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Salomon S-Lab Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 4, 2019

based on 549 reviews

We have checked hundreds of reviews and found 13 reasons to buy the S-Lab - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

87% of the reviewers give the Salomon S-Lab a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (79%)
Good (8%)
Average (7%)
Poor (2%)
Bad (1%)


Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the Salomon S-Lab:

Reviewers like these things about the Salomon S-Lab

  • One user thought that the soft flask are splendid because they are so comfortable that you don't even know they’re there.
  • Another user said that the overall construction and complex stitching justify the price.
  • Some reviewers thought it’s well-made and ideal for a marathon.
  • One user described it as absolutely brilliant and a must for all trail runners.
  • Many users find it as a fantastic hydration vest, very comfortable, no movement when running and with plenty of storage.
  • Others dubbed it as the best running vest.
  • Many chose it for its comfortable and perfect fit.
  • Other reviewers thought that the bag has whistle & emergency blanket.
  • A lot of users thought it’s a really good piece of kit as it holds other items needed on a long run like keys, phone, spare change, snacks, waterproof, etc.
  • Others appreciate that it comes with bottles with large opening, making it easier to pour in hydration mixes.
  • Some noted how the bottles collapse as you drink so there is no sloshing.
  • Many users find it cleverly designed and all pockets seem in the right place.
  • Runners dubbed it as a fantastic piece of gear, super lightweight, they hardly remember they’re wearing it.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Some users say it is way too small.
  • One user thought that some of the toggle bits that hold things are a little annoying.


Crowdsourced specs across all Salomon S-Lab models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity20 l (1220 cuin)
Weight iconWeight0.15-1.55 oz (0.1-0.7 kg)
Length iconLength13-21 in (33-53 cm)
Width6-15.5 in (15-39 cm)
Height2-5 in (5-13 cm)

The bag is recommended for these activities:


Popular Models

Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra

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88% choose the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra

88 %
Colors and combinations:


Salomon S-Lab Ultra

12% choose the Salomon S-Lab Ultra

12 %
Colors and combinations:


Weight iconWeight0.8 oz (0.4 kg)
Length iconLength13 in (33 cm)
Width9 in (23 cm)
Height5 in (13 cm)

Salomon S-Lab sense ultra vs S-Lab ultra

The two most popular Salomon S-Lab models are the S-Lab sense ultra and the S-Lab ultra, so let's compare them:

The S-Lab sense ultra

Popularity and Prices

In total, 100% of the people interested in the Salomon S-Lab bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the S-Lab sense ultra which is choosen by 88% (7.3 times as many as the 12% that choose the S-Lab ultra).

S-Lab sense ultraS-Lab ultra
Most popular

Features and Colors

Both models are available in black and blue.

Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Salomon S-Lab features:
  • Reflective
  • Hydration compatible
  • Seam taped
  • Hydration bladder
  • Side pockets
  • Stretch mesh

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Water resistant
  • Moisture wicking
  • Waterproof
  • Water bottle pockets
  • Carry-on size

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.

Capacity/Weight Levels

The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

2020 l1.3 oz0.06 oz/L


vs Salomon Bags

The Salomon S-Lab ranks #3 compared with the other Salomon bags.

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vs All Bags

The Salomon S-Lab ranks #722 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Selected Reviews

I Run Far

The S-Lab Sense Ultra 8 Set Pack is a huge improvement over its predecessors in the Salomon line. If fact, I think that the only pack that can challenge it on the market currently is the Nathan VaporKrar (my review to come here on iRunFar soon) in terms of fit, breathability, and lack of bounce.

Posted 17 August 2017 by Tom Caughlan - Read full review

Run Ultra people

Run Ultra

All in all, this is a great bit of kit that oozes features and quality, not cheap – but there again, I can’t imagine it not lasting a really long time as it now accompanies me on every run and shows absolutely no sign of wear. It is ridiculously light, comfortable and versatile.

Posted 10 September 2015 by Steve Diederich - Read full review

Utah Outside

The Salomon S-LAB X ALP 20 pack is a well thought out mountaineering bag with all the features you need if you’re a hardcore guy/gal who sets speed records on big peaks.

Posted 31 July 2015 by Jared Hargrave - Read full review

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Last updated on July 04, 2019