Just how much stuff do you need to take with you running? Well, nothing I guess, that’s one of the things I love about it. All you need is a pair of trainers, and hopefully some shorts and a top, and you’re off. But what about when you want to take a few things with you? When I started I took just an armband for my iPhone and a pair of headphones which was easy enough. Then I needed somewhere to stash my keys… and some money… and then some sort of nutrition – you get the idea.
There are a few different running belts on the market, including some really fancy ones, but I just wanted something fairly cheap and simple to start with so I could see if a belt would work for me.
A quick look on Amazon and I came across The Friendly Swede Duel Pocket Running Belt, and at just under £13 delivered it seemed like a bargain! Oh, and did I mention it was a twin pack! I went for the blue and black.
There’s no frustrating packaging to worry about, just a simple box holding the two belts, and a lovely little card telling me TACK SÅ MYCKET, which apparently is Swedish for thanks (it’s actually means thanks so much), which is a nice little touch.
Just the right size
I wanted the belt to be able to hold both my iPhone 6 (with headphones attached) and also some cash/cards and keys. The phone just about fits width wise with headphones attached and there’s plenty of room in the second pocket for everything else I need to take along with me.
As the belts are quite compact it also allows me to take the second belt loaded with individually packed groups of jelly babies. You can easily get two packs of six in each side with room for more if you needed!
The material has a slight stretch to it which keeps everything in place when running and is also advertised as water resistant (not waterproof). I’ve been out multiple times now for 10k+ runs in fairly heavy rain and the contents stayed nice and dry each time.
The adjustable belt has a secure clip which does appear fairly large, but I haven’t had any problems with it, and once adjusted the belt has stayed exactly in place.
I’m not sure it’s exactly as intended, but I like to wear it on my side, with one pocket at the front and the other one behind. It’s still easy to access both pockets and I find it really comfortable – every time I’ve worn it so far I’ve quite quickly forgotten about it.