The 6 Best Running Belts of 2021, According to Marathoners

One of the best things about running is the opportunity it gives to leave the rest of the world behind. But you still need to bring a few essentials when heading out.

That’s where a stellar running belt comes in. And not only can the right exercise belt stash your on-the-move must-haves, it can also help you keep the better form on your runs.

But what should you look for in the right style, and do different distances require different features? We connected with avid runners to highlight the six best running belts of 2021.

1. Best for Fit: Nathan Hipster

  • Machine washable:​ Yes
  • Available colors:​ 13
  • Pockets:​ 4
  • Sizes:​ XS-XL

Six-time marathoner Irina Lucaciu from Olympia, Washington, loves how this stretchy running belt lays flat and camouflages into most of her shorts or tights. “It looks like a waistband most of the time,” she says.

Plus, its four pockets are all different sizes. “They’re wide enough for wide and small objects, which is great because then you don’t have to cram a bunch of stuff into one single spot, Lucaciu says.

Buy it:​; ​Price:​ $21.69

2. Best for Phones: SpiBelt

  • Machine washable:​ Yes
  • Available colors:​ 33
  • Pockets:​ 1
  • Sizes:​ One Size, Large, Adjustable

Despite looking small, this running belt stretches to fit all of the essentials.

For Danielle Adam, a 4-time marathoner, it’s the perfect size to fit her not-so-small iPhone 11.

“Even though it stretches well, it still hugs whatever I put in it quite snugly and stays close to my body, not bounding on the run,” she says.

Buy it:​; ​Price:​ $26.99

3. Best Zipperless: FlipBelt

  • Machine washable:​ Yes
  • Available colors:​ 13
  • Pockets:​ 4
  • Sizes:​ XXS-XXL

Flipbelt has a dedicated fan club for a reason: It’s about as streamlined and user-friendly as possible.

“It doesn’t have any zippers or extra materials, which I like,” says Mike Shapiro, a New York-based runner. “Plus, the neoprene material is super comfortable. I’ve even worn it directly on my skin, and have never had to worry about rubbing or chafing. I can’t say the same for other materials.”

Available in two different sizes, it also has a handy inside clip to secure your keys.

Buy it:​; ​Price:​ $22.62-$37.21

4. Best for Style: Lululemon Fast and Free

  • Machine washable:​ Yes
  • Available colors:​ 4
  • Pockets:​ 3
  • Sizes:​ S/M, L/XL

For Sunny Holub, a marathoner from Mount Vernon, Iowa, this running belt is as good as it gets. “I’ve tried a few, and this is the one that I come back to because it doesn’t move, shift or bounce at all. Plus, it’s not bulky.”

Bonus: The waistband has a buckle closure to customize your fit, and it is easily adjustable to best fit your body.

Buy it:​; ​Price:​ $38

5. Best Reflective: Nike Slim Waist Pack 2.0

  • Machine washable:​ Yes
  • Available colors:​ 4
  • Pockets:​ 1
  • Sizes:​ One Size

If you’re tackling early morning or late evening miles (especially in the winter months) — a running fanny pack with hits of reflectivity is clutch, says Woods.

“Living in New York, we’re spoiled by well-lit streets,” she says. “But once you get to the suburbs or the trails, it’s really important that you lean into accessories that have reflective components to stay safe and visible to other runners, cyclists, and especially cars.”

Buy it:​; ​Price:​ $20

6. Best for Nutrition: Naked Running 2L

  • Machine washable:​ Yes
  • Available colors:​ 1
  • Pockets:​ 1 (3 compartments)
  • Sizes:​ 73.5 – 99 cm

This running belt comes in 12 different sizes. (Hello, options!) That’s why it’s a favorite of Mario Leroy, a marathoner from Costa Rica. “I loved that I was able to find the best size for my body specifically,” he says.

“Plus, it can hold anything from full-size water bottles to gels, which made it the perfect pick for my last marathon,” he says.

Seriously, this running pack can hold up to 2 liters of stuff, which means that if you’re the kind of person who wants to bring excessive snacks and fuel — this is your go-to.

Buy:​; ​Price:​ $50


Author: Devika

Devika, M.Sc, NET Qualified is passionate about helping people discover the power of nourishing real food. She specializes in weight management, therapeutic nutrition, food allergies and intolerances, inflammatory diseases, gut health, and functional nutrition. Her approach blends a conventional health care and nutrition background with natural and science-based therapies.