Cool Hydration Packs for Runners, Cyclists and Adventurers – or just for summer!

Ever since the first time I saw these hydration packs, I’ve always thought they were a genius invention – hands-free, carrying relatively large volumes (2L or more) on your back in a tiny rucksack – seems like the perfect way to carry water (Camelbak is such a appropriate name here!).

Essentially a hydration pack, consists of a slim, stream-lined back pack, designed as a back pack with strong tubing to serve as a drinking straw linked to a ‘bladder’ or reservoir system which is used to store the water. Bladders are usually made from safe, non-toxic poly-ethylene (typically BPA and PVC free) material and are strengthen to protect against resistance and abrasion.

The ease with which the mouth piece can be accessed, while cycling, depends how the tubing is connected and also the design of the back-pack and how the tubing is held in place.

The 10 Best Hydration Packs – Backpacks and Rucksacks

Almost all these hydration packs come with extra pockets, usually in the front to store smallish belongings. Rucksack models come with even more storage volume and higher capacity water reservoirs. Our line-up is as follows:

Closer Look

Now for a look at the details.

CamelBak M.U.L.E. NV Rucksack with drink system 3 Litre

  • Breathability, durability & comfort make this pack a perfect combination of cargo & hydration. NV back panel holds pack away from your back to keep you cool and comfortable.
  • Water Capacity: 3 Litre bladder – LARGE CAPACITY
  • Storage Capacity: 12 Litre – LARGE CAPACITY
  • Colour Option(s): Volcano Red Soil (above), Black/Red, Charcoal/Blue, Black/Black, Barbados Cherry

Continu Durable B09 3L Hydration System Backpack 3 Litre

  • Constructed by waterproof 600D high density Nylon material. Two layer cargo design, one for hydration bladder, the other for storage. Military shades, colours and design.
  • Capacity: 3 Litre bladder – LARGE CAPACITY
  • Colour Option(s): Black, ACU, Khaki, Army Green, CP)

Hi-Tec Hydration Backpack Bag Running Cycling Pack 2 Litre

  • Storage compartments for keys, phone and your wallet, along with any other small items you may need to carry with you. Padded back panel and water resistant zipper.
  • Capacity: 2 Litre bladder
  • Colour Option(s): Red

Karrimor Re-Fuel 2+2 Hydration Day Pack 2 Litre

Highlander Elixir Hydration Pack Rucksacks 2 Litre

  • The Highlander Hydration backpack with hydration bladder is made from 600D Hex Ripstop XTP polyester with PU coating. The good adjustable shoulder straps and breathable padded Air Mesh Back system ensure optimized comfort.
  • Capacity: 2 Litre bladder
  • Storage: 3 Litre (total)
  • Colour Option(s): Blue, Olive, Green

Nathan Intensity Hydration Pack – Women’s Series 2 Litre

  • Front Power Stretch Mesh pockets and two rear zippered compartments store all your essentials. Wall Mesh shoulder straps and back panel channel air across your skin and wick moisture away. 3 way propulsion harness moves in harmony with your shoulders and upper back reducing wasted energy. 
  • Capacity: 2 Litre bladder
  • Colour Option(s):

Andes Hydration Pack/Backpack Bag Running/Cycling 2 Litre

  • One large main compartment, a second smaller compartment and a third small compartment ideal for storing your keys, phone etc. Two handy mesh pockets at either side
  • Capacity: 2 Litre bladder
  • Storage: 8 Litre (total)
  • Colour Option(s): Black, Bright Pink, Purple, Red

CamelBak Hydrobak Hydration Pack 1.5 Litre

  • The minimalist pack, designed for one or more hours in the saddle, this is made from lightweight mesh for excellent breathability. Features include, external fill, essentials pocket, reflectivity, short torso sits above jersey pockets and 1.5 litre reservoir.
  • Capacity: 1.5 Litre bladder – SMALL CAPACITY
  • Colour Option(s): Black, Blue, Green, Red

Trespass Zumba Hydration Backpack 2 Litre

  • ZUMBA is the perfect rucksack for the keen cyclist. With a capacity of 15 litres, ZUMBA is conveniently sized for you daily essentials plus it has the added benefit of a hydration system if you wish to use a water reservoir/bladder. ZUMBA is supplied with a 2 litre water reservoir/bladder. This cycle backpack has lightweight mesh shoulder straps which will help to keep you cool and comfortable during your ride
  • Capacity: 2 Litre bladder
  • Storage: 15 Litre (total)
  • Colour Option(s): Cobalt Blue, Kiwi Green

OSPREY Raptor 10 Hydration Pack 3 Litre

  • The Raptor 10 and integrated 3 litre Hydraulics™ reservoir ensures that you can carry all the required gear and liquid to perform your personal best. The reservoir is accessed via an asymmetric zip for quick and easy refills.
  • Capacity: 3 Litre bladder – LARGE CAPACITY
  • Colour Option(s): Black, Madcap Red, Screaming Green
  • Also available: Osprey Raptor 14 Hydration Pack and Osprey Raptor 6 Hydration Pack