Pack quality is one of the most important factors when choosing a running backpack, whether it’s for street running, trail running, or just general use. Unfortunately cost is also a big factor. We wish it wasn’t as much as the next runner craving a new piece of gear, but it is.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing though. Sticking to a budget will allow you to flesh out the exact pack you need instead of opting for a pack that likely has features you’ll never even use. (For example, how many of you took the rain fly of your last pack, stuffed it in some box in your garage because you’ll never actually run in the rain? I’m not saying the rain flys aren’t useful, I’m just saying…)
Below you’ll find the best running packs for 2015 that won’t break the bank. Make sure you keep reading below the chart to see our thoughts and each pack.
Top 10 Running Backpacks Under $100 Complete Chart
|2||TETON Sports Oasis 100||$|
|4||Dakine Heli Pro||$$$|
|5||REI Flash 22||$|
|6||Deuter Speed Lite 20||$$$$|
|7||Gregory Miwok 22||$$|
|8||Osprey Escapist 20||$$$|
|9||Gregory Miwok 18||$$$|
|10||Black Diamond Nitro||$|
After we published the list we had a few people email in and recommend the following pack(s):
(Note: If you’ve had awesome experience with a specific pack, or have a recommendation, contact us and we’ll get your pack mentioned here.)
Which pack is right for you?
So, you’ve set your budget. You think you know which features you need. And you’ve looked through our top 10 list, but…you’re still not sure.
Don’t worry, we’re going to go into a little more detail, so you know where to start.
Osprey Packs. If you take a closer look at the Osprey packs you’ll notice they all have amazing build quality. The Quasar and Escapist are a little bit larger than the Daylite. Because of this the shoulder straps for the Quasar and Escapist are a little beefier in terms of padding, while the Daylite is more breathable. We’ll also point out the Quasar is one of our favorite packs for storage (especially laptops). The Deuter Lite should also be tossed in with the Daylite, as it’s a very similar pack, though we like the build quality of the Daylite better.
Gregory Packs. The Gregory Miwok 22 is one of the most popular packs around. The Miwok 18 is essentially the same pack, just a bit smaller. They are both very similar to the Osprey packs, except Gregory includes an expandable front pocket for quick on the go stowaway space.
Rugged. Both the Dakine Heli Pro and the TETON Sports Oasis have a little more rugged feel to them. If you’re rough on you packs, or plan to use it for some other outdoor activities (i.e. hiking) then this may be the right pack for you.
REI Flash 22. Every REI pack we’ve used has been both good quality and pretty cheap (in cost). For some reason the the shoulder straps on the Flash give people some problems. One of the best things about this pack is that you can walk into an REI store and try it out, while a lot of the other packs you typically need to order online.
Black Diamond. This pack is almost a combination of a Gregory pack and the Flash 22. It’s a little taller and leaner than the other packs, which makes it nicer if you’re on the tall side. It’s also heavily used in other outdoor activities, which is why Black Diamond doesn’t get a lot of mentions in the running world (as far as backpacks go).
So, that’s it. These are these best running packs under 100 dollars.
Hopefully you’ll find the perfect pack for you and save some money along the way 🙂