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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The best packs, vests, water bottles, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on June 4, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.
Recent Pack, Vest, or Bottle Reviews
Superb and long lasting water storage with big capacity and without bad taste. My first water bladder/storage was made by Ortlieb and a terrible disappointment as it brought an intense plastic taste to every water you put in and it was leaking constantly when lying on its side—which was told to me NOWHERE before except in a small note on the manufacturer's homepage. But enough of this, as a replacement I got the Sea to Summit waterbag, Pack Tap as it is now called, in 10l size. That was in 2009… Full review
A mixed bag: really good for some use cases, but irritating for others. The concept has a thin waterproof (mylar?) bladder in a sturdy (cordura) outer shell that protects the inner shell, has convenient soft handles and lash points. This works, have not had any leaks yet (and the inner would be replaceable). The silicon valve pours well and is self-closing (needs continuous pressure to stay open). In practice this needs two hands and a surface to pour (pot on ground, bladder in two hands; or bladder… Full review
Another industry standard, before... Tried, tested—and probably outmoded. Before they made drink containers, Sigg were a market leader in fuel carriers. The leakproof qualities were revelatory, when many people would carry Coleman fuel in the purchase tin, methylated spirits in a thin plastic bottle and kerosene, in whatever old can was available. Leaky, smelly, and flammable backpacks were a not-uncommon sight, which meant that Sigg bottles were eagerly adopted in the UK when they became… Full review
Nice, small hydration pack, but cheaper than the old one. I've used an older version of the Rogue for close to 10 years, so it has held up well. This new version has some "short-cuts", or silly weight saving measures that effect the quality and usability of this pack. The old version had a nice velcro strap to open to easily remove the bladder; the new version has only a piece of elastic with little room to force a full bladder back into its sleeve. This new version has a very small little "pocket-opening"… Full review
Klean Kanteen's Insulated TKWide stands out among the plethora of vacuum insulated bottles on the market. It's non-leaking (with Café Cap or other leakproof options) and keeps drinks hot or cold for long hours. Made from stainless steel it's easy to keep clean and comes in a range of sizes and colors. In a world overflowing with water bottle options, the Insulated TKWide stands out as a good-looking, well made, everyday bottle for anyone on-the-go to work, school, errands, sports (if you're able… Full review
One-litre insulated water bottle with wide mouth and double cap with narrow aperture for drinking The CamelBak Chute Mag 32 oz insulated stainless steel bottle I bought this bottle for walks in warm weather. On warm days you need extra water, so I wanted a one-litre bottle. I wanted it to be insulated because water in a single-walled bottle becomes unpleasantly warm after a few hours in the sun. This bottle fitted the bill. I was also attracted by its double cap. I like bottles with a wide mouth… Full review
Keep your cold beverages cold and your hot ones hot... The Klean Kanteen Classic, available in many colors. I received my Klean Kanteen as part of a prize package. I've been using it almost daily for over a year now and I love it. I take it to work and to play. Klean Kanteen is a family- and employee-owned, U.S. based company that's been around since 2004. They began the reusable, stainless steel water bottle revolution. They state, "From the very beginning, Klean Kanteens have been built with… Full review
The Microlite 1000 Twist is a double-walled steel bottle that holds a liter of...whatever. It is a very effective insulator for keeping things cold (and presumably hot, though I have only used it in hot weather). It is lightweight, durable, and different in some key ways than some of its competitors. It’s a worthy choice if you’re looking for an insulated steel bottle that’s slightly lighter weight and less expensive. INTRODUCTION Insulated steel bottles have become increasingly popular due… Full review
This backpack is great for a day hike, even if the heat is high. The backpack is very lightweight and stylish. It is very functional and has many pockets. I came into it thinking it was a small backpacking backpack and I was mistaken. It is just a very large daypack, although I have stretched it into an overnight bag. The frame feels amazing and puts the weight on your hips. It has tons of nice features that you can tell someone put a lot of time thinking about. Overall this backpack is what I… Full review