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The Best Hydration Pack: Distance Running

There are dozens of hydration packs out there. Which ones are best for specific activities, such as mountain biking, running marathons, or a weekend hike?

Marathoner     Photo: Courtesy of CamelBak

A:I’m a reformed marathoner, but I still like to road and trail run. The right pack makes it even more enjoyable.

For a long day of running, you want something light and comfortable, with just enough capacity to keep you hydrated and fed. Something like the CamelBak Marathoner Hydration Vest ($100). It’s a light, sleek pack that stays close to your body. It can carry 70 fluid ounces of water, and the CamelBak Big Bite valve makes it easy to get a drink. Cargo pockets hold a cell phone or gel packs, and a mesh pocked can carry a light jacket or vest.

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