Here’s the list of the best running hydration vest you need to pick up to crush your next trail run. Got your hydration pack? Trail running is one of the hottest new outdoor sports out there. Literally.
Best Vest for Running
Travel light, go farther. It’s science. The Nathan VaporAir Hydration Pack pretty much dominates the weight game, coming in at 2 ounces shy of a pound (including the bladder). The load-lifters ensure it stays tight and close when you’re pushing it because the last thing you need is a pack that starts moving when you hit mile 10, much less mile 2. And despite the lightness, it has plenty of pockets for your smartphone, a waterproof one for your Ibuprofen (gotta de-swell them knees) and for those reserve bottles on the front. Looking to set the speed record for the JMT in August? This should do it just fine. Nathan makes one of the best hydration bladders that’s currently being used by numerous brands in the outdoor industry.
CamelBak was the first hydration pack I ever owned and it’s no wonder that they still dominate the market. The CamelBak Nano Vest at 140 grams is lighter than my smartphone. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles so you’ll probably have to leave too many snacks – and your puffy – at home. But when it does bring is decades of experience making the CamelBak Nano one of the best vest for running on the planet. And pockets for two water bottles (included). And straps for your hiking poles. And super-breathable micro mesh. And a 34oz capacity reservoir to ensure you stay hydrated. One of the best CamelBaks for runners wanting to shed weight.
The Salomon Agile 2 Hydration Pack is a little bit different in the sense that it doesn’t carry a bladder with a drinking tube and nipple. The Agile 2 is a minimalist vest that makes you look maybe like Toad in Mario Brothers 2 (remember that guy? Super short vest?). But if you’re going for a quick run and need something to slip on with two 1.1 liter water bottles, and maybe a back pocket for your phone, this is you jam. This is the “I’m running a couple miles to the gym” pack. Or the “I’ve got half a lunch break to grind before I have to get back to work” vest. It hugs you tight and fits in your car seat back pocket so you can have this vest on you pretty much at all time. Because who knows when you might get a quick 35-minute-window to squeeze in a blood-pumping, head-clearing mini-blister.
CamelBak’s Circuit Vest is even more proof that the company’s legacy is unbounded. It’s the only brand with 2 packs on this list and for good reason. While the Nano is superlight, the Circuit is the top-selling CamelBak vest, barebones and with a price to match. Packing a 1.5-liter CRUX reservoir and pockets for extra water flasks should you need them, as well as a small phone pack and reflective coating for running in the dark, the CamelBak Circuit Vest has exactly what you need and nothing more.
Do you ignore all the warnings and go for long runs in the sun on 115 degree days? Then ExtremeMist’s Just Add Water pack is for you. A backpack with a combo hydration hose and a personal mister pulling from the reservoir, this is guaranteed to keep you cool – or at least cooler. While it’s heavier than the other packs on this list (it has a high-pressure water pump inside it, after all), it’s also more high-tech (there’s a remote control attached to control the output and functioning of said pump). My only warning would be that sometimes the hose connecting the pump to the mister hose has issues due to the pressure needed to force the mist through, and leaks if not pushed in properly. The result? A little bit of drippage. Though if you’re running on a hot day, that actually doesn’t feel too bad. And usually you can push the hose back in so it starts picking up the water for misting action.
The Salomon ADV Skin 12 is a hydration vest that was made for comfort, and versatility. It is a perfect companion for trail runs as it is not just a bag, the Salomon ADV Skin 12 is a carrying solution. Stash all of the essentials GU’s and Shot Blocks you need inside the vest as the Sensifit construction holds all of your items safely in storage so you can travel. Features: secure elastic chest straps, two water bottles at the shoulder carrying straps, along with breathable fabric all around. You don’t carry this bag, you wear it. Snug and secure, the Salomon ADV Skin 12 stretches and wraps around you without any pressure point so you can go even faster on the trail! A solid pick for best running vest
You can guzzle while you hustle with the CamelBak Rogue. From CamelBak comes the Rogue with a sleek design and the capability to hold 2 liters of water. Featuring the Big Bite™ valve – this pack is easy to use. Just bite and sip and the HydroLock™ valve ensures you won’t suffer any leakage with its proprietary automatic shut off. Best Feature: The reservoir’s wide-mouth cap makes refilling a breeze for people on-the-go.
Made with all the standard features you’d expect to see from a CamelBak hydration system, it has an easy-to-use cap (open it with one simple twist), flow regulated mouthpiece, a large opening for filling and a removable 1.5-liter pack. Streamlined and made for minimalists this CamelBak is ideal for those who aren’t interested in standing out. Best Feature: The low-profile look of the HydroBak is what makes this system perfect for all types of activities from a day hike to combat
Double-lined and durable, the Teton Trailrunner 2.0 allows you to choose whether you want to have your hydration tube over your left or right shoulder. This ultra-light water backpack is lined with reflectors that help keep you safe and has tons of stash spots for snacks, gels and even a bungee cord that can hold extra clothing or your helmet. Best Feature: What sets this system apart from the rest? The Teton hydration pack includes an emergency whistle on the chest strap… just in case 😉
Women’s chests tend to be different from men’s, and Ultimate Direction Ultra Vest 4.0 understands that. This isn’t some mansplaining either; this is a vest designed by women, for women. With max adjustability to guarantee comfy fit without chafage, a couple different types of mesh spread throughout to minimize the weight to strength ratio, and probably the most storage in the front of any vest I’ve seen, it’s no surprise this two-500-ml-bottle vest has crossed the Ultra finish lines thousands of times. Especially since the Ultra-Marathon is a sport where women are dominating. Makes sense they’d design a running vest that would do so too.