The advantages of a running belt
More compact than a trail running backpack
Worn around the waist, trail running hydration belts are more compact than trail running backpacks. However, they don’t lack in carrying options for your equipment. You can even attach your trail running poles on some models. In addition, as numerous runners are looking for comfort, their very light weight and stretchiness mean you’ll feel as if you weren’t wearing anything!
Range of motion
Because of how compact they are, running belts offer optimal freedom of movement. While nowadays, trail running backpacks are very lightweight, running belts are ideal for runners who don’t like to have something on the back. Worn around your waist, your shoulders and back can breathe freely!
All your essentials on hand
It’s one of the advantages of a waist band for running. When trail running in the mountains the chances of taking a beautiful picture of the landscape are numerous. A running waist belt provides quick access to your phone. The same goes for your poles. No need to take off your backpack, you save time on your run, and fully enjoy your adventure by avoiding long manipulations!
The criteria to choose a running belt
Some minimalist belts such as the Salomon Pulse Belt will limit you to carrying the bare minimum on a race. Others, such as the Norrona Bitihorn 6L are designed for long days in the mountains. They allow you to carry energy bars, a bottle or even your phone and keys!
Jogging, marathon, ultra-trail, which distance?
The way you approach running and trail running will influence the belt you choose. Sunday joggers or short distance athletes need only the essentials. Up to medium distances, your belongings will be a few energy bars, keys and phone. A minimalist running belt will be ideal.
However, for ultra-trail running, even a bulkier running belt won’t be enough to carry all the mandatory equipment. Think about investing in a dedicated trail running backpack.
The best men’s and women’s hydration packs and running belts at Glisshop!
No matter the way you run, you’ll find on Glisshop.co.uk all types of hydration packs and running hydration vests. With the various models available, you’ll find the right one. If you can’t decide, contact our running and trail experts via phone, e-mail, chat or stop by our store. They are always here to help!