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

High Sierra
Deuter
Nathan
Kelty
DaKine
JanSport
Dynafit
Mountainsmith
Columbia
Osprey

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 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

Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Vest pack with two 24 oz bottle holders high on the back. By default, this system has two velcro closed pockets on the shoulder straps for holding small items like food or lighting. Two expandable chest pockets are also included. I purchased this item because I specifically do not like to run with bladder systems. The bottle holders are very easy to reach to grab or place back your hydration and never feels like you're "sloshing." Plenty of pockets come with the system by default and it has the… Full review

UltrAspire Kinetic Bottle Vest

rated 4 of 5 stars Versatile, comfortable, flexible, usable. Skeptical at first, but this pack has become a fave! Normally I don't think I would have picked this pack for myself, I thought I was a bladder guy. After trying it out a few times I was pretty happy with it. I remember a few people asking me about the pack at the time and commenting how my elbows would hit the bottles. That has been no problem at all. The location is in a great spot I think. Lower on the back creates a nice low center of gravity, feels… Full review

Top-Rated Packs, Vests, Water Bottles

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High Sierra Wave 50 Hydration Pack
$13
Deuter Belt I Lumbar/Hip Pack
$13 - $19
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Nathan Mirage Pak Lumbar/Hip Pack
$15 - $24
Kelty Warbler Lumbar/Hip Pack
$22 - $29
DaKine Hip Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$16
 
Nathan Phantom Pak BlackLight Lumbar/Hip Pack
$17
Deuter Belt II Lumbar/Hip Pack
$17
JanSport Fifth Avenue Lumbar/Hip Pack
$17
Dynafit React 600 Hydration Pack
$17
Mountainsmith The Fanny Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$18 - $21
Columbia Classic Outdoor Lumbar Lumbar/Hip Pack
$18
High Sierra Wave 70 Hydration Pack
$18 - $20
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Osprey Rev Solo Hydration Pack
$20 - $29
CamelBak Delaney Fit Lumbar/Hip Pack
$20 - $40
Lowe Alpine LightFlite 5 Lumbar/Hip Pack
$20 - $22
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Chums Deluxe Hip Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$20 MSRP
Amphipod AirFlow MicroStretch Plus Race Belt Lumbar/Hip Pack
$21
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini Hip Pack 1L Lumbar/Hip Pack
$22 - $29
Granite Gear Hip Wing Lumbar/Hip Pack
$23 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Skeeter Hydration Pack
$23 - $40
Mountainsmith Vibe Lumbar/Hip Pack
$24 - $29
Cabela's Merritt 8L Hydration Pack Hydration Pack
$24
Cotopaxi Bataan 3 Fanny Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25
Ultimate Direction Jurek Essential Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25 - $34
EMS Travel Fanny, Small Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25
Amphipod AirFlow Microstretch Belt Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Vibe II Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25 MSRP
Eagle Creek Tailfeather Lumbar/Hip Pack
$27 - $39
DaKine Aux Hip Pack 10L Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25
Bergans Skarstind Hip Pack 3 Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25
Salomon Agile Belt 250 Set Lumbar/Hip Pack
$27
DaKine 2 For 1 Hip Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$27
Amphipod Airflow Endurance Lumbar/Hip Pack
$27
CamelBak Bootlegger Hydration Pack
$27
CamelBak Kicker Hydration Pack
$27 - $43
Exped Mini Belt Pouch Lumbar/Hip Pack
$27 - $34
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Mini M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack
$28 - $50
Nathan Mercury 2 Lumbar/Hip Pack
$29
Deuter Pulse One Lumbar/Hip Pack
$29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Roo Lumbar/Hip Pack
$29 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UltrAspire Quantum Belt Lumbar/Hip Pack
$29 MSRP
The North Face Roo II Lumbar/Hip Pack
$29 MSRP
The North Face Enduro Belt 1 Lumbar/Hip Pack
$29 MSRP
CamelBak FlashFlo LR Hydration Pack
$30 - $60
Amphipod AirFlow Trail Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$30
Salomon Hydro 45 Lumbar/Hip Pack
$30
Ultimate Direction Access Lumbar/Hip Pack
$30 MSRP
Nathan IceStorm Insulated Waist Pak Lumbar/Hip Pack
$30
Cabela's Merritt 14L Hydration Pack Hydration Pack
$30
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
CamelBak HydroBak Hydration Pack
$30 - $50
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