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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Hydration Packs
Lumbar/Hip Packs


Fuel Belt
Ultimate Direction
High Sierra




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

Recent Pack, Vest, or Bottle Reviews

Osprey Rev 1.5

rated 4 of 5 stars A very comfortable running pack with numerous features. I've owned the Rev 1.5 going on two years and it's taken me on several mountain running adventures. First and foremost, it's very comfortable running. This makes or breaks running packs; this one makes it. The 1.5 liter bladder actually holds closer to 2 liters. It's detachable so the hose can stay place and remain routed. This makes for quicker and easier filling. The baffled bladder eliminates a lot (but not all) sloshing. I love Osprey's… Full review

Fuel Belt Crush

rated 4 of 5 stars Good hip solution to carry water. I picked this up to use for trail running. It is lightweight and fits well. It has a nice closure that doesn't use a buckle. I like that it can use a variety of bottles. The pockets are small and can't hold a phone well. It does hold pocket size nutrition snacks, but not much more. On a trail run the bottle stayed secured and didn't bounce either full or half full. If you looking for a good hip based solution I'd give it a thumbs-up. It would be higher if it had… Full review

CamelBak Fourteener

rated 5 of 5 stars This backpack has a great suspension system and holds everything for a great full day hike! Quality throughout, everything works. I've been using the Camelbak HAWG since they invented them, that goes way back. I use it for mt biking, hiking and travel. I always check to see what new backpacks Camelbak is making and found the Fourteen 20 to be the best yet! It holds a ton and has an amazing back system that makes the pack feel light even when it's loaded and it stays cool on your back. The other… Full review

CamelBak Rim Runner

rated 5 of 5 stars An exchange issued under Camels' lifetime warranty program. My original (see picture) was about 14 years old, and the zipper system failed completely, so I received this replacement for free. Camel even included a new top of the line hydration bladder, for the one I did NOT even send back. Returned this old worn out original, and received new from Camelbak. Pack does fit well with very cushioned straps as well. The advertised volume is very true to size-maybe too much(?). Accessibility is very good,… Full review

Salomon Park Hydro Handset

rated 4 of 5 stars I use this handset for trail runs. It does take some time to adjust the fit and grip, but works well after that. I've been using it for about 3 months with no visible wear. Overall, I'm very happy with the product. I use this handset for trail runs/hikes. It allows for adjustment for the length of the hand and width of the wrist. It does take some time to adjust the fit and grip, but works well after that. I can see where people with small hands may feel as if the bottle is unbalanced. (I'm female/5'7")… Full review

Inov-8 Race Pro 4

rated 5 of 5 stars My go-to short distance, sub 2 hour, trail runner pack. This has been a great purchase. I have a variety of running packs I use dependent on where and how long I intend to run. This pack is great for sub 2 hour runs.  The fit is superb. It cinches tight and does not jiggle nor loosen during my runs. It is very comfortable to wear. The capacity is as advertised. Internally the bag fits my first aid kit, spare socks, tissues, and waterproof jacket.  The external bungee straps I put my ultralight… Full review

Mountainsmith Kinetic II

rated 4.5 of 5 stars My go-to hip pack. Napolean Dynamite would be proud. For bumming around outside of town, I love this pack. Big enough to hold snacks, camera, and drinks. It's comfortable, easy to work with and holds up. Overall it's great. Fit: Snug and ergonomic Comfort: Padded, good Capacity: Just enough for what you need for a day Organization and accessibility: I wish the drink pockets were just a tad deeper so it could hold store bought water bottles a bit more secure. If I transfer my drinks into the classic… Full review

Nathan Mirage Pak

rated 3 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 its shortcomings. UPDATE 7/9/15: Taped seams have separated all over the pack. My local running store replaced the first one for free and the 2nd one has just completely fallen apart as well. I spoke with Nathan Hydration and they have offered to send a replacement free of charge. GREAT customer service...this pack...we'll see. UPDATE 7/9/15: Taped seams have separated all over the… 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

Top-Rated Packs, Vests, Water Bottles

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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Fuel Belt Crush Lumbar/Hip Pack
Ultimate Direction Fury Lumbar/Hip Pack
Nathan Reflective Belt Lumbar/Hip Pack
DaKine Hip Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$12 - $19
JanSport Fifth Ave. Lumbar/Hip Pack
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Raptor 10 Hydration Pack
$15 - $119
High Sierra Passport Lumbar Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
Amphipod AirFlow Viz-Lite Lumbar/Hip Pack
Kelty Warbler Lumbar/Hip Pack
DaKine Crescent Hip Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
UltrAspire Ionize MBS Connector Lumbar/Hip Pack
Granite Gear Air Hip Wing Lumbar/Hip Pack
Granite Gear Hip Wing Lumbar/Hip Pack
REI Urbane Waistpack Lumbar/Hip Pack
JanSport Fifth Avenue Lumbar/Hip Pack
JanSport Fifth Ave. II Lumbar/Hip Pack
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Dart TLS Lumbar/Hip Pack
GoLite HydroSprint Lumbar/Hip Pack
REI Lode Lumbar/Hip Pack
$20 MSRP
DaKine Classic Hip Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
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
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Manta 25 Hydration Pack
Granite Gear Air Swift Lumbar/Hip Pack
$21 - $27
High Sierra Wave 50 Hydration Pack
DaKine Gigi Lumbar Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Direction Uno Lumbar/Hip Pack
Nathan Triangle Lumbar/Hip Pack
$22 - $30
High Sierra Wave 70 Hydration Pack
The North Face Enduro Belt 1 Lumbar/Hip Pack
$24 - $35
Mountainsmith Vibe TLS Lumbar/Hip Pack
$24 - $29
Osprey GrabBag Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25 MSRP
Lowe Alpine Lightflite 2 Lumbar/Hip Pack
Nathan 5k Runners Pak Lumbar/Hip Pack
JanSport Ashland Lumbar/Hip Pack
Amphipod AirFlow Microstretch Belt Lumbar/Hip Pack
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Vibe II Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25 MSRP
EMS Travel Fanny, Small Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25 MSRP
Eagle Creek Tailfeather Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25 MSRP
Lowe Alpine LightFlite 5 Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25 - $35
CamelBak Delaney Fit Lumbar/Hip Pack
$27 - $40
DaKine Aux Hip Pack 10L Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25 - $29
LokSak Splashsak Tern Dry Case/Pouch / Lumbar/Hip Pack
$26 - $32
Lowe Alpine Fjell Runner Lumbar/Hip Pack
DaKine 2 For 1 Hip Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$27 - $44
Amphipod Airflow Endurance Lumbar/Hip Pack
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nathan Trail Mix Lumbar/Hip Pack
$27 - $44
user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
CamelBak Rim Runner Hydration Pack
$27 - $100
Gregory Pace H1 Hydration Pack
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