Last Updated on April 11, 2021
When choosing a hydration belt for running, there are several different things to consider, and it’s not unusual to seek out help when trying to decide which one is right smfor you. There are also hundreds of brands and models all claiming to be the best, but a quick look over the review section will provide you with plenty of contradictory arguments.
We have chosen ten different brands to review for you, and we’ll share what worked as well as what went wrong with each brand so you can see what you like and don’t like about each one. We have also included a buyers guide where we take a closer look at what is essential to look for when shopping for a hydration belt.
Please join us while we look at bladder size, durability, comfort, and more, to help you make an informed purchase.
A Quick Glance at our Top Picks of 2021:
|Best Overall||CamelBak Ultra Quick Running Hydration Belt||
|Best Value||G-RUN Hydration Runner’s Hydration Belt||
|Premium Choice||Nathan Hydration Running Belt||
|Runtasty Hydration Running Fuel Belt||
|Triton SPRTSEQIP Hydration Running Belt||
Here are the ten hydration belts we have chosen to review for you.
The 10 Best Running Hydration Belts:
1. CamelBak Ultra Quick Running Hydration Belt – Best Overall
The CamelBak Ultra Quick Stow Hydration Belt is our pick for the best overall. This model features a 17-ounce collapsible flask to help keep you hydrated while you run. The 3D ventilated mesh belt allows the fabric to breathe in multiple directions and helps keep your waist dry, and it features an adjustable waist buckle for the perfect fit. The zippered pocket is the ideal size for your cell phone, keys, or other supplies you may require as you run.
The only real problem we experienced while we were trying out the CamelBak Ultra Quick Stow Hydration Belt was that it tended to ride up as you run.
2. G-RUN Hydration Runner’s Hydration Belt – Best Value
The G-RUN Hydration Running Belt is our pick for the best running hydration belt for the money. This model features two separate 10-ounce water bottles and is available in several colors. Two separate inner pockets will help you store keys, money, and other items you might need while you run. A unique no-bounce technology helps the belt rest more comfortably on your waste.
The biggest problem with the G_RUN was that by the time we got to the second bottle, the water usually would start to acquire a plastic taste.
3. Nathan Hydration Running Belt – Premium Choice
The Nathan 4637NBSY Hydration Running Belt is our premium choice running hydration belt. It’s available in several colors, so it’s easy to get something that matches your outfit. It also comes with two 10-ounce bottles that sit inside unique Speedfit holsters that make it easy to retrieve and replace the bottles while running.
The biggest downside of the Nathan 4637NBSY Hydration Running Belt is that if you don’t get the lid n in just the right way, the bottles can leak while you are running.
4. Runtasty Hydration Running Fuel Belt
The Runtasty Hydration Running Fuel Belt is a hydration belt that features two extra-large pockets that can fit any items you need to carry with you. One pocket has a touch screen compatible cover, which allows you to use your phone without removing it from the belt. One pocket is the stay-dry pocket and is waterproof for storing sensitive equipment. It comes with two ten-ounce water bottles that use BPA-free plastic, and we found that they hold a little more than 10 ounces if you fill them to the top.
While using the Runtasty Hydration Running Fuel Belt, we found that it often left our water tasting like plastic, even after several uses. This belt is also heavy after you fill the bottles and add a cell phone, and the bottles tend to get in the way of your arms while you are running.
5. Triton SPRTSEQIP Hydration Running Belt
The Triton SPRTSEQIP Hydration Running Belt is another popular brand that features two water bottles to help make sure you don’t run out of fluid while you are running. It can fit any waist size up to 70 inches, and it comes with a set of headphones that you can plug-in to your cell phone while you work out. The bottles use BPA-free plastic and fit snug in their holders. Three inner pockets help you fit any supplies you might need to bring with you. The reflective detailing and waterproof emergency ID card are fantastic safety features that are great to have if you have any health risks or like to run at night.
The negative aspects of the Triton SPRTSEQIP Hydration Running Belt include a plastic taste in the water, even after several attempts to remove it. We found it to be very heavy while running, even with only one bottle full, and it’s bulky, so your arms are continuously rubbing off the pack. The bottles tend to leak after the first few uses and could spill quite a bit of fluid over a few miles.
6. Salomon LC1090500 Agile Belt Set Bag
The Salomon LC1090500 Agile Belt Set Bag is a unique style hydration belt that uses soft and stretchy material to hold it in place and give it a snug fit. The material uses a 3D mesh to allow airflow in multiple directions to help keep your waist dry as you run and helps prevent chaffing. It’s incredibly lightweight, and we hardly noticed we were wearing it. It also features two expandable pockets to hold your supplies.
The biggest problem we had with the Salomon LC1090500 Agile Belt Set Bag was that it only holds 8 ounces, and that small amount of fluid is only enough for a short run. Our keys also fell out a few times as we were reviewing this brand, and there is limited adjustability. If you have a small frame and are very thin or heavy and wide, this belt may not fit.
7. AiRunTech 02 No Bounce Hydration Belt
The AiRunTech 02 No Bounce Hydration Belt uses a unique anti-slip technology to help keep the belt in place and reduce chaffing. It contours to the body for a snug fit, and it sits low on the waist to reduce bouncing while running. The bottle holder is suitable for most bottles up to 20 ounces. It has a small compartment for keys and cards and other small objects and a large compartment for your phone. The phone compartment has a convenient headphone hole so you can listen to music while you run. A reflective tab helps keep you safer in low light conditions.
What we didn’t like about the AiRunTech 02 No Bounce Hydration Belt is that the water bottle doesn’t come included. We tried several different bottles to use with this belt, but all of them would fall out while we were running. The velcro fasteners are very lightweight and don’t hold very tight, and the smaller key pouch is too small to be of any practical use.
8. Fitt Up Hydration Running Belt
The Fitt Up Hydration Running Belt uses a durable neoprene material that feels comfortable against your body and won’t chafe. It has a large pocket with a headphone hole to allow you to connect your earbuds to your cell phone while you are running. It comes with two 10-ounce bottles that will keep you hydrated over a long run, and the bottles are BPA free, so they won’t leak harmful chemicals into your drink.
What we didn’t like about the Fitt Up Hydration Running Belt was that it tended to slide around while we used it, and after several uses, the stitching began to show signs of wear. Small holes started to show at the seams soon after.
9. Osprey Packs Lumbar Hydration Pack
The Osprey 10000950 Packs Lumbar Hydration Pack features a contoured body-hugging design that helps the pack remain comfortable over long distances. The angled and padded bottle sleeve keeps the included 20-ounce water bottle in place and easy to retrieve. The bottles are BPA-free and won’t leak harmful chemicals into your water. Also included is a large pocket with a touchscreen compatible front screen that gives you the ability to use your phone without removing it from the belt.
What we didn’t like about the Osprey 10000950 Packs Lumbar Hydration Pack is that it is very flimsy, and ours began falling apart on the second or third run from the weight of the water bottle. It was slight, but the water bottle did give the water a plastic taste, especially after a long run. We also found the plastic viewscreen for the phone hard to see and use, and after a long run, the pack would give us a rash on our lower back from rubbing.
10. Fitletic Hydra V2 Hydration Belt
The Fitletic Hydra V2 Hydration Belt is the last brand on our list, and this model features no-bounce technology that attempts to stabilize the belt, so it doesn’t bounce around and cause chafing as you run. The material is durable and water-resistant, so it will keep your belongings safe, even in light rain. It has a large pocket for your phone, and it comes with two six-ounce hydration bottles to help quench your thirst during long workouts.
What we didn’t like about the Fitletic Hydra V2 Hydration Belt is that it tends to ride up while you are using it despite the anti-bounce technology helping to keep it more stable. The belt also tends to loosen and requires continuous retightening, and like many other brands, it tends to make the water taste like plastic after a short time.
These are the essential things to look for when choosing a hydration belt for running.
Most of the belts on this list have one or more bottle holders instead of a bladder, but the idea is the same. The more fluid you can carry with you comfortably, the longer you can go. We recommend getting a bag with a total bladder size of at least 16 ounces, either in one bottle or two combined.
Comfort is a significant concern when you are running for several miles. A belt that is continuously bouncing, riding up, or sliding down can cause a considerable amount of discomfort. Too much sliding around can also cause chafing and rashes.
Many brands have incorporated anti-bounce technology into their belts to help stabilize them, and we tried to point out brands that use anti-bounce technology in our reviews. We recommend looking for brands that state that they use this technology when possible.
Pockets can be beneficial to hold your keys, money, and other items that you might need as you go for a run. One of the most significant advantages that pockets provide is the ability to hold your cell phone. Some belts also have holes for headphones to pass-through, so it’s easier to listen to music while you run.
The weight of the belt with a full bladder is another main concern, and how these belts balance the weight across your body is one of the things that make one brand better than the next. Many of the two bottle designs can help distribute the weight, but they can also become more clumsy, especially if the bottles tend to fall out.
We recommend trying out several different brands to see which kind you like the best.
Breathable fabric is a critical component of any hydration belt suitable for running. Air must pass through to keep you cool and prevent the pack from rubbing against damp skin, which can cause a rash. Breathable mesh is the most common fabric used, and it’s what we recommend.
Another thing to think about while you are looking at different brands is any safety features it includes. Some models use reflective stitching while others have removable reflectors that you can position for the best visibility. We recommend looking for a brand that uses reflective stitching to maximize visibility in low light conditions.
It’s not uncommon to need to try out a few different brands to find one that fits snug against your body and allows you to move freely while running. Staying hydrated is essential when running, and we recommend a fluid capacity of no less than 16 ounces. A pocket large enough for your cell phone is critical, so make sure you take accurate measurements of your phone before purchasing to ensure that it fits.
We recommend our top choice. The CamelBak Ultra Quick Stow Hydration Belt is extremely adjustable and comfortable when running. The bottle is easy to access while running and contains enough fluid to keep you going. The G-RUN Hydration Running Belt is another great choice and is our pick for the best value. This belt is well balanced and comes with two bottles and features no-bounce technology.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading over these ten hydration belt reviews and have learned some new tips from our buyer’s guide. If you have found it helpful, please share these best running hydration belts on Facebook and Twitter.
David Slone runs the TapIt Water blog. He first learned about water filtration and the impact it has on the world in college. Ever since that day he has worked towards making the world a better place. He writes to inform you about water filtration, the consequences of plastics, bottled water, and how we can do things better.
He loves to spend time with his beloved wife, 3 kids, and dog when he’s not writing.
- 1 A Quick Glance at our Top Picks of 2021:
- 2 The 10 Best Running Hydration Belts:
- 2.1 1. CamelBak Ultra Quick Running Hydration Belt – Best Overall
- 2.2 2. G-RUN Hydration Runner’s Hydration Belt – Best Value
- 2.3 3. Nathan Hydration Running Belt – Premium Choice
- 2.4 4. Runtasty Hydration Running Fuel Belt
- 2.5 5. Triton SPRTSEQIP Hydration Running Belt
- 2.6 6. Salomon LC1090500 Agile Belt Set Bag
- 2.7 7. AiRunTech 02 No Bounce Hydration Belt
- 2.8 8. Fitt Up Hydration Running Belt
- 2.9 9. Osprey Packs Lumbar Hydration Pack
- 2.10 10. Fitletic Hydra V2 Hydration Belt
- 3 Buyer’s Guide
- 4 Conclusion