The 22 Best Running Bag Brands (Study)

We went through 44,413 reviews, so we could find and rank the best running bag brands.

Our study also compared the rankings with 5,066 prices, so we could determine if the best brands are also the most expensive brands.

Spoiler alert: The most expensive brands aren’t always the best brands. There are several cheap brands that are rated better than many expensive brands.

Conclusions

First the conclusions of our study:

  • Gregory, Deuter and relatively cheap Marmot tops the list of the best running bag brands.
  • Quite surprisingly, we have Geigerrig at the bottom together with High Sierra and Dakine.
  • There is no correlation between rankings and prices. The most expensive brands are not necessarily better than the cheaper brands.
  • The 5th cheapest brand is ranked number 3 (Marmot, average price $74) and the 2nd most expensive brand is ranked 21 (Geigerrig, average price $137).
  • The cheapest brand is Outdoor Products (average price $34, ranked 16).
  • 2nd cheapest brand is Teton Sports (average price $36, ranked 19). 3rd cheapest is High Sierra (average price $42, ranked 22).
  • The most expensive running bag brand is EVOC (average price $146, ranked 7).
  • 2nd most expensive brand is Geigerrig (average price $137, ranked 21). 3rd most expensive brand is Deuter (average price $136, ranked 1).

Results

The 22 best running bag brands based on 44,413 reviews:

RankBrandAverage Rating
1Deuter4.74
2Marmot4.65
3Gregory4.65
4Platypus4.64
5NRS4.61
6Osprey4.60
7EVOC4.53
8Salomon4.52
9Camelbak4.46
10Source4.41
11Scott4.32
12Nike4.29
13Orange Mud4.24
14Ultraspire4.24
15Ultimate Direction4.19
16Outdoor Products4.16
17OMM4.16
18Nathan4.15
19Teton Sports4.13
20Dakine4.08
21Geigerrig4.05
22High Sierra3.96

Graph, running bag brand ratings

Rank vs. price

As we mentioned earlier, the most expensive brands aren’t the best brands.

After looking at 5,066 bags for sale online, we found out that the most expensive brand (EVOC) is only number 7 in the list of the 21 best brands above.

There are several cheaper brands that are ranked better, including Marmot that is ranked number 3 and only cost around half the average price of the EVOC running bags (average price $146 vs. average price $74).

RankBrandAverage Price
1Deuter$136
2Marmot$74
3Gregory$114
4Platypus$111
5NRS$99
6Osprey$116
7EVOC$146
8Salomon$113
9Camelbak$98
10Source$88
11Scott$112
12Nike$65
13Orange Mud$114
14Ultraspire$109
15Ultimate Direction$113
16Outdoor Products$34
17OMM$90
18Nathan$87
19Teton Sports$36
20Dakine$100
21Geigerrig$137
22High Sierra$42

Graph, running bag brand prices

Methodology

We went through 44,413 running bag reviews. The reviews were all customer reviews from people who brought running bags from the different brands.

All the reviews were available online and each review had a rating from 1 to 5 (typically 1 to 5 stars). The average rating was 4.42.

All data was collected and analyzed February 2018. All prices were collected from US online shops. Brands with less than 15 reviews were removed from the dataset (to keep things fair, so we didn’t risk that a few good/bad reviews affected all the rankings).

Contact

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