Nathan Hipster Running Belt

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If you’re tired of stuffing your phone in your bra or dropping it while you clutch it in your hand as your run, the Nathan Hipster Running Belt may be the piece of gear for you. The belt is durable, features multiple stretchy pockets to fit all sorts of items you might want to carry with you on a run, and it can even be tossed in the wash if it starts to get smelly over time. Don’t worry about whether the pockets can accommodate your phone. The Nathan Hipster Running Belt can fit even larger phones like the iPhone 7 Plus. The belt isn’t adjustable and dries fairly slowly if you happen to encounter wet weather, but it’s offered at an affordable price that makes it a worthwhile purchase if you’re looking for some extra storage space. Don’t have pockets in those new fancy running tights? The Nathan Hipster Running Belt is the perfect solution.

Pros
  • Durable construction
  • Fairly secure pockets
  • Snug, secure fit
  • Keeps its shape over time
  • Fits even larger phones
  • Machine washable
Cons
  • Slow to dry
  • Not adjustable
Use
Use

Use

If you’re struggling to find an appropriate place to store your big clunky iPhone or Android device on your run, the Nathan Running Belt can help you solve your storage problem. It fits even larger phones like the iPhone 7 Plus and fits around the body without producing too much bounce. It’s not just one big pocket where all your stuff gets jumbled together, either. The pockets are separated, so you don’t have to worry about trying to locate that one item you need ASAP. The pack fits the gear you’ll need for a run like your house keys, gels, and, of course, your Smartphone. There’s additional room even if you decide to pack all that stuff so you can bring some pocket change or tissues, too.

The pockets are really well hidden, which means that they keep your stuff locked in. The concealed look of the pockets also means that the belt doesn’t stand out, so no one will know that you’re carrying your stuff around your body. Because of the snug fit, your stuff stays put despite there being no zippers featured on the belt. Reviewers gave their assurances that the zipperless pockets didn’t cause any problems at all. A handful of runners with a bouncier stride than others did find that some objects tended to find their way out of the pockets, but these reports were uncommon and may also have had to do with improper fit.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Nathan Hipster Running Belt is made of synthetic material (nylon and polyester) that will do a decent job at mopping up sweat. Most runners will likely choose to wear the belt right at the waistband of their shorts, tights or pants, so there should be minimal contact with the skin. Some reviewers reported that the belt did not dry very quickly when exposed to sweat or other kinds of moisture.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Most reviewers found the Hipster Running Belt quite comfortable to wear. It’s relatively easy to put on and comes in a nice wide range of sizes, so you'll definitely find the right size for your body. Once slipped on, it doesn’t budge. The no-bounce design help to ensure that even when you store your stuff inside, it will produce little to no movement. Many reviewers agreed that during a run, the Nathan Hipster Running Belt was so comfortable that they forgot it was even there until they needed to grab something from it.

The belt will, of course, not work for every body type. Some runners will find that the Nathan Hipster Running Belt rides up more than others.
Size
Size

Size

The Nathan Hipster Running Belt is available in sizes XS to XL, to fit a wide variety of shapes and body types. There’s no closure or snap of any kind, so you’ll need to slide it over your head to get it on. Some reviewers found this inconvenient while others didn’t mind it at all. It might be harder to get it on if you go for a smaller size, but some reviewers recommended choosing a snugger size to keep bounce at a minimum. You can’t adjust the fit, though, so make sure the one you pick fits. The belt has reasonably stretchy material, though, so it’s unlikely (unless you wildly miscalculate your size requirements) that you’ll have too much trouble getting the belt to fit correctly. The material has a fair amount of stretch, but once on, it goes back to its original tight fit, which helps to keep it from riding up or moving much at all during a run.

When worn, the belt looks pretty sleek. No need to worry about extra bulk under your shirt. You can’t adjust it, but if you get the right size, it should sit flush against your body and not stick out too much, even with stuff inside.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Nathan Hipster Running Belt is made of a visibly quality material that won’t lose quickly lose its stretch or start to fray and degrade with heavy use over a small period of time. It can be washed, too, which is especially nice if you’re a heavy sweater.
Accessories
Accessories

Accessories

You won’t be using any accessories with the Nathan Hipster Running Belt. Nathan does produce various running accessories but none are technically compatible with the Nathan Hipster Running Belt. You might be able to fit a water bottle inside one of the pockets, but the belt is meant to provide runners with a way to carry their gear with minimal added weight.
Style
Style

Style

The Nathan Belt comes in a variety of colors from low key all-black to vibrant pink or aqua. The design of the belt is minimal. There are a few pockets to put your stuff but no zippers to fiddle with and no extra design features to get in the way. The belt is likely to be worn under a runner’s clothing, so style isn’t a super important feature of the Nathan Hipster Running Belt but for those who are more comfortable wearing the pack over their clothing, it looks just fine.
Price
Price

Price

The Running Belt is offered at an affordable price. With plenty of room to spare, the Nathan Hipster Running Belt is a great accessory to add to your running gear collection. You’ll get a good amount of use out of it, and it’s a great value purchase thanks to its combination of comfort, durability, and performance.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- Durable synthetic construction
- Stretchy fabric
- Various pockets that stretch out
- Fits up to iPhone 7 Plus
- Machine washable
- Comes in sizes XS-XL
- Available in numerous color options
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Nathan Hipster Running Belt is an excellent option for runners who need a bit of extra room. It's especially great for those seeking a place to stick their phone. It’s much more fun to run without added weight and hands-free, but it’s not always the safest idea to leave the phone at home. The Nathan Hipster Running Belt is itself lightweight (it’s just a piece of nylon and polyester fabric) but allows you to bring along your Smartphone on a run so you can go hands-free. You’ll most likely forget you’ve even got an extra piece of gear on. Slip it on, pack it up, and head out for that run knowing you’ve got everything you need for fuel and in case of emergency.