When you want a running belt, you want the best. After all, you are keeping things vital to your life in there – things like your keys, your wallet, money, and of course, your lifeline…er..smartphone. So, how do you choose the best belt from the thousands on the market?
Best Running Belts of 2020
There are retail websites with ratings and rankings and everybody seems to be saying something different. That’s why we have created this list of the top ten running belts, based upon actual trials, product reviews, ratings, features, and much more. If you want a great running belt, you want one-off of this list.
The Flipbelt is so named because of the way it holds your valuables. You put it on and secure your items and then flip it to lock it in place. This is a clever idea and it works very well.
- Simply flip the belt and keep your valuables in place
- Washable – made of micropoly fiber and lycra
- Dries quickly
- Very soft and does not chafe against your skin
- Logo is reflective so you can be seen easily
This belt is very soft and it is easy to use because it doesn’t affect your running at all or chafe against your skin. In addition, it holds all of your stuff securely so even if you bounce around a bit you aren’t going to lose anything on your run. Plus, it comes in about a dozen different colors.
The only real problem with this belt is that it makes it difficult to access your phone easily while you are running. For runners who are using apps to track their progress or need to check their GPS regularly this may not be the right belt. However, it definitely keeps your stuff secure.
Excellent runner’s belt for those who want to store their stuff and forget about them until the end of the run.
2. Hydration Running Belt by Camden Gear
This running belt has a number of advantages even over some of the models on this list. It holds your water securely to keep you hydrated during your entire run and it has plenty of room for all of your stuff.
- Adjustable – will fit any waist size up to 43 inches
- Big pockets will hold anything including big key rings and even the largest smartphones like the iPhone 6 models
- Water bottles hold just the right amount for runs
This running belt solves one of the big problems that people often have with belts – not enough room for all of their stuff or will not fit their extra-large phone. This one has plenty of room, plus you have water at the ready whenever you need it on your run.
The disadvantage that this unit has is that it is heavier than others on this list. Of course, some of that weight is due to the fact that it contains two 60 ounce water bottles (when they are full) but it is still a little heavier than other belts.
If you don’t mind a little extra weight, and you like to hydrate while you are running, then this is going to be the perfect running belt for you.
3. Sport2People Running Pouch Belt
With two pockets, one of them large enough to even hold one of the newest iPhones, this is a great running belt. It is light and has features that make it a good choice for any runner.
- Reflective surface makes you easy to see, even at night
- Two pockets, large and small, with enough room for large smartphones
- Nylon belt with secure plastic buckle
- Secure zippers that won’t open on their own.
The good things about this running belt include the fact that it can be worn underneath your clothes to run with your valuables intact, or you can use it to travel with, keeping money safe and any travel documents secure from theft.
It is also great for outside the clothes if you run at night because of the reflective strip along the zipper and it has two pockets, one of them large enough for just about anything you would want to put in there.
The bad here is that this isn’t the most comfortable belt to wear underneath your clothes. Because it is made of nylon and plastic, it can chafe if worn for long periods of time.
So, should you get this running belt? For the price, which is about the cost of a decent fast food meal, you can’t go wrong with this belt. It is large, cheap and secure, even if it isn’t the most comfortable running belt on this list.
4. Eazymate Fashion Running Belt
This running belt is definitely made to wear underneath your clothes. It is a black fabric that is several inches wider than most of the other belts on this list and it holds a lot of stuff. Let’s take a look.
- 4 pockets that can be worn however you wish
- Secure zippers that close tightly
- Soft fabric material make it comfortable enough to wear under your clothes
- Has room for everything that you could possibly want to have on you at all times
The great thing about this belt is that it has four pockets, two on the front and two on the back, that allows you to store an amazing amount of stuff. You could keep your hotel key, your passport, your credit and debit cards, cash and your phone easily in the front two pockets and still have plenty of room in the back.
This doesn’t fit very well under clothes because of how wide it is – in other words, you can often still see it when it is worth under clothing, particularly in the summer.
The price is pretty high compared to others on this list, but it is comfortable, stylish and it offers more room than just about any other running belt here.
5. Urban Active Sports Running Belt
If you want a fairly comfortable running belt that doesn’t cost a lot and makes it easy to get to your stuff, then you should take a look at this belt from Urban Active Sports.
- Two zippered pockets on each side
- One zippered pocket in the middle that has a transparent cover
- Pockets are easy to open, even while you are running, thanks to a leather pull rope that is attached to each zipper.
- Lays flat against the stomach and could probably be worn underneath your clothes
There is a lot of good with this running belt. First of all, it has three pockets, one of them pretty large. The middle one is the large one and it has the added benefit of being transparent, which is really useful if you are using your phone to time yourself, or using an app to run on a certain course.
You can just tilt your phone up when you need to look at it.
The way that it hangs on your hips makes it rather difficult to hide underneath a shirt. Even with a T-shirt you’ll still see the shape underneath, kind of like a back brace.
Still, this is one of the best belt on this list. The price is great, the brand is really good, and it comes with a free runner’s eBook and a pair of Urban’s elastic laces for you to use in your running shoes.
6. FITT Gear Running Belt
FITT is the company behind the next running belt on our list, which is pretty narrow and made of nylon but it has the advantage of being one of the lowest priced items on this list.
- Two expandable pockets that will hold your valuables including most Smartphones
- Secure plastic buckle that locks into place
- Very strong and will hold up to a lot of use and even extreme weather conditions
- Fits any waist size from 28” to 48”
- Comes with a lifetime warranty
This belt obviously has a lot of good things going for it. The most unique feature, and perhaps the most useful, is the expanding pocket, which stays small and compact if you don’t have a lot to store, but becomes large enough even for the new iPhones.
The only bad thing to discuss about this running belt is the fact that it bounces a lot, especially when you are carrying the new iPhones and some people feel as if it doesn’t hug their waist enough to keep it secure to the body.
A great belt for those who don’t own the iPhone 5 or iPhone 6, or don’t mind a little bounciness when they have a big phone in the pocket.
7. SNHNY Top Fit Running Belt
This running belt only has one pocket but it is also one of the three lowest-priced items on this list. It is a solid running belt for the price that will hold all your stuff.
- A single pocket that zips up securely
- Expandable to fit just about any waist size
- Comfortable nylon with a plastic locking buckle
- Large enough to hold most Smartphones including the new iPhones
This is a really lightweight belt that reduces sweat and is made of durable material. It holds just about any phone and carries out the primary purpose well.
The bad thing is that this belt really doesn’t have much that separates it from the competition on this list – even the less expensive belts.
If you like the look, feel or design of this belt, then you should get it because it is a good quality belt. But there are better belts for the same price on this very list.
8. URPOWER Multifunctional Running Belt
This is another running belt that gives you hydration as well as storing your stuff securely, with two small water bottles on each side.
- Large center pocket to hold your keys, Smartphone, IDs and credit cards
- Has a hole for your earbuds to come through attached to your phone
- Includes two small water bottles that fit into the side pockets
Here’s the good about this running belt. It is great for those who need hydration while they are running and don’t have any other source. The two water bottles are the perfect size, to give you enough water to complete most runs and not add enough weight so that you would notice.
If you don’t like the water bottles and decide to remove them, you can’t use the pockets for anything else. They are made to hold water bottles and anything else will fall through.
If you like the water bottles you should get this belt. If you aren’t sure if you would ever use them, then choose another belt from this list.
9. MoKo Sports Running Waist Pack
Right off the bat, you will like this unit if you are budget-conscious. It is the lowest priced running belt that we have featured on this list. Let’s take a look at the specifications.
- Comes in several sizes including black, grey, pink, blue and two styles of camo
- Reflective strip along the zipper to allow you to be seen at night
- Secure zippers keep your items safe inside the belt
- Adjustable and stretchy
This is a great belt for anyone who is planning to lose weight (or gain weight for that matter) because it is completely adjustable and very stretchy – it will fit around a waist up to 55 inches. It is also large enough for the new iPhone 7 and the other large smartphones that some belts are not able to accommodate.
In addition, this belt fits your unique style because it comes in five different colors and two different styles of camouflage.
This is not a waterproof belt. If you get caught out in the rain it isn’t going to keep your phone protected and that could be a problem. In addition, even though it is advertised as “sweatproof” it is only “sweat-resistant” and you will be sweating under it for anything but the shortest (or coldest) runs.
This belt has a lot going for it, considering that it is the lowest priced belt on this list. There are a few others listed here that have more features (some waterproof for example) but for the price, it is really hard to beat the value of this running belt.
10. EOTW Running Belt Waist Pack
The EOTW running belt is next up on our list and it is a good one. There are a couple of flaws, but since it is the second-lowest priced belt on the list, it is definitely worth taking a look at. First, let’s go over the specifications.
- Transparent window so that you can use your phone while it is on your belt
- Additional storage pocket for other items
- Reflective straps that light up in car headlights and under street lamps
- Headphone cable is able to be run through belt
- Reversible – transparent window on one side and zippered pocket on the other
So, there are obviously a lot of great things about this belt. Many of the belts on this list have reflective material on them because it is important. This one does too but it also has the transparent window that allows you to take calls with earbuds in and even has a hole for your headphones to fit through.
It is a durable, confortable belt with lots of features.
There are a couple of things that this running belt could improve upon. First, the zipper is on the inside when you are wearing it (it’s reversible) so if you need to take out your phone while you are running it is very difficult. Also, if you keep anything else in the compartment with the smartphone in it you may lose it. Even cash will sometimes be pulled out.
For the price, this running belt is probably the best value on this list. It is comfortable, durable and has a bunch of great features, and it is the second to lowest price on this list.
There are a lot of running belts on the market these days. Most of them are made to hold phones because no one goes anywhere without theirs today. Most of them are also made to hold other items as well. A few have additional features like reflective materials, headphones jacks and transparent windows that allow you to use your phone while it is in the belt.
But choosing the right one depends upon your budget and what features you are willing to live without.
There have been quite a few choices presented here, and which one you get is totally up to you – but you should definitely choose one from this list because we have researched very carefully to ensure that these were the top ten belts on the market and you will be happy with anyone of them.