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FuelBelt H20 Collection: Cool or Not?


I recently saw someone at my gym wearing a FuelBelt — a sort of holster for water. I felt a little bad because I kept staring at it, mainly because I had never seen one in person, and was curious. Although it seemed a little out of place in the gym, I thought it might be a good accessory for outdoor runs. In fact, many serious athletes are seen wearing FuelBelts come race day.

FuelBelt's latest H20 belt ($40) is "one size fits all" and comes in seven stylish colors. The belt holds two eight-ounce bottles and a small pouch that you can put your ID, phone, or other items in. And if you're not into wearing your water around your waist, there's always the Body Bottle ($25), allowing you to wear a water bottle on your arm. I'm wondering what you think of these types of products . . .

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Hotlegs-Runner Hotlegs-Runner 4 years 1 week
I actually own a hydration belt (Nathan) and wear it every time I run. I always wear them during race events coz I don't want to stop at the hydration stations to get water. Every second counts, hehe! But I would never wear it inside the gym. I mean, all gyms have water, right? So I really don't see the point of wearing it indoors. =/
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 4 years 5 weeks
Not cool
lowbatterysound lowbatterysound 4 years 5 weeks
Definitely a must on long runs, hydration is key! Perhaps they were wearing it to get used to the weight for future runs?
PhoenixRising PhoenixRising 4 years 14 weeks
Hydration is always cool! I use an Ultimate Direction Strider myself. It has a pouch and a water bottle holster which both sit near the hips keeping pressure off your back. I barely notice it when I'm wearing it.
inlove23 inlove23 4 years 15 weeks
Nice! Maybe once I start running longer than I'll invest =) I hate running when it's super humid out, and water is a pain to carry.
CCSR CCSR 4 years 15 weeks
It's out of place at the gym, but the fuel belt is not a matter of being cool or not. If you're doing long distance running and there are no water fountains on your way, such is the case at the trails here in DC, you have to carry your own water. I wear one from Nathan when I'm training for half marathons...
4 years 15 weeks
I would never had made it through my training runs for my first half marathon, let alone the Broad Street Run (Philadelphia--10 miles--90 degrees) without it. I prefer my Nathan handheld, but this belt is still awesome.
4 years 15 weeks
Body Bottle all the way. Tight fit, no bouncing, and it looks cooler.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 4 years 16 weeks
I bought one a year ago and I like it. Sometimes I don't want to carry my SIGG bottle on a long walk and my exercise clothes don't always have pockets so this comes in handy for carrying water, keys and ID.
KMattes KMattes 4 years 16 weeks
I have a Nathan 40 oz belt (4, 10oz bottles) and I love it. I just ran the Ottawa Half Marathon last weekend and I'd say one in four people had some sort of hydration system. My husband made fun of mine when I first bought it, but once he saw all the people at the race with them, he shut up. (That and my challenge to him to run 13.1 miles without stopping for water. Or running 13.1 miles at all. :D)
kclulu kclulu 4 years 16 weeks
Although I definitely prefer to run without one it is a neccessity when I am going over 5 miles or less when the weather is hot. I would much rather have my hands free when I run than be holding a cumbersome water bottle. I also put my cell phone in them (in case of accidents or injuries) and some gels and I am good to go. All in all, they are pretty convenient and if you find the right one, pretty comfortable. I do find it a bit uneccesary to wear one at the gym though but to each his or her own!
chloe-bella chloe-bella 4 years 16 weeks
Wow, you've really never seen one before? That's pretty shocking to me because you can't go 5 minutes here without seeing someone wearing one. But I guess since you live in San Francisco and I live in St. Louis, that's probably the reason. It's been 90 degrees here and humid for the past two weeks (and it's only going to get hotter!), so anytime you run outside during the summer, you'll see every possible variation and brand of hydration belt. My friend in Dallas, where it's even warmer, has to wear hers pretty much all year. So for those of us who live in hot weather, it's not really a "cool or not cool" issue, but a necessity. Having said that, I absolutely hate mine. When it's full, it adds a noticeable amount of weight which slows me down and starts to bother my knees. It's just very cumbersome, and I'm actually paying $250 to enroll in a marathon class this summer for the sole reason that the running store hosting it is providing fluids on the course during our weekly long runs, whereas if I trained on my own, I would have to wear my dreaded hydration belt. That's how much I hate it.
Spartygirl03 Spartygirl03 4 years 16 weeks
Hi! I agree that it's a bit odd to see one in the gym, but perhaps they just purchased it and was trying it out in the gym before taking it out on a run when you're stuck with it! I purchased a fuel belt from Nathan (not the Fuel Belt brand) last summer when I started training for my first marathon. I could not have finished some of my long runs without it since some of the routes I took didn't have water fountains and I don't like holding things in my hands for 3hours! I haven't tried one from Fuel Belt, so I'm catious about the idea of "one size fits all" but I have seen lots of people wearing them. The first Nathan belt I purchased was much too big and drove me crazy on my first run. I had to purchase a smaller size and sold the other to a friend. If you'll be running in areas without easy access to water, I definitely recommend a fuel belt from one of the companies. They're all a little different, so it depends on what you like best. It's also a great way to hold a little solid fuel, ID, phone, etc since they usually have small pockets as well! Hope this helps!