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I carpool to work in the mornings but I run home after work. I have tried running with a regular backpack and that didnt work. It bounced up and down too much and wore out my shoulders. I am now running with my small camelback but that only has room for a cellphone and wallet. Because with the camelback my load is so small, I have worked out an elaborate system to get my stuff back home to me.

My solution would be to find a good backpack that doesnt bounce when I run so I can just take my stuff with me when I run home.

Any suggestions on which backpacks are good for running? Any tips on how to run with a backpack on so I dont screw up my back or something?

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I know this does not answer your question about backpacks, but... is there any chance you can alternate running from morning one day to night the next? If you can figure this out, perhaps you could take gear in advance when you drive, and then when you run that night you can just run. Then run the next morning, and all your needs will be at the office from taking them the day before. Then carpool home that night taking all your gear home. Make sense? –  Ryan Miller Jul 18 '11 at 12:41
I, too, want to run home from work - approx 14 km - so I need backpack as well. The perfect backpack would allow me to take my laptop along. Unfortunately, it is a 17" MacBook Pro, so it will take a rather big backpack. Did you decide on a backpack to use? –  Tonny Madsen Oct 15 '11 at 12:24
I'm looking at Nike Cheyenne Vapor. Does anybody have an opinion on this? (See store.nike.com/us/en_us/?l=shop,pdp,ctr-inline/cid-1/pid-361414/…) –  Tonny Madsen Oct 15 '11 at 12:27
+1 just for running home from work! –  talonx Oct 16 '11 at 13:21
Still havent found a backpack that I like. I do use a Nathan hipbelt that fits a wallet and phone and I like that a lot. –  johnnywhoop Mar 21 '12 at 16:31

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I'd imagine that if you tighten up the straps and kept the backpack load high on your back that it would alleviate some bouncing. Also, you could consider getting a backpack that has a hip band or support so that the bottom half is tight to your back.

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Good packs will hold firmly to you, and also firmly onto the items within them. This allows you to efficiently carry the items as a part of your body rather than as an object hanging off of your body.

To start, consider what you need to carry and determine what a reasonably sized bag is. Getting a bag that is just big enough, with cinch straps and/or a hip straps will go a long way with comfort.

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If you can deal with looking like a total nutter, then you might consider a load bearing vest:

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They distribute the weight, and some people use them to load weight (good for weighted pull-ups if you put rocks/baking sundries in the pockets). They hold quite a lot, but aren't great for paper or books. Some have lots of straps, so I could imagine rigging a laptop sleeve to the back of one.

You will look like some sort of militant survival fantasist though. You can get a black one if you're feeling tactical.

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I read somewhere (probably wikipedia) that runner-knees are more a problem with the female, apparently because mass-point is lower. Any idea which kind of equipment is more ideal with runner-knees? With this, you do not get the irritating pendulum to your back but not sure about the mass-point change -effect on the runner knees. Ideas? –  user2598 Dec 28 '11 at 20:51
...about mil: if you want to look less mil-fanatic, there are products such as HELIKON-TEX Urban Tactical Pants -- which work pretty well during running. Not really backpack but very well designed and can handle things such as phones and other misc items. With good belt (nb Masi answer) and some shoulder support, you can carry almost an elephant :P –  user2598 Dec 28 '11 at 20:58
That looks awesome! You can exercise and look like Kit Latura (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_%28film%29) at the same time! –  Richard Mar 22 '12 at 14:19

If you are like most people you probably take long strides while running. If you take really short strides you have less up-down movement of your body and the backpack doesn't bounce as much.

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I have actually switched to a forefront strike and a shorter stride. I havent tried it with a backpack yet. –  johnnywhoop Mar 21 '12 at 16:26

I had a similar problem to you where I wanted to run to football (soccer) with my boots in a bag and have room for various other items (money, drink etc).

The solution I found was to look for a trail running bag. I don't do trail running but I found they were the best bags to get as they are designed to stay close to your body without jumping up and down and to carry enough equipment.

After a bit of research, I found the company inov-8 and their bags. They aren't super cheap but they fit a surprising amount of equipment in them and they cling to my body very well.

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Thanks! The bags look great! I dont think that they are that expensive. They are pretty comperable to other manufactures. –  johnnywhoop Mar 21 '12 at 16:29

I would recommend a Nathan trail running pack. I've used Nathan, Camelbak and some other designs. The Nathan is more comfortable than the Camelbak because it hugs you more and therefore distributes the weight around your core better - and in a more balanced fashion. Certainly, around here nearly every runner I know uses Nathan.

The larger packs can carry quite a lot of stuff. After all, they're designed to carry 2L of fluid, clothing and some safety gear for up to 30km at a time. I'd suggest that getting anything bigger is going to slow your running down too much.

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Check www.LatLock.com they have a new backpack design that DOES NOT BOUNCE when you run!!

They added a padded smooth under arm strap that conforms to your lats and does not rub your arms raw when running and keeps the Pack from moving or bouncing up and down.

Check our videos, pictures, info and more Latlock Running Backpacks www.LatLock.com

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Have you solve the underarm chafing issue? And what's the new design comparing to the 2011 E70 version? –  mko Dec 1 '13 at 12:33
Is it able to fix my accordion? which is 15 * 14 * 7.5 6.4kg –  mko Dec 1 '13 at 12:34

Checkout a video by this company I found on youtube, LatLock Packs, by far the easiest pack to run with I've found.


A pack that finally does "not bounce" even with books, I run to class now in comfort and pretty fast too.

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I used to run with a camelbak ... it wasn't a very small one either. If you don't clip the straps together across your chest it will go all over the place, but if you do clip the straps together it stays in place very well. This was with about 2l of water, my phone and wallet in the bag.

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Please, consider to have a good belt, i.e. wide one, too which lowers your mass point by having something bind there such as by Condor stuff. Think then again about your need of the backpack.

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