FuelBelt Wachusett Belt
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- one size fits all;two 10 oz bottles in back
- adjustable cordura straps with Velcro closure;reflective tabs;reflective rear neoprene pocket
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Named after one of New England's local mountain peaks, the Wachusett Belt is the FuelBelt workhorse. One size fits all design is perfect for those who go through several layers of clothing, depending on the season.Bottle cord locks.20 oz total capacity.One size fits most.
Top Customer Reviews
TIP: wear it LOW on your hips and strap it TIGHT - feels great like that.
- The belt is adjustable to fit most waist sizes
- Half of the belt is stretchy which makes it stay put better while running
- Water bottles are positioned nicely (for me)
- Water bottles are very snug
- Pouch could be bigger - you're maxing it out with 3 gel packs
- Water bottles are perhaps too snug
The last water belt I used had the single large water bottle sitting diagonally across my low back/upper butt. It did not have an elastic belt so it was hard to keep it from bouncing. The bouncing caused the water bottle to inch out of the case. With the FuelBelt you definitely do not have that problem, but to free a water bottle I have to use 2 hands: one to hold the belt down and the other to YANK the thing free. I like knowing that the bottles aren't going ANYWHERE, but it is a bit excessive I think. (There just has to be a happy medium!) I think they use the same size elastic enclosures regardless of whether you buy the version with 8oz bottles or the 10oz - that would make sense...
I thought people were understating the size of the pouch, well I should know better than to doubt the Amazon reviewers! The pouch is quite small. I have a PDA cell phone which dominates the space leaving almost no room for a gel (luckily I have a smaller phone I can put my SIM into). Without the phone 2 gels fit comfortably, 3 is a squeeze. There is a separate flat area in the pouch for ID and I stuff some moleskin strips in there as well.
A note on the negative reviews:
- "Won't stay in place"
Adjust it like I said and it will not move on you - and it feels great to have it tight and low while you run (Also, it sounds like she actually bought the 10k 2-bottle belt, which does not have adjustable straps...)
- "Broke in the middle of a long run!"
The belt I received is VERY high quality, there's no way it's breaking on a run, she must have received a defective product or is reviewing a different belt as well...
The negative reviews I read did not seem to be accurate. What I noticed was:
1. The belt fits snugly
2. I hardly notice it's there while I run
3. The bottles are easy to take out/replace in stride while running
4. The material seems of good quality, no wearing or tearing
Conclusion: Great value for the money, does everything I need and expect.
The belt's other "weakness" is that the pouch is a little on the small side. With a little stretching of the neoprene you can barely stuff an iPhone4 in the pouch by itself, or you can squeeze in a maximum of four energy gels. I personally don't usually run with my phone, but it could be an issue if you do.
I researched a bunch of water belts, read reviews, and compared costs. In the end, I decided to go with this Wachusett belt because it was one of the more affordable ones. My thought was to just evaluate how a water belt felt and, if I didn't find this one too annoying, I would then go ahead and purchase one of the more expensive belts (on the assumption than more expensive = better).
Forget that. I'm going to keep using the Wachusett belt! I've had this belt now for a few weeks and absolutely love it. The first time out - about a mile in to the run - the belt started to slip/rotate on me. All I did was cinch it a little tighter (didn't even need to stop, I just pulled on the nylon straps). I haven't had a problem with that since then - it fits great and is comfortable.
The bottles hold 10 ounces. I usually only fill them to the 9 oz. mark and have never once had a problem with the bottles leaking. I position the bottles on my back hips and this has worked great for me. The belt doesn't move and the bottles don't bump against me at all. They stay in place.
I can't comment on the pouch as I haven't had a need to use it.
I'm really glad I bought this water belt. I wish I had done this at the beginning of the summer.