travelling making it ideal for holidays day trips. The volume of the rucksack is 20 litres and so will comfortably fit a small laptop and small electronics Offering usefulness for a morning commute.

4.5

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Material and Ventilation

The Salomon trailblazer 20 is made from 100% polyester although it is not rated as waterproof something to bear in mind if you are planning a wet walking wet day. The build quality is excellent and what you would expect from a brand such as Solomon. The back hugs your bag tightly so don’t expect masses of air flow to help cool your back.

Straps

The straps have some mesh material allow air flow around the shoulders. The backpack feels light to wear and has a chest strap to offer good stability. I’ve experienced rubbing on the sides of my neck with previous back packs but not with the Trailblazer, this is a definite tick from me.

Hydration and Storage

The backpack includes a hanging loop that does support a hydration bladder up to 1 litre and is available separately. There is also a computer hanging sleeve inside to support and protect any laptop or tablet. The shoulder strap has a zip enclosure for small items and side pockets that stretch on each side offer further carrying capacity, I found these particularly useful for keys and my phone (It won’t fit large phones like the max iPhones etc). There are several other bungee cords around the backpack for attaching small items.

Specification

Dimensions48cm x 24cm x 18cm
Weight455g
Volume20 litres
Available coloursCitronelle/Biking Red/Black/
Poseidon/Copen Blue/Green Gables

Conclusion

Like its predecessor did this backpack is winning rave reviews as being alight versatile and multi-functional bag pack that is as comfortable on the trails as it is on the morning commute. While the name Solomon attracts a slightly higher price, this is justified by an exceptional build quality and comforting fit. I’ve tried quite a few backpacks and this is by far the most comfortable that I’ve run in. Like all backpacks, it’s not waterproof so you should consider a waterproof cover if need.

Pros

  • Good quality build
  • Versatile all-rounder bag
  • Great commuting or day bag.
  • Super light
  • No rubbing around the neck

Cons

  • Fabric can catch on the zip
  • Some users have reported feeling back discomfort while wearing
  • No straps to compress the main compartment.


Mark Norman

I've been running for over 6 years and now try to balance it with life as a dad to two young kids. I'm not super quick, I just try to run consistently, not always easy! I'm lucky enough to have run the London Marathon twice along with countless other half marathons and 10ks. I'm also one of the Run Directors at my local parkrun.

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