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Slaton Whatley

Locale: Catalinas, Saguaro, Grand Canyon
Day Pack for Fast Day Hiking/Running on 03/30/2013 14:29:06 MDT Print View

Hey guys! I've been thinking for sometime about getting a better day pack for fast and long days. Currently I just use my GG Gorilla with less stuff in it but would like something a little more compact (maybe even a running lumbar pack?) that would still allow me to get some water, snacks, phone, keys etc... into it. Keep in mind I'm doing a lot of this in Southern Arizona and the Grand Canyon so I'll have to carry a little more water than normal. Never more than 2 or 3 liters though.

Any thoughts on a pack that won't bounce around as I run down the trail? Still really really light? Any feedback would be great.


Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Maybe this? on 03/30/2013 14:51:06 MDT Print View

I have an Inov-8 running waist pack for sale on Gear Swap:

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Day Pack for Fast Day Hiking/Running on 03/30/2013 14:53:56 MDT Print View

Edited out. Missed the part about running.

Edited by ben2world on 03/30/2013 16:56:16 MDT.

Jason Mahler
(jrmahler) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Day / Running Pack on 03/30/2013 15:17:57 MDT Print View

I just ordered a Platypus Origin 9 from REI. It is a running pack that comes with a Platypus 3L Big Zip. It is also waterproof. It is on the heavy side at a bit over 1 pound without the reservoir, but is in the range for what I have seen for running packs. I haven't received it yet, so can't comment on how good (or bad) it is.

I got it for 40 with my 20% off. They also have 3l, 5l, and some in the ~20l area.

JP Hiker
backpacks on 03/30/2013 15:24:49 MDT Print View

Here are a few to consider;
Golite rush series
Ultraspire fastpack or other models
Terra nova laser 20

Edited by Dustkicker on 03/30/2013 15:25:33 MDT.

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Big Sky Country on 03/30/2013 15:25:38 MDT Print View

You can grab a camelbak waist pack with two podium chill bottles from for a ridiculous price. The chill bottles alone are usually $12 each and the pack, with 2x bottles, is only $20. Free shipping over $45.

Site may be going out of business though so it's a gamble, cheap, but a gamble on customer service (I ordered from them recently and through bad shopping cart etiquette on my part they were out of stock on a lot of my purchases and called me to fix the issues, so it's still great customer service for now).

Nathan Watts
(7sport) - MLife
Re: Day Pack for Fast Day Hiking/Running on 03/30/2013 15:31:21 MDT Print View

For a pack designed for running that wont bounce I have to recommend the Salomon Skin series of packs.

The skin 5 is excellent for water, water treatment, some snacks, a shell and some other essentials like a headlamp, first aid, a camera and compass etc.

The Skin 12 will comfortably carry just about anything you could think about carrying for a long day. There are people on here who could fit their overnight gear in it. I like it over the 5 when I want an insulation piece and maybe some larger food items.

There are other sizes as well, but I have no first hand experience to contribute.

Don't play the gram counting game when it comes to a pack for running. Get one designed for the task as comfort will come more so from weight distribution and reduced bounce than weight on your shoulders.

Slaton Whatley

Locale: Catalinas, Saguaro, Grand Canyon
Awesome!! on 03/30/2013 16:24:19 MDT Print View

Thanks for all the input everyone! This is great. I just ordered a lumbar pack from a fellow BPLer but will probably be getting one of the above mentioned packs as well. Psyched!