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Old 29th Oct 15, 11:12 AM
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Commuting with backpack

In the future I'm thinking of commute running (instead of cycling) a few days of the week, as long as it isn't too sweaty.

Is there a difference between running with a regular backpack and one that is specific to running? Like does a special kind not interfere or come loose on your shoulders etc.? If so, then I plan to invest in one.

I've never run with a backpack before, so hopefully it's not too uncomfortable or different (I won't be carrying much weight)
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Old 29th Oct 15, 11:37 AM
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I sometime get of the train home from work and run the last few stops with a backpack, I just use a cheapo Karimore X-LITE thing from sports direct, its ok for the price and has all the straps to minimise jiggle. You really need the belly and chest straps so a regular backpack would be a nightware to run with, would jiggle too much.
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Old 29th Oct 15, 11:53 AM
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I sometime get of the train home from work and run the last few stops with a backpack, I just use a cheapo Karimore X-LITE thing from sports direct, its ok for the price and has all the straps to minimise jiggle. You really need the belly and chest straps so a regular backpack would be a nightware to run with, would jiggle too much.
Cheers, will look into that one you have!
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Old 29th Oct 15, 01:37 PM
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Running-specific backpacks definitely make a difference. Last week I had to run home with my cycling backpack which does have chest straps etc but was still bouncing around and uncomfortable. By contrast my Salomon pack fits almost like a vest, and barely moves - very comfortable.
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Old 29th Oct 15, 02:15 PM
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Running-specific backpacks definitely make a difference. Last week I had to run home with my cycling backpack which does have chest straps etc but was still bouncing around and uncomfortable. By contrast my Salomon pack fits almost like a vest, and barely moves - very comfortable.
Cheers, definitely need a running-specific one it seems!
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Old 29th Oct 15, 08:20 PM
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I've seen loads of people running in London with huge 'normal' backpacks and the things swing so far to the left and right I'm amazed they don't end up on the floor.

I've got a cheap Karrimor 12 litre backpack and also a Inov-8 12 litre racing pack and they are like chalk and cheese. The Inov-8 pack sits properly, doesn't bounce, has pockets so you can get things easier etc. Cost wise they were about the same but it makes a big difference.

I really want to try one of the Salomon Slab racing vests as they get amazing reviews and Slab are what you see more off than anything else.
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Old 29th Oct 15, 09:49 PM
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Tempted to get a solomon, just not sure how much you can get in them, they look more for hydration than coats and stuff
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Old 29th Oct 15, 10:51 PM
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Tempted to get a solomon, just not sure how much you can get in them, they look more for hydration than coats and stuff
Gary, watch this video. It's from Centurion Running who host loads of 50 and 100 milers. Centurion have a list of mandatory kit they fit into a S-lab, trousers, jacket, maps etc.

It all depends what you want. If you are fully self sufficient you'll likely need bigger but if you're running a race with stocked aid stations a vest is fine and after all if you have to carry it 100 miles I'd rather have a 2kg load than a 5kg Sometimes if there is more space you'll fill it with pointless things.
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Old 30th Oct 15, 07:30 AM
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Tempted to get a solomon, just not sure how much you can get in them, they look more for hydration than coats and stuff
You can get a surprising amount in to the 12L one - I can just about get a pair of jeans, a shirt, underwear, a lighter jacket/coat, and a scarf & gloves, in to mine. In can take a bit of effort to squeeze it all in though! Salomon did preview a larger pack this summer (20L I think) in the same vest style but unfortunately they don't seem to have released it yet. Shame as it'd be perfect for winter commuting with larger coats etc.
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Old 30th Oct 15, 10:09 AM
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Hey, Jono!

My choice: http://www.runcharlie.co.uk/epages/p...s/UUACBAA20002
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Old 30th Oct 15, 01:34 PM
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A few months ago I imagined I needed a pack to fill a niche between my many others of an intermediate size. Some have already been mentioned, but for an intermediate size, take a look at Ian Corless' review of the North Face FL race vest. It might suit you better for a commute than teh S-labs or Inov-8s
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Old 30th Oct 15, 01:55 PM
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Wow thanks guys (Gary, James, Darren, Fulmar, Steve) - will check them all out!
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Old 3rd Nov 15, 02:43 PM
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Right, so I've had a look at all of the recommendations. They all seem good, so I'm still undecided. The chest+waist strap feature seems key for it to be any good for running.

Fulmar - I like the look of yours. It has chest+waist strap, but it also looks like a normal backpack, so I'm curious as to how does it feel when running? Does it stay tight on the shoulders, not interfering with arm movement etc?

The Karrimor / Salomon / North Face ones look like they'd hug the torso better?
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Old 3rd Nov 15, 07:24 PM
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You have a PM, Jono
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Old 3rd Nov 15, 08:34 PM
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I have a cheap karrimor one from sports direct as well. does the job but I'm sure paying more would improve the experience.

On another point, I used to try and run sessions sometimes on my commute run home and they were always so much harder with a backpack.

Running with a backpack is fine when you are running easy but does get uncomfortable if you try to push it.

But overall run commuting is a great experience and very liberating. A great feeling beating the traffic and avoiding public transport etc.

Enjoy.
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