Reflect, hydrate, and keep your essentials stashed away while you run with these top-rated running vests.
Run Vests for Your Trail, Nighttime, and Training Runs
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As a runner, your accessories (read: gear) are almost as important as the miles.
If it's nighttime, you need something with a reflective sheen. If it's humid, you need something breathable with a hydration pack. If you're going on a longer run, you need something with water and room to stash your snacks and keys. That's where running vests come in.
Here, the 11 best running vests for women that are as comfortable and stylish as they are durable. Whether they promise to illuminate you at night, keep your hydrated, or give you extra breast support, these babies really deliver. (Looking for a bag to use for your run commute? Check out these running backpacks, as well.)
Lululemon Enlite Hydraffinity Vest
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No matter how comfortable a run vest is, it's almost impossible to find one you can wear with just a sports bra. Armpit and side chafing? Pass. Well, impossible, that is, until Lululemon launched the Enlite Hydraffinity Vest which innovatively combines the support of a high-performance bra with a hydration pack.
How does it work exactly? With 3-D cups and zippered front, the vest is designed to be layered over a simple bra (like Lululemon's Like Nothing Bra) to soften the bounce. The back is engineered with a sleek pocket that can hold a 1.5-liter hydration system for quick-sipping mid-run. Wear it with just a bra on warm days, or zip it over a tight performance long-sleeve for A+ chest support. (Related: Lululemon's New Running Tight Will Become Your New Favorite Legging)
CamelBak Ultra 10 70oz. Hydration Vest
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When it comes to hydration packs, it doesn't get any more classic than a CamelBak. This 70-ouncer is surprisingly spacious. In addition to the water bladder, there are two zippered sections perfect for storing anything from electrolyte gummies and protein bites to a fresh pair of socks and stick of deodorant. The straps are also cushioned; I wore it once during a half-marathon and it didn't chafe. (Related: How to Prevent Chafing While Running).
Photo: Dick's Sporting Goods
CamelBak HydroBak 50 oz. Hydration Pack
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A smaller option, this 50-ounce CamelBak is designed to keep you hydrated without weighing you down. It has two external pockets you can use to stash your phone and other must-haves (keys, running goo, ID, etc.).
It's made with a ventilated harness to keep you cool, a padded back panel to keep you comfortable, and reflective detailing to help keep you safe—what more could you ask for? *Crickets.*
Photo: Dick's Sporting Goods
Osprey Packs Dyna 1.5 Women's Running Hydration Vest
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If you're in the market for a hydration pack, you've probably heard of Osprey. With a 1.5-liter bladder, a flat-laying back pocket, and strap storage for your phone and keys, the Dyna is your perfect running companion. Because the wrap-around is made of soft, ventilated mesh, you don't have to worry about excess sweating or chafing.
BTW: I've worn this pack during a 10K run wearing only a sports bra underneath and didn't have any irritation. (Related: The Best Sports Bras for Every Cup Size)
Nathan Fireball Race Vest Hydration Pack
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The Nathan Fireball has a sleek frame that you'll hardly notice while you run. Though, with two 12-ounce water bottles and room for a 1.5-liter hydration pack, you might hear the sound of sloshing water as you step. (Note: the water bladder doesn't come with the vest, so you'll have to purchase that separately.)
The main pocket can be expanded to fit a sweaty top-layer, but not much more—so it's ideal for runners who travel light. (Related: How Many Layers You Should Wear During A Winter Run).
Nike Vividstrike Run Vest
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Nighttime, outdoor running comes with a slightly different set of rules than daytime jaunts. For one, neon and reflective strips aren't just high-tech fashion choices; they're a safety essential. Designed with reflective detailing on the front and back, drivers and bikers won't miss you. The vest itself is super lightweight, making it ideal when the weather gets humid. (Stock up on this other reflective running gear too.)
Photo: Dick's Sporting Goods
The North Face Flight Trail Vest
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This lightweight vest fits too chest-height mini running bottles versus a full water pack on the back—making it ideal for when you want to keep your load light or know you'll have spots to fill your water stash along the way. Worried about dehydration? There's a bonus water bladder pocket in the back if you really want to be prepared. (Want to off-road your run? Peep these beginner trail running tips.)
Photo: The North Face
Nike Unisex Hydration Race Vest Running Volt
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When it comes to running gear, Nike is tried and trusted, and this hydration vest is no exception. A 70-ounce hydration pack? Check. Multiple pockets to hold your energy gels and goos? Check. Reflective detailing? Check. (More: I Tried the Nike Zoom Vaporfly and Snagged a Huge PR)
Plus, in addition to having adjustable sternum straps, it comes in two sizes so you can guarantee a comfortable, snug fit.
Ultimate Direction Women's Adventure Vesta
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This vest may not have a traditional hydration pack, but it's probably the roomiest option on the list. It has 10(!!) storage pockets: Four front pockets for bottles (and two flasks that come with the vest) or your phone, two front zippered storage pockets, two zippered hip pockets, and two large zippered back pockets that'll fit anything from top layers to a complete change of clothes.
With the tagline "Adventure Vesta goes where no woman has gone before," this vest is built to support your badass self.
Sojourner Rave Hydration Pack Backpack
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Crave something that's as ~stylin'~ as it is functional? Don't let this pack's rave-vibes fool you. This Sojourner pack is also runner-approved. It fits a 2-liter water bladder and has adjustable straps and belt to keep it snug against your body as you move. And the zippered pocket can hold all of your essentials—though, reviewers say it can't fit much when the bladder is full.
It comes in patterns and colors to match every running sneaker you own, from flamingo and galaxy to flora and rainbow glitter.
GRIVEL Mountain Runner 12 Backpack
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Can't head out on a run without the whole kitchen sink? Get yourself this baby. The love child of a full-blown backpack and running vest, the Grivel Mountain Runner is seriously spacious. There are tons of pockets—including two front bottle holders, an inside pocket for a water bladder, and a few other pockets of varying size and shape—making it great for multi-day races, long trail runs, and high-speed hikes.
And, no, it won't bounce: You can adjust the length of the shoulder straps and waist belt so it won't jostle. (See more of The Best Fitness Gear Built Just for Women.)
Photo: Eastern Mountain Sports