Packs, Vests, Water Bottles

Whether it's a single handheld water bottle for a quick midday run or a hydration pack equipped for a full day on the trail, you need some way to carry your running gear and essentials. Check out our reviews, ratings, and price comparisons, for the top hydration and lumbar packs, belts, and vests, plus water bottles and reservoirs of all sizes for on-the-go adventures.

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Category

Hydration Packs
Lumbar/Hip Packs

Brand

CamelBak
Ultimate Direction
Mountainsmith
Osprey
Geigerrig
Platypus
Salomon
Nathan
Orange Mud
The North Face

User

Unisex
Men's
Women's
Kids'

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 and above

Recent Pack, Vest, or Bottle Reviews

CamelBak Rim Runner

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I purchased this pack for day hikes and I wanted a hydration pouch because if I carry a bottle in my pack, I don't drink enough. I am too lazy to get it out of the pocket it is in and drink. I like its size for a day outing, enough space for a rain jacket and more. The straps make it easy to tailor it to the size you want. The quality is good. Bottom line is I really like this pack. I am a woman, 5'7", and this pack fits me fine, so I would call this pack unisex. I find it comfortable. The straps… Full review

Mountainsmith Tour

rated 4 of 5 stars This pack is very well made, with just the right size for both short hikes, weekend, and in town use. There is enough room to carry two small water bottles, a light jacket or sweater, a book, a packed lunch, wallet etc... I esp. like the Smart Phone storage area in back and brighter interior. The only downside is I wish they made a women's version of this pack, for those with smaller waists, because I've got excess strappage whenever I click the strap, and I'd like to find something to keep it out… Full review

Geigerrig Tactical 1600

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This amazing hydration pack has an almost indestructible hydration engine that is easy to clean and room to bring everything you need for any daylong adventure. Disclaimer: I was provided with this pack by Geigerrig to trial and review. I have had a Geigerrig Rig 1600 (their non-tactical pack of the same capacity) that I purchased as a consumer two years ago, and throughout this review I will make comparisons between the two. (Left: Rig 1600 Tactical, Right: Rig 1600)THE SHORT REVIEW I LOVE THIS… Full review

CamelBak Scout

rated 4 of 5 stars Although marketed as a child's hiking pack, the Scout can be used by adults as well. It's lightweight and has enough space for a small amount of gear and snacks, and comes with a 1.5 litre water reservoir. Offering minimal shift, I have used this pack as an introductory running pack. I would recommend the Scout to anyone interested in getting into endurance running, particularly if they are on a budget. As a 5 foot tall adult beginning to take running more seriously, I was thrilled to find this… Full review

CamelBak Rim Runner

rated 3 of 5 stars Overall good product. Use for longer day hikes. A generally good product. The straps can cause a little fatigue around the neck and shoulder on longer hikes. Definitely for walking and NOT running. Holds plenty of water with additional side pockets for two water bottles. easy access to gear with a full zip opening. Holds plenty of food/gear for a full day of hiking. For taller people the waist strap rides high and is better just taken off. It is great for hydration with an easy to fill large Camelbak… Full review

Geigerrig Rig 700M

rated 5 of 5 stars These are the best packs I've ever used! High quality materials and well engineered. I bought my first pack for mtn biking. Since then I've gotten rid of all of my other packs and replaced them all with Geigerrig. What sold me on the quality was a Saturday mountain biking trip. On a fast (30+mph) downhill section the rider in front me went down. I also went down and landed on a rock the size of a cantaloup. I didn't feel it due to the pressurized bladder. The only damage was a blown zipper. One… Full review

Geigerrig Rig 1200

rated 5 of 5 stars Best out there!!! I own four Geigerrigs! The Rig, Guardian, 700 and 1200. One of these packs are used daily depending on my task for the day. My 1200 is used to pack in along with the rest of the my gear I carry to my cabin. From there my Rig takes over.  The 1200, like the others, has a hydration engine like no other! Being able to feel pressurize and spray water is a must in the back country. Being able to irrigate a wound, give your dog water, wash out your eyes, rinse dished etc. and unlike… Full review

Ultimate Direction Fastpack 15

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great pack for long days in the mountains; even a bare bones overnighter. I've now had about dozen mountain runs in the 18-25 mile range with this pack and can state unequivocally, it's a keeper. This is really a nice sized pack for an all day adventure; with its stretch pockets it's very close to 20 liters. I typically have mine loaded with 6-8 lbs (about 1/2 that in water). Pack carries very nicely—no bounce or sway and it's very comfortable. The pockets are laid out nicely and easy to access. Full review

Amphipod PURErun Trail Stainless 16oz

rated 4 of 5 stars A great running pack with space for a snack and a bottle. Also has space for a shirt removal. I was able to fit a full size men's bi-fold wallet into the pocket, although it is not really designed for that much. Pack is very comfortable, sits surprisingly well during constant activity. This is a good pack that is comfortable to wear even during the most intense activities. I wore it for work during 95-degree weather, stacking heavy objects and furniture onto pallets in the direct sunlight for three… Full review

Top-Rated Packs, Vests, Water Bottles

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user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
CamelBak Cloud Walker Hydration Pack
$64 - $85
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Direction PB Adventure Vest Hydration Pack
$94
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
CamelBak M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack
$88 - $110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
CamelBak Rim Runner Hydration Pack
$99 - $104
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Mountainsmith Day Lumbar/Hip Pack
$67 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Mountainsmith Tour Lumbar/Hip Pack
$60 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Raptor 10 Hydration Pack
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
CamelBak Fourteener 20 Hydration Pack
$103 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
CamelBak BlowFish Hydration Pack
$90
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Geigerrig Rig 1600 Hydration Pack
$158 - $175
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
CamelBak Magic Hydration Pack
$57 - $100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Geigerrig Rig 1200 Hydration Pack
$165
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Raven 10 Hydration Pack
$130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Platypus Tokul X.C. 8.0 Hydration Pack
$75 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Manta AG 28 Hydration Pack
$165
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon S-Lab Adv Skin 12Set Hydration Pack
$180
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nathan Trail Mix Lumbar/Hip Pack
$65
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
CamelBak Pursuit 24 LR 100 Oz Hydration Pack
$112
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack 2 Hydration Pack
$150
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
CamelBak L.U.X.E. Hydration Pack
$88 - $110
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
CamelBak Rogue Hydration Pack
$56 - $85
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Osprey Raptor 14 Hydration Pack
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Direction Fastpack 15 Hydration Pack
$119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Orange Mud HydraQuiver Single Barrel Hydration Pack
$85
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Sport Hiker Lumbar/Hip Pack
$85
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Viper 13 Hydration Pack
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nathan Intensity Hydration Pack
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Geigerrig Tactical 1600 Hydration Pack
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Verve 13 Hydration Pack
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
CamelBak Lobo Hydration Pack
$55 - $100
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Octane XCT Hydration Pack
$84 - $85
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Osprey Rev 1.5 Hydration Pack
$35
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nathan VaporCloud Hydration Pack
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
CamelBak HydroBak Hydration Pack
$42 - $50
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Deuter Pulse Four EXP Lumbar/Hip Pack
$38
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Classic Hydration Pack
$48 - $60
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
CamelBak Arete 18 Hydration Pack
$52 - $65
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Nathan Mirage Pak Lumbar/Hip Pack
$11 - $20
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Skeeter Hydration Pack
$39
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Mini M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack
$49 - $50
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
CamelBak Scout Hydration Pack
$59 - $60
Geigerrig Guardian Rig Hydration Pack
$125
CamelBak H.A.W.G. LR Hydration Pack
$128 - $160
EMS Tacamo Hydration Pack Hydration Pack
$52
EMS Berm Hydration Pack Hydration Pack
$44
Arc'teryx Norvan 7 Hydration Vest Hydration Pack
$179
Lowe Alpine Space Case Lumbar/Hip Pack
$55
Nathan Trail Mix Plus Lumbar/Hip Pack
$50
CamelBak M.U.L.E. LR Hydration Pack
$85 - $150
Exped Mini Belt Pouch Lumbar/Hip Pack
$34
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