Running longer distances or in the heat doesn't have to mean carrying heavy water bottles. The Nathan Peak Waist Pack offers a hands-free running hydration option. With an angled belt for comfort and security of fit, the water bottle is nestled in a similarly angled pouch that allows for one-hand access while on the move. Nathan included smartly designed storage space that can accommodate other essentials as well. Runners have used this belt for simple walks, hikes, and even for ultra races with more frequent aid stations. The water bottle is not insulated, but most find that its push/pull race cap allows for a leak-proof experience. The top is popped up to drink and pushed down when done with no need to bite the spout to access water. With the 18 oz bottle, ample hydration is provided for mid-distance excursions or shorter, on hot days. The storage consists of a stretchy zippered pouch that could fit smaller smartphones as well as fuel pack, or keys and ID. The design encourages bounce-free running as it is widest at the water bottle pouch to more securely anchor it to the belt and body. It is available in a few color options, and the reflective detailing and trims offer added visibility for adventures that happen before or after sunlight hours.
Keep reading our in-depth Nathan Peak Waist Pack review to find out if it is worth the investment.
Its push/pull cap is ideal for preventing leaking and providing increased ease of use — no need to bite the spout to take a sip. Toting a few extras, customers feel it can fit up to an iPhone 6 or LG S5 but nothing larger. The narrow end of the angled storage pocket is deceiving as it actually can accommodate some phones and gels.
One reviewer measured it as being able to hold about 20 gel packets. And many found it to be a good size for smaller fuel options like gels or chews as well as keys, ID, and money as well.
An external shock cord/bungee does offer an option for carrying lightweight options like a rain jacket or something small to go along for the ride.Intended for wherever you roam, most found the pack not ideal for trails with the bounce factor and some were leery of making use of it during long runs for this same reason. Though many agreed, it would be suitable for walks and hikes.
The material has been dubbed a less elastic rigid nylon but also compared to a durable webbing. While there were some concerns about irritation, this was more from the instability of the user's fit and the resulting friction. Overall, runners felt it stretched just enough, allowed enough air flow, and didn't trap moisture making it feel comfortable. Reviewers stated it felt between being water resistant and waterproof.
Quite a few reviewers feel it rides up from the hips and bounces on the back or creates friction on the front. Those that love it sings its praises claiming it is easy to forget they are wearing anything. Adding to this is the water bottle that sits in the pack. It is not a standard round one and is preferably contoured with a flat edge to fit against the back for a better experience.
Despite being adjustable, those that shifted the fit higher found it too tight to keep in place at waist height, saying it felt like they were compromising breathing. Some say it could be a matter of just a simple tweak to the design for women as it is a unisex item, but the reviews are split over both men and women. It seems to be a matter of preference with so many exceptionally pleased with the way it hugs the body and those that claim it shifts too smoothly, creating a frustrating and uncomfortable bounce rendering it unwearable.
The BPA free flask provided is an 18oz bottle proprietarily designed for this waist pack. Some felt a standard round bottle might also work well if necessary but would not provide the same feel as the Speed-Draw flask with its one flat edge.
The belt could well outlive the water bottle. Though replacements are available through the manufacturer and many have substituted standard water bottles in a pinch.
Some who found they loved the belt said that they didn't expect to like it as much have said that while a little pricier, it is "worth every penny and more". So at the more reasonable price, it might be an excellent option to try out.
- Triangle shaped belt that is thicker in the middle to support the water bottle
- Angled bottle pouch for one-hand access
- 18 oz non-insulated water bottle to support longer distances
- BPA free flask
- Pop up and seal spout for a leak-proof experience
- Top open zippered pouch that can fit a smaller smartphone with a little room to spare
- An external shock cord/ bungee for additional carrying ability
- Reflective detailing for added visibility
- Color options available
The stretchy zippered storage pocket has a deceiving amount of space in that it can safely accommodate a smaller smartphone and some extras. This layout works for many runners who found themselves forgetting they were wearing a fuel belt. They indicated that it felt comfortable and did not bounce.
However, others claim it just did not sit right on their waists despite an adjustable fitting belt. The whole belt would jump and move while they were on the go. There is considerably more positive than negative feedback, but it is essential to keep in mind the nature of the complaints. A belt that doesn't fit and bounces when it shouldn't are deal breakers.
If it can be found at a reduced price, it is worth a shot. Keep an eye on the return policy, but hopefully, the risk will be worth the payoff in a belt that does everything that other customers appreciate and enjoy.
The Nathan Peak Waist Pack should be considered as equipment that is important for every active runner.