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.
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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 small pouch is small, but I was able to squeeze by iPhone 4 into it, so my Nike+ could record my run.
+ Bottles are the right size to balance the load and not flop around too much. (compared to my 22oz single bottle belt which I hate.)
+ Good padding; Light weight.
- I am a big big, getting back into running, and this belt would just Velcro with the buckles at their max. 40" waist. Big boy could use it, but it was tight.
- The bottles are a pain to put back in with one hand. I had to spin the belt around to the side to get it to work. Not like my other belts that they slide in easier.
- Overall, the pouch is cramped... my iPhone stretched the fabric to the max... just like my waist did ;-)
Overall - this is a good belt if you need water on the trail or road while running. For a smaller frame, it might do very well. I personally hate do mot like having belts on when I run.. so it was not as comfortable for me.
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.