I have now had the opportunity to wear the FuelBelt Ergo Hydration Running Belt for several runs. The distances that I ran to test the belt ranged from 10 – 18 miles, and all of the runs were in hot, humid conditions.
This belt is, hands down, the most comfortable hydration belt I have ever used. The reasons that I like it so much are that it does not get hot underneath the belt, even in very hot conditions, and the bottles are held very securely in the belt. They do not bounce or jiggle as bottles tend to do in some hydration belts I have tried.
My phone was held securely in the front pouch and was easy to take out and put back in. There was also room in the pouch to hold some snacks (almonds and dried apricots) for the longer runs.
I did spot two potential problems on one of my runs that I did with a friend. I usually stop and walk when I take a drink from one of the bottles. Because my friend usually keeps running, I tried to run while I hydrated. When I slowed down to a walk, the bottles were easy to remove and replace from the belt. When I kept running, the bottles fit so snugly into the belt they were difficult to replace. I think the snugness of the bottle in the belt, however, is a good thing. It made the belt much more comfortable to wear. It does make them more difficult to replace into the belt, however.
The second problem was the difficulty my friend had drinking from the nozzle of the bottle when I shared my water with her. I tried to coach her through the process, but she eventually had to unscrew the cap to drink. I did not have any trouble drinking through the nozzle, but I usually unscrew the cap to drink too. This might be a drawback.
I enthusiastically recommend the FuelBelt Ergo Hydration Running Belt. After using it for a race and several medium-to-long runs, it is my go-to source of hydration in hot, humid weather.
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