Since it’s really hot out in most of the US and many runners are thinking more and more about hydration, I thought I’d write another post about my other go-to hydration packs for mid-length runs in the summer or for long runs in the winter/cooler months.
For runs up to 10 or 12 miles in cooler months, I really love my Nathan Speed 2 belt (affiliate link).
It comes with two 10 oz bottles for a total of 20 oz of hydration. I know some runners like to wear their belts around their hips, but I’m kinda curvy so I have to wear my belt around my natural waist or it will move all over the place. That said, when I wear the belt around my natural waist, I don’t have any problems with the belt moving around. The large pocket in back is nice for holding gels and other small items (lip balm, etc.) that you might want, and I like the small key pocket in the front.
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For longer runs, the Nathan Speed 4R Waist Pack (affiliate link) works really well for me.
The Speed 4R belt comes with four 8 oz bottles for a total of 32 oz of fluid capacity. My one dislike about this belt is that the back pouch only has an elastic at the top and doesn’t have a flap that comes down and seals with Velcro like the Speed 2 does. That said, I haven’t had any problems with things falling out of the pocket while I’m running and it does make for very easy access if you want to quickly grab a gel during your run.
One thing you might consider buying if you get a Nathan hydration belt is a set of their race caps (affiliate link). I much prefer them to the regular pull-out caps because they make drinking from the bottles so much easier; just squeeze and drink, no pulling of stoppers needed.