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Best Running Belt Packs

Carry your long run or race essentials in one of these

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Updated February 18, 2014

If you're training for a long distance running event, such as a marathon or half marathon, you may have already realized the need to carry your energy gels and other items during your long runs and the race itself. Some people carry their necessities in a hydration belt, but if you're planning on using the water stops during the marathon, you'll need something else to hold all your stuff. These running belt packs and carriers can hold a lot, but still won't be too bulky.

SPIbelt

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The SPIbelt may look small, but this sleek belt expands and can securely hold an iPod, Blackberry, cell phone, keys, up to five energy gel packs, and other small personal items. The SPIbelt does not bounce, ride or shift while running or doing other activities. The belt is adjustable, so it can fit waists 24" - 40+".

Nathan Gel Pack

Nathan Elite Runners Pack
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Made of a breathable material, the Nathan Gel Pack is extremely lightweight and has a unique feature: a trash pocket, for those used, unwanted, sticky gel wrappers. The gel pack contains a key clip and can be used to store other items, too.

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Amphipod Airflow Endurance Waistpack

Amphipod Airflow Endurance Waistpack
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This waist carrier from Amphipod features three internal pockets designed for keys, cash, electronics, energy gels, jelly beans and other essentials. Its hybrid mesh technology wicks away moisture and circulates air between your back and the pack, so it won't feel hot and constricting. It also has a fully adjustable belt for a comfortable fit.
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Nathan Reflective Belt

Nathan Elite Runners Pack
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Incorporating the essentials of the Run Safe Initiative -- wearing reflective, carrying identification, and bringing along a cell phone for emergencies -- into an easy and lightweight waist pack, the Nathan Reflective Belt is an all-in-one belt that keeps runners and their valuables safe.

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Amphipod Micropack LandSport

Amphipod Micropack LandSport
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The Amphipod micropack is perfectly sized to carry keys, cash, energy gels, or an iPod mini, nano, or Shuffle. It fastens securely and the pouch rests on inside of waistband, allowing the runner easy access to contents.

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iFitness Ultimate Running Belt

iFitness Ultimate Running Belt
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The iFitness Ultimate Running Belt is perfect for the long distance runner. It has six elastic slots to hold your gels on your belt, for easy access. The zippered, stretchy and sturdy pouch, made of neoprene will keep your cell phone or iPod (any size) dry. It also has an inner pocket to keep your ID, credit cards or cash secure.

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