The Good: Transparent phone storage, sweatproof (high quality) build.
The Bad: Side key pockets were a little small..
The Medal Worthy: Perfect for runners or walkers that may need to steal a quick glance at their phone screen without having to stop and take your phone out.
The following review is for the:
We tested this running belt via the following activities:
- Walking (trail with dogs)
- Running (road)
- Hiking (local buttes)
Design and Quality
The Urban Active Sports running waist pack is built with sweatproof material, which has become the standard for running belts in order to prevent water damage to your belongings.
Each side of the belt includes a small pocket, one of which has a key ring clip. Unfortunately our keys were a little too big for the pocket. Although it would make the belt asymmetrical, a better design may be to only have one side pocket that’s slightly longer.
The center pouch has a clear plastic front, for quick viewing of your smartphone. We used an iPhone 6 during our testing, and had no problems with the fit. The phone pouch also uses Velcro to better lock it in place and keep it from moving around.
Just behind the phone pocket is an open, elastic-band pouch for more storage. This is where we ended up putting our keys.
One final note on quality, and this is a first for us, is Urban Active Sports included a pretty cool email follow up that contained a nifty survival guide and a couple instructional videos. We love when companies go above and beyond with their products!
Here’s one of the followup emails we received:
Comfort And Fit
The adjustable waist band fits 27″ to 47″ waists. It was quick and easy to get a good fit, but with a smaller waist the excess strap flopped around a little bit. We had a similar problem with the Two Ogres belt, and they recommended folding it back on itself and using a rubber band, to hold it in place. You can also try the method in the video below.
While the belt was comfortable during runs, it felt a little bulkier than some of the other slimmer belts we’ve tested (like the GioSport or Aegend). I think it’s attributable to the clear plastic front, so it’s kind of a trade off between functionality and slim fit.
Overall it seems like the Urban Active Sports Running Belt is best suited for those who need minimal storage, and a transparent pocket in the front see their phone, the latter being the big selling point. If you don’t need the front pocket, you may want to look at some of the slimmer fitting running packs.
Disclaimer: We have been paid to review this product and all opinions are ours and based on an actual product test.