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The North Face Women's Microbyte Backpack

Another made-for-women backpack, the sternum strap (with a whistle buckle, for those who are worried about safety) and removable waist belt on The North Face Microbyte pack ($85, thenorthface.com) add to the comfort. There's also a 13" laptop compartment and easy-access front pocket.

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CamelBak Day Star 18

For a super functional pack, this CamelBak option ($80; shop.camelbak.com) looks surprisingly chic. It comes with a water reservoir, which you can remove during shorter run-commutes to give yourself more room for a change of clothes or books. (There are also side pockets for extra water bottles.) Plus, it's designed for women, so it'll fit snugly for minimal bouncing. (See more of The Best Fitness Gear Built Just for Women.)

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Osprey Rev 1.5

Designed for trail running, this bag ($70; ospreypacks.com) is on the smaller side—you'll be able to squeeze in a change of clothes, a wallet, your keys, and maybe some water, and you'll be at capacity. But it's simple and comfy, fitting close to the body with two chest straps to ensure the pack feels stable. The fabric that's pressed against your back is mesh, so it won't trap sweat. Don't love this style? Osprey has a Packfinder that helps you find your best fit.

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Rains Runner Bag

This runner bag ($135; needsupply.com) is probably the most attractive of the bunch, and the one I was most excited to try. The sleek black material is totally waterproof, the straps and back are super-padded, and the interior is crazy roomy. The problem? This bag is huge. It still felt completely comfortable while I ran (and it fit a ton of stuff), but it was basically the size of my torso. Not surprising, since it's designed for men.

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JanSport Women's Agave Backpack

Another bigger option, this daypack ($65; jansport.com) has AirCore shoulder straps designed specifically for women to prevent chafing. There are tons of pockets (even one for a laptop, though I've never tried running with that type of hardware), which makes organizing your fitness/life gear easy. I love the option of sticking your phone in the snug top pocket, and that the colors don't scream "RUNNING BACKPACK!"

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