Top 150 Best Reviewed Running Backpacks - Buyers Guide 2018


As you know, it can be really annoying to run with a backpack on. Some backpack models are just not nice to run with even if they are officially called running backpacks!

So it's super important that you spend some time choosing the right running backpack for your needs.

You need to make sure the backpack is comfortable and big enough for your stuff (without ending up being too big and heavy to run with) - and at the same time it's super important that the backpack is of good enough quality, so it doesn't fall apart.

To help you choose, we have checked 17,073 reviews to find the best reviewed running backpacks.

Check out the top 150 list below - and the top 3 most popular running backpacks, if you just want to check out some of the most popular models (the models that most people end up buying).
How we rate the bags

We have checked thousands of reviews, so we can show you the weighted average rating of all the bags.

Using the average ratings, you can check what all the reviewers think instead of just viewing the subjective opinion of one specific reviewer.

It's much simplier to find the best bags that way.



Top 3 most popular running backpacks 2018


Osprey Daylite backpack
Osprey Daylite
Rated 4.5 based on 947 reviews.

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Camelbak MULE backpack
Camelbak MULE
Rated 4.4 based on 109 reviews.

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Camelbak Lobo backpack
Camelbak Lobo
Rated 4.7 based on 303 reviews.

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Below is the top 150 list based on the thousands of reviews we have checked.


Top 150 running backpacks 2018


Gregory Drift backpack
Gregory Drift
Price range $$
Gregory logo
5.0
3 reviews

Camelbak Zoid backpack
Camelbak Zoid
Price range $
Camelbak logo
5.0
3 reviews

Camelbak Solstice backpack
Camelbak Solstice
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
5.0
13 reviews

Deuter Attack backpack
Deuter Attack
Price range $$$
Deuter logo
5.0
4 reviews

Salomon Skin backpack
Salomon Skin
Price range $$
Salomon logo
5.0
6 reviews

OMM Adventure backpack
OMM Adventure
Price range $$
Omm logo
5.0
3 reviews

Osprey Radial backpack
Osprey Radial
Price range $$
Osprey logo
5.0
35 reviews

Osprey Dyna backpack
Osprey Dyna
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.9
38 reviews

Camelbak Aventura backpack
Camelbak Aventura
Price range $$$$
Camelbak logo
4.9
46 reviews

Osprey Raven backpack
Osprey Raven
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.9
81 reviews

Gregory Tempo backpack
Gregory Tempo
Price range $
Gregory logo
4.9
6 reviews

Camelbak Powderhound backpack
Camelbak logo
4.9
7 reviews

Dakine Session backpack
Dakine Session
Price range $$
Dakine logo
4.8
19 reviews

Gregory Citro backpack
Gregory Citro
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.8
6 reviews

Camelbak KUDU backpack
Camelbak KUDU
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.8
25 reviews

Osprey Zealot backpack
Osprey Zealot
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.8
131 reviews

Osprey Verve backpack
Osprey Verve
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.8
28 reviews

Ultraspire Zygos backpack
Ultraspire Zygos
Price range $$
Ultraspire logo
4.8
5 reviews

Osprey Viper backpack
Osprey Viper
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.8
247 reviews

Gregory Juno backpack
Gregory Juno
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.8
8 reviews

Camelbak Fourteener backpack
Camelbak Fourteener
2 bag types available.
Capacity 20-24 l (1220.5-1464.6 cuin)
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.8
156 reviews

Deuter Race backpack
Deuter Race
Price range $$$
Deuter logo
4.8
428 reviews

Osprey Skarab backpack
Osprey Skarab
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
30 reviews

Marmot Kompressor backpack
Marmot Kompressor
Capacity 22 l (1342.5 cuin)
Price range $
Marmot logo
4.7
171 reviews

Nathan HPL backpack
Nathan HPL
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Nathan logo
4.7
14 reviews

Osprey Syncro backpack
Osprey Syncro
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
682 reviews

Camelbak Phantom backpack
Camelbak Phantom
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.7
4 reviews

Camelbak Lobo backpack
Camelbak Lobo
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.7
303 reviews

Camelbak Skyline backpack
Camelbak Skyline
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.7
38 reviews

Osprey Talon backpack
Osprey Talon
2 bag types available.
Capacity 33 l (2013.8 cuin)
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
643 reviews

Osprey Raptor backpack
Osprey Raptor
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
369 reviews

Osprey Skimmer backpack
Osprey Skimmer
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.7
63 reviews

Ultimate Direction Fastpack backpack
Ultimate direction logo
4.7
73 reviews

Platypus Tokul backpack
Platypus Tokul
Price range $
Platypus logo
4.6
74 reviews

Osprey Manta backpack
Osprey Manta
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
87 reviews

Camelbak Coronado backpack
Camelbak Coronado
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.6
12 reviews

The North Face Electra backpack
The north face logo
4.6
75 reviews

Camelbak Cloud Walker backpack
Camelbak Cloud Walker
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.6
167 reviews

Camelbak HAWG backpack
Camelbak HAWG
Capacity 17 l (1037 cuin)
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.6
21 reviews

EVOC FR backpack
EVOC FR
Capacity 16-30 l (976-1830 cuin)
Price range $$$
Evoc logo
4.6
244 reviews

Camelbak Classic backpack
Camelbak Classic
Price range $
Camelbak logo
4.6
128 reviews

Osprey Mira backpack
Osprey Mira
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.6
83 reviews

Camelbak Helena backpack
Camelbak Helena
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.6
15 reviews

Camelbak Motherlode backpack
Camelbak Motherlode
Price range $$$$
Camelbak logo
4.6
62 reviews

Fox Portage backpack
Fox Portage
Price range $$
Fox logo
4.6
6 reviews

Patagonia Nine Trails backpack
Patagonia Nine Trails
Capacity 15 l (915 cuin)
Price range $$
Patagonia logo
4.6
23 reviews

Platypus Duthie backpack
Platypus Duthie
Price range $$
Platypus logo
4.6
113 reviews

Camelbak Thermobak backpack
Camelbak Thermobak
Price range $
Camelbak logo
4.6
377 reviews

Deuter Compact backpack
Deuter Compact
Price range $$
Deuter logo
4.6
31 reviews

Deuter Speed Lite backpack
Deuter Speed Lite
Price range $$
Deuter logo
4.6
844 reviews

Platypus Siouxon backpack
Platypus Siouxon
Price range $$
Platypus logo
4.6
13 reviews

Osprey Duro backpack
Osprey Duro
Price range $$
Osprey logo
4.5
73 reviews

Triwonder Marathoner backpack

4.5
660 reviews

Dakine Drafter backpack
Dakine Drafter
Price range $$
Dakine logo
4.5
4 reviews

Camelbak Kicker backpack
Camelbak Kicker
Price range $
Camelbak logo
4.5
4 reviews

Camelbak Ambush backpack
Camelbak Ambush
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.5
31 reviews

Osprey Rev backpack
Osprey Rev
Price range $
Osprey logo
4.5
38 reviews

Osprey Daylite backpack
Osprey Daylite
Capacity 13 l (793.3 cuin)
Price range $
Osprey logo
4.5
947 reviews

EVOC Stage backpack
EVOC Stage
Capacity 3-6 l (183-366 cuin)
Price range $$
Evoc logo
4.5
51 reviews

Nathan Intensity backpack
Nathan Intensity
Price range $$
Nathan logo
4.4
25 reviews

Camelbak SnoBlast backpack
Camelbak SnoBlast
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.4
11 reviews

Camelbak Rogue backpack
Camelbak Rogue
Price range $
Camelbak logo
4.4
477 reviews

Black Diamond Nitro backpack
Black Diamond Nitro
Price range $$
Black diamond logo
4.4
44 reviews

Camelbak Charm backpack
Camelbak Charm
Price range $
Camelbak logo
4.4
281 reviews

Camelbak Dart backpack
Camelbak logo
4.4
5 reviews

Camelbak Scout backpack
Camelbak Scout
Price range $
Camelbak logo
4.4
18 reviews

Camelbak Sequoia backpack
Camelbak Sequoia
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.4
51 reviews

Camelbak MULE backpack
Camelbak MULE
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.4
109 reviews

Nathan Vaporcloud backpack
Nathan logo
4.4
75 reviews

Camelbak Aurora backpack
Camelbak Aurora
Price range $
Camelbak logo
4.3
39 reviews

Maxpedition Condor backpack
Maxpedition Condor
Price range $$$$
Maxpedition logo
4.3
166 reviews

Terra Nova Laser backpack
Terra Nova Laser
Capacity 20 l (1220.5 cuin)
Price range $$$
Terra nova logo
4.3
39 reviews

Ultraspire Alpha backpack
Ultraspire logo
4.3
25 reviews

Gregory Maya backpack
Gregory Maya
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.3
24 reviews

Nathan Vaporair backpack
Nathan logo
4.3
106 reviews

Teton Sports Oasis backpack
Teton Sports Oasis
Price range $
Teton sports logo
4.3
1,675 reviews

Exos Bravo backpack
Exos Bravo
Price range $

4.3
367 reviews

Gregory Pace backpack
Gregory Pace
Price range $$
Gregory logo
4.2
4 reviews

Camelbak Arete backpack
Camelbak Arete
Price range $
Camelbak logo
4.2
61 reviews

Under Armour Trance
Under Armour Trance
Price range $
Under armour logo
4.2
29 reviews

Camelbak Octane backpack
Camelbak Octane
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.2
28 reviews

Camelbak Rim Runner backpack
Camelbak Rim Runner
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.2
60 reviews

Camelbak Skeeter backpack
Camelbak Skeeter
Price range $
Camelbak logo
4.2
5 reviews

Orange Mud Hydraquiver backpack
Orange mud logo
4.2
104 reviews

Camelbak Pursuit backpack
Camelbak Pursuit
Price range $$$$
Camelbak logo
4.2
9 reviews

Nathan FireStorm backpack
Nathan logo
4.2
56 reviews

Outdoor Products Mist backpack
Outdoor products logo
4.2
305 reviews

Ultraspire Astral backpack
Ultraspire logo
4.2
25 reviews

Gregory Miwok backpack
Gregory Miwok
Capacity 10 l (610.2 cuin)
Price range $$$
Gregory logo
4.2
43 reviews

Camelbak Hydrobak backpack
Camelbak Hydrobak
Price range $
Camelbak logo
4.2
153 reviews

High Sierra Propel backpack
High sierra logo
4.2
309 reviews

Camelbak Molokai backpack
Camelbak logo
4.2
13 reviews

High Sierra Wahoo backpack
High sierra logo
4.2
191 reviews

Camelbak Arc backpack
Camelbak Arc
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.2
46 reviews

High Sierra Moray backpack
High Sierra Moray
Capacity 22 l (1343 cuin)
Price range $
High sierra logo
4.1
199 reviews

High Sierra Longshot backpack
High sierra logo
4.1
202 reviews

Nathan Speeddraw backpack
Nathan logo
4.1
299 reviews

Camelbak Palos backpack
Camelbak Palos
Price range $
Camelbak logo
4.1
112 reviews

Camelbak Circuit backpack
Camelbak Circuit
Price range $
Camelbak logo
4.1
36 reviews

Geigerrig Rig backpack
Geigerrig Rig
Price range $$
Geigerrig logo
4.1
162 reviews

Camelbak Quantico backpack
Camelbak Quantico
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.0
21 reviews

Camelbak Franconia backpack
Camelbak Franconia
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.0
21 reviews

Camelbak Magic backpack
Camelbak Magic
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
4.0
11 reviews

Outdoor Products Ripcord backpack
Outdoor products logo
4.0
123 reviews

Nathan Moxy backpack
Nathan logo
4.0
41 reviews

High Sierra Piranha backpack
High Sierra Piranha
Price range $$$$
High sierra logo
4.0
490 reviews

Dakine AMP backpack
Dakine AMP
Price range $$
Dakine logo
4.0
3 reviews

EVOC CC backpack
EVOC CC
Price range $$
Evoc logo
4.0
33 reviews

Salomon Agile backpack
Salomon Agile
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Salomon logo
3.9
9 reviews

High Sierra Quickshot backpack
High sierra logo
3.9
803 reviews

Nathan Elevation backpack
Nathan logo
3.9
22 reviews

Ultimate Direction SJ backpack
Ultimate direction logo
3.9
27 reviews

Nathan Mercury backpack
Nathan Mercury
Price range $
Nathan logo
3.8
281 reviews

Thule Capstone backpack
Thule Capstone
Capacity 22-50 l (1342-3050 cuin)
Price range $$
Thule logo
3.8
65 reviews

Camelbak Delaney backpack
Camelbak Delaney
2 bag types available.
Price range $
Camelbak logo
3.8
53 reviews

Salomon S-Lab backpack
Salomon S-Lab
Price range $$
Salomon logo
3.7
13 reviews

Dakine Shuttle backpack
Dakine Shuttle
Price range $
Dakine logo
3.7
138 reviews

Camelbak Charge backpack
Camelbak Charge
Price range $$
Camelbak logo
3.6
4 reviews

High Sierra Marlin backpack
High sierra logo
3.6
76 reviews

Klymit Dash backpack
Klymit Dash
Price range $
Klymit logo
3.6
7 reviews

High Sierra Wave backpack
High Sierra Wave
Price range $
High sierra logo
3.6
782 reviews

Ultimate Direction PB backpack
Ultimate direction logo
3.6
18 reviews

Camelbak FlashFlo backpack
Camelbak FlashFlo
Price range $
Camelbak logo
3.5
43 reviews

Salomon Peak backpack
Salomon Peak
Price range $$$
Salomon logo
3.5
4 reviews

Camelbak Ultra backpack
Camelbak Ultra
2 bag types available.
Price range $
Camelbak logo
3.5
29 reviews

High Sierra Riptide backpack
High Sierra Riptide
Capacity 25 l (1526 cuin)
Price range $
High sierra logo
3.4
30 reviews

Salomon Hydro backpack
Salomon Hydro
Price range $
Salomon logo
3.2
4 reviews

Nathan Elite backpack
Nathan Elite
Price range $
Nathan logo
3.2
22 reviews

OMM Phantom backpack
OMM Phantom
Price range $$$
Omm logo
3.0
9 reviews

Ultraspire Velocity backpack
Ultraspire logo
3.0
6 reviews

Shimano Unzen backpack
Shimano Unzen
Price range $$
Shimano logo
2.3
3 reviews

Osprey Hydrajet backpack
Osprey Hydrajet
Price range $
Osprey logo

Osprey Moki backpack
Osprey Moki
Price range $
Osprey logo

CamelBak Daystar backpack
CamelBak Daystar
Price range $$
Camelbak logo

Nathan Switchblade backpack
Nathan Switchblade
Price range $
Nathan logo

Fox Convoy backpack
Fox Convoy
Price range $$
Fox logo

Geigerrig Tactical
Geigerrig Tactical
Price range $$
Geigerrig logo

Platypus Origin
Platypus logo

Ultimate Direction Wasp backpack
Ultimate direction logo

Gregory Amasa backpack
Gregory Amasa
Price range $$
Gregory logo

Camelbak Blowfish backpack
Camelbak Blowfish
Price range $$
Camelbak logo

Camelbak Bootlegger backpack
Camelbak Bootlegger
Price range $
Camelbak logo

Salomon Trail backpack
Salomon Trail
2 bag types available.
Price range $
Salomon logo

Grivel Mountain Runner backpack
Grivel logo

Dakine Nomad backpack
Dakine Nomad
Price range $$
Dakine logo

NRS PFD backpack
NRS PFD
2 bag types available.
Nrs logo

Patagonia Fore Runner backpack
Patagonia Fore Runner
Capacity 10 l (610 cuin)
Price range $$
Patagonia logo

Adidas NGA backpack
Adidas NGA
Price range $
Adidas logo

Camelbak LUXE backpack
Camelbak LUXE
Price range $$
Camelbak logo

Camelbak Caper backpack
Camelbak logo

Camelbak Gambler backpack
Camelbak logo

Camelbak Marathoner
Camelbak logo

Camelbak Trailblazer backpack
Camelbak logo

High Sierra Takopah backpack
High Sierra Takopah
Price range $
High sierra logo

Nathan Fireball backpack
Nathan logo

Nathan Journey backpack
Nathan logo

Nathan Grit backpack
Nathan logo

Nathan Mirage backpack
Nathan Mirage
Price range $
Nathan logo

Montane Jaws backpack
Montane Jaws
Price range $$
Montane logo

Orange Mud Endurance backpack
Orange Mud Endurance
Price range $$
Orange mud logo

Platypus B-line backpack
Platypus B-line
Price range $$
Platypus logo

Source Spinner backpack
Source logo



Review Summary

17,073 reviews of bags checked.

Average rating is 4.4 out of 5.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
68%
16%
6%
4%
6%



Top 10 running backpack brands

The 10 highest rated running backpack brands based on the 17,073 reviews we have checked + the highest rated bag from each brand.

BrandAverage ratingTop running backpack
Marmot4.7Marmot Kompressor
Osprey4.6Osprey Hydrajet
The North Face4.6The North Face Electra
Deuter4.6Deuter Attack
Platypus4.6Platypus Origin
EVOC4.5EVOC FR
Triwonder4.5Triwonder Marathoner
Camelbak4.4Camelbak Zoid
Black Diamond4.4Black Diamond Nitro
Gregory4.4Gregory Drift



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It is almost impossible to run with only the clothes on your back and your music player strapped to your arm. Also, your pockets don’t really make the best place to store important items such as house keys. This is why running backs are quite so important to running enthusiasts. They are especially vital to those that like endurance training or prefer to run out in isolated areas. If you like to join competitions, particularly longer marathons, a running backpack really will come in handy. So, how do you choose the best one for you?

The Types of Running Backpacks (Buyers Guide)

First things first, there are several models of backpacks. These are all made for different types of running as well as runners. Here are the most common options:

The Running Bag

These bags are typically larger in size. They resemble the backpacks that you are typically used to and in certain instances, may actually be used for hiking and other activities. The main point about these backpacks is that they come equipped with a larger volume and lots of pockets. You can expect a running bag to be able to hold between 10 and 25 liters, perhaps more. The TETON Sports Oasis 1100 is an excellent example of a slightly larger running bag that is still light enough to run with.

Hydration Packs

As the name suggests, the main purpose of a hydration pack is to ensure that you stay hydrated during you run. Because of this, these packs are usually quite a bit smaller than the running bags. These packs are only as large as the hydration bladders that they house. There are a few small pockets, nonetheless to store smaller items. Hydration packs do have the benefit of having a sip tube that is directly connected to the reservoir in the bag. Hydration packs can be anywhere from 1 to 3 liters in volume.

Waist Backpacks

The easiest way to understand what a waist backpack looks like is to imagine a sleeker version of the fanny pack. Waist packs, as you guessed it, are fixed around your waist with the help of a belt. These come in two different forms. There is the running belt and the hydration belt. Both pelts have small pockets for storage. The hydration belt, however, comes equipped with loops where you can fix water bottles. These can usually hold about one to four bottles of water.

Race Vests

Last but not least, there are the race vests. These are so named because they are worn like regular vests. These type of running bags strike a compromise between running bags and hydration packs. The main thing about race vests is that they are incredibly light so as to not slow you down. Nonetheless, there is enough room to carry several personal items and hydration bladders.

How to Choose the Best Running Backpack

Matching the Running Bag to the Activity

How can you decide which of the above running backpacks are best for you? Well, one of the most important factors that come into play here is the type of running that you do. Let’s take a look at the most common types and see which activity requires which backpack:

Daily Run

Are you not headed too far away from your house or your car? In this case, you are not going to need to take a whole of things with you. At the most, your phone, keys, and perhaps some money is all that you need. In this case, a running belt may be more than enough for the running that you do. If your run is quite long and you cover several miles, then it is a good idea to have a hydration with you instead.

Endurance Running

Are you a little bit more hardcore with your workouts? Do you not only run long distances but also do so in precarious environments such as hills? If endurance running is your preferred method of exercise, you are going to need a bag that is slightly larger. At the same time, you can’t really be bogged down with too much of weight. In this case, hydration packs will be of the most use to you as you will be able to stay hydrated but also have enough of space for a phone or keys.

Competitions

As you can imagine, a race vest is best if you are taking part in competitions, especially the longer ones. These bags have great support and cling to your body so that you don’t have to worry about them bouncing around. Yet, there is enough of room to fit a hydration bag of varying sizes.

Run Commuting

One activity that is growing in popularity is run commuting. This is when you run to and from work each day. The goal here is to have a bag that can carry a variety of items. At the very least, you are going to need a change of clothes and shoes. However, it is also quite likely that you are going to require enough space for a laptop as well. This is when larger running bags will be quite useful. As an added bonus, there are a number of running bags that have hydration bladders installed within them. This allows you to stay hydrated as you run.

What to Look for in a Running Backpack

Now that you know which type of backpack you may want to head towards, let’s discuss the specific features that you should be looking at with any model:

The Backpack Straps

This is perhaps the most important part of a running backpack and what can make or break a bag. You should always look for straps with a decent thickness (make sure that they are heavy duty but are not large enough to slip off your shoulders). This way, they will not dig into your shoulders as you run. Another thing to pay attention to is the padding so that you will always be comfortable.

Straps play a more important role than just comfort, nonetheless. For instance, one of the advantages that straps offer is stability. The last thing that you want is for your bag to bounce off your back as you run. Here, harness straps will be of the greatest benefit to you. These will make sure that the backpack stays fixed to your body.

If you are using a backpack for a run commuting, you are going to be carrying a heavy load. What you will be looking for here, is lots of support. This can be found in the form of a waist strap. This will ensure that the weight is more evenly distributed. Waist straps are advised if you carry weights greater than six pounds. If you require a lot of support, you should also look for bags that have chest straps. Having the bag secured to several points around your body is going to make your load feel a lot lighter.

Hydration Options

If you are a serious runner, one of the main reasons that you want a running backpack is because you are looking to stay hydrated with minimal fuss. If you are choosing a hydration backpack, make sure to consider all of the components carefully. This includes checking to see how well the sip tube works, whether the bite valves are suitable for you, and whether or not the tube can be secured in some way as you run. You may also look for add-ons such as insulated bladders that help to keep your water at optimal temperature.

As mentioned, some running backpacks have hydration bladders included in the backpacks. These, too, feature sip tubes and bite valves. Therefore, you should give these features a once-over before making a decision. If you are not going to be running very far, then a water bottle holder might suffice instead. You will need to check that the holder not only secures the bottle well but also that you can easily reach the bottle.

Backpack Material

Another thing that runners like to pay attention to is the material that the bags are made from. Now, these can vary quite drastically not just between the types of running backpacks but also between manufacturers.

Choosing the right material can be a bit tricky. The first thing you will have to do is to decide the function that this material will perform. Do you want something that will keep you cool as you run? Are you looking for the lightest option possible? Perhaps durability and toughness is what you are looking for.

If you run in the heat then you don’t want your sweat soaking through or for the pack to make you feel hotter than you already are. The solution to this problem is mesh – and lots of it. It is important to verify that the mesh is high quality and will not tear easily, nonetheless.

There are some backpacks such as the Saucony Speed of Lite Run Pack that is actually made from the same material as parachutes. Not only does it make the pack resistant to tears, this material is also incredibly light. You should be warned that it is going to be quite uncomfortable to carry during warmer months.

If you run in the rain, you are going to require a backpack that is capable of repelling most of the water. Nylon is typically the best material for the job. You should know that water can still seep in through the zipper so you are going to need all-over rain covers to keep the water completely out.

If the purpose of your running bag is to carry as heavy a weight as possible, then nylon will serve the purpose but it is going to need to be much thicker. A bag that is stronger will inevitably be a little heavier than other options.

Storage Pockets

What you intend on carrying in the bag will typically determine how large the pockets need to be and how many there should be as well. For instance, if you are commuting, you will probably need larger pockets as you will need to store bigger items. Recreational runners, on the other hand, will need smaller pockets for keys and perhaps spare change.

Size is not the only thing you should be concerned with. You should also look at the placement of the pockets. This is particularly important if the backpack is tightly secured to your chest and waist. If the pockets are too far away to reach, you will need to stop, unclasp the bag, and then look for what you need. This is why it is a good idea to have smaller pockets that are either close to your chest or that you can easily reach with your arms.

Getting the Right Fit

It is little use in getting the right backpack if it does not fit you properly. To get a good idea where a backpack may rest on your back, you should measure the distance between your lower neck and your waist. You can then compare this is to the length of the backpack. For speed runners, a backpack that is too close to their waist may be a hindrance. You may want to look for ones that rest higher up on your back so that it does not get in the way. Equally as important is to check where the chest and the waist straps rest to make sure that they are not uncomfortable. You should aim to get straps that can easily be adjusted.

The other thing you will need to look at is how your backpack sits when it is slung across your shoulders. In particular, how does it affect your posture? As a rule of thumb, a backpack should accommodate your posture instead of the other way around. This means that you don’t find yourself hunching or shifting your natural position to suit that of the backpack. These can cause back pain later on if you have to wear the bag on a continuous basis.

These are the various points you need to focus on so that you will be able to choose the best running backpack for you.


Last updated on May 23, 2018

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