Running and hydration go hand in hand as you cannot go for longer runs without water. As you enjoy a long run, you may want the need to refuel yourself using an energy bar or gel. And while you are running and exploring your trail, you may encounter some magical sights that you may want to capture in your cellphone to share them on social media. And of course, you cannot leave your home without your house keys and wallet. What about a small towel to wipe off the sweat?
All these essentials add up to the weight that is not practical to be carried in your arm or around your waist, and you need something substantial to carry your stuff without it interfering with your running. The running backpacks or the hydration backpacks, hence, come to your rescue!
Things to Consider While Buying A Running Backpack
Consider the following factors when you look for a running backpack (hydration backpack):
- Adjustable, padded straps: The backpack needs to be comfortable with adjustable straps. The straps play a vital role in strategically reducing the backpack weight. A good backpack should have padded shoulder, chest, and waist straps. These straps should not be too thin as thin straps normally dig in your body causing pain and discomfort. Wider straps, on the other hand, evenly distribute the backpack weight without causing discomfort.
- Storage capacity: The capacity of the hydration backpack is very important. You want to put in all your basics without overpacking. Ideally, 8 to 12L is a good capacity to keep all your necessary stuff. The lighter the backpack is, the more comfortable your run will be. Make sure your backpack has zipped pockets so that you don’t lose any stuff.
- Breathability: You will be sweating when you run, and a backpack that has breathable material especially against the back along with mesh panels helps reduce sweat, smell, and unnecessary itchiness.
- Waterproof: Some hydration backpacks are waterproofed down to the zippers. If you live in rainy conditions, or your run may involve muddy and wet areas, you may want to consider getting a full waterproofed backpack to protect your stuff especially your gadgets that are inside.
- Durable and good quality: You do not want your backpack to part ways in the middle of a long run. A good quality hydration backpack may have a higher price (though not necessarily), but it will go a long way.
A comfortable, sturdy, and light-weight backpack is a great partner to run with. You have all your re-fueling as well as other basics with you, so you don’t have to worry about anything while you enjoy your run.