Good Morning Fellow New Runners!
As some of you may have noticed on my last post, I was wearing a hydration belt. As a new runner my opinion of these belts ranged from “those things are so silly, why do you need so many little bottles of water?” to “whoa only those real runners have those belts”. Once I started running longer distances I realized “holy cow I need one of those things!”
- Ideally 4 bottles, would love it if I could remove them when I don’t need them
- Must have Gu loops (I love my Gu. Don’t know what Gu is? Check out my post about it here)
- Must be able to fit my phone (I almost always run with my phone for safety reasons as well as for my music)
- Most importantly: MUST NOT BOUNCE. Honestly, I run with my hair in a bun because I can’t even take a piece of hair bouncing on my neck so a hydration belt that bounced even a little bit was simply not going to cut it.
I went to a local running store to check out what they had. I found lots of belts that had 4 bottles, but none that would fit my phone (Samsung Galaxy). Then I turned a corner and saw the Fitletic Belts. The one I saw had two bottles, but I could purchase two more holders and bottles. It has 2 Gu loops and it fit my phone! Oh happy day! But did it bounce?
The first run I only had two bottles on the belt, but I had my phone in the pocket and took off for a six mile run. Guess what? It didn’t bounce. NOT AT ALL. The belt doesn’t feel heavy and I honestly forget it is there half of the time.
I love how easy it is to take the bottles out of the holders, and that they are all so easy to reach. The bottles also have free flow spouts so water simply squirts out as soon as I press on the bottle. No messing with spouts or trying to suck water out of the bottle while trying to run (I simply do not have the coordination for that). I also am very appreciative of the 8oz bottles. Nothing against the 4oz or 6oz bottles, but for someone who needs to drink lots of water to avoid serious dehydration, the more water, the better.
The Gu loops are also super easy to reach, I can easily pull my Gu out as I am running. I do wish there were two extra Gu loops for half marathon and marathon training. The pocket is big enough to fit my phone, my keys to my car and even some extra Gu! How awesome is that? There are also handy race bib toggles, so there is no more fiddling with pins!
I did purchase the extra two holders and bottles as I knew I would need them eventually. Now that it is summer, I find myself running with all four bottles, even if I won’t be running that far. I know that some time during the day, I’ll drink that water. The cool thing is the bottles and holders are removable so I can put on one my Spibelt if I choose. The only issue with that being, the extra holders are difficult to add and remove because you have to pull the belt through a small opening in the holder. In the long run, it is good as this is why the holder and bottle don’t bounce, but seriously, its like a workout in itself to remove or add them.
In short, I am super happy with my Fitletic Belt! It holds everything without weighing you down and, as I said in the beginning, doesn’t bounce at all. This Florida girl loves the larger 8oz bottles that keep me hydrated during my run and the fact that I have four of them so two are full of water and the other two full of Rehydrate. So don’t think hydration belts are only for “serious runners” they are for us newbies too! Go check one out, especially if you are a big sweater like me (TMI, I’m sorry), and get the one that works for you. Then…drink up!
Enjoy the Run!
**Note: I purchased this belt on my own and like it so much I wanted to write a review. I was not compensated for my time and the opinions are all mine**