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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:
Mountainsmith Tour Pack 16-10100 (Mountainsmith)
Mountainsmith Grand Tour Backpack 16-75330 (Mountainsmith)
Mountainsmith The Fanny Pack 16-10260 (Mountainsmith)
Jansport Fifth Avenue Pack JS00TAN1 (Jansport)
Mountainsmith Tour Pack
16-10100
Mountainsmith Grand Tour Backpack
16-75330
Mountainsmith The Fanny Pack
16-10260
Jansport Fifth Avenue Pack
JS00TAN1
$79.95
 
Mountainsmith Tour Pack 16-10100 (Mountainsmith)
$99.95
 
Mountainsmith Grand Tour Backpack 16-75330 (Mountainsmith)
$21.95
 
Mountainsmith The Fanny Pack 16-10260 (Mountainsmith)
$16.95
 
Jansport Fifth Avenue Pack JS00TAN1 (Jansport)
Nathan Speed 2 Hydration Belt 4619N (Nathan)
Jansport Waisted Pack JS00T81B (Jansport)
Mountainsmith Knockabout Bag 16-10190 (Mountainsmith)
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini Hip Pack 49446 (Patagonia)
Nathan Speed 2 Hydration Belt
4619N
Jansport Waisted Pack
JS00T81B
Mountainsmith Knockabout Bag
16-10190
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini Hip Pack
49446
$49.95
$29.97
 
Nathan Speed 2 Hydration Belt 4619N (Nathan)
$24.95
 
Jansport Waisted Pack JS00T81B (Jansport)
$34.95
 
Mountainsmith Knockabout Bag 16-10190 (Mountainsmith)
$29.00
 
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini Hip Pack 49446 (Patagonia)
Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Holster 36011 (Outdoor Research)
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle 62011 (Camelbak)
Nathan Phantom Pak 4801N (Nathan)
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle 62013 (Camelbak)
Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Holster
36011
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle
62011
Nathan Phantom Pak
4801N
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle
62013
$69.00
 
Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Holster 36011 (Outdoor Research)
$44.95
 
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle 62011 (Camelbak)
$34.95
$20.97
 
Nathan Phantom Pak 4801N (Nathan)
$44.95
 
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)
Mountainsmith Day Lumbar Pack 16-10060 (Mountainsmith)
 
Mountainsmith Vibe Lumbar Pack
16-10220
Nathan Speed 2R Auto-Cant Hydration Belt
4627N
Mountainsmith Day Lumbar Pack
16-10060
 
$29.95
 
Mountainsmith Vibe Lumbar Pack 16-10220 (Mountainsmith)
$54.95
$32.97
 
Nathan Speed 2R Auto-Cant Hydration Belt 4627N (Nathan)
$89.95
 
Mountainsmith Day Lumbar Pack 16-10060 (Mountainsmith)
 

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!