Salomon Energy Belt

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Many runners use running vests and/or running packs to hold all of their gear for long marathons or a day or two in the mountains. But if this is too much storage for shorter runs, the vests and packs can begin to feel bulky and become overkill. Introducing the Salomon Energy Belt: the compromise between nothing and too much. For runs when you want to carry some necessities but don’t need a change of clothes and a full water bladder, a running belt may be just the solution. The Salomon Energy Belt is designed for comfort while also including enough storage for a phone, keys and other necessary carry-ons. Its durable construction is designed to last so runners get their money’s worth and can use it for seasons to come. It can also be sized and re-sized, so it can fit around summer wear and winter gear, alike. Read on and see if the Salomon XR Energy Belt may be the solution for your all-year running needs.

Pros
  • Resizable
  • Extra padding for comfort
  • Bounce-free design
  • Durable construction with Ripstop Nylon
  • Terrific storage
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Bottles may be a bit too small
  • Reports of bouncing can occur
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Salomon Energy Belt has a thick, padded Velcro belt with a cinchable strap. Some reviewers note it is chafe-free, but it can start feeling a little bouncy; however, after a few miles, the belt settles a bit. On the other hand, other reviewers note that it provides a completely comfortable, bounce-free run. Runners should keep in mind that the wide belt and stretchy material design is created to eliminate bounce and promote stability. It may simply be based on the runner and how tight the adjustable strap is. The Salomon Energy Belt has some of the best paddings along the belt line when compared to the competition. This helps absorb road shock to keep the belt from bouncing while simultaneously providing a smooth, padded run. Some competitors barely have any padding at all which could cause chafing and bouncing quite easily. The Salomon Energy Belt is designed for comfort and dependability.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Made with Ripstop PU and Elastic Power Mesh, the Salomon Energy Belt is designed for durability. Even if tears or rips do occur, the fabric itself will prevent the damage from continuing so you don't reach the finish line with your belt in pieces. The Elastic Power Mesh helps ensure optimum breathability to prevent hot spots, moisture buildup and irritation. This provides a cool, durable, dependable run that runners can count on. It's made to last season after season.
Size
Size

Size

The Salomon Energy Belt is designed for one-size-fits-all, but it is adjustable with the Velcro strap. Any leftover strap can easily be trimmed for comfort. The design allows for easy, one-handed adjustment when running. Reviewers note that they love how the adjustable design allows for one fitted size in the summer to go over thin clothing, while the winter allows for a separate fit over multiple layers.
Sitting at 8.25oz, the Salomon Energy Belt is right in the middle of the competition for weight. With nearly the most storage space, this is to be expected. The belt comes with two 6.7oz bottles with a one 1/16 inch mouth opening which is on the smaller size of the competition, but barely. Some runners replace the included bottles with 8oz ones and state they fit perfectly. The belt is available in "Surf the Web" light blue, "Dress Blue/Hawaiian Surf" dark blue, Black and Red.
Features
Features

Features

The Salomon Energy Belt includes a semi-collapsible material that holds the bottles quite well. Using it for the first time, it can be a bit difficult to get used to as the holster can be a bit difficult to locate The bottles secure with an elastic sling on the belt.
The Salomon Energy Belt has some of the best storage options compared to the competition. It has a large, stretchy zippered pocket in the rear that can easily hold a phone, plus room for gels, energy bars, keys and other necessities. On top of this main pocket, there is a small, aerated Velcro pocket that is excellent for holding trash. The belt can easily hold jackets, gloves, hats or an extra shirt between the outer webbing and the belt itself. It also comes with daisy chain loops around the sides of the belt for added accessories. There are integrated straps specifically for race bibs for marathon runners so you're not fumbling for a spot to attach race numbers. Added reflective material increases visibility for low-light and nighttime running for safety.
Price
Price

Price

The Salomon Energy Belt is on the higher end of the competition's price range. However, with the higher price comes incredible storage for an energy belt along with terrific comfort. For runners who need mid-range storage for longer runs, this is an excellent contender.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- Plenty of storage
- Bounce-free design
- Durable construction with Ripstop Nylon
- Breathable Elastic Mesh to prevent moisture build-up and hot spots
- Racing bib straps for competition
- Adjustable strap for exact fit
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Energy Belt is a great buy for runners who need a go-between for jaunts around the block and marathons. With a minimalist visual appeal, the belt has incredible storage space thanks to its stretchable mesh. It can hold a phone and then some providing runners reassurance that they will be able to keep all of their necessities with them rather than having to choose. It's a comfortable running belt with plenty of breathable padding. The belt is composed of Ripstop nylon for a great durable design, but if there are any issues, it comes with a two year manufacturer warranty. While the bottles are on the small side, they can be traded out for larger ones while still fitting in the bottle pockets with no issue. Any runner, novice or expert, should consider the Salomon XR Energy Belt for their running needs.