As a Star Wars and Harry Potter loving geek, I spend a lot of my time delving into finding useful products and spend countless hours looking through categories of products.
Not only to get the best deal and be able to negotiate on price, but also see the comparisons between products to see the features and benefits and what makes a product superior or inferior. As I have an interest in running, I have decided to do some research on the top 5 backpacks that are lightweight and perfect for running.
This is no easy task, there are many lightweight backpacks all with their own features and benefits that would appeal to different people. I prefer to run on my own as I like to space and to have the time.
The benefits of running are to improve cardiovascular function, strengthen muscles and bones and to maintain a healthy weight range. By running you also release endorphin which provides you with more energy, clarity of mind and focus, and you feel more positive.
Running is a great way to come together with your community and participate in local running events or if you prefer to run on your own. I’m a park runner in my local community, I don’t venture far from where I live.
Why Buy a Light-weight Running Backpack?
When you are running you need to feel comfortable, from your clothes being lightweight to the accessories that you are planning on carrying with you.
Items I pack in my lightweight running backpack are; sunscreen, water bottle, a small towel, keys, phone, wallet, hat, and some food or protein bar. Although I try and pack light the items add up in weight and you don’t want to have to slow down your pace to readjust your bag for the weight-bearing and comfort.
Not to mention the heat that is created between you and the running backpack, so the material that is used matters also when choosing your running backpack.
It is a purchase that should be thought out before rushing in and buying one on a whim. It’s all about your comfort and needs as a runner to push those kilometers out more effectively.
Best Lightweight Running Backpacks
1. Gear Beast Lightweight
The Gear Beast sounds tough and the name broken down says it all. A tough lightweight bag designed to carry your gear. The features of the bag are the built-in card slots to avoid having to carry a wallet, hands-free pouch for your phone, it comes in a larger size to accommodate bigger phones, a sweat-resistant neoprene pouch, and elastic shoulder straps.
The lightweight backpack is black and yellow in color and is a smaller backpack worn between your shoulder blades, but don’t be fooled, it can still store all the items you need.
The sweat-resistant pouch at the back allows for you to store your phone/music device and have the headphones not impede your run, as the backpack is worn higher the headphones are closer to your ears. In addition, it is sweat resistant and lightweight with strong Velcro closure to ensure all your items are kept safe and don’t fall out of your backpack.
Overall a great solution to running for music lovers and those who do business on the run to still take calls without breaking stride. Size 6.5 (h) x 4.8 (w) x 1.4 (d) (inches).
2. Smartodoors TXJ Lightweight Backpack
The Smartodoors TXJ backpack comes in 7 different colors. The material that is used mostly on the backpack is nylon that is torn and water-resistant.
The dimensions of the bag are 45 (l) x25 (w) x20(h) cm in size. The shoulder straps are adjustable and there is a waist strap also. There is a breathable mesh pad in the back to allow adequate airflow and prevent heat. It’s perfect for running and it is very lightweight weighing just over 300g.
3. Ferrino X-Track Running Backpack
The Ferrino X-Track running backpack comes in at least two sizes an eight-liter backpack and a fifteen-liter backpack. It is suitable for trail running and is very lightweight, with ergonomic shoulder straps that are made with a breathable fabric that is mesh.
And large pockets on the belt around the waist. The logos are reflective which is a safety necessity if you are planning to run at night.
4. GearTop Mountain Backpack
Adjustable straps which provide stability when running, the straps are on the shoulders, chest and waist. The backpack has ergonomic features which ensure comfort as the bag stays securely in position and helps with posture.
Mesh pockets are on the side to store items and it has easy toggle drawstring access. Having a 10L capacity you will have no problem storing your personal items.
Great visibility at night with reflective detailing, and comes with a durable fabric that is tear-resistant and has a lifetime guarantee.
5. Timberline Venture Above
A durable yet lightweight running backpack, made with Nylon for the lining and polyester fabric for the rain cover. The hydration tube clip is attached to the shoulder strap which is mesh and is breathable and sweat resistant.
In addition, there is reflective detail on the front pockets to ensure safety if running at night. Size: 17.3 height x 9.1 width x 5.9 diameter (inches).
I would have to recommend the Gear beast lightweight backpack. It is my favorite as it is made from nylon material. Its mesh panels are lightweight and breathable.
- UNIVERSAL PHONE COMPATIBILITY Accommodates the latest smartphones from Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Kyocera, Motorola, Samsung & ZTE including iPhone...
- LIGHTWEIGHT, BOUNCE FREE AND SWEAT-RESISTANT. The water resistant neoprene pouch, extended padded mesh wings and adjustable shoulder straps create a...
- UNIVERSAL FIT AND ACCESSORY STORAGE Soft elastic arm straps can be easily and quickly adjusted to accommodate men and women of all sizes and provide a...
- KEEP YOUR APPS CLOSE AND CABLES IN CONTROL Innovative backpack style running pack is designed to be comfortably worn on your back between your...
- DEFY LIMITS Just as you're inspired to stay active set new goals and realize your full potential Gear Beast continually strives to create innovative...
In addition, this backpack has the option to have the phone pouch not hindering your movement. This is because the backpack is higher up on your shoulder blades. It’s a great lightweight running backpack all around and stores everything you need for your run.
In conclusion, to have your comfort and needs to be met when it comes to running, you really need to do your research into the options available and features and benefits for each individual backpack.
These five backpacks are all lightweight and that is the most ideal aspect for all runners to achieve their best, and not have time added to their run because of the equipment they choose to use.
The materials are important as they allow the air to move freely around your body and prevent the heat from building up, which would cause discomfort in the long run.
I hope this article can provide you with some answers and insight into which running backpack is suitable for you as an individual and runner.