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.

For more top-rated outdoor packs—including internal, external, daypacks, and more—check out our full Backpack ratings and reviews for thousands of independent gear reviews by real-world outdoor enthusiasts.

Categories

Hydration Packs
Lumbar/Hip Packs

Brands

CamelBak
Mountainsmith
Nathan
Ultimate Direction
Blackhawk!
Osprey
Teton Sports
Outdoor Products
Bergans
Geigerrig

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

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

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

Osprey Mira 26

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great little pack for the money. I'm an ultralight hiker and I can make this little pack work well for multi-day hikes. I'm an ultralight hiker. I can pack a hammock, straps, food, and change of clothing all in this pack. The rain cover pocket works great for a change of clothes or the legs to your shorts. I can put enough in it for about four days. The trampoline back I can take or leave; when you're hot and sweat is pouring off of you nothing short of being indoors will help. I love… Full review

Top-Rated Packs, Vests, Water Bottles

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
CamelBak Alpine Explorer reviewed Feb 10, 2015
$99 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
CamelBak Fourteener reviewed Jan 30, 2015
$95 - $145
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Tour TLS reviewed Dec 23, 2014
$60 - $74
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nathan Intensity reviewed Oct 15, 2014
$70 - $100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
CamelBak Day Star reviewed Oct 3, 2014
$50 - $80
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Direction PB Adventure Vest reviewed Sep 29, 2014
$160
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Blackhawk! Barrage Hydration Pack reviewed Sep 14, 2014
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Osprey Viper 7 reviewed Aug 13, 2014
$74 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Mira 26 reviewed Aug 5, 2014
$149 - $150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
CamelBak Charge LR 70 Oz Hydration Pack reviewed Jul 24, 2014
$58 - $110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Teton Sports Oasis 1100 reviewed Jun 25, 2014
$70 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Raptor 10 reviewed Jun 15, 2014
$18 - $120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Products Mist reviewed May 30, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Octane XCT reviewed May 15, 2014
$54 - $85
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Rev 6 reviewed May 12, 2014
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Bergans Rondane 6L reviewed Apr 21, 2014
$99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Geigerrig Rig 1600 reviewed Apr 13, 2014
$126 - $144
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Day TLS reviewed Apr 3, 2014
$63 - $84
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Osprey Manta 36 reviewed Mar 30, 2014
$160
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Osprey Raven 10 reviewed Mar 27, 2014
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
EMS Impulse Hydration Pack reviewed Mar 26, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Mountainsmith Day reviewed Mar 19, 2014
$80 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
CamelBak M.U.L.E. reviewed Mar 16, 2014
$75 - $109
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Manta 25 reviewed Mar 12, 2014
$25 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Mountainsmith Tour reviewed Jan 22, 2014
$70
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Gregory Sungem reviewed Jan 19, 2014
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Gregory Dipsea 6 reviewed Jan 10, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gregory Pace 3 reviewed Jan 9, 2014
$64 - $98
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
CamelBak Chaos reviewed Dec 22, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (11)
CamelBak Rim Runner reviewed Dec 9, 2013
$33 - $100
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UltrAspire Quantum Belt reviewed Nov 21, 2013
$29 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
CamelBak Delaney DC reviewed Nov 16, 2013
$49 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Platypus Origin 5 reviewed Nov 13, 2013
$90 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Tycoon Hydration Pack reviewed Nov 9, 2013
$99 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Dart TLS reviewed Nov 6, 2013
$24 - $34
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
CamelBak Cloud Walker reviewed Nov 3, 2013
$64 - $80
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Platypus Origin 3 reviewed Oct 31, 2013
$80 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Race Pro Extreme 4 reviewed Oct 29, 2013
$170
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Skin Pro 10+3 Set reviewed Oct 14, 2013
$105 - $150
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nathan Trail Mix reviewed Oct 9, 2013
$27 - $45
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Orange Mud HydraQuiver reviewed Jul 12, 2013
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Platypus Tokul X.C. 8.0 reviewed Jun 27, 2013
$60 - $89
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Platypus Duthie A.M. 12.0 reviewed Jun 17, 2013
$84 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Osprey Raptor 14 reviewed Jun 17, 2013
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Platypus Sprinter X.T. 35.0 reviewed Jun 13, 2013
$94 - $159
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
The North Face Waterproof Lumbar reviewed Apr 24, 2013
$37
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Osprey Manta 20 reviewed Mar 13, 2013
$140
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Osprey Raptor 6 reviewed Feb 21, 2013
$110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
CamelBak L.U.X.E. reviewed Feb 6, 2013
$75 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hydrapak Streamline reviewed Jan 13, 2013
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