I've tried to carry water in every way imaginable. I think this piece of gear works best.
In our roundup of fall running essentials, this pack was our tester’s favorite for long runs. “It fits comfortably, its straps and pockets minimize bounce, and at six liters there’s just enough storage for the necessities,” wrote Andy Cochrane. The pack also includes two soft flasks for on-the-go hydration.
Contributor Aaron Gulley tested a slew of bike-specific hydration packs and this one was among our top three favorites. The Skyline was the smallest pack in the test—with only seven liters of gear capacity and a three-liter hydration bladder—but still had enough space for tools, a sandwich, and a…
Hydro Flask's mountain bike packs are designed to keep water cold for up to four hours
The last thing you want is to go for a drink and end up sipping dirty water
Built for hot day hikes, the Aleia has a mesh panel that’s suspended off the pack’s back, to promote airflow and prevent sweat buildup. There’s no bladder included, but the Aleia has a dedicated sleeve to drop in a reservoir of your choice and a spacious top-loading compartment. Its 22-liter…
We can’t help but love the nine-liter Tokul. It’s loaded with smart details, like magnets to keep the hydration hose secured when you’re not using it, a front pocket big enough for a helmet, reflective hits for visibility, and a foam back panel with ventilation channels. The included three-liter reservoir—with…
The streamlined Hydrobak is designed to carry a 1.5-liter reservoir and not much else. But that simplicity is its selling point, making this pack your best option on hot days: it weighs next to nothing and has a mesh harness that’s super breathable and quick drying.
For one thing, if you're feeling thirsty, drink up
Our gear editor praised Patagonia’s Nine Trails packs for their clean efficiency: “With a minimalist design and well-considered features, Patagonia has proven that when it comes to daypacks, simpler is better,” he writes. It’s available in both men’s and women’s sizes from 14 liters to 36 liters.
The Halo was designed for ultramarathons and all the extra gear they demand. The front bottle pockets keep water at the ready but also have lash points to holster trekking poles, while the pockets on the lower straps hold your phone, gels, or bars. The bladder-compatible Halo also has two…
Osprey blends running-vest performance with backpack capability in the Duro, which has four front pockets—two extra-large stretch-mesh ones for a phone and water, and two smaller ones for food. Six liters of space in the main compartment is enough for a jacket, headlamp, and other accessories, plus the included 1.5-liter…
The Ultra Pro 2in1 name is appropriate, since this model comes with a ten-liter pocket that completely detaches from the vest. Use the vest solo for fast, short runs, or attach the pocket for longer missions when you’ll need more food and gear. It comes with two long-straw flasks and…
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The Trail Mix 7 is built specifically to better fit around a woman’s bust. Compression straps that bring the load tighter to your back, reflective hits for 360-degree visibility, and seven liters of storage (in addition to the two-liter bladder) are icing on the cake.
A 15-liter backpack built on a running-vest chassis, the Distance is a hybrid hauler with dual front stretch pockets for snacks, a bladder sleeve, and dual side-compression straps that keep the load close. And its water-resistant, 210-denier nylon helps keep gear dry.
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We torture-tested the new crop of MTB-specific packs. Here are the 3 that held up best to the abuse.
Beat dehydration this summer with one of these great reservoirs: The Geigerrig Hydration Pack bladder, which comes standard in the brand's hiking and biking packs; the Platypus Big Zip SL, the most secure bladder we tested this season; or the Hydrapak Shape-Shift, which you can zip up in the middle to create a more dispersed load.