Not all daypacks are created equal — here are three sport-specific packs for runners, hikers and mountain bikers. Check them out here:

Running Hydrator: Gregory Tempo 5L — $129

Running Hydrator: Gregory Tempo 5L — $129

There's just enough room in this nicely thought-out pack to carry everything you'll need on a long-distance run. Water: the included two-litre Hydrapak hydration bladder is easy to fill. Fuel: shoulder strap pouches keep gels at the ready and two others can be reached without taking the pack off. Layers: We had no trouble stuffing a wind shell or minimalist rain jacket in the main zip pocket. Other essentials: a valuables zip pocket keeps the really important stuff safe. Most importantly, it carries very nicely. Gregory
Hiking Innovator: Jack Wolfskin Accelerate Pack —$100

Hiking Innovator: Jack Wolfskin Accelerate Pack —$100

The unique zipper design on the Accelerate makes it easy to find what you need in this 30-litre pack. The zip wraps across the top and then swoops down and across the pack body. You can splay the pack wide-open or use the four zipper pulls to access smaller sections. While it doesn't have a solid frame, we found the Accelerate carried a typical day-hike load without sagging. A small essentials pocket on the top and a hydration sleeve inside were appreciated. Jack Wolfskin
Mountain Bike Hauler: Platypus Sprinter XC 35 — $160

Mountain Bike Hauler: Platypus Sprinter XC 35 — $160

With a cavernous main pocket, accessed via a waterproof zipper, a handy quick-stash pouch and a valuables pocket, there's enough room in this bike-specific pack to haul an overnight's worth of gear into a backcountry cabin. For times when you don't need that much gear, compression straps cinch the load snugly, keeping the pack from swaying. The three-litre bladder hangs inside the pack, so it always stays in place — a good choice for all-day epics. Platypus
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