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Artlu 10 mountain marathon and ultra trail running backpack

Artlu 10 - 10 L hydration vest for running


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'Best Trail Running Backpacks 2019' 10-litre running backpack for longer trail runs, mountain marathons and ultras

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Artlu is a 10 litre Fell Running Association compliant running backpack spacious enough for all the essentials you’ll need for a big fast and light day in the mountains.

You can tailor the Artlu’s fit to make the bag shape to your torso, minimising bouncing and rubbing as you move. The breathable shoulder straps have dual adjustment at the bottom for added stability and two sternum straps can be repositioned to fit your body shape. The soft mesh back panel conforms to the shape of your back, with wraparound wings at the bottom to give a snug fit that doesn’t shift or chafe as you run. 

Artlu distributes your kit around your torso, spreading the weight of your load evenly. You can store all the kit you need to access as you run on the shoulder straps, which feature a large drawcord soft water bottle pocket, a secure zipped pocket for a phone or GPS, and two envelope-style gel pockets. Side stash pockets are ace for carrying other food that you’ll need on the move. Pole bungee loops on the bottom of the shoulder straps combined with stowable loops on the rear of the pack give quick access to your poles. 

The zipped main backpack compartment features a hydration bladder sleeve (fitting a 2 l bladder), hanging clip, and two hydration tube ports. A secondary zipped compartment is handy for organising your gear, and a stretch stash pocket on the outside makes great storage for waterproofs. A DWR coating protects your stuff from those unexpected showers. 

Reflective print on the back and a rear light attachment loop help you to stay safe and seen whether you’re running on the roads or on the trails. 

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Key features
  • 10 litre running backpack for local trails to mountain adventures
  • Multiple adjustment points for a tailored fit that doesn’t chafe or bounce
  • Designed to have capacity for FRA minimum requirement kit list
  • Distributes kit around your torso so that you can access it as you run
  • Comfortable and breathable mesh shoulder straps with dual adjustment for a snug fit and multiple pockets for accessing kit on the go
  • Adjustable sternum straps spread weight evenly across your chest and shoulders and prevent bounce as you run
  • Body conforming soft mesh back panel with wings at the base for stability and comfort
  • Reflective print, rear light attachment loop, and sternum strap for staying safe and seen
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Feature List

Rear: Zipped main pocket with hydration sleeve (fits 2 l bladder), hanging loop and double ports, zipped valuables pocket; secondary zipped compartment; stash pocket, and stowable pole loops.

Side stash pockets for food and running snacks

Shoulder straps: large drawcord closure soft bottle pocket; secure zipped pocket for phone/GPS; 2 envelope style gel pockets; pole bungee loops


Main fabric: Nylon diamond ripstop fabric, water repellent, 1000 mm HH PU coating


Weight: 410 g
Capacity: 10 L
Dimensions (HWD - fully packed): 43 x 25 x 25 cm
Hydration sleeve fits a 2 l bladder

Origin: United Kingdom

What You Say: Customer Reviews and Comments

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Elly G
Almost Perfect

I guess the best compliment I can give this is I hardly knew it was there. I love the thought that has gone into this pack, easy to access and easily fits all my kit in for the day (and the dogs). I especially love the moveable chest straps which for ladies is ideal! Almost perfect I say, it could do with one of the snack pockets being waterproof - I had soggy wine gums yesterday :(

Andy G
Almost perfect

Been using this pack for around a month on trail runs and hikes with my dog.
Fit is fine for me as a 6ft guy carrying a few extra pounds. Pack is comfortable on the move with no bouncing or swaying when running.

Plenty of storage in the main zipped body of the pack and the stretch stash pocket adds extra easy access storage for a waterproof.

Inside the pack is a nifty zipped compartment just big enough for wallet and keys.

The storage options on the front/harness part of the pack work well, the phone pocket takes my iPhone 6 easily and the stretchy pouches are handy for quick access to gels. The elasticated bits at the tops of the pockets also means anything stored won’t fall out.

The larger draw cord pocket on the right strap just about fits a 500ml soft bottle however I’ve found the bottle sits a little high especially if using a tube.

My one main complaint is the zipped wing pockets - these would be fantastic for soft items like gloves, buffs etc which you might need quick access to but for me the positioning is not right, no matter how much I contort myself I cannot reach the pockets and would be fearful of trying to open them on the move in case items fell out.
I have a Camelbak running pack with zipped pockets which sit far more forward and as such are much easier to access, other running packs currently on the market also appear to have much better positioning of these sorts of pockets. My Camelbak and other packs are however about twice the price of the Artlu.

Overall a decent pack, comfy and with plenty of big volume storage that is nearly perfect save for the inaccessible zipped pockets. Factor in the price you really can’t go wrong.

2nd version

Gave my first pack away to a friend and so got a new one (the grey version). Much better chest straps. Was able to cinch it down and make it fit which got rid of the annoying bouncing. Was so happy with this new pack. Then took it on a cold and wet day in Wales, took it off and on a few times to retrieve kit and change clothes. At some point, one half of the top chest strap fell off. Alpkit kindly provided a replacement but it was the old strap which now makes it far too big again

Doesn’t fit

This is a great pack in terms of features. It is just the right size for waterproofs and some food and it carries my poles well.
However, I have all the straps as small as they can go and it’s still too big (and I’m not little). I’m 5’7” and size 10/12 which isn’t petite at all. Even the chest straps are too long so for a man of similar height they’d be far too big. There’s loads of extra length in all the straps so I’m not sure why it’s been made so big, particularly as it’s aimed at long distance runners.
I’m not sure if the answer is to make two sizes or just to increase the adjustment but it makes the pack fairly useless as it bounces around.

Sits ok for me - odd choice of pockets though

I really wanted this pack to work and it mostly does. It arrived this morning and I took it out for a quick trot. I got it to sit snug on me with all the straps cinched up (I have a 42" chest, it might be a bit baggy for women or slighter framed fellas).

The only real disappointment here is the "phone/gps" strap pocket. This will not take the current form factor phones most peeps are using for outdoor nav. It does just take a Z3 Compact. Any screen size past that will not fit. This seems like a huge design oversight. Like many people nowadays I mostly use a watch and occasionally whip out a phone for taking a look at a map. It not fitting in that dedicated pocket nor the bottle holder (fits but you can't close over it so it will fall out when running) means you have no strap real estate to fix a holder to.

It seems that this must be super clumsy product design for this to not have been caught with a prototype.

Brilliant design but bounces on the run

This is a great pack, really well thought-out, so many useful and varied pockets for everything. It's exactly what I wanted in a running pack, bar one fatal flaw - it bounces, and all the movement leads to chafing. I suspect this is due to me being below the minimum size for which the pack was designed (I'm either too thin so get too much movement as I can't tighten the straps enough, or too short so the straps don't sit where they should, or likely a bit of both). For reference, I'm female, 158cm tall, UK size 6-8 in clothes, XS in running kit, all my Alpkit kit is size 8. I've tried tightening all the straps as much as possible but it still moves when I run with it - there's just too much space under it when I'm wearing a single layer of kit, which is always in the summer and most of the time in spring and autumn. By mile 3 of my run today I was extremely sore from the bouncing causing the straps to chafe my neck, by mile 5, I'd resorted to a complicated arrangement of pulling my shirt collar up through the straps and wearing a buff pulled down the other way to try to make some sort of barrier - ineffective and needed rearranging every 500m or so. On my way home, the weather turned and I needed my jacket - this did improve the situation - the added bulk reduced the bouncing somewhat and the collar reduced the chafing on my neck. As such, I can see this being brilliant for winter runs where I'm wearing more/thicker layers, or for walking or cycling where there is less body movement, but it's just not going to work for me as a running pack for most of the year. I want to love it but I value the skin on my neck too much.

What They Say: Kudos - Product Reviews from independent magazines and websites

Artlu on Outdoors Magic

"It was designed with the Fell Running Association minimum kit list requirements in mind, which include a spare thermal layer, emergency blanket, plus a waterproof jacket and trousers."


Outdoors Magic March 2019 - Daniel Neilson

My Outdoors Review the Artlu

The Artlu has been designed to meet the Fell Runners Association kit list, with its 10 litre capacity it boasts enough room for big adventures.


My Outdoors April 2019 - Davy Wright

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