Lightweight and does not bounce. Front pockets have designated spaces for cell phone, keys, ID, and water bottle. It has reflective strips on both the front and the back. Elastic helps keep your water bottle from bouncing. The vest is very adjustable, allowing you to get the right fit.
This model has space for a water bladder, but does not come with one.
Includes a safety whistle. Has a headphone jack hole. Second back pocket can hold your cell phone and other items easily. Several interior pockets. Decent quality at an affordable price for a running backpack.
This backpack isn't as adjustable as some and might not work as well for long runs, but it doubles well as a hiking backpack.
Lightweight. Allows you to have water handy. Has 4 extra pockets for personal items such as a cell phone or snacks. Does not bounce around while running. Company stands behind the promise that the bladder will not leak.
While this pack does have reflective strips on the front, it doesn't have any on the back.
Carries bigger phones very well. More comfortable to wear than a running belt. Includes a second slot to hold your ID and key. Doesn't bounce around while you are running. Fits snugly. Also comes in pink.
This backpack is best for short runs. It does not have a bladder or space to store your water bottle.
Has lots of pockets. Weighs less than 2 lbs. when empty. Can hold snacks and other personal items. Adjusts well for a good fit. If you need to carry a lot while you run, or need a place to stash your layers, this is a good choice.
This model does not have the bottom strap for extra hold during a run.
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A running backpack gives you a place to put your personal items during a run. These packs can range from a modified vest just large enough to add pockets for your cell phone and ID to something more versatile that can double as good hiking or biking pack. Choose a model that is slim and light weight. A 3-strap system will help make sure it does not bounce around and chafe during your run. Some packs can hold a hydration bladder. Others have pockets designated to hold a water bottle. A running backpack is ideal if you have a bigger cell phone that is uncomfortable wearing on your arm or waist. They are also helpful during long-distance running.