What are you looking for in a running water belt? If you’re like me, you’re looking for something that fits your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy phone, and maybe a credit card or keys. Then, the most important item is the water bottle and how snug it fits to your body.
The last thing you want with a running water belt is for the water bottle to bounce around like a bouncy house.
When your water bottle isn’t snug, you’re only option is to drink or throw out the water.
Here are a few of my favorite running belts that hold a water bottle. I hope that my research and experimentation can be helpful to others.
The Fitletic 12 oz Hydration Belt
This fantastic running water belt comes in 12 different color combinations and holds two 6 oz water bottles (which are included). Two water bottles is actually a pretty smart design as it helps to balance the weight and keeps the belt from being uneven on your hips.
The belt itself has a pouch that is fully water resistant and fits smart phones up to and including an iPhone 6. But, it won’t fit an iPhone 6+ in case you were wondering. It can fit a Nexus 4, but not if it has a case on it.
The inner pocket will hold your credit or debit card safely.
The running belt has reflectors for night time safety. Always a good idea when you’re outside at night.
The bonus piece to the Fitletic Hydration belt is that it has two toggles to easily hold your race number for events. No need to use the provided ones when your running belt has a toggle.
The Fitletic Hydration Belt gets great reviews from runners around the world. The flexibility of color options means you can get any look you want. The Fitletic Hydration Belt has a 4.5 star rating (out of 5) on Amazon and is one of the best values. Prices begin at $34 for the belt, and depend on colors and options.
The Adalid Gear Hydration Belt
What sets the Adalid Gear Hydration Belt apart is its capacity for two 10-ounce water bottles. Similar other running belts usually only allow for two 6-ounce bottles. This is nearly 2x the amount of water! So, if you’re like me and get thirsty this may be the running water belt for you.
Prices for the belt are currently $35 (list price of $59.99). The belt is sold in a black design with the option for a blue, green, or pink zipper design.
The belt is made from neoprene material and there are nylon elastic straps with a buckle that fit most waists. The belt is designed for 27″ to 40″ waist sizes, in case you are wondering.
It comes with both water bottles, so you don’t need to buy them separately.
The pouch is water resistant (the pouch is 3.5″ tall and 6.7″ wide. Like most running belts, this one includes high-visibility reflectors.
Okay, so the main question people are asking about this belt is what phones will it fit? It will fit a Moto X with an Otterbox Defender case (very snugly, but it fits). It can also fit an iPhone 5 plus some gels and a credit card.
It also has a really good adjustable waistband. If you read through reviews, other people have commented on this. One thing is for sure, it’s a popular running belt. It stays in place and doesn’t bounce around on long runs. Which, if you think about it, is really what you want in a running belt.
The pouch is large enough to hold your iPhone 5S, a credit card or ID, and a key. If you have an Otterbox on your iPhone 5 it will fit.
Nathan Trail Mix Hydration Belt
This is one of the more popular running water belts on Amazon. It has a 4.5 star rating (out of 5) and starts at $34. It comes in four different colors including black, purple, gray, and pink. Unlike a lot of running belts, these are full-belt colors (not just the zipper). So, you are really getting a pink running belt when you order pink. Even the water bottles match!
The Nathan Trail Mix Hydration Belt holds two 10-ounce water bottles (included) and the whole belt is ergonomically designed and set up for fast-access. You can pull items out even while running.
Which phones will it fit? First, it won’t fit an iPhone 6 or a Samsung Galaxy S4. It’s close, but it doesn’t fit.
It’s clear that there’s a market for running belts that are designed for these larger phones.
Anything smaller than these it will fit with ease. So, that means your iPhone 5S will fit in perfectly.
One of the best features of this water belt is that there are 2 bungee cords on the front. They are designed so you can secure items you don’t want to wear such as gloves or a hat. You can even use them to snug an extra t-shirt or head band should you want to bring one.
The Camden Gear Hydration Running Belt
Starting at $50, this running water belt may be one of the most affordable running belts that also have water bottles.
The Camden Gear is big enough to fit pretty much any phone. So, you can bring your iPhone 6+ or your Galaxy S4 or S5 along for the run. It also will fit an HTC One X.
It will not fit a Samsung Note 3, unfortunately.
I’ve heard reports of friends who have used this running belt with an iPhone 6+ with a slim Otterbox case on it. Even people with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and a Defender Otterbox case report being able to fit it in and close the zipper.
The belt really only comes in one color combination. Black with blue straps. At least it looks nice, and the bottles are gray. Fits snug, and does not bounce around even while hiking mountains.
If your phone has a really big case, like an Otterbox, your mileage may vary. Your best bet if it doesn’t fit is to take the case off for your run.
This case has two 6-ounce bottles. The bottles are provided in the package.
Fitletic iFitness 16-ounce Hydration Belt
Similar to the smaller 12-ounce model, but with larger water bottles. This belt comes in a variety of colors and sizes. The sizes are Small/Medium, and Large/Extra Large.
The belt itself is black, and the color options only affect the zipper and the water bottle caps. Everything else is black and gray.
The water running belt starts at $43.50 and goes up to $88 depending on size and color. Your best bet to determine pricing would be to select a color.
The belt includes two 8-ounce water bottles (BPA free and dishwasher safe). Like the other running belts in this series, it includes a toggle to hold a race numer and reflectors for safety.
If you’re confused about the sizing, don’t worry!
Small / Medium: 24 in to 36 in comfortable.
Large: 29 in to 42 in comfortable.
What cell phones will it fit? I know from trying that this does not fit an iPhone 6+. The material is just not stretchy enough. It will however hold an iPhone 6 or the Samsung S6 phone.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my quick summary of the best running belts for holding a water bottle. Leave a comment if you have a suggestion for others.
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