If you are prone to going on lengthy runs, you have to run prepared – that means taking your essentials (water bottle, cellphone, mini first aid kid, etc.). The easiest way to carry them would be to make use of a backpack. An excellent lightweight pack that is definitely worth checking out is the inov-8 RACE ELITE 25. It excels in so many areas…
The first thing that you will notice is its lightweight nature; it weighs only 363 grams, so you don’t have to worry about lugging around unnecessary weight – it’s ideal for mountain marathons and longer distance runs.
A nifty feature is that it will not affect your balance, because it sits close to your torso and will not swing unnecessarily – especially important when you are running up steep inclines or downhills, or even ledgey areas.
Stability is further promoted by the fully adjustable sternum strap that secures the anatomical shoulder straps, which are very comfortable because of their non-restrictive nature. There is even a chest strap with an integrated safety whistle buckle – clearly all bases have been covered.
The extra volume and pocket feature is fantastic; it gives you enough space for you to store your running essentials, and the vertical zip gives you easy access to all of the pack. It also provides doubled compression, working in conjunction with the Z compression system that sits on the sides.
It has a generous main open compartment and two mesh pockets sit on the exterior – one is zip-locked and the other is a pouch. The waist pocket is weatherproof and will keep its contents safe and sound from the elements. There are even internal waist pocket clips that will provide extra security. The bag will also allow you to be spotted easily with high visibility webbing on the shoulder strap which has a reflective strip.
The RACE ELITE 25 is very burly and durable and will not let you down. Strong rip-stop, water resistant, nylon covers the main body, so rest assured, this bag is as tough as nails.
This is definitely one of the best running packs; it is very practical, fully functional and then some.
Do you ever run with a running pack? What running essentials do you carry on lengthy runs?