Buying Guide
By Jeremy Berger
on 5.15.14

While carrying a pack is standard operating procedure for trail runners and ultrarunners, who need to stow water and nutrition, a lightweight jacket and first aid, most casual runners find the practice cumbersome. They weren’t wrong, back when the only choices were scaled-down backpacks that chafed and bounced. But the options for hydration packs have become so good and so diverse in the last decade that we find ourselves wearing them for even a quick five-miler when all we need to stash is keys and a phone. These five are among the best on the market, each with unique features that set them apart from the field.

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