best running belt

Running Belt: Test & Reviews

Author: Manuel Heitmann

Coach & Fitness Expert

The running belt is an indispensable gadget for runners and joggers. Our team has viewed various tests on the Internet for our best list. Afterwards, assessments of material, functions, weight and other components could also be recorded.

Questions to Consider Before Buying A Running Belt

What is a running belt?

The classic running belt is an accessory that is tied around the middle of the body just like a normal belt. However, the running belt contains one or more small pockets in which you can safely stow your keychain, smartphone and similar small parts. In addition, there are sometimes larger bags to pack food and drinks for the longer run. So you don’t have to carry this food in your hand, which would restrict mobility. In this way, the running belt helps one to concentrate solely on running itself without distraction or restriction.

The numerous manufacturers in the sporting goods sector orient themselves to the different customer requirements and accordingly provide a diverse selection of running belts. There are very narrow running belts that have proven to be particularly light in our test, as well as larger models that are often more robust because they have to withstand more.

For joggers, there are running belts with an interesting look to choose from, which can be selected to match the sportswear. But more important is the question of which format is the right one. For a short jog through the city park, there is enough space for a cell phone, wallet and keys. For the long run, however, more space is required because you should also take a drink with you.

Regardless of the size and shape, the running belt must fit well. With a single or double buckle you can bring it to the ideal length so that it does not press on the waist or hips and still cannot slip.
For example, a wallet that hits the hipbone with every step would severely affect mileage. A belt pouch that gradually shifts from one side to the other does not serve its real purpose either.

When looking for a running belt, you should make sure that it fits your body size and fits perfectly. It is also about putting together the sporting equipment as minimally as possible. If in doubt, you can do without most of the utensils. Depending on the running route, however, the cell phone should not be missing because it can be used to get help if necessary. Instead of different foot patches and several protein bars at the same time, the cell phone is the better choice.

The ideal running belt thus adapts to the individual mileage as well as to the things that you have to carry with you at all times. That is why the narrow running belts from our 2020 test only offer space for a mobile phone and a keychain, while the larger versions also hold the water bottle, something to eat and other extras.

How does a running belt work?

The functionality of the running belts in the test is very simple at first glance: The belt has pockets and / or slots in which you can store your most important little things.
On closer inspection, various questions arise. For example, it is not immediately clear to some people how or where to fasten the belt. There are no belt loops on the sweatpants, but the running belt should be non-slip. A simple click fastener fixes the running belt, which can usually be adjusted to the perfect length with a few movements.

If you tie the running belt around your waist, it jerks up and down relatively quickly when you run. If you fasten it at waist height, you have to make sure that it is not too tight, otherwise it will squeeze out a little bit of air. A medium height between waist and hips is therefore particularly suitable to securely fix the running belt without it disturbing you.

Some of the running belts can also be found under the term sports belt. Typical of the comparison winners of the running belts is their ergonomic shape, whose talent only shows when you put it around your body. Nothing presses here, yet these belts do not slip, even at a higher running speed or in difficult terrain. Such a professional, sporty running belt is often particularly lightweight, but still proves to be very resistant.

In addition to the pockets on the belt, which are often secured with zippers, the accessories for tying often have small holders to which other things can be attached. In many cases, the drinking area is not put into a pocket, but is hung in the holder provided for it. The key does not necessarily have to take up the storage space in one of the pockets, but can be attached to one of the holders if necessary.

Typically, the running belts from the test have a buckle with Velcro. Nothing can be solved here. Particularly wide and elastic buckles ensure optimal comfort, because nothing is guaranteed to pinch here. This is also an important advantage if the athletes are not yet so tempered and want to work off their belly fat first.

Air-permeable textiles also ensure that you do not sweat excessively in the area of ​​the running belt. That is why these accessories are often made from breathable and skin-friendly materials. Well thought-out weight distribution makes it easier for runners to stay motivated. After a short period of getting used to it, you forget that you are wearing a running belt, even if it is a little heavier. This is mainly due to the precise shape and the safely stored utensils that do not rattle around or get in the way while jogging.

Some of the belt systems have outer mesh pockets. These are particularly suitable for strengthening muesli or protein bars. Objects of various sizes and shapes can also be safely accommodated with particularly stretchable compartments.

Often the running belts are also referred to as drinking belts. This shows an important function of these accessories, which can also be used for other sports. The drinking belt, which is supplemented with the right bottles, ensures that you do not become dehydrated in any situation, because here you have quick access to your drink. This is especially important if you are on the road for a long time and do not have the opportunity to have a drink in the city or on a competition track.

Advantages & areas of application

The running belts save joggers and athletes having to take a bag with them when they do their daily or weekly lap. You can only be really relaxed when you have your head and hands free.

This means that indispensable little things such as apartment keys and cell phones have to be stowed away in such a way that they can no longer be felt. If you are going on a long run, a running belt can also be a little larger and equipped with drinking bottles. The advantage here is also evident in the practical and safe storage of the various extras.

With the comparative test winners of the running belts as well as the simple belts, it quickly becomes apparent that these are practical aids for sport that show their advantages at every level of performance. At the same time, the running belts ensure a fashionable appearance, which, depending on the design, looks a bit simpler or more professional.

In the city and in rural areas you can see numerous men, women and also young people jogging their laps at least once a week. Some of these people just want to move, others have a fixed goal in mind and train harder accordingly. Regardless of your ambitions, equipment is often not just about functionality. Your own fashionable style is also often the focus when choosing clothes and accessories. This can also be seen in the search for a running belt, which of course should match the entire outfit.

Depending on your own fashion sense, you can choose a narrow and discreet running belt or a wide, eye-catching model in trendy style.
The different sports belts from our test of running belts are often selected by the same manufacturers who also offer the shoes and / or sports clothing. Marking with the respective brand logo provides evidence of the quality awareness of the athletes.

Just like the sportswear, the material of the running belt also meets the requirements for functionality and comfort. This means, among other things, that the contents of the running belt are protected from moisture, regardless of whether it comes from the body itself or from precipitation.

Not only joggers benefit from the practical running belts. These accessories are also suitable as a companion for ambitious training. If necessary, a training computer can be attached to this belt, which counts steps and consumed calories and also calculates the distance covered. Nevertheless, the running belt should be as light as possible so as not to affect performance. At competitions, for example, you often don’t need to take your own drink with you, as you are provided with iso drinks and water at various points on the way. When training for such a race, however, the drinking belt should not be missing.

If you train outside of the city or in unfamiliar terrain, you should definitely take a cell phone and a few other important things with you. The dangers that lurk here cannot always be assessed. Women in particular feel more secure when they have a pepper spray to hand. For this one should also keep a space free in the running belt. Of course, you have to have this spray can to hand quickly in an emergency, otherwise it cannot serve its purpose.

When jogging on vacation you usually feel particularly relaxed, but you also want to be prepared for unforeseen situations. However, these are mostly surprises of a completely different kind. A souvenir shop reminds you to take some money with you, and when the sun is hot you should have sun gel with you. Running belts made of breathable material are compulsory for warm weather, while an insulating material such as neoprene makes sense for low temperatures.

In any case, the narrow and flat running belts can be taken on vacation without any problems, because they hardly take up any space in a suitcase. Even on the way to the preferred running route or to the sports club, the small-format belt can be taken with you at any time, even if there is little space.

Ergonomically designed running belts that adapt to the body in such a way that they can hardly be felt have proven to be particularly advantageous. The ideal incorporation of the bags also ensures that the weight you are carrying does not bob up and down all the time. This promotes fun in movement and increases motivation.

What types of running belts are available?

The running belts from our test differ in their width and material, in the fastening options and pockets as well as in their overall shape. There are running belts made of robust, insulating neoprene, which are absolutely waterproof, as well as special fitness belts with hooks for the sports bottle. While the lighter belts were often designed for leisure jogging, other, firmer running belts are geared towards the needs of triathletes and other demanding athletes.

In the test of the running belts, we would like to compare three models more closely. These are the simple, narrow sports belts, the classic variant of the belt with a detachable pocket and the running belt with hydration system, which are mainly used by experienced athletes. Then we take a look at the tubular belt, which is also preferred by many athletes.

The smaller or narrow running belts for joggers can be selected in different color combinations. They adapt to the needs of recreational athletes and offer storage space for some change, the smartphone and the key. Like the other parts, this is either put in a pocket or hung on the lanyard.

Due to the elastic material, this running belt can hardly be felt. These running belts are available in different sizes so that they are suitable for men, women and children depending on the size.
The advantages of these simple running belts are briefly summarized below:

  • good adaptability,
  • Space for the necessary small parts,
  • practical handling,
  • diverse designs,
  • suitable for everyone.

However, the leisure running belts also have a few disadvantages:

  • little storage space,
  • if the key is hanging on the outside of the strap, it jingles while running,
  • The running belt can slip over long distances and / or at high speeds.

Adjustable running belts with an extra pocket make it possible to exchange these accessories within the family. Often these straps are a combination of a belt and a bag. For example, the belt is suitable for a body size between 70 and 110 cm. The bag is often divided to ensure that the weight of the parts inside does not shift while you run. This is especially important with the belt bags, which are relatively wide. In contrast to the narrow running belt, these models with a detachable bag often offer more space.

The advantages of the adjustable, combined version of belt and bag:

  • extended storage space,
  • Adjustability or more flexibility in scope,
  • well thought-out interior division of the bag.

The disadvantages:

  • often higher dead weight,
  • unwanted rocking possible.

With the running belts or drinking belts for ambitious amateur and professional athletes, the functional equipment features are clearly in the foreground. As high-class and long-lasting sports accessories, these running belts are typically made of waterproof nylon. They have an adjustable strap so that they adapt perfectly to the athlete’s body. The zip pockets are mostly on the side. Here you can find space for small things, for example the key. The drinking bottle is generally attached in the middle. Thanks to the ergonomically designed holder, you can barely feel the bottle when walking, so that it doesn’t get in the way.

However, this only works if the drinking bottle does not hold more than 750 ml.
The advantages of the sports belt with a drinking bottle

  • waterproof material,
  • ergonomic adjustment,
  • Tear resistance,
  • well thought-out division,
  • barely noticeable when running.

The disadvantages are rather minor:

  • higher price,
  • possibly a little longer preparation time for correct filling and tying of the running belt.

The belt tube is a system that looks more like the waistband of sports pants than a belt. It is available in various sizes and is easy to stretch. There are several compartments or storage spaces on the inside of the belt. This is where you put your papers, some money and also your flat cell phone. Some of these belts have a snap hook for the key, which serves as additional security.

Such a sports belt can be ordered to match the individual body size so that it fits perfectly. The flexibility paired with the strength prevents anything from slipping, chafing or wobbling. The belt sits tight on the body without constricting it and looks like the waistband of running shorts. This makes it particularly suitable for ambitious competitive runners. However, most exercise straps are not suitable for water bottles. That is why they are mainly used at events where runners can get supplies at the drinks stand.

A characteristic of the belt tube is its flat and relatively wide shape. This distinguishes it from many other models of running belts.

The advantages of the belt hose:

  • perfect body adaptation,
  • lies flat,
  • does not slip or wobble,
  • particularly comfortable,
  • many pockets on the inside, some with an additional zip pocket on the outside.

The disadvantages of the belt hose:

  • the synthetic material is not water-repellent,
  • additional protective bags may be necessary to keep the cell phone dry.

How are running belts tested?

In order to make the decision between the numerous different running belts easier, we have checked these accessories for several criteria. On this basis, we do not want to find the comparison winner of the running belts, but rather give prospective buyers a few tips on which things play an important role.
Therefore, this section is intended to be an aid to individual decision-making. In addition to personal taste, other details are far more important when choosing a running belt.

Ability to fit the running belt
A running belt should lie flat so that it doesn’t wobble up and down as you run. The closer it is to the body, the less it moves when running. This is related to the reduced leverage. This detail should be taken into account, especially if you carry sensitive devices such as a cell phone with you. With the running belts with a wide surface, the contact with the body is increased and the bobbing is reduced even more.

In contrast, the narrow models of running belts tend to wobble and slip. This is because these belts do not rest as well and therefore move more up and down when you run.

The comfort
How comfortable the running belts from the 2020 test are depends on their design and the material. The flexibility of the strap has a very strong effect on the wearing comfort. The belt should not pinch anywhere but also not slip, as this would create friction marks. Furthermore, the weight has to be distributed in such a way that it is well balanced and you don’t have to make any balancing movements while running.

On a short jogging route that might take half an hour, comfort doesn’t seem to be as important as on a half marathon. Nevertheless, runners who only run short distances should not neglect the comfort aspect. Often times, the running distance increases and once you get used to the wrong posture, it is difficult to adjust.

Possible pressure points
Buckles, zippers and large buttons can indent the skin. In the long run, this leads to pain or at least to an uncomfortable feeling. It is therefore worth checking the overall construction and the seams that are as flat as possible. Even small crossing points can be very annoying on longer running routes.

The attachment
The reliable running belts from the brand manufacturers are mostly attached with a snap fastener or a Velcro fastener. Here it must be ensured that nothing can come loose during the subsequent running movement. The attachment of the drinking bottle should also be such that nothing is lost on the way.

The flexibility
The belt strap is generally flexible and therefore always adapts to the body size. It should be stretchable enough not to constrict the runners, but strong enough not to slide off. In the test of the running belts, we were able to determine that the wide models on the one hand ensure good comfort and on the other hand offer the necessary security.

The adjustability of the size
Many of the running belts from the test can be adjusted in length, even if they can be stretched within a certain range. This adjustment function is often combined directly with the lock. It helps with the pre-adjustment of the belt, which can be used by several people thanks to this adjustability.

The design
Bright colors or subtle gray or black, the variety of colors of the running belts offers the right design for every athlete. Not only women like to use the eye-catching colors. Men also like to wear peppy running belts. In sports clubs, design helps to distinguish one’s own accessories from the others. When jogging on the street, fluorescent colors can increase safety, especially if there are additional reflective elements.

Interchangeable elements
Some running belts have interchangeable parts. Here, the individual pockets can be removed or replaced with other containers. This increases the flexibility of the running belts, which, depending on the situation, can be worn in a slimmed-down version or expanded with additional storage space.

Waterproof running belt
The outer material of the running belt is often water-repellent. This makes them suitable for rainy weather or for winter. If you jog every day regardless of the weather, you should make sure that your running belt is not only water-repellent, but also waterproof. So the material not only keeps light drizzle, but also a real downpour. Sweat is also kept away and does not penetrate the contents of the running belt. The cell phone in the pocket stays dry.

Breathability
Even if you wear the running belt over the jersey, it should be breathable. Because if you run a lot, you quickly break a sweat. An air-permeable material transports this moisture away and makes you feel more comfortable. The running belt doesn’t feel like an extra burden. In addition, it does not rub against the skin if you wear it directly on your body. Despite the breathability, the contents of the belt must of course remain dry.

What do I have to look out for when buying a running belt?

Finding a running belt is not as easy as the layman might imagine. It’s not just about the slim design and a color that goes with the outfit. Due to the great differences in quality, buyers have a variety of models to choose from, some of which are available very cheaply, but some also cost a lot of money.
Our test of the running belts should demonstrate which details are particularly important. The price and the brand name are no guarantee that you have found the perfect running belt. In addition to the individual situation or the respective training goal, you should also check whether the material meets your own requirements. While the experienced athletes pay particular attention to the functionality and ergonomics of the accessories, the beginners initially concentrate on ease of use.

When preparing for jogging, there is an important guideline: You should take as little as possible with you but do not miss anything that is necessary. That sounds easy, but this rule is formulated too theoretically, especially for beginners. Practical questions will help you put together the ideal equipment:

  • Do I need the key when I go jogging?
  • Do I have to take something to drink and if so, how much?
  • Do I want to carry the smartphone with me for safety?
  • Can the change stay at home?
  • What do I need in an emergency, for example if I fall or am attacked?

If, after answering these questions, you realize that at least a few small parts should always be with you, you need a running belt that offers space for your cell phone, a few coins and the key. Some minimalists say that you can start walking without a smartphone. However, if an accident does occur, the cell phone can be very important for calling for help. Whether you need a water bottle depends on how far the running distance is and how much fluid your body loses. So the decision for a running belt is sometimes based on the season.

In addition to the wide selection for more or less disciplined joggers, there are also professional running belts that are used by trained athletes. Here there is a clear difference in the equipment as well as in the overall condition. Some of these special belts have been developed for specific training computers that you put into them. In addition, the high-quality branded belts are often ergonomically designed and thus adapt perfectly to the athletic body and sports clothing.

If the running belt is used alternately by different people, it should have a length adjustment. In this case, the size of the pockets and the width of the belt must also meet all the wishes of the user.

The waterproof running belts offer rain protection in addition to the other advantages. The contents are guaranteed not to get soaked here, even if the rainfall is very heavy. Some of the running belts are only “water-repellent”. These models are sufficient for domestic use, but do not protect against particularly heavy rain.

If the running belt is not used for its actual purpose, but as a travel belt, then it should lie as flat as possible. So it is not noticeable and is therefore the ideal place to keep your papers, wallet and possibly other valuable items.

Where is the best place to buy my running belt?

If you are looking for a running belt, you can find it in sports shops, in department stores or on the Internet. The online purchase is considered particularly convenient and also offers excellent comparison options. In one of the internet shops or on a comparison page, you can look specifically for a running belt and use the corresponding filter functions. With the subsequent sorting you can find out which running belts have the best recommendations or which models are particularly inexpensive. This enables a quick selection to be made.

The product descriptions and customer ratings are used to get a detailed picture of the sports accessories. Of course, this also includes the photos and possibly sketches of the running belts. A few clicks and you have found and ordered the perfect version for your own use. Just a few days later, the running belt is delivered and nothing stands in the way of sports enjoyment.

The shops also offer a wide selection, but the range here is not as varied due to the limited storage capacity. In addition, it can happen that even in well-stocked sports retailers you cannot get the running belt you want. Then you have to wait for this version to be available again and go into business again.

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Some of the running belts can be ordered online and picked up in stores. However, this is only possible with a few providers. In general, going through the sports and leisure stores requires a relatively large amount of effort and offers fewer options compared to shopping online.

One advantage of buying directly in the store is that you can pick up the running belt here and tie it around it. Even the wearing comfort can be tested.

However, since you have the option of simply exchanging the running belt in the Internet shop if you don’t like it, you should go this more convenient way. This saves a lot of walking and usually has to pay a lower price.

Useful accessories

The running belt is an important accessory for athletes who like to equip themselves practically. In general, these belt systems are supplied without accessories, but there are models that are equipped with additional pockets that can be changed. In addition, there are, for example, suitable sports bottles for the respective running belt, which correspond perfectly with the corresponding suspension.

Other sports accessories that are used while running or other sports can also be described as sporty accessories. From sweatbands to fitness computers, from walking sticks to headlamps, the manufacturer’s range is very broad.

The drinks and food for athletes can also be added to the extended equipment. For example, the drinking bottles are filled with isodrinks, which not only restore the body’s fluids while running, but also supply some vital substances. Sports bars and similar snacks for athletes also help keep the body fit. This is especially important for those athletes who cover long distances.

With normal jogging, fewer accessories or accessory elements are required. Still, some utensils help you feel more motivated and more confident. A pedometer, which is attached to the running belt, records the distance covered and gives you the necessary overview of your own performance.

With an integrated fitness watch you can check whether you are getting faster over the course of the weeks or whether physical changes can be observed. In this way, the training is more fun, because the successes are made visible and can be better understood.

Clothing for joggers cannot be counted directly as an accessory, but it still plays a major role in individual equipment. This also applies to the running shoes. When it comes to clothing and the combination of the individual parts, functionality and comfort are always the first priority. Nevertheless, one should not completely neglect the design. The right color selection increases the joy of recreational sport and makes you want to inaugurate the new equipment. Therefore, you should not only choose the running belt as a single part, but also match it to the other sports items.

Running Belt Alternatives

The running belt is a practical and hardly noticeable accessory that allows you to take small items such as keys, cell phones, etc. with you when you set off for a jog through the forest or for a city run. Since nowadays hardly anyone hides the key near the front door, other transport methods are required for alternatives to the walking belt.

Safety pins with which a single key can be attached to the running clothing are rather inconvenient. There is a risk here that the material of the clothing could get holes or even tear off. The key bracelets are better, although they are only small but still offer enough space for the house key.

Other hobby joggers put the key in their pocket or in a small pocket on their jersey. However, these bags often cannot be closed, so the risk of losing the key is relatively high.

In addition, a key pocket is often not enough to accommodate the utensils that you want to carry with you. In contrast to the running belts, however, the bum bags are too heavy and too big. When running, they therefore move significantly more than the belts and thus interfere with fluid movements. They are not comfortable enough because of their bulky shape.

Some athletes consider hydration systems with a running backpack to be a sensible choice. These are special backpacks that are suitable for both running and cycling. Such an accessory is particularly suitable to compensate for a high loss of fluid and can therefore replace the drinking belt. The liquid itself is carried on the back and passed through a tube. A valve ensures that the water or other drink is really only supplied when you want to drink. With such a hydration backpack, dehydration can be completely prevented, even on extremely long journeys. Still, your hands remain free. Due to the weight of the backpack, which is distributed over the back and shoulders, the load does not act selectively. Nevertheless, the runner feels this weight more clearly than when he attaches a drinking bottle to his belt.

A sports holster that is attached under the armpit is a suitable alternative to the running belt, but it can be difficult to stow and remove the contents here. That is why the upper arm pockets are the more popular variant. However, it is not always easy to pull larger parts such as the smartphone out of the often tight-fitting pocket.

Depending on the temperature, a running jacket with a pocket can be used. This is often located on the upper arm so that you don’t feel restricted when jogging. Since the upper arm pockets are generally cut relatively tight, the cell phone sits very tightly and does not slide back and forth. However, the smartphone shouldn’t be too big. In addition, this cell phone pocket often has no space for the key

The overview of the various sports and outdoor accessories indicates to potential buyers that the running belt is not so easy to replace. Variations such as the drinking belt are not an alternative, but rather a sub-category.

Frequently Asked Questions: Running Belts

How comfortable is the running belt?

The comfortable fit depends on how wide and elastic the webbing is. When it is at the optimal size, it stays close to the body and does not slip. This is very important for comfort in two ways: on the one hand, the skin is not compressed, and on the other hand, there is no increased friction. Furthermore, not only the comparison test winners of the belt bags are often very flat. This has the advantage that the contents do not constantly hit the stomach and / or hips. This also has a positive effect on the wearing comfort.

If the running belt is constricting, then you should check whether it is in the ideal place and whether it is the right length. Possibly. an adjustment is required. In the ideal case, the sports belt is so comfortable that you hardly notice it and tackle the daily jogging route without impairment.

How comfortable is the running belt?

The comfortable fit depends on how wide and elastic the webbing is. When it is at the optimal size, it stays close to the body and does not slip. This is very important for comfort in two ways: on the one hand, the skin is not compressed, and on the other hand, there is no increased friction. Furthermore, not only the comparison test winners of the belt bags are often very flat. This has the advantage that the contents do not constantly hit the stomach and / or hips. This also has a positive effect on the wearing comfort.

If the running belt is constricting, then you should check whether it is in the ideal place and whether it is the right length. Possibly. an adjustment is required. In the ideal case, the sports belt is so comfortable that you hardly notice it and tackle the daily jogging route without impairment.

How do you properly fill the running belt?

Typically, the running belts have several pockets that indicate which utensils they are suitable for by their size alone. The smartphone takes up a little more space, while the house keys and change require little storage space. It makes sense to put the particularly endangered items in a zip pocket. The smartphone in particular is very sensitive and should never fall out. Of course, you don’t want to lose the key, while the fitness bar or a few coins are not so important.

Typically, the light, small items are placed on the side. Here they disturb the least and do not hinder your movement. If it is a sports belt with a holder for the drinking bottle, it is usually fixed in the middle area. It may be necessary to adjust the height so that you do not feel disturbed by the additional weight and so that the bottle does not wobble. Some athletes also attach the bottle to their back and run the drinking tube under their jersey up to the front so that they can drink at any time.

Why is it so important to use skin-friendly material?

Not only the top athletes often wear the running belt directly on their skin. Here it can be stabilized a bit by the jersey that you pull over it. Thanks to an elastic and supple material, this belt does not feel like a foreign body. This skin-friendliness thus increases the wearing comfort. Breathable equipment in combination with water-repellent properties also ensures that body sweat does not penetrate to the contents of the pockets or the belt tube.

Can you use the running belt for other purposes?

Yes, of course there are various other activities for which the running belts are suitable. For example, they turn into a slimmer form of the belt pouch when you go on a hike. If necessary, they also complement the equipment for the open air festival or the outfit for the city trip. Here you not only keep your cell phone safe, but also your money and papers. Even in a tightly packed crowd, you carry your valuable items directly on your body and feel safe from the pickpockets. This means that the running belt also functions as an anti-theft device if necessary.

Do you wear the running belt over or under your clothing?

Whether the belt is worn over the pants or over the jersey or directly on the skin depends on how full it is. If it is a flat running belt, then it fits easily under the tights or jogging pants. However, if you also hang drinking bottles on the belt and the pockets are filled with many extras, it is better to wear the belt over them.

Which is better: Running belt or Running backpack?

Both accessories initially require a certain amount of time to get used to, until a runner is used to the additional weight. Both the belt and the rucksack must fit perfectly and must not bob, because that would impair the smooth running movement. That is why many marathon runners do not take any of it with them on the competition routes, but rely on the drinks that are available at the supply stations.

Whether the belt or the backpack is the better choice depends, as with other sports equipment, on your own priorities and your personal running style. With a hydration pack, the risk of the weight bobbing up and down is generally greater than with a running belt with water bottles.

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