A running belt has become a rather trendy piece of equipment for runners which not only provides a functional purpose but can also act as a fashion statement. Running belts come in all shapes and sizes as well as for a variety of different purposes from just helping you carry everyday items such as your phone and keys to more fitness minded items such as your water bottle and energy gels. Which running belt you ultimately choose will largely come down to what you intend to use it for i.e. are you a recreational or a competitive runner, running in marathons. Whilst this article doesn’t go into running belts specifically this article will help you choose the best running belt for you.
1) Storage Size
This should be at the top of the list of factors when taking into account which running belt you should buy. If you are looking for a belt for some relatively short distance runs then space will not be a top priority and you can choose a belt that has slightly less storage space which might be more aesthetically pleasing. If on the other hand you are planning on using it for long distance training runs then you are going to require something that has ample storage space for water and any energy supplements you might want to take along.
Comfort should also be one of your top priorities when choosing a belt, ,you will after all be wearing it and due to the nature of running you don’t want to have to be worried about what is happening to your belt and its contents whilst you are running. There are a number of different belt designs such as pouch or tubular so make sure you know the differences and which will suit your body type best. If your friend has one ask them if you can try it or if all else fails go into a shop and try them on. Brands such as Amphipod and Flipbelt are examples of a tubular design whereby they basically have a one size fits all approach where the material has the ability to stretch.
This is not a huge concern for those who are more worried about performance however those of us who are more fashion conscious then this does become a larger concern. There is no doubting that some running belts are better looking than others and the ability to choose from a wide range colours might be an important factor for some. You may also consider that some running belts use their colours as refractory surfaces to increase your visibility when running on the road which is a worthwhile safety benefit.
This could be said for practically every purchase but the quality of the materials and workmanship should be important. We recommend going for a breathable lycra that not only provides comfort but also performance. Investing in a running belt that is of a higher quality will only save you more money in the long run by not having to replace it as frequently.