The Good: Made of soft, comfortable Lycra material, and perfect size pockets.
The Bad: Material is comfortable, but almost a little too “slinky.”
The Medal Worthy: Speaking specifically to size, this belt is perfectly designed. Plus it has a lifetime guarantee.
The following review is for the: Running Belt Max
We tested this running belt via the following activities:
- Jogging with dog (road)
- Workout at gym
- Mowing the yard (yes, this was a first)
Design and Quality
The Running Belt Max is a pretty standard build running waist pack. It has two side zipped pockets, the left of which has a key clip. And it has one central zipped pocket, which also includes two large, and two small internal pockets. (Note: all zippers are light-reflective, which is a must if you run at night)
We carried the following during our test:
- Left pocket: keys
- Right pocket: chapstick
- Center pocket: Samsung Galaxy S7 in a wallet case
- Center pocket: Granola bar
This belt is one of the better designed in terms of storage size. We’ve tested other belts where the side pockets are too small to fit keys, and where center pockets aren’t tall enough for phones inside cases.
There was still room for more, but would probably caution against it because of the weight. The Lycra tends to “slink” some as too much weight is added, which we’ll get into more below.
In addition to all of that, there are elastic loops on each side of the front pockets for hanging your sunglasses. There’s also, an earbud port that opens to the center pocket. However, we didn’t test either of these because we run with wireless earbuds, and just didn’t need to take our sunglasses off, but it’s nice to know the option is there.
Comfort And Fit
Most running belts use neoprene or Lycra, or a combination of both. It’s typically a trade off. Neoprene equals more a little more stability, while Lycra tends to be more comfortable.
This pack is definitely comfortable. It’s actually one of the first things we noticed when putting it on. Unfortunately the Lycra isn’t quite as “stiff” as neoprene, and the pack “slinks” a little when worn reversed (meaning, the pockets on your lower back). Fortunately it’s not that noticeable when worn pockets forward.
One of my favorite features is the fact that the waist band is actually built properly. We tested two belts recently that resulted in “flaps” when you tighten the band.
As far as storage and build goes, this is one of the better running belts. We liked the Lycra because it’s super comfortable, but would love to see this belt made with neoprene just to see the difference.
Would definitely recommend this belt to anyone who puts comfort first.
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.
P.S. Here’s an absolutely hilarious (and yet still informative) review of the Running Belt Max in action.