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

DaKine
Nathan
Kelty
Deuter
Chums
Mountainsmith
Granite Gear
Patagonia
CamelBak
Ultimate Direction

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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DaKine Gigi Lumbar Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$10 - $15
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Nathan Mirage Pak Lumbar/Hip Pack
$11 - $20
Kelty Warbler Lumbar/Hip Pack
$30
Deuter Belt I Lumbar/Hip Pack
$19
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Chums Deluxe Hip Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$20 MSRP
DaKine Hip Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$22
Mountainsmith Vibe Lumbar/Hip Pack
$21 - $29
DaKine Classic Hip Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$22
Mountainsmith The Fanny Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$22
Granite Gear Hip Wing Lumbar/Hip Pack
$23 MSRP
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini Hip Pack 1L Lumbar/Hip Pack
$23 - $29
Nathan Hipster Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25
CamelBak Delaney Fit Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25 - $40
Ultimate Direction Jurek Essential Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25
Kammok Pika Pack 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
EMS Travel Fanny, Small Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25 MSRP
Eagle Creek Tailfeather Lumbar/Hip Pack
$25 MSRP
Amphipod Airflow Endurance Lumbar/Hip Pack
$27
Nathan Mercury 2 Lumbar/Hip Pack
$28
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
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Skeeter Hydration Pack
$39
Amphipod AirFlow Trail Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$30
Cotopaxi Bataan 3 Fanny Pack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$30
Nathan The Zipster Lumbar/Hip Pack
$30
Nathan Triangle Lumbar/Hip Pack
$30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Direction Uno Lumbar/Hip Pack
$32 MSRP
UltrAspire Ionize MBS Connector Lumbar/Hip Pack
$32 MSRP
LokSak Splashsak Tern Dry Case/Pouch / Lumbar/Hip Pack
$32
Deuter Pulse Three Lumbar/Hip Pack
$33
Exped Mini Belt Pouch Lumbar/Hip Pack
$34
Mountainsmith Knockabout Lumbar/Hip Pack
$35
Fischer Thermo Drinkbelt Lumbar/Hip Pack
$35
Salomon Hydro 45 Lumbar/Hip Pack
$35
Granite Gear Nighthawk Lumbar/Hip Pack
$35 MSRP
Nathan SpeedDraw Plus Insulated Lumbar/Hip Pack
$35 - $37
Arc'teryx Maka 1 Bag Lumbar/Hip Pack
$35 - $49
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Osprey Rev 1.5 Hydration Pack
$35
Mountainsmith Drift Lumbar/Hip Pack
$37 - $49
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Deuter Pulse Four EXP Lumbar/Hip Pack
$38
Ultimate Direction Groove Stereo Lumbar/Hip Pack
$38
Exped Travel Belt Pouch Lumbar/Hip Pack
$39
CamelBak FlashFlo LR Hydration Pack
$39 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
CamelBak HydroBak Hydration Pack
$42 - $50
CamelBak Charm Hydration Pack
$40 - $50
REI Trail 5 Waistpack Lumbar/Hip Pack
$40
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