Somehow I can't bring myself to toss this stuff out to make room for the new, because each item, at one point, possessed a unique quality that I thought was handy, comfortable or just plain cool.
Well, I have a new piece of equipment that has managed to capture a lot of the unique qualities that I look for in a hydration belt, and after running with the Endurance 4-Flask Belt from FuelBelt for over 300 miles of training and racing on all kinds of terrain, it has earned a special place in my closet.
The 4-Flask Belt has four, seven-oz. flasks dispersed evenly, with two on the back and two on the front. The belt itself is a rugged two-inch band of elastic material that is secured by over three inches of Velcro that meets in the front of the waist. Each flask holder on the belt securely holds the flasks in place, and allows you to stretch a nylon cord over the tip of the flask if needed.
For training runs of 2 to 2.5 hours, I typically will carry a water bottle in my hand(s), and just hold energy gels wherever I can find space.
By wearing a Fuel Belt, that's 28 oz. of liquids that I don't have to carry in standard 20-oz. bottles in my hands, and the generous rear pocket that sits in the center of the back frees up my hands by holding my gels, salt and keys. Here are the specifics:
No bounce! Really!
Even with 28 oz. of liquids hooked into the belt, I experienced no bounce or play in the belt when I began my runs. Let me assure you that I didn't just run around the block to find this out ... I ran pavement, fire roads, single track, over rocks and fallen trees, up, down and all around.