The Good: Lightweight, minimalist belt, 12 month warranty.
The Bad: Would prefer the pockets to be slightly larger.
The Medal Worthy: Great build quality for such an affordable running belt, and really love the addition of a headphone slot.
We will be basing our review around the claims of the product description and how well each aspect performs. Aegend lists the product as follows:
The only thing we weren’t able to test is weather resistance, but you’ll find all the rest below.
We tested this running belt through the following activities:
- Running (road)
- Running (trail)
- Hiking (at Smith Rock)
- Bike riding (road)
Design and Quality
The belt consists of two front zippered pockets. The top pocket has a black zipper and is large enough for an average size smartphone (we checked with an iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5). It also contains two mesh organizers than can be used to hold small items (i.e. coins, single keys, etc.) and a slot for wired headphones.
The bottom pocket has a neon yellow zipper and is about 2/3 the size of the large pocket. This pocket is the perfect size for keys, gels, or sunblock.
Take a look at the photo below to see a birds eye view of the pockets full. You will notice a Samsung Galaxy S5, Land Rover keys, and Yurbuds Inspire Earbuds. In the small pocket all we carried was Coppertone Sport 30 SPF travel size sunscreen. Either pocket had room for credit cards or cash, and possibly a gel. Anything else would have been pushing it.
The main body of the belt is made from neoprene. The pocket side is fully covered while the backside consists of mesh, which helps keep it breathable on hotter days.
The belt itself is a traditional snap fit that has 2 gray reflective strips that move along the belt. At it’s smallest size it is 29″ and fully opened up it will extend to 41″.
The picture below is of us testing the belt full of contents.
A lot of our runs/hikes/bikes are objective based, for example, running downtown and enjoying a food truck event, or brewfest. So, with that in mind the pockets were a good size. For longer runs though we wish the pockets were a little larger.
Overall great design quality, and can’t see any issues in the long run with this pack. Especially like the headphone wire slot, as we almost always run with music or podcasts.
Comfort And Fit
We tested the belt on both the front and backside. While we prefer running with the waist pack in the front, there were no comfort issues when moving to the back. Below is a picture of what the wearing it on the back looks like.
Straps are conventional with a snap belt buckle. It was easy to quickly size to fit and no real issues with comfort.
There was minimal bounce during running, even packed full.
Prior to testing this product we had not heard of Aegend, so were a little skeptical. However, we were pleasantly surprised with the build quality and simplicity of the the belt. This is a great running belt for a minimalist runner.
As for how the product held up against its description, we give it two thumbs up!
Disclaimer: This product was provided free of charge for this review. We have not been paid to review this product and all opinions are ours and based on an actual product test.