Deciding exactly what you should take with you on a run isn’t always straightforward, particularly when space is limited. Going without those important possessions, whether that’s your phone, keys, or energy supplies, for the duration of a run isn’t ideal, particularly when you’re training for race day or going for a long session. That’s where running belts come in, giving us a simple solution that allows us to keep our valuables close by.
With a range of styles and special features available, we’ve put together a list of the best running belts so you can find your perfect fit. You might be looking for the slimmest design that can carry your gels, or perhaps you’re trying to resist splashing out on a running watch so want to run with your phone. Whatever your priority, you’re sure to find a belt that works for you in the list below.
In need of more running gear? Take a look at our best running jackets.
Best running belts for 2021
Inov-8 Race Elite Waist Pack
The Inov-8 Race Elite Waist Pack promises ‘zero bounce’ due to its V-shaped waist belt straps, which aim to hold the bag in position while you’re on the move. There are side stash pockets for storing snacks and there’s also an emergency whistle, which is handy for emergencies. This is one of the larger options in this list, with the main compartment having a capacity of three litres. That means there’s ample space for you to carry an extra layer or lightweight waterproof.
Ultimate Performance Fitbelt
If you’re after a body-hugging, sleek option, the Ultimate Performance Fitbelt is one to consider. The zip pocket has space for most modern smartphones, or you can use it to store your keys using a convenient clip inside.
Rather than a buckle, the Fitbelt uses a zip at the back to hold the belt in place, making this design fairly unique. This means it’s not adjustable, but the elastic does a good job of keeping the belt in place (as long as you pick the right size). You can also chuck this one in the washing machine to keep it fresh.
Osprey Talon 6
Suitable for hiking as well as running, this is a solid choice if you’re out for a longer run that requires more than just your keys. The Osprey Talon 6 can hold up to two water bottles, energy supplies and a waterproof jacket so you can head out for the day knowing you’ve got the essential kit to keep you going. Stability is also a key feature here, with the Biostretch waist belt and compression straps designed to allow you to tighten the pack so it’s nice and snug.
For more Osprey products, read our review of the Dyna 6 Hydration Run Vest.
SPIbelt Running Belt with Large Pocket
This soft design has an expandable, surprisingly large pocket which is said to be capable of carrying your phone, a map and small medical supplies, as it stretches to 8.9 inches. The elasticated band is adjustable so you can tailor it to your waist size. It’s not waterproof, so you should check the forecast before heading out or double bag any electronics!
Triathlon Race Number Bib Belt
This race number belt has space for your gels as well as your all-important number. It’s been specifically designed to hold G-easy energy gels, so if they are your go-to, this could be a top choice. The silicone gel band aims to hold the belt in place so you can concentrate on the race knowing your number is both visible and secure.
Low on supplies? Check out our favourite energy gels.
Salomon Active Belt
Sweaty Betty Swift Running Belt
Large enough for an iPhone 7, this neat running belt from Sweaty Betty has a headphone port so you can crank up your favourite tunes when you’re out on the road. According to the brand, the use of a scuba-style fabric and adjustable straps ensure you can pop the belt over multiple layers, no matter what the season.
Despite its particularly slim design, you should be able to squeeze a phone, headphones and cards into this band from FlipBelt. You don’t need to worry about buckles and straps hanging down as you run with this hassle-free, slip-on design. You might even forget you’re wearing it. But just remember to get the right size. There are three openings, and one of the storage spaces has a zip for extra security.
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CamelBak Ultra Belt
If you tend to get hot and bothered when you’re out on a run, this running belt from CamelBak could be the one for you. It’s made with a 3D micro mesh material, which is designed to keep you cool due to its breathable nature. With multiple external pockets and a secured zipper space large enough for most smartphones, the Ultra Belt appears to have plenty of room for your running necessities. CamelBak has also added reflective accents to help boost your visibility on night runs.
For more essential running kit, here’s our pick of the best gear for running in the dark.
Lowe Alpine Fjell
This Lowe Alpine belt allows you to carry more than just a few small essentials thanks to its four litre capacity. While it may appear bulkier, you’ll be able to pack in far more than the slimmer designs, which may be useful if you’re running off-road or over long distances. The curved style should ensure it fits neatly around your waist and there’s a padded mesh panel on the back for added comfort.
If you’re a fan of running off-road, check out our list of the best trail shoes.