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Quality, but Moves while Running
on September 5, 2012
I checked sizing with the actual Fuelbelt site (which is the exact same as those listed in the reviews here).
I am a female and wanted the belt to sit lower, around my hips near my hip bones. I measured that area for the sizing, and ordered accordingly (measured 34", so ordered a large). The belt fits perfectly in my desired position when I first put it on. However, once I start running, it starts migrating up to my natural waist, which is about only 27". Once it migrates here, because it is then really loose, it bounces like crazy when I run. I end up having to keep pulling it back into place about every 3 minutes while running. I've worn and had this happen with tighter, dry-fit clothing and looser, t-shirt type clothing.
My advice would be, don't plan on wearing it lower, and just shoot for wearing it at your actual waist because otherwise it just migrates there anyway - which I did honestly expect, but with all the rave reviews on here, I had really thought that it may not.
The velcro holding the belt seems very strong and I have never even thought it could ever come off without me purposely intending to take it off.
I did not look at the tag, but the belt material feels nice to me - like dry-fit material. The material near the bottles is extra thick so if you pack the bottles with ice (as I do) it is not cold against your body. I also have not experienced any noticable condensation leaking off the belt onto me. There's also a couple reflective patches on the belt. Overall the belt seems very well-made, quality.
The bottles are easy to slide in and out while running, with one hand (if the belt isn't bouncing at the time). I can fit ice cubes from the fridge ice maker easily through the opening. The bottles do not leak. If you plan to put anything except water in the bottles, I would get extra tops right away, mold does seem to form in the tops VERY quickly, and try as I may I cannot get it to clean out once in there. As for the pouch size, I could fit 2 energy bars and a napkin in the pouch no problem.
The quality of the belt deserves 5 stars, but the migration up to my natural waist gets very annoying, which is why I rated this lower.