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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:
The North Face Roo II Lumbar Pack ASUA (The North Face)
Nathan Speed 2 Hydration Belt 4619N (Nathan)
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Hip Pack 48450 (Patagonia)
Nathan Speed 2R Auto-Cant Hydration Belt 4627N (Nathan)
The North Face Roo II Lumbar Pack
ASUA
Nathan Speed 2 Hydration Belt
4619N
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Hip Pack
48450
Nathan Speed 2R Auto-Cant Hydration Belt
4627N
$33.95
 
The North Face Roo II Lumbar Pack ASUA (The North Face)
$49.95
 
Nathan Speed 2 Hydration Belt 4619N (Nathan)
$39.00
 
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Hip Pack 48450 (Patagonia)
$54.95
 
Nathan Speed 2R Auto-Cant Hydration Belt 4627N (Nathan)
Nathan Elite Surge Bottle 4493N (Nathan)
Nathan Phantom Pak 4801N (Nathan)
Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Holster 36011 (Outdoor Research)
Mountainsmith Tour TLS Recycled Lumbar Pack 12-10037R (Mountainsmith)
Nathan Elite Surge Bottle
4493N
Nathan Phantom Pak
4801N
Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Holster
36011
Mountainsmith Tour TLS Recycled Lumbar Pack
12-10037R
$44.95
 
Nathan Elite Surge Bottle 4493N (Nathan)
$24.95
 
Nathan Phantom Pak 4801N (Nathan)
$69.00
$55.20
 
Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Holster 36011 (Outdoor Research)
$74.95
 
Mountainsmith Tour TLS Recycled Lumbar Pack 12-10037R (Mountainsmith)
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle 62011 (Camelbak)
Mountainsmith Vibe TLS Lumbar Pack 12-10040R (Mountainsmith)
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle 62013 (Camelbak)
Nathan Trail Mix 4 Hydration Belt 4626N (Nathan)
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle
62011
Mountainsmith Vibe TLS Lumbar Pack
12-10040R
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle
62013
Nathan Trail Mix 4 Hydration Belt
4626N
$44.95
$35.96
 
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle 62011 (Camelbak)
$29.95
 
Mountainsmith Vibe TLS Lumbar Pack 12-10040R (Mountainsmith)
$44.95
$35.96
 
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle 62013 (Camelbak)
$54.95
 
Nathan Trail Mix 4 Hydration Belt 4626N (Nathan)
Jansport Fifth Avenue Pack TAN1 (Jansport)
 
Jansport Fifth Avenue Pack
TAN1
 
$16.95
 
Jansport Fifth Avenue Pack TAN1 (Jansport)
 

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!