Over the past 3 months our team has reviewed a great deal of hydration options on the market. We have tried, perhaps not hard enough, to present to you the best options for various run categories (100, 50, 50k, Adventure, Womens and Multipurpose). Our disclaimer is that we all recognize that runners are very dynamic in their needs, the trails they run and the supplies they need, this is meant to highlight packs in what we perceive to be these categories and open discussion on what you, our readers like.
Here are the best packs for Multipurpose
Winner of the TAUR Tester Award – Nathan Firestorm
If you are looking for a one pack quiver, the Firestorm is your pack. Balancing the demands of a runner and a cyclist can be difficult, but the Firestorm manages this very well. The pack has 5.5 Liters of carry capacity, stabilizes well and allows for simply storage up front. The pack was not over built, like many multi-use packs often are. My wife and I fought over the pack numerous times, even though it was pink.
The Rondane 6L is a pack from Bergans of Norway. The pack boasts a unique patented stabilization system and a snug fit for a variety of uses, including running, cycling and hiking.
Our testers found the pack to be less then ideal for running. The pack comes with an internal liner and heavy bladder. The bladder can be easily switched , but the back linear is not removable. The pockets on the straps held just a gel, while the rear storage felt much less then the advertised 6 liters due to the shallow construction. The pack feels very long and may fit oddly for those with shorter frames.
With all of this said, we have really been impressed with our dialogue with Bergans and hope to see a lot of improvement in the near future.
Go ahead and post your favorite Multipurpose hydration!