Nathan Firecatcher Hydration Vest Review

Nathan-Firecatcher-Hydration-VestThe Nathan Firecatcher Hydration Vest is designed to hold everything that you need during your workout while still allowing you to achieve peak performance. It frees up your hands and your mind as you focused on the most important task at hand: running.

Nathan Firecatcher Hydration Vest Overview

Gone are the days when you were forced to grab hold onto water bottles, face towels, keys, your cell phone, iPod, earphones, and anything else you needed during your jog. When trying to hold onto your items or store them in your pockets, not only do you stand the risk of losing some of them along the way, but it also interferes with your performance. Thankfully, technology has come a long way in making life and exercise easier and more convenience.

This hydration vest pack has a combination of excellent features, so let’s get right to it:


The first thing that you’ll likely notice with this vest is its bright and attractive colors. The navy blue and yellow color scheme not only adds an attractive appeal to the vest but is also reflective for visibility. These appear on the front as well as the back of the vest.

Despite its large storage capacity, the Nathan FireCatcher Hydration Vest is small in size so as not to add unnecessary weight on you. The vest is designed to snugly fit on the front and back of the upper torso. Here are few other notable features we liked: Nathan-Firecatcher-Hydration-Vest-1

1. Secure Strap

Connecting the back and the front part of the jacket is a single secure strap runs on each side of the torso. The straps ensure that the vest remains in place during the exercise. This way, you do not have to worry about it coming undone or uncomfortably bouncing along. These two straps are further secured by buckle closures which you can adjust to fit your chest circumference. This feature also allows multiple users of different body sizes to use the vest. In addition to this, the vest is designed to comfortably wrap around your torso and follow its natural contours.

2. High Quality Fabric

The Nathan FireCatcher Hydration Vest is designed in a simple and precise way, so as not to weigh you down. It achieves this lightweight and comfortable feel primarily through its highly breathable mesh fabric on the straps. The fabric is also finished off with reflective trim for visibility, which certainly can certainly come in handy when running in the dark or other low-visibility conditions. The vest is durable against abrasion and machine washing, so you don’t have to worry about it wearing out! Durability is guaranteed as long as the manufacturer’s instructions are followed.

One specific feature we love about this vest is that the edge of the Firecatcher is carefully finished off with a fleece-like fabric. This way, you do not have to worry about rough edges rubbing against your skin. This helps avoid chafing and facilitates utmost comfort.

3. Adequate Storage Pockets

The two front pockets are easy to reach and ideal for the storage of your water bottles. Each water bottle compartment has a capacity of 10 ounces, which is equal to a standard-sized jogging water bottle. If you don’t feel like you need to store both bottles, you can easily insert your phone, wallet, or other valuables in one of the front zippered pockets for easy safe storage. And don’t worry: It won’t throw the balance of the vest off! Those particular compartments lay flat when not in use and expand to up to three times their size. On the back of the vest is a 12-inch pocket large enough to hold a larger running gear, such as a 1.5-liter hydration bladder.


(a) Contains a bladder loop inside the interior rear pocket for extra security

(b) The buckles are lightweight, hence no added weight

(c) Not restrictive since the water bottle pockets can expand and contract depending on what items you put in them.

(d) Reflective stripes for safety in poorly lit conditions


(a) We personally don’t think this is a big deal, but if you use a bladder hose, you’ll need to insert it inside the bottle pocket, since the vest does not come with a clip to hold it.

Final Thoughts

The Nathan FireCatcher is a worthy investment for anyone who wants to put all their focus on jogging and not worry about losing their possessions along the way. The lightweight, breathable, and comfortable fabric is an added advantage, as the vest does not weigh you down. Besides the added features, the Nathan FireCatcher Hydration Vest is great piece of running gear for those looking for a hydration vest that doesn’t have too much storage space and allows you to constantly rehydrated.