How do I choose a comforatble backpack for running
January 12, 2013 5:40 PM Subscribe
I am a very amateur jogger. I took it up a year ago and can now run 5km fairly consistently and am working my way (slowly, in every sense) up to 10km. I almost exclusively run on the way home from work so I need a backpack for my stuff. Snowflakey details inside
posted by *becca* to Shopping (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The one I use currently is a basic 15L walking backpack, with no waist or chest straps. The main straps do rub on my arms - I get abrasions on my inner upper arms when not wearing something with long enough sleeves. It's not quite big enough - I think 18 - 20 L would be fine sizewise. It moves around a bit and I think waist or chest straps would be helpful. However I tried one with both and that pulled the main straps in quite narrowly meaning that not only did they rub against my neck (which I assume would get painful) but that they were sitting directly on top of my breasts. I really can't see that being comfortable.
Can you tell me what I, a female amateur runner (with some curves) should be aiming to get in a backpack to comfortably run in? I am not concerned about hydration during running, but it does need to moderately waterproof. Specific recommendations are great, as are general ideas of what to look for. I live in London, so recommendations of bags I can physically try on in a London shop are particularly welcome.