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Understanding Running Belts and Pouches


Although running apparel can come equipped with pockets, not all running apparel will give you enough room to store your essentials. Luckily, there are great running accessories available to carry all of your running necessities such as energy gels, MP3 player, and car keys. In this guide, you'll learn about running belts and pouches and how to choose the perfect one to enhance your workout.

Running Belts

If you like to participate in marathons, a running belt is ideal. However, running belts are also great for everyday running but typically hold only a minimal amount of essentials. They expand to hold your most important items while allowing you to attach your race number to the belt material. Securing your race number to your belt saves you from poking small holes into your apparel. Here are a few features you may find necessary for your running belt:

  • Quick-release buckle for fast removal.
  • Reflective accents for running in dark lighting.
  • Dividers for organizing your items.
  • Adjustability for a customized fit.
  • Pocket that's highly expandable to store your essentials.

Don't be reluctant when you see the slim design of a running belt. As previously mentioned, running belts can usually expand to fit items like smartphones and large IDs such as passports.

Running Pouches

Running pouches look very similar to the usual slim running belt used in marathons. The key difference is that running pouches tend to have at least one pouch on the running belt that's greater in size than a running belt's slim, expandable compartment. They may also be marketed as a "running pack." Size varies from small to a large size comparable to a sleek fanny pack. In addition, some running pouches even have belt loops for securing multiple water bottles. If you run long distances or need to carry a significant amount of items, a running pouch is more suitable than the typical ultra-slim design of a running belt.

Running pouches are also available as add-on accessories to belts or waistbands. For example, you can buy a separate running pouch that can easily attach to your favorite running belt. This allows you to turn a slim belt into an item that's more suitable for long distance training. Pouches are usually large enough to store energy gels, energy bars, hydration flasks or bottles, ID, and a smartphone. In contrast, you can find also find small running pouches that clip onto the inside or outside of your waistband.

Nearby Necessities

You can have a more enjoyable and comfortable run when you wear a running belt or pouch. Although you may be tempted to simply hold your MP3 player or car key, pouches and belts will simplify your run so you can focus on the path ahead of you. Furthermore, it's important to assess your workout conditions to find the perfect running accessory. Whether you run at night and need reflectivity or need a pocket big enough to hold your large smartphone, you can find the perfect belt or pouch for your next run.

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