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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.
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Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Holster 36011 (Outdoor Research)
Mountainsmith The Fanny Pack 16-10260 (Mountainsmith)
Nathan Speed 2 Hydration Belt 4619N (Nathan)
Nathan Phantom Pak 4801N (Nathan)
Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Holster
36011
Mountainsmith The Fanny Pack
16-10260
Nathan Speed 2 Hydration Belt
4619N
Nathan Phantom Pak
4801N
$69.00
 
Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Holster 36011 (Outdoor Research)
$21.95
 
Mountainsmith The Fanny Pack 16-10260 (Mountainsmith)
$49.95
$24.98
 
Nathan Speed 2 Hydration Belt 4619N (Nathan)
$34.95
$17.48
 
Nathan Phantom Pak 4801N (Nathan)
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle 62013 (Camelbak)
Mountainsmith Tour Pack 16-10100 (Mountainsmith)
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle 62011 (Camelbak)
Mountainsmith Grand Tour Backpack 16-75330 (Mountainsmith)
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle
62013
Mountainsmith Tour Pack
16-10100
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle
62011
Mountainsmith Grand Tour Backpack
16-75330
$44.95
 
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle 62013 (Camelbak)
$79.95
 
Mountainsmith Tour Pack 16-10100 (Mountainsmith)
$44.95
 
Camelbak Arc 2 10 oz Podium Arc Bottle 62011 (Camelbak)
$99.95
 
Mountainsmith Grand Tour Backpack 16-75330 (Mountainsmith)
Nathan Speed 2R Auto-Cant Hydration Belt 4627N (Nathan)
Mountainsmith Day Lumbar Pack 16-10060 (Mountainsmith)
Mountainsmith Knockabout Bag 16-10190 (Mountainsmith)
 
Nathan Speed 2R Auto-Cant Hydration Belt
4627N
Mountainsmith Day Lumbar Pack
16-10060
Mountainsmith Knockabout Bag
16-10190
 
$54.95
$27.48
 
Nathan Speed 2R Auto-Cant Hydration Belt 4627N (Nathan)
$89.95
 
Mountainsmith Day Lumbar Pack 16-10060 (Mountainsmith)
$34.95
 
Mountainsmith Knockabout Bag 16-10190 (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!