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26 of the best running belts to carry your phone, keys and gels

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BEST RUNNING BELT WITH HIDDEN STORAGE

Waterfly Running Belt Bum Bag

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BEST RUNNING BELT WITH HIDDEN STORAGE

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There’s much more to this running belt than meets the eye — namely three expandable compartments that mean you can carry everything you’d possibly need with you — yep, even a (foldable) water bottle.

Aside from the excellent storage options, this belt is lightweight, adjusts easily with a simple buckle fastening and stays put as you move.

Storage Three zipped compartments, one large enough to hold a foldable water bottle
Fit Adjustable

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BEST STYLISH RUNNING BELT

lululemon Fast and Free Running Belt

Fast and Free Running Belt

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BEST STYLISH RUNNING BELT

lululemon Fast and Free Running Belt

This stylish belt from Canadian fitness gurus lululemon is made from the same fabric as the brand’s famous leggings, so it promises to feel soft and comfortable against your skin over any distance.

It’s also reassuringly light, sweat-wicking and big enough for all your essentials, plus there’s reflective detailing to keep you visible and an adjustable buckle.

Storage Main zip pocket plus side drop-in pockets
Fit Available in XS/S, S/M and L/XL

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BEST COMPACT RUNNING BELT

adidas Running Belt Waist Bag

Running Belt Waist Bag

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BEST COMPACT RUNNING BELT

adidas Running Belt Waist Bag

This compact little number is super light and compact but still packs enough space to carry your phone gels, keys and bank card. It’s easily adjustable and fastens with a simple buckle, plus it feels great to wear, with no chafing, for a friction-free run.

The main compartment zips shut and there are mesh pockets inside to keep things organised, plus reflective detailing on the outside is handy for twilight runs.

Storage One main zipped compartment with mesh pockets
Fit Adjustable waist

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BEST LIGHTWEIGHT RUNNING BELT

CAMELBAK Unisex Ultra Belt Pack

Unisex Ultra Belt Pack

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BEST LIGHTWEIGHT RUNNING BELT

CAMELBAK Unisex Ultra Belt Pack

If you’re a fan of traveling light this minimal hydration belt will appeal. It includes a sizeable flask that moulds to the shape of your body for water breaks, while the 3D mesh material will help you keep your cool. Also available in this frosty aqua/silver colourway.

Storage Main zip pocket plus foldable flask
Fit Size S/M

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BEST CLASSIC RUNNING BELT

FlipBelt Classic Premium Running Belt

Classic Premium Running Belt

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BEST CLASSIC RUNNING BELT

FlipBelt Classic Premium Running Belt

US brand FlipBelt has an army of dedicated fans, with good reason. This clever belt has been designed to sit flat against your waist, so it won’t bounce around or ride up when you run.

It comes with multiple pockets to store your essentials and it’s available in a huge range of colours (we personally love the Acrylic Summer design for a pop of colour against an all-black outfit), plus the key hook is a nice touch.

Storage Multi-access zip pockets
Fit Available in sizes XXS-XXL

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BEST RUNNING BELT WITH KEY CLIP

Sweaty Betty Essentials Zero Gravity Run Belt

Essentials Zero Gravity Run Belt

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BEST RUNNING BELT WITH KEY CLIP

Sweaty Betty Essentials Zero Gravity Run Belt

Made from the same fabric as Sweaty Betty’s brilliant running leggings, this super light, stretchy running belt sits comfortably high, which is great for jiggle-prevention. There’s a thick reflective panel surrounding the zip to keep you visible (and help fumbling fingers in the dark), plus there’s space to keep your phone, keys and cards — and a handy loop with a clip attached for your keys.

The reassuringly thick belt is adjustable via a buckle fastening, which can be a little stiff to being with but doesn’t slip once you’re on the move.

Storage One main zipped compartment with key clip
Fit Adjustable

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BEST WIDE RUNNING BELT

Salomon Pulse Belt

Pulse Belt

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BEST WIDE RUNNING BELT

Salomon Pulse Belt

This wide belt made from breathable and stretchy fabric has a number of hidden pockets to store all your gear, so it’s well suited to slow runners, hikers and even sightseers on holiday who need somewhere to stash their essentials.

It also comes with diagonal straps with a silicone grip to secure a jacket or walking poles and it’s also available in red.

Storage Two secret horizontal pockets plus space for a 500ml hydration flask
Fit Available in sizes XS-XL

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BEST RUNNING BELT ON A BUDGET

1000 Mile Titan Runners Pack

Titan Runners Pack

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BEST RUNNING BELT ON A BUDGET

1000 Mile Titan Runners Pack

This classic pack is an excellent option for beginners on a budget. It’s durable and weather resistant, so will cope with a spring shower or two. And if you’re a fan of wired headphones, there’s also a handy port for your lead to slip through, plus the front pocket features reflective detailing for improved visibility after dark.

Also available in yellow and blue.

Storage Two zipped pocket plus a rubber opening for headphone cables
Fit Suitable for 66 – 106cm waist

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BEST RUNNING BELT FOR 5K

Nike Slim Waist Pack 3.0

Slim Waist Pack 3.0

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BEST RUNNING BELT FOR 5K

Nike Slim Waist Pack 3.0

Designed to sit close to the body as you move, this simple Nike running belt can be expanded to fit a smartphone as well as your keys and a gel or two, making it the ideal storage solution for a quick 5K around the park.

Also available in highlighter green.

Storage Expandable main zip pocket
Fit One size adjustable belt

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BEST WATERPROOF RUNNING BELT

Aiiwer LEAPO Waterproof Running Belt

LEAPO Waterproof Running Belt

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BEST WATERPROOF RUNNING BELT

Aiiwer LEAPO Waterproof Running Belt

Sure, you may not love running in the torrential rain, but sometimes you get caught short, and when that happens (far too often in the UK, we feel), having peace of mind that your valuables are safe and dry makes the experience that much more bearable.

Enter this nifty waterproof running belt, with adjustable band, water bottle holder (up to 300ml) and two pockets for all your bits and bobs.

Storage Two compartments
Fit Medium and Large, both adjustable

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Best running belt for the trails

The North Face Summit Run Race Ready Belt

Summit Run Race Ready Belt

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Best running belt for the trails

The North Face Summit Run Race Ready Belt

A great alternative to a traditional hydration vests that provides an easy way to carry water or poles without the bulk of a backpack. Made from lightweight, breathable fabrics with micro-perforations, this belt features four strategically placed stash pockets for small items such as energy gels or keys, and a secure-zip pocket perfect for your phone.

There’s a quick-access water bottle pocket – which you can use to store a soft flask (although the belt doesn’t come with a bottle, so you’ll have to purchase that separately), hiking poles or even stash a compact windbreaker.

During testing, we were pleasantly surprised by how well our water bottle stayed securely in place – no matter how bumpy the trails. We also liked that the belt didn’t ride up and offered a snug yet comfortable fit. Trust us when we say you won’t want to hit the trails without it.

Storage Four stash pockets and pole loops
Fit XS – XL

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Best race day running belt

Kiprun Flask Holder Running Belt

Flask Holder Running Belt

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Best race day running belt

Kiprun Flask Holder Running Belt

Training for a big race and looking for a kit carrying solution? problem solved. This clever running belt has space to hold two 150ml soft water flasks, gels and a smartphone.

The strap is fleece-lined for long-distance comfort and best of all, you can pin your race number onto the front, leaving you free to sprint across the finish line and claim that PB.

Storage Main zip pocket plus two water bottle pockets
Fit One size adjustable elasticated waistband

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BEST RUNNING BELT WITH A WATER BOTTLE

Salomon Active Belt With Bottle Included

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BEST RUNNING BELT WITH A WATER BOTTLE

Salomon Active Belt With Bottle Included

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This pack manages to squeeze in all your essentials, plus a water bottle and a pocket large enough for your phone and gels without bouncing around, even when the bottle is full.

It’s reassuringly easy to access the pockets on the move, plus the mesh padding on the inside is quick drying in case you come across any inclement weather on your run.

Storage Main zip pocket plus space for a 500ml water bottle
Fit One size adjustable belt

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Best reflective running belt

Proviz REFLECT360 Running Belt

REFLECT360 Running Belt

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Best reflective running belt

Proviz REFLECT360 Running Belt

Winter runs call for great visibility, so add this super reflective running belt to your jogging wardrobe. It has reflective detailing all the way around, plus three pockets large enough to stash your phone, keys and a spare gel.

It’s breathable and sweat-wicking, with comfortable four-way stretch that feels good against skin. Also available in highlighter pink and yellow shades.

Storage Three pockets
Fit One size adjustable, max 46 inches

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BEST RUNNING BELT FOR EXPERIENCED RUNNERS

Inov-8 Race Elite Waist

Race Elite Waist

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BEST RUNNING BELT FOR EXPERIENCED RUNNERS

Inov-8 Race Elite Waist

One for experienced runners with miles under their belt, this clever waist carrier from our favourite Cumbrian brand Inov-8 comes with a three-litre central pocket, leaving plenty of room for all your essentials — and it even has a sleeve big enough to hold a 500ml soft flask.

Like all Inov-8 products, it’s designed to be durable – so you can use it for casual urban runs or hardcore fell running.

Storage One main and two side zip pockets, plus a 0.5L flask section
Fit One size adjustable belt

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BEST ALL-WEATHER RUNNING BELT

Nathan Zipster Running Belt

Zipster Running Belt

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BEST ALL-WEATHER RUNNING BELT

Nathan Zipster Running Belt

All-weather runners will appreciate this lightweight belt from cool US brand Nathan Sports. It has plenty of room to comfortably store all your essentials, and promises to remain watertight in all seasons.

While classic black is always a winner, we’re quite partial to this snazzy 90s-inspired design, plus there’s a navy version too.

Storage One front and one hidden zipped pocket
Fit Available in sizes XS-XL

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Build & Fitness Flip Waist Running Belt

Flip Waist Running Belt

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Build & Fitness Flip Waist Running Belt

This flip-style running belt has four different openings for phone, cards, gels and more. It has a useful key clip too, and sits comfortably against the body thanks to the soft and stretchy material.

Storage Four compartments
Fit XS – XL

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BEST RUNNING BELT FOR THE MOUNTAINS

Montane Trailblazer 3 Waistpack

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BEST RUNNING BELT FOR THE MOUNTAINS

Montane Trailblazer 3 Waistpack

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Mountain runners take note! The Trailblazer 3 from Montane is a lightweight belt with multiple pockets and a padded, breathable mesh back panel, so it’s ideal for a tough day out in the hills, but will look just as fly packed with Snickers bars at your local parkrun too. It’s available in blue and charcoal grey.

Storage Main zip pocket with inner sleeves and key clip, two mesh hip pockets and a bungee system for external storage
Fit One size

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BEST RUNNING BELT FOR HILL RUNNING

OMM Classic Waistbelt 3

Classic Waistbelt 3

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BEST RUNNING BELT FOR HILL RUNNING

OMM Classic Waistbelt 3

If you’re an experienced hill runner planning to go further afield but don’t want to lug a backpack about, this classic pack from UK adventure brand OMM is a great compromise. It holds up to three litres of kit but even at full capacity it promises to remain stable against your lower back.

The wide waistband keeps things comfortable around your middle while mesh back panelling will help you stay cool.

Also available in green.

Storage Main zip compartment plus removable hip pockets with key clips
Fit One size

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BEST RUNNING BELT FOR SMALLER RUNNERS

SPIbelt Running Belt Original Pocket

Running Belt Original Pocket

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BEST RUNNING BELT FOR SMALLER RUNNERS

SPIbelt Running Belt Original Pocket

This clever running belt from US brand SpiBelt expands to fit just about everything you might need without bouncing, plus it comes with handy loops along the strap to hold your gels.

This is a great option for smaller runners, as the belt can be adjusted for just about all waist sizes. It doubles up as a handy passport storage belt for your holidays too.

Storage Expandable main zip pocket
Fit One size adjustable belt

 

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