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Nathan Fuel Belt Review

Well my first fuel belt was a single water bottle that sat on my back when I ran. Though I didn’t like using the fuel belt because of the bounce factor, sometimes on long runs you just have to suck it up and use it because you need some water. Chafing is also awesome and comes with wearing a fuel belt most of the time. I was sent by the nice people at a Fuel Belt that has two smaller bottles on the sides. When I’m not running a race and doing a long run, I know I have to fuel myself somehow and I’ve come to like this fuel belt for these times much better than the single bottle fuel belt I used to have. I have run some longer runs with it and think it works out great for them. I usually can also shove a little something in the back pocket, like sharkies or a peanut butter and jelly along with my phone and some salt tabs. It works out well for me and I do like using it when there are no other options for water. I usually just fill the water bottles with plain water and it also helps to know that if I ever lose a bottle I could buy new ones since they are a pretty normal size.

I liked how this one had a large velcro section to attach it to myself so you can make it whatever size you want it to be on your body. I felt like this one, since the weight of the water was more evenly displaced didn’t bounce as much, but I have to be honest, there was still a little bounce.

I really liked the little extra pocket on the back, even though it’s small I can shove a lot of crap into it. :) It also is really helpful when I have to take a salt pill or immodium out while running because I know I can take it whenever I eat.

Also, a friend saw me running the other day and said I looked pretty professional with my fanny pack. So that is a plus. When I run a long distance and they see me stumbling around at mile 17 at least hopefully people see the pack and think I at least kind of know what I’m doing. :) Make sure  you check out where I got it from. They have tons of cool camping, hiking and running stuff on there! I love their sale section too.

Overall, I really liked the velcro strap width though. That made it much easier to sit on my waist. I also found that the lower I wear it and almost the looser I wear it, it fits better, which is strange because I would think that the tighter I wear it, the better it would fit. I like this option much better than the single bottle though and totally recomend it for a longer run when you need to carry your fuel! I still love opting for water stations in races though… Unless water stations look like THIS!

I could post that picture every day for a month I tell you. Never. Gets. Old.

On another note. This Halloween I was a penguin.

Kicking off November and working out is in my future. Can’t wait to get back on the train and follow my ‘new plan’. Really looking forward to getting some shorter speedier miles in!


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  • Reply Audrey

    I have the same fuel belt! I also like how it wraps across so that the end of the belt is on the side vs in the middle (like my old one) – that way i can pin the tops of my bib to the belt while still allowing me to take off the belt easily.

    Cute penguin costume!

    November 1, 2010 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Becky

    Great Costume!! I still am only comfortable running with the handheld if anything.

    November 1, 2010 at 10:55 am
  • Reply aron

    this is the fuel belt i use when i use one also :) i like it, for a fuel belt.

    November 1, 2010 at 10:59 am
  • Reply cheerfulrunner

    What an adorable costume! I’m not at the mileage point where I need to run with water, but hopefully it’s something I’ll need to consider soon. :-)

    November 1, 2010 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Nicole

    I could have written the same review for my water belt! I hated the 1 bottle in the back water belt.
    I much prefer the 2 or 4 small water bottles distributed evenly around my waist. I find I still have to adust the belt to prevent the bounce but it is easy to adjust with the velcro.

    November 1, 2010 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Rebekah

    I have a Nathan Fuel Belt with 4 bottles (and in blue, so I can make my hubby wear it when we do long runs together), and I really like it. I mean, as much as you can like anything that wraps around your waist while you run for hours …

    November 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Aj

    I have the exact same fuel belt…mine is pink too! I like it a lot for longer runs but I need something without water bottles for shorter runs just for my crap. It would look weird to run with the water bottle pockets empty! Do you like this more or less than your handheld?

    November 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    I like my Nathan belt too…. As a last resort though because it is too bouncy and chafy!

    November 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply Page

    This is the belt I have too…and pink to be exact! I love it! My only qualm is that for 18+ mile runs, it starts to rub my skin raw and left some nasty scabs. Seriously…bleh.

    November 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm
  • Reply crystal

    i love the peguin but what happen to the swan????!?!?!

    November 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm
  • Reply Mae

    I use a Fuel Belt with 4 bottles for my half marathons. My 4th bottle sometimes is empty depending on the weather.

    November 1, 2010 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Marathon Maritza

    I love love love this fuel belt!

    That is all. Smooches.

    November 2, 2010 at 12:05 am
  • Reply Tara

    Even though I have a love/hate relationships with fuel belts in geenral this one does work very well and causing minimal discomfort for the most part. I also like that you cna add a pouch to it so that there is more room to store stuff.

    LOVE the penguin costume ♥♥♥

    November 2, 2010 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Julie {Angry Julie Monday}

    I have two Nathan Fuel belts that I love, you know umm when I actually use them.

    The penguin costume is cute!

    November 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply Amira

    Hey how do you choose the size? went to the website but couldnt find any info…
    YOur costume is cute : )

    November 3, 2010 at 8:41 pm
  • Reply Casey

    Cute penguin costume!

    I use this same Nathan belt in pink. I bought it at the Las Vegas Marathon expo in 2008 and it has held up amazingly well. I’ve tried many hydration belts and bottles and always go back to the dependable Nathan speed 2. I added on an extra pouch to it for more storage.

    November 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm
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