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Article: Choosing a Carry Solution for a Marathon: Pros and Cons of Backpacks, Belts, and Vests

Using AthletiPack to Run a Marathon

Choosing a Carry Solution for a Marathon: Pros and Cons of Backpacks, Belts, and Vests

A critical aspect in the preparation for a marathon is how you carry essentials such as water, phone, nutrition, and extra clothes. In this blog post, we explore the pros and cons of various carry solutions to help find the most optimal solution depending on needs and budget. 

  1. Backpack w/ Hydration Bladder

The tried and true backpack! The one pictured is a Camelbak, but there are literally hundreds of brands/options to choose from. To help with pack bounce, a backpack with a hipbelt is strongly recommended. Some packs have two sternum straps and even load lifters depending on the size.

Pros

Cons

Lots of Options

 Pack Bounce

Often Affordable

Fit/Sizing Issues

Unbalanced

 

Camelback backpack

Camelback Mule with Hydration Bladder
In Camelback: Hydration Bladder, Clothes
In AthletiPack: Phone, Snack, Salt, Chapstick
 AthletiPack Backpack Running Demo

     

2. Running Belt

This is a great solution when you just need to carry the bare essentials. The Flipbelt can fit a phone, keys, gels, and other small items. 

Pros

Cons

Quick Access

 Limited Carry Capacity

Bounce Resistant

One Compartment

flipbelt
Carry Setup for Flipbelt
Flipbelt: Phone, Keys
AthletiPack: Water, Snack, Salt, Chapstick
Running with Flipbelt and AthletiPack Demo
AthletiPack Demo
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3. Hydration Vest
Hydration vests are similar to backpacks but they have shoulder strap pockets and they use elastic rib compression to minimize bounce. They are usually smaller in size and some are compatible with hydration bladders. 

Pros

Cons

Bounce Resistant

Often Expensive

Quick Access

Fit/Sizing Issues

Balanced

Limited Storage
Running Vest with Water Bottles
Running Vest with Water inside pockets
In Running Vest: Clothes, Wallet, 2 Water Bottles
In AthletiPack: Phone, Snack, Salt, Chapstick
Running w athletipack
4. AthletiPack
Featuring a 1.5L carry capacity, the Athletipack can comfortably carry phone, keys, snacks, and a small water bottle. The elastic webbing provides freedom of motion and extreme bounce resistance. 

Pros

Cons

Quick Access

 Limited Carry Capacity

Bounce Resistant

Person wearing Athletipack
Person Running with AthletiPack
Francene finishing a marathon using an AthletiPack.  
Switching AthletiPack to BackPack Mode
Switch between Front pack and Backpack.  
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1 comment

I was looking for me a light and easy concealed carrying bag and I was at the gun show on Thanksgiving weekend and I ordered a bag and when I tell you I love my bag the owner Trent is very professional and polite and willing to help and answer all my questions. I will be ordering more bags with this company for years to come. Again thank you for all the help team love my bag!!!!! The athleti pack is very light and easy on my neck and back

Taramara Dodson

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