NATHAN Sports’ Pinnacle 12L Hydration Vest Earns REI Co-op Editors’ Choice Award

June 22, 2021

The company’s new lightweight hydration vest earned praise for unmatched comfort and storage

Fountain Valley, CA – NATHAN Sports is thrilled to announce that its latest innovation in hydration vest technology, the Pinnacle 12L, has earned the REI Co-op Editors’ Choice Award. These awards honor the top-performing gear carried by the retailer, and the new Pinnacle vest struck testers with its ingenious storage design and lightweight materials.

The Pinnacle 12L, launched May 2021, was designed to be 20% lighter and more breathable than any other NATHAN pack, with the addition of thoughtful storage solutions. The vest has a total of 13 pockets, including a large, easy-entry diagonal zipper pocket across the back and two water-resistant pockets on the chest for your phone and other essentials. Tapered panels along the back of the vest offer a chimney wicking effect to keep your back dry throughout your run, and a newly-designed longer back panel helps disperse carrying capacity. The Pinnacle 12L comes with a 1.6L insulated hourglass bladder, and is available for $200.

“It is an honor to receive an Editors’ Choice Award from REI,” Mary Harden, Director of Brand Marketing at Nathan, said. “As the leader in outdoor retail, REI’s dedication to accessing and elevating the outdoor experience is unparalleled, and just one of the many reasons they’re an exceptional partner to Nathan. We strongly share REI’s belief in the inspiration of the great outdoors, and our Pinnacle 12L Vest was designed to help runners achieve and enjoy that experience in total comfort with no performance compromise. This award validates the hard work and thoughtfulness that went into the design and development of the Pinnacle 12L Hydration Vest.”

According to the REI editorial team, “The Pinnacle 12L stood out for its unmatched comfort, performance and capacity. Whether we loaded the vest down with gear and snacks, or simply used it to stow water and keys, the Pinnacle 12L consistently felt light on our backs. This is far and away our top pick for runners going any distance, but especially those headed out for several hours.”

The REI Editors’ Choice Awards are determined by months of field testing, REI expertise, co-op member and customer feedback, and sustainability attributes. The top-performing equipment and apparel are featured in Gear Guides on Expert Advice [[link: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice]], and the best of the best are honored with an REI Co-op Editors’ Choice Award.

Press Contacts:

Maddie Jarrard, Purple Orange PR maddie@purpleorangepr.com

Mary Harden, United Sports Brands mharden@unitedspb.com

The full list of the 2021 REI Co-op Editors’ Choice Awards are available here: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/rei-editors-choice-awards.html

About NATHAN Sports

For over 40 years, Nathan has provided best-in-class essentials designed to help runners enhance and improve their performance, mile after mile and year after year. Our hydration vests and handhelds, waist and running packs, safety gear and apparel, offer a perfect balance of form, fit and function for athletes at all levels. Whether running a mile, a marathon or more, our wide range of running gear delivers on what matters most to our community – intuitive design, comfort, quality and smart storage. As the market leader, and inspired by the journey itself, Nathan continues to strive to offer runners the best, purpose-driven solutions to have their best runs. Nathan products are available online as well as specialty running shops, outdoor retailers, and sporting goods stores in 45 countries and counting. NATHAN is part of the United Sports Brands portfolio of sports performance and protective product brands including Shock Doctor, McDavid, Cutters and GLUKOS which are owned by Bregal Partners, a private equity investment firm. For more information, visit NATHAN at www.NathanSports.com or United Sports Brands at