When I run I like to bring a few small items like a phone, a small gorilla stand for photos, sun glasses and a light running jacket in case of rain. In the beginning I tried out flip belts, arm pouches and stuffing things into the minuscule pockets of my running shorts.
None of these ideas worked very well. The belt caused an awkward pain the lower back, the arm pouch gave me the feeling that one side of my body was heavier than the other, and needless to say the shorts pockets were just too tiny.
In addition, I had read somewhere that if you are going to run at a good pace for more than 15km or 90 min, having some form of hydration supply is a good idea.
Since I’m aiming for longer distances, and want to get into trail running at some point, I decided that a hydration pack might solve all of my needs in one swell go.
Thus, on my last trip to NYC I ventured into Paragon Sports just by the Union Square on Manhattan.
There I tested out several packs, but in the end decided to go for an Osprey Rev 6. The reasons where simple. It’s small but can still carry quite a lot of stuff if needed. It’s ‘cheap’ (well, $99 USD) but still of very good quality. It has a lot of pockets both on the front and the back, which is great if you like to separate things (which I do). Finally it has a very robust and simple to use and clean hydration pack.
Since then I’ve used it on all my run, regardless of distance. For a 5k or a 10k it probably looks like overkill, but I don’t carry it for the water (in fact the bladder is empty on those runs) but rather to stuff the rest of my kit in. It’s so light and snug that I immediately forget it once I start running.
I haven’t run with any other packs, but I can wholly recommend this one if you need a small, practical and well thought out carry and hydration system for your runs, regardless of time or distance.
Instead of doing my own video I found this random person doing a pretty good overview of the pockets and functions. Just note that the hydration pack has been updated to the system you see in the next video below.
How to clean and use the Hydration Pack: