When you spend a lot of time shopping for running belts—or review running belts for a living—eventually you find that they all start looking the same. Almost every belt is designed to be compact and comfortable, bounce as little as possible, and comfortably fit your smartphone. And in that regard, the Go Belt from Hippie Runner is a lot like every other quality product out there . . . but never has the whole running-belt-thing been done so stylishly!
The expanding design is in many ways reminiscent of the uber-popular SPIbelt, but it’s the little things that set it apart. First, however, the general construction: when empty, the pouch shrinks up to almost the same width as the strap that goes around your waist. But the stretchy material it’s made of is deceptively elastic, and for all its tiny profile the Go Belt can carry literally any smartphone on the market. An iPhone in an Otterback case will slide right in, as will a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or Note 3.
Four utility loops along the belt strap provide further functionality. You can slide gels into these, or energy bars, or an inhaler, or really anything else about the same size. There are two primary compartments, a larger one for your phone and a smaller for your keys. Unlike most belts that put the smaller pocket inside the larger one, though, the Go Belt’s got them side-by-side. Both have their own zipper and can be accessed independently of the other, avoiding any risk of key-on-phone violence. It’s all about peace, dude.
One small caveat: the belt is one-size-fits-most, which means that if your waistline is at one extreme of the bell curve or the other, you might have some difficulty getting the Go Belt on or keeping it tight. Some high-waisted individuals find that it bounces a little or rides up, but most runners have no problem at all—the elastic design keeps the belt incredibly secure even on long runs.
Even if you identify more with the man than with the flower children, that doesn’t mean you have to go without the Go. You can get the belt in plain old black if that’s what you’re into, or any of seven other solid colors for the slightly more adventurous. But why buy a product from Hippie Runner Funktional Runwear and choose the same color scheme as you can get from any other non-funky brand? There’s 12 different far-out styles to choose from, running the gamut of tie-dyes, paisleys, bandana and animal prints, hearts and flowers—you can’t show your commitment to peace, love, and the joy of the jog without some psychedelic patterns.
The belt can be purchased from the company and from numerous online stores.