TETON Sports TrailRunner 2.0 Hydration Pack

Last updated: October 20, 2021

TETON Sports TrailRunner 2.0 Hydration Pack

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We looked at the top Hydration Systems and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Hydration System you should buy.

Overall Take

No matter what your sport of choice is, this hydration pack will keep you supplied with plenty of water. The bladder has a wide opening, which not only makes it easy to clean, but also ideal for adding ice on a hot day. The hydration pack is even insulated, so its contents stay nice and cool.

In our analysis of 70 expert reviews, the TETON Sports TrailRunner 2.0 Hydration Pack placed 6th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

When you’re two miles down the trail with no hydration station in sight, be sure you have the most convenient, lightweight hydration companion available, and at half the price of comparable packs–the TETON Sports TrailRunner 2.0 Hydration Backpack. Take it out when you run, hike, cycle, and even to amusement parks. It’s comfortable and provides you with much needed hydration on demand.

Expert Reviews


What experts liked

Teton Sports Trail runner hydration backpack makes a robust backpack when you want to run long haul marathons. Teton water bladders can fit into almost any of their backpacks, subject to size. So you have the option to regulate your water intake and weight. That kind of versatility lands it a spot in our best hydration packs list.
Stands out for the user-friendly, minimalist design that's lightweight and easy to adjust to provide an excellent fit for most users.
This hydration pack is great and one of the lightest units I’ve used. It works great for cyclists, camping, hiking, or long distance running. I like the simplicity of the bag and the wide-ranging features. Overall, this bag is great.

What experts didn't like

Some customers reported leakage and water flow issues
Some leaks have been reported. Lacks space and lots of pockets.
The rear mesh pocket has elastic compression straps which have been acceptable at keeping things inside, but I don’t feel it is 100% secure so I avoid putting anything of value in there. A better option would have been Velcro or snaps. A more reliable system would make me more comfortable about using it for the keys or my phone. A minor issue relates to the need to fully remove the bladder from the pack before being in a position to refill. I believe a better design could have been achieved which would leave the bladder in place throughout the refill process.

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Overview

Hydration is important when you’re engaged in strenuous activities, particularly while outdoors on a hot day. Whether you’re cycling to work, hiking or indulging in some other type of sporting activity, keeping fluids in your system is essential. Without it, you could start suffering from dehydration, which can include a drop in energy, headaches and dizziness. If left unchecked, dehydration can even cause fainting.

But dragging along enough water to last for hours can be tough, especially if you’re trying to keep your load light. Hydration systems are designed to make it easy to stay hydrated without having to deal with water bottles. A hydration backpack affixes to your body to keep your hands free, so you can focus on the day’s activities. You’ll drink through a tube that serves as a giant, flexible, leakproof straw.

Before you start shopping, consider whether you want an all-in-one hydration backpack or a separate water bladder that you can slide into whatever pack you’re carrying. You can save money and get more versatility from a hydration bladder, but you’ll need to consider how you’ll attach it to your body or bicycle to keep your hands free.

The type of activity you’re doing will also affect which hydration pack you choose. “Many manufacturers have tailored the design of their packs in terms of weight distribution, the location of straps and its profile to your body’s movement,” says our home goods expert Vicki Liston. “Cycling systems, for example, will fit differently on your body than a running or hiking system.”

Since most hydration packs feature similar water capacity, pay close attention to the weight and size of the model you choose so that you can keep your load as light as possible while you’re out and about.

As for the bladder itself, there are plenty of features to consider before you buy. You’ll want a hydration system that doesn’t leak, as well as one that insulates the liquids inside to keep them cool as long as possible. That means the tube that runs from the bag to your mouth should also be insulated to keep the liquid cool as it moves through.

The opening on some hydration systems is small, which will keep you from being able to insert ice cubes or get in to clean it. Look for one that allows for this if you plan to use ice, or you’re concerned about keeping it clean. You’ll be glad, in the end, that you chose one that makes clean-up easy.

Lastly, there’s safety as a consideration. Some consumers prefer to steer clear of materials made with BPA, so you’ll want to search for one that promises to be BPA free if this is important to you. Some hydration bladders are also antibacterial, which will help protect against mold forming, even if you accidentally leave liquid in the pack for days at a time.

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