A good indicator of how well a running belt is going to conform to your body is to lay it out flat and have a look at the shape. A linear profile doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to bounce or chafe, but the chances do tend to be somewhat higher than those with a curved outline. That being the case, the Ultimate Direction Endeavor is as ergonomic as they get.
The belt has an external binding made of a stretchy fabric that’s soft and strong simultaneously. This material may hold the secret to its comfort, almost as much as the sinuous shape. The construction is complex, alternating between different levels of padding and breathability to best work with your body. Panels made of 3D AirMesh provide even more flexible a fit while preventing moisture from building up, whether due to the sweat of bottles or the human person.
Hydration is the Endeavor’s central purpose, but nothing is physically central here. There are four primary hotspots to be found along the belts length, and you’ll find them evenly distributed around your waist. On either side of your spine you’ll find a holstered 10-oz. water bottle, angled outward for ease of retrieval. Ultimate Direction’s signature water bottle has a bright red cap positioned at an angle, so you can get the last drop without lifting your chin skyward, and a contoured shape for an easy grip.
In front there’s a 4-oz. leakproof gel flask in easy reach of the right hand, holstered in a downward position so the gel squeezes right out when you want it to. To the left of that is the pocket, and, as with many hydration belts, you’ll find that it’s small but functional. If you can’t live without your smartphone you’re best off looking elsewhere, but this pocket is the ideal size to stash your ID and an energy bar or two. Velcro provides adjustable closure to hold it all together, and a pair of built-in race-bib snaps make things easier at the beginning of a marathon.
The belt comes in a number of different sizes for best possible fit. You may want to order a size above your usual if you wear bulky clothing, since this baby is snug. The Endeavor comes in two color schemes—cyan and spectra, a shade you won’t find in your box of crayons, but, unusual name aside, appears to be a sort of light gold.
The belt can be purchased at several real-world retailers, from the company, and from numerous online stores.