Fanny packs may not have always been fashionable, but no one can deny that they have always been functional. Hands-free storage on the go is great for anybody, but if you’re a runner, you know the importance of having your essentials with you without having them get in the way. For running, you’re going to want something lightweight and snug, so that it isn’t bouncing around or weighing you down too much. We’ve rounded up 5 of the best fanny packs for runners, with something for every budget.
The Camden Gear Hydration Running Belt is a nice, simple fanny pack that offers a good amount of storage for your essentials while still being small and light enough to stay out of the way. It features a single velcro pocket that is large enough to fit your smart phone iPhone 6, 6+, 6S, Samsung S5, S4, etc. If you have a bulky case like an OtterBox, it may be a tight squeeze. Equipped with two 6oz bottles that are easily accessible, hydration for short to medium runs is a breeze. The 4 elastic straps on the sides make can allow for you to hang your energy gels, keys, or race bib. The velcro waist is fully adjustable and sits perfectly to prevent bouncing. Bonus features include reflective trim to keep you highly visible during those evening run sessions. The price will also be right for a lot of people at just $19.99. Available in black with blue accents.
Next up, we have the Nike Lean 2 Pocket Waist Pack. This is a 100% nylon fanny pack with a single zippered pouch for your essential gear. If that isn’t enough, there is an additional pouch that can be attached to the adjustable belt. The styling is quite nice: the pack comes in a choice of “Volt” or “Pink Pow” (neon green and neon pink) with a simple Nike logo on the front of the pouch. The color is very bright, which will help with visibility, and there are also reflective accents for low-light safety. This pack sells for $30, but the stylish looks will appeal to a lot of people and the nylon construction should make it nice and durable.
If you need something with a little more capacity, check out the Amphipod AirFlow Endurance. This fanny pack has an extra-large zippered pouch with two separate compartments for keeping your stuff safe while you pound the pavement. The pack is designed to have a minimalist feel, with a stretchable, adjustable belt and moisture-resistant materials. In addition to the big zippered pouch, there are two “quick-access” pockets on either side that are perfect for keeping gels or anything else you might want to grab without stopping. This pack is available in your choice of black or pink for $26.95.
For something a little different, take a look at FlipBelt. Rather than having a single pocket attached to a belt, like a traditional fanny pack, the FlipBelt is basically one big pocket that wraps around your waist. There are a few openings around the belt that you can use to store your stuff. There are no zippers; you lift the fabric and put your stuff inside, then flip the belt over to secure it (hence, FlipBelt). There are also no buckles or other closures; the FlipBelt is stretchy and available in different sizes for a proper fit. The big advantage of this design is that you can evenly distribute your gear, rather than putting it all in one pouch. This keeps things balanced and helps prevent the bouncing that you can get with a traditional fanny pack. Sizes range from XX-Small to X-Large, and there are numerous bright colors to choose from. The logo is also reflective, further increasing visibility. There is also a version with a separate zipper pocket for extra-secure storage, and one with extra reflective strips around the entire belt for maximum visibility. Cost for the three versions is $28.99, $34.99, and $32.99, respectively.
Now, all these packs are great for carrying stuff like your phone, a snack, or earbuds, but what about hydration? If you need to carry water with you, there are fanny packs out there designed specifically to make your life easier. One example is the Nathan Mercury 2 Bottle Belt. This bad boy comes with two 10-ounce water bottles that attach securely to the front of the belt. This makes it super convenient to stay hydrated during your run. The belt is made of neoprene and designed to minimize bounce and maximize comfort. There is a zippered pocket on the side for storing your phone or other necessities, and reflective trim for safety. This fanny pack comes in 2 designs: black with yellow accents, and blue with red and white accents. Cost is $39.99.
So what are you waiting for? Now that we’ve rounded up the best fanny packs, you’re running out of excuses to go running without one!
– Fanny Pack Maniac