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5 Best Running Belts To Help You Stride With All Your Essentials

Kristine Thomason
mbg Health & Fitness Director
By Kristine Thomason
mbg Health & Fitness Director
Kristine Thomason is the health and fitness director at mindbodygreen.
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Last updated on February 24, 2022

You've laced up your running shoes, thrown on your new favorite workout shorts, and have your route all mapped out.

Now the only question is: what are you supposed to do with your keys, credit card, phone, and water bottle?

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Sure, you can carry them in your hands, but there's another option that will help keep you totally unencumbered during your run. Meet: The running belt.

This convenient piece of gear comes in different varieties (sizes, features, functions), but each is meant to carry the essentials you may need during a run.

What is a running belt?

Whether you’re walking your dog or running on the treadmill, a running belt is a convenient and comfortable way to bring your essentials (think keys, phone, first-aid kit, and water bottle).

They are designed to sit flat and securely around your waist to minimize bouncing or riding up while on the move. 

They come in a range of sizes depending on your needs and are usually equipped with a variety of compartments to hold your belongings.

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Nathan Hipster Waist Belt

If you're looking for a super-streamlined option, this running belt is a great choice. It wraps securely around your waist or hips and features multiple pockets for your phone, credit card, or gel packet. Thanks to the fitted design, you don't need to worry about anything jostling during your run—this budget-friendly belt will keep everything in place.

Hipster Waist Belt, nathansports.com ($6.99)

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Nathan

FlipBelt Classic Running Belt

This slim running belt is the ultimate low-profile option. It's designed to sit securely around your hips—either under or over your running clothes—and it easily stretches to fit large phones, keys, IDs, and more. Plus, the material is moisture-wicking, to keep all your items (and your body) cool and dry.

Classic Running Belt, FlipBelt ($34)

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Flipbelt

Osprey Duro Solo Running Hydration Waistbelt

If you like to have a water bottle at the ready during your runs, then this running belt is for you. It sits securely on your waist and includes a 570 milliliter BPA-free bottle. The front pocket also features a touchscreen smartphone window, which allows you to adjust your music or take a call, without removing your cell.

Duro Solo Running Hydration Waistbelt, amazon.com ($40)

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CamelBak Flash Belt

Another great option if you like bringing a water bottle on your run, this CamelBak running belt comes with an insulated water bottle, that stays securely in place. It also includes a spot for your phone, along with reflective details to improve visibility and safety on your run.

Flash Belt, camelbak.com ($40)

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Camelback

Patagonia Nine Trails Waist Pack

Want to stay hydrated on your run...but don't love the idea of toting a water bottle? Check out this Patagonia pack, which includes a 1.5-liter water reservoir in the main compartment. The durable belt also features a breathable, padded waistband for ultimate comfort. Oh, and there are two additional pockets for water bottles, in case you want to be extra prepared during your excursion.

Nine Trails Waist Pack, rei.com ($76.16)

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Kristine Thomason
Kristine Thomason
mbg Health & Fitness Director

Kristine Thomason is the health and fitness director at mindbodygreen. Kristine is a New York University graduate with a degree in journalism and psychology, and also a NASM-certified personal trainer. She has spent her editorial career focused on health and well-being, and formerly worked for Women’s Health and Health. Her byline has also appeared in Men’s Health, Greatist, Refinery29, HGTV, and more. In her current role she oversees, edits, and writes for the health, food, and movement sections of mindbodygreen.