The Best Running Belts for Every Kind of Runner
Running Belts You'll Actually Like
What you want: a trusty place to store your cell phone, keys, and a credit card while you hit the pavement for a 10K or quick one-miler around the block. What you keep getting: uncomfortable fabrics that chafe against your skin with every step (the worst!) and that can barely fit enough cash for your post-run Gatorade. (Related: Lululemon's New Running Tight Will Become Your New Favorite Legging)
Here, nine running belts that actually deliver on their promises.
You can't go wrong with a SpiBelt. The tried-and-true model is designed to minimize bounce, making it a good choice for long-distance runners. Because the pouch is made of stretchy spandex, it can expand to fit a surprising number of items (including a large phone) but is also incredibly lightweight and won't chafe against your skin if empty.
Proof: It also has more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. "Can't rave enough about this item," writes one. "I've done several long runs and a half marathon with it and would recommend it to anyone."
Nike Expandable Running Waistpack
Nike is always a good idea, and this running belt is no exception. It's made of stretchy fabric in stylish colorways with, most importantly, the same Dri-Fit technology you count on from your favorite Nike apparel. If you sweat a lot or are looking for a belt to carry you through hot summer months, the water-resistant fabric is sure to come in handy.
Nathan The Hipster Running Belt
The Nathan Hipster has a slim profile that ensures you'll have plenty of room to stash important items with zero bounce. This one isn't adjustable, but it's available in six sizes (extra small to extra large) so you can still guarantee a comfortable fit. Because it's so inconspicuous, many reviewers note that it also works well as a discreet travel belt.
Sport2People Running Pouch Belt
Can't leave the house without... well, everything? Get yourself a Sport2People belt. It's made of waterproof fabric with two expandable pockets (one large, one small) and plenty of room for your phone and other must-haves, like keys and running goo.
It's also earned coveted "Amazon Choice" status, thanks to its many positive reviews. "I always thought a belt would be annoying and ride up or not be tight enough," raves one reviewer. "This belt stays put! It holds my iPhone 6 in the large pocket and keys and tissues in the smaller one."
Don't let the flat profile fool you. The FlipBelt has been tested to accommodate a range of smartphones, including the iPhone X and Galaxy S9. There are four interior pockets and a clever design: After you've loaded it with your essentials, flip it over to keep everything safely secured. As a result, there are no zippers or clasps that could cause irritation while you run. Reviewers say there's truly zero bounce and a surprising amount of storage space.
Adidas by Stella McCartney Running Belt
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini Belt Bag
If you're not a big long-distance runner or prefer a belt that can be used for shorter runs and hikes, as well as for non-athletic events (like festivals and travel), then this Patagonia belt is a great pick. It's made of durable, water-resistant nylon with both interior and exterior zipper pockets to fit all your essentials. Plus, you don't have to worry about chafing, since the back of the pouch is padded and coated with soft mesh. Just note that it is a little bulkier, so you may experience some bounce if you wear it on a long run.