Something about wearing the color pink gives a high-energy tone to your day, no matter what you’re doing—and if what you’re doing is running, then that’s exacting what you need. A pink running belt is an easy way to sport the color while wearing your usual non-pink track or workout clothes, and doubles as an extremely useful item for storing small objects and liquid sustenance. Here’s five of our favorites in no particular order:
Fitletic Lycra Mini Sport Belt
This belt is small, stretchy, and quite inexpensive. The 5½×3″ pouch holds most phones (particularly tested on the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4), and there’s an interior pocket designed to keep your ID or money in. The main draw of the Mini is its compact size—but that also means that some phone cases are too bulky to fit. The Lycra material will stretch like crazy, but the zipper won’t, so while a Boostcase will fit just fine, an Otterback Defender won’t. The belt comes in many colors, but there’s clearly just one color combination you want. This one features a solid pink pouch with a black zipper, and a black elastic belt strap that’s incredibly comfortable to wear.
We’ve talked about the merits of this belt at length in our review—it’s affordable, compact, and incredibly popular. But when color is a primary consideration, the SPIbelt still holds up. Because unlike pink aficionados shopping other brands, you’ve got options! There’s two shades of pink (regular and hot) on your choice of the pouch or the zipper with a black waist strap, a belt with a pink polka-dotted pouch, and a high-visibility version that combines the pink zipper/black pouch combo with a pink waist strap—a truly eye-catching running belt.
iFitness Gel Holder Running Belt
This is as lean as running belts get, and also just about as pink. There’s no main pouch or really anything at all to weight you down, because this belt is designed for one thing—holding energy gels. It’s got 6 elastic loops to carry them, allowing you to carry as much as you need and easily access them. No need to unzip anything, just pull one out! The waistband is entirely pink and made of a very soft material for maximum comfort, and features reflective strips, a black buckle, and toggles for attaching your race number.
Fuelbelt Revenge R2O
It’s an unusual belt—the usual storage pouch is there, but it’s removable, and the main event is a pair of molded-plastic holsters that hold 7 oz. water bottles. The bottles are ergonomically shaped, made of BPA-free plastic, and are designed for one-handed easy access. The pouch is a little smaller than that found on your usual pouch-centric running belt—while it will hold a flip phone, iPod and keys simultaneously, a smartphone might be a bit difficult. But here’s the important part: the bottle caps, holsters, padding, and pouch are all completely pink!
CamelBak FlashFlo LR Hydration Beltpack
This one comes in only three possible color varieties, and guess what one of them is? CamelBak wins the award for color-scheme creativity, being perhaps unique among running belt/pack manufacturers to combine pink with a color other than black. This time it’s grey (two shades of it) sprinkled as highlights on a belt that’s still predominately pink. The pack is designed to hold water, in the form of a reservoir that holds 1.5 liters and features parts with trademarked names like Antidote™, PureFlow™ and Big Bite™. A fairly sizable storage pouch lets you keep your phone, wallet and keys handy, as well.
Photo Credit: Geoffrey Weber