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Lumbar Packs

When you don't need the capacity of a full-sized backpack but still need to carry a few bits and pieces, lumbar packs are the ideal answer. The smaller ones are ideal for your keys, wallet, and cell phone (which will be easy to access when you carry it on your hip), and the larger ones work well for water bottles, camera equipment, snacks, maps, and first aid kits.
SORT:
Nathan Speed 2 Hydration Belt 4619N (Nathan)
Mountainsmith Knockabout Bag 16-10190 (Mountainsmith)
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini Hip Pack 49446 (Patagonia)
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle 62011 (Camelbak)
Nathan Speed 2 Hydration Belt
4619N
Mountainsmith Knockabout Bag
16-10190
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini Hip Pack
49446
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle
62011
$49.95
$29.97
 
Nathan Speed 2 Hydration Belt 4619N (Nathan)
$34.95
 
Mountainsmith Knockabout Bag 16-10190 (Mountainsmith)
$29.00
 
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini Hip Pack 49446 (Patagonia)
$44.95
 
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle 62011 (Camelbak)
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle 62013 (Camelbak)
Mountainsmith Vibe Lumbar Pack 16-10220 (Mountainsmith)
Nathan Speed 2R Auto-Cant Hydration Belt 4627N (Nathan)
 
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle
62013
Mountainsmith Vibe Lumbar Pack
16-10220
Nathan Speed 2R Auto-Cant Hydration Belt
4627N
 
$44.95
 
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle 62013 (Camelbak)
$29.95
 
Mountainsmith Vibe Lumbar Pack 16-10220 (Mountainsmith)
$54.95
$32.97
 
Nathan Speed 2R Auto-Cant Hydration Belt 4627N (Nathan)
 

The more generous lumbar bags are popular with off-road runners. When you want to run fast and light with the minimum of gear, putting it into a backpack usually means it'll bounce around. That's unstable and uncomfortable where a smaller hip pouch is perfectly stable. The items inside won't be shaken up too much and there won't be any chafing from a shifting load. The best choices are those than include a water bottle or two- if you get a dual bottle version, try filling one with water and the other with an electrolyte replacement drink. Just make sure to remember which is which or you might surprise yourself!