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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Categories

Hydration Packs
Lumbar/Hip Packs

Brands

DaKine
Kelty
Granite Gear
JanSport
REI
Eagle Creek
Amphipod
Nathan
Osprey
High Sierra

Genders

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

Nathan Mirage

rated 4 of 5 stars This pack is perfect for the minimalist at heart, but beware of bounce with a smartphone. I'd buy it again even with it's shortcomings. This pack is all you need when you don't need much. I like to run with a car key, cell phone and some cash/card. For anything long enough to need more stuff, I carry a different pack. The Mirage is wonderfully expandable and will hold odd shaped items and much larger things than you might imagine. It weighs nearly nothing and dries out very quickly. It has a built… Full review

CamelBak Alpine Explorer

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent! This has become my go-to day pack. Purchased this pack in 2011 and after much use it's still going strong. Is my favorite day pack. Has an easily removable waist strap (never need or use it). Shoulder/sternum straps are well placed and comfortable. Pack rides very nicely. It holds plenty of gear for summer trips and most 3-season hikes. Pack has a several sections and a couple of nice smaller pockets (e.g., micro-lined pocket on top for glasses). All in all a nice design. Should I ever… Full review

CamelBak Fourteener

rated 4 of 5 stars Great pack for day trips. I bought this pack in 2014, so mine is most likely a newer model, than what is pictured. I can add pictures of mine, if anyone is curious.  This pack fits me great, I am 6'2" and about 195 lbs. and have no issues with the straps being long enough, in fact there is plenty for it to fit some one taller and larger than myself. As for comfort I have used a few other day packs (Osprey, which I enjoy) and this one is my favorite. The padding on the back and the belt is comfortable… Full review

Mountainsmith Tour TLS

rated 5 of 5 stars Some people might think a fanny pack will make you look like a nerd. But its durability and comfort make the Mountainsmith Tour TLS pack a great choice for day hikes, cross country skiing, and using as a man-purse (or lady purse) around town. Fit: This fanny lumbar pack will fit most adults. The heavier you are, the less coverage you'll get from the light padding on the hipbelt. I have a 32 inch waist, and I might get nervous if I was skinnier than a 30 inch waist. Mountainsmith says it will work… Full review

Nathan Intensity

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Nathan Intensity running vest is an excellent woman-specific pack for running medium to long distances. With a 70-ounce reservoir and pockets for gels and chews, it has plenty of capacity to cover several hours on the run year-round. Plus, it’s comfortable for hours and stable with no bounce. Best For: I highly recommend the Nathan Intensity to other women who run at least several hours at a time on trails or roads. Men may want to check out the HPL 020 model. Fit The Nathan Intensity is a… Full review

CamelBak Day Star 18

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Best as a daypack for light hiking, day trips, overnights, and city exploring. Also usable for commutes and school. Fit: Women and teens. The straps fit very well on large to mid-size chests. Adjustable shoulder straps and light chest strap.  Capacity: Hydration pocket fits two liter-bladder. The larger pocket can fit enough regular clothing for 2-3 nights or heavier outdoor gear for 1 night. It can also fit smaller textbooks and up to a 14-inch laptop. The smaller pocket is ideal for any smaller… Full review

Ultimate Direction PB Adventure Vest

rated 5 of 5 stars I rarely write a review where I don't have a con. I looked long and hard for one on this piece of gear, but really couldn't find it, at least in functionality. I'm a bigger runner, so I notice that you must get the bigger size with this product or it just will be too small. I love the amount of gear it can carry, very versatile if you don't want to put a bottle in you can use that pocket for a myriad of other uses.   Great gear for both road and trail. Highly recommend.   Full review

Blackhawk! Barrage Hydration Pack

rated 4 of 5 stars A heavy-duty "military style" 3-day pack that is designed to last forever, no matter what you do with it. Although BlackHawk! categorizes it as a hydration pack, I believe the hydration bladder is a small portion of this pack. I purchased this pack prior to a deployment overseas in 2008 and it still looks brand new today. In between being an every day carry item thru Kuwait and Afghanistan, it has also been used as a day pack for hikes and hunting. As well as a great commuter bag and travel bag. … Full review

Osprey Viper 7

rated 4 of 5 stars Huge Osprey Fan. I've owned three Osprey packs, and will likely own more in my future. This is a simple, do all pack for biking or quick hikes. Bought this on Steep and Cheap for a song, so it was a win no matter the outcome. This is a simple hydration pack that has plenty of features for everything you do. Great for mountain biking. Big enough for rain layer, snacks and tools, has hemet lock also. I also use mine as a quick daypack. Great for my First Aid, SOL kit and snacks. Stretchy outer stuff… Full review

Top-Rated Packs, Vests, Water Bottles

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DaKine Hip Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$10 - $19
Kelty Warbler Lumbar/Hip Pack
$11 - $21
DaKine Classic Hip Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$11 - $19
DaKine Gigi Lumbar Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$11
 
Granite Gear Air Hip Wing Lumbar/Hip Pack
$11
JanSport Fifth Ave. Lumbar/Hip Pack
$12
REI Urbane Waistpack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$12 - $16
Eagle Creek Tailfeather Lumbar/Hip Pack
$12 - $38
Amphipod AirFlow Microstretch Belt Lumbar/Hip Pack
$15 - $25
Nathan Phantom Pak Lumbar/Hip Pack
$15
REI Lode Lumbar/Hip Pack
$17
Osprey GrabBag Lumbar/Hip Pack
$17 - $20
High Sierra Passport Lumbar Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$17
JanSport Fifth Avenue Lumbar/Hip Pack
$17
JanSport Fifth Ave. II Lumbar/Hip Pack
$17
DaKine Crescent Hip Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$18
UltrAspire Ionize MBS Connector Lumbar/Hip Pack
$18
Nathan Reflective Belt Lumbar/Hip Pack
$18
Outdoor Products H2O Performance Hydration Pack
$18
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Skeeter Hydration Pack
$19 - $40
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Raptor 10 Hydration Pack
$19 - $120
REI Journey Waistpack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$20 - $26
Mountainsmith Nitro TLS Lumbar/Hip Pack
$20 - $24
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Chums Deluxe Hip Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$20 MSRP
Mountainsmith Nitro Lumbar/Hip Pack
$20 MSRP
JanSport Ashland Lumbar/Hip Pack
$21 - $25
Granite Gear Air Swift Lumbar/Hip Pack
$21
Mountainsmith Vibe TLS Lumbar/Hip Pack
$22 - $29
High Sierra Wave 50 Hydration Pack
$22
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Direction Uno Lumbar/Hip Pack
$22 - $30
Salomon Advanced Skin S-Lab 12 Set Hydration Pack
$22 - $153
 
Fuel Belt Crush Lumbar/Hip Pack
$23
Granite Gear Hip Wing Lumbar/Hip Pack
$23 MSRP
Amphipod AirFlow Viz-Lite Lumbar/Hip Pack
$23
Patagonia Hip Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$23 - $39
CamelBak Delaney Fit Lumbar/Hip Pack
$23 - $40
Nathan Triangle Lumbar/Hip Pack
$24 - $30
Nathan VaporStorm Hydration Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$24 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Dart TLS Lumbar/Hip Pack
$24 - $34
Lowe Alpine Lightflite 2 Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25
Salomon Hydro 45 Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25 - $34
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Manta 25 Hydration Pack
$25 - $149
Nathan 5k Runners Pak Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25
Lowe Alpine LightFlite 5 Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Vibe II Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25 MSRP
EMS Travel Fanny, Small Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25 MSRP
LokSak Splashsak Tern Dry Case/Pouch / Lumbar/Hip Pack
$26 - $32
 
Ultimate Direction Fury Lumbar/Hip Pack
$26
Lowe Alpine Fjell Runner Lumbar/Hip Pack
$26
Amphipod Airflow Endurance Lumbar/Hip Pack
$27
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