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

Brands

CamelBak
Osprey
Platypus
Salomon
Nathan
Orange Mud
Ultimate Direction
REI
Maxpedition
Mountainsmith

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

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 it's stretch pockets it's very close to 20 litersI 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

CamelBak BlowFish

rated 4 of 5 stars Great multi-sport must-have! Whether you are hiking, cycling, fishing, or just plain walking, you'll have a hard time finding a product with greater utility. No more bottles rolling around stabbing you in the kidney, no more fumbling through endless pockets searching for a drink! I was given a red Camelbak Blowfish just after my sister gave me a mountain bike. It is hard to say which product was more useful, because Camelbak is built for survival. It holds your money, keys, and quite a bit of gear… Full review

Osprey Manta AG 28

rated 5 of 5 stars Osprey's Manta 28 is the perfect day hiking pack to carry layers, water, and a snack. With Osprey's Anti-Gravity back panel ventilation and foam shoulder straps, this pack sets you up for a cool smooth hike. The free rain cover and water bladder complement the many other features this pack has to offer. My use: I got this pack 3.5 years ago for day hikes and have been using it ever since. I normally hike around 10 miles on day hikes in the New Hampshire Whites or the Green Mountains in Vermont. Full review

GoMotion Orion

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Perfect companion to early morning runs! Disclosure: The author of this review is a brand ambassador for GoMotion. I have had the opportunity to use the Orion light belt for about 6 months now and I am super impressed with its performance. I run primarily in the early morning hours—and I like to be seen while crossing roads! I normally run with at least one doggie running companion, so I feel an extra responsibility to make sure we are all safe and visible.  The light has three brightness settings… Full review

Geigerrig Rig 700

rated 4 of 5 stars A tough little hydro pack with lots of cool features, perfect for mountain biking, xc skiing, trail running, or any quick high output outdoor pursuit. Is it worth the steep price tag? Not convinced. A good word for this bag is "trick". It's full of little tricks, some of which I was still discovering a year later. I've had it for about two years now and it looks completely unscathed, having very robust materials. The inside hydration sleeve pocket is a bit stretched out, that's about it. The 700… Full review

Salomon S-Lab Adv Skin 12Set

rated 5 of 5 stars Amazing fit, so many features, and it is variable allowing a lot of flexibility. You'll forget you're wearing it. I definitely don't run much further than 30km at a time, so I was hesitant to pick up a pack designed more for long ultras. But with the variable conditions I run through this has ended up being a fantastic running vest/pack. Despite looking a little silly, I actually take it hiking too just because it is so comfortable. And when I need it just for holding a can of bear spray comfortably… Full review

CamelBak Arete 18

rated 3 of 5 stars The CamelBak Arete 18 is a light, minimalist bag that keeps your water accessible and also has room for a few items to take along on your venture. I got this bag at a great price. There were actually a lot of CamelBak packs available when I got this, but I chose this one because of the lightweight design and minimalist look. I also liked that I had room for a few items that I like to take with me, such as a packable rain jacket, small bottle of OJ, glucose meter, and keys. A little extra room isn't… Full review

Platypus Sprinter XT 35

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a great pack. Well-constructed, waterproof, comfortable (probably more comfortable for men), but it may not fit everyone’s hiking needs niche perfectly. I didn’t really like this pack to start. I had taken it on several day hikes and field work, but I couldn’t figure out its niche. It holds far more than I would take on a day trip, but not enough for my typical overnight. In an attempt to think about what other people would like to know and in reading reviews is when I really started… Full review

Top-Rated Packs, Vests, Water Bottles

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user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
CamelBak Cloud Walker Hydration Pack
$45 - $85
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Rev 6 Hydration Pack
$75
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Raptor 10 Hydration Pack
$120 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
CamelBak Magic Hydration Pack
$69 - $100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Raven 10 Hydration Pack
$109 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Platypus Tokul X.C. 8.0 Hydration Pack
$90 - $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
$175
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
$65 - $124
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
$77 - $110
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Skeeter Hydration Pack
$25 - $39
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Direction PB Adventure Vest Hydration Pack
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
REI Single Shot Lumbar/Hip Pack
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Tycoon Hydration Pack Hydration Pack
$99 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Maxpedition Sabercat Lumbar/Hip Pack
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Platypus Origin 9 Hydration Pack
$100 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
CamelBak PowderBak Hydration Pack
$99 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Swift II Lumbar/Hip Pack
$50 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
True North Double Diamond Lumbar/Hip Pack
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
True North Double Diamond SCS Lumbar/Hip Pack
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Source Race Hydration Pack
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Badlands HyperHydro Hydration Pack
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Tour TLS Lumbar/Hip Pack
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Roo Lumbar/Hip Pack
$29 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Source DUNE X-Fit Hydration Pack
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Dart TLS Lumbar/Hip Pack
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
EMS Impulse Hydration Pack Hydration Pack
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
GoLite HydroSpeed Lumbar/Hip Pack
$50 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Red Oxx Gator Bag Lumbar/Hip Pack
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Madden Equipment Patrol Lumbar/Hip Pack
$130 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Race Pro 4 Lumbar/Hip Pack
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Junction 4 Hydration Pack
$69 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
CamelBak H.A.W.G. Hydration Pack
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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
CamelBak TransAlp Hydration Pack
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Dayhiker Lumbar/Hip Pack
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Cypher Hydration Pack
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Catalyst Lumbar/Hip Pack
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Starfish Hydration Pack
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Isis Hydration Pack
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Octane 14+ Hydration Pack
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
JanSport Celestial 3L Hydration Pack
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey AquaSource Hydration Pack
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Helios 8 Lumbar/Hip Pack
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Helios 12 Lumbar/Hip Pack
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Big Bear Lumbar/Hip Pack
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
CamelBak Peak Bagger Hydration Pack
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Gulper Hydration Pack
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DaKine Axis Hydration Pack
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