Product Review: FlipBelt Hydration Belt

Our blogger Anne Milligan reviewed the original FlipBelt and pretty much loved it. This was early in 2014, and the review remains one of our most-read posts of all time. Now, FlipBelt offers a Hydration Belt. It's actually the classic FlipBelt with three custom-fit bottles; so if you already have the original belt, you can purchase the bottles separately. And leave your old water bottle at home! It was a natural next step, probably because all those folks that got an original FlipBelt loved running with it so much they have all now moved on to training longer distances and needing to carry water on their runs. (I assume.) My running friend, Sunstone Running Club teammate, and marathon newbie Jennifer LaRue, was already training with the original FlipBelt and was eager to try out the FlipBelt Hydration Belt. Read on to find out what she thought ...

Jennifer, who is training for the 2016 Portland Marathon, wore it for a number of runs from 4-20 miles. Because she was already familiar with the original, she knew that it’s 3.5″ wide pocket provided ample storage. Unlike most running belts, which you size with a sliding strap, the FlipBelt comes in five sizes. You select the size based on your measurements for where you’d like the belt to lay on your body. Want it around your waist? Measure at the belly button. Prefer to wear it around your hips? Easy – measure over the hipbones. Both Anne and Jennifer agree that the FlipBelt hardly bounces, so it won’t start on your hips and then work up to your waist.

The key difference in the Hydration Belt is obviously the addition of the water bottles. The belt itself is lightweight; obviously if you add water there will be more weight, but you can’t get around that. Jennifer mentioned that there was a little bit of sliding when all three bottles were full and loaded, but it wasn’t distracting and as she emptied the bottles the sliding stopped. She also found that it was possible for the larger of the two bottle sizes to fall out, so you have to “check” them from time to time and just push them back into place if you feel them sliding. Running “hands free” is so nice, especially when you need to carry water: it’s heavy, bottles can sweat, and a handheld can throw off your cadence.

In addition to carrying the water bottles, the FlipBelt Hydration Belt also fits the usual “stuff:” gels, keys, your phone, etc. It can take a little practice to smoothly slide the bottles back in while you’re on the move, as it is with any hydration belt where the bottles clip or slide in somehow.

There are two water bottle sizes, 6 oz ($8.99) and 11 oz ($9.99), and as shown below, you can fit two of the smaller bottles and one of the larger ones in the belt for a total of 23 oz. Jennifer felt that the smaller bottles fit better than the larger bottle, so for most of her runs she’d use one or two of the small ones, depending on her planned distance. As some races are starting to go “cupless,” or if you just hate to grab one of the single-use cups at an aid station, the FlipBelt Hydration Belt would be a good alternative so you can get refills during a race.

You can pick up the FlipBelt Hydration Belt on their website for $43.99. And if you already have a FlipBelt, you can order just the bottles, and truly condense your long run gear down to just one lightweight belt with a ton of storage.

 

About Kelly Barten (1152 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.
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