The Good: High quality, and unbelievably lightweight.
The Bad: Slip-on, no adjustment to size.
The Medal Worthy: Great build and design with no bounce during running or walking.
The following review is for the: Naking Running Band
We tested this running belt via the following activities:
- Road running
- Walking dogs
- Casual hiking at the Cascade Lakes
Design and Quality
At first glance this running belt looks like a transparent version of the FlipBelt, which in our opinion, is still one of the top running belts. So, it’s off to a good start right away.
Visually it looks sleek. There are 4 interior pockets, and 3 exterior thumb hooks, and 2 exterior elastic straps. We didn’t use the exterior loops, although we probably should have since it rained nearly every day we ran, but you can see from the picture below how they can be used.
On the interior pockets we carried an iPhone 6s, sunblock, and keys with no problem. Could have easily carried a small flask of water, or even a gel or snack bar too.
One last comment on design, and while this isn’t related directly to the belt design, it’s something I’ve got to mention. We travel A LOT. And most of our travel is with dogs. That said, one of my favorite parts of this belt is the package.
We test at on of running bands, and this is the first one (if I recall correctly) that comes with a resealable plastic package. Instead of just folding it up and tossing it in our backpack, we can neatly store it away (without any dog hair getting on it!). Might sound funny, but it’s a big deal.
Comfort And Fit
Our primary tester was a fairly slender woman, so we ended up going with the 29-30 inch waist size. There are a total of six sizes increasing in 1 inch increments from 25-26 up to 35-36 inches, all which run the same price.
During our road run and walk around the neighborhood we didn’t run into any problems. It felt well over a pair of workout leggings.
Absolutely zero issues with bounce; the pack fits pretty snug and the material doesn’t seem as forgiving as the FlipBelt (i.e. over time the FlipBelt stretched out quite a bit).
We ran into a small problem on a quick day hike while wearing some Prana pants (which you can see in most pictures).
It wasn’t uncomfortable, but it was definitely a lot tighter and not really conducive to wearing over hiking pants. Granted, the belt isn’t designed for hiking, it’s designed for running, but just wanted to point that out.
During the runs though, the 4-way power mesh was breathable and comfortable. In fact, this belt would definitely out perform the FlipBelt in the summer heat.
If you’re looking for a slip-on running belt, then I’d definitely put it in the top 2 or 3. As of right now you can only buy this band at the Naked Running Band site, but if that changes we’ll be sure to update it here.
Disclaimer: We have been paid to review this product; all opinions are ours and based on an actual product test.