Thursday, July 14, 2011

Belt or Pack?

As the runs get longer and the temps get hotter, the Nathan fuel belt I wear right now is barely keeping up. The two 8-oz bottles it carries are good for runs up to about 9-10 miles in temps up to about 80-85 degrees. But with longer runs coming up on my schedule, I'll either need to start planning mid-run refills or find a way to carry more.

Here are a couple of options I'm considering:

Nathan Speed 4R Waist Pack with Four 8-Ounce Nutrition Flasks


Nathan HPL #020 2.0 Liter Men's 2-Liter Hydration Race Vest

The vest is slightly more expensive and has more capacity than I really need. On the other hand, I'm not sure I really want to carry 32 oz on a belt. My current belt tends to slip with only 16oz, especially after about 7 or 8 miles.

Please let me know your opinion, especially if you have used one or both of these or similar. What are the pros/cons of each one?


  1. Runners World just posted this on their facebook page yesterday.,7120,s6-238-511-0-14021-0,00.html

  2. Thanks David, I'll check it out.

  3. I have a fuel belt that carries 4 8 oz bottles so the weight is a bit more evenly got me through my first marathon last year. Good luck with whatever you choose!

  4. Brian, just posted my review of the Nathan Elite 2V Plus Hydration Waist Pack. I really like it!