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The Best Hydration Belts for Quenching Your Thirst on the Go

Keep your hands free and your body ready to go with these bounce-free accessories.

the best hydration belts for quenching your thirst on the go
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As temperatures rise and summer sets in, we'll soon be donning lighter clothing for our runs and figuring out ways to stay cool when we return home—including hydrating more often. If you plan to run for more than an hour or if you're running for any length of time on a particularly hot day, you should always bring water with you.

One of the easiest and most comfortable ways to carry your water on runs is by investing in a hydration belt. These handy accessories come with water bottles that are easy to access while running, but won't bounce around like a typical belt bag might. They also allow you to keep your hands free, as they have additional space to store important items like your phone, keys, ID, and even some nutrition. Since there are tons of hydration belts on the market, we've rounded up the best of the best, making it easy to find one that's perfect for your next run.

Best Hydration Belts

How to Choose a Hydration Belt

When looking for a hydration belt, there are a few things you'll want to consider that will help determine which style is best for you.


Most hydration belts will have storage space for items other than your water bottles, be that a small zippered pocket, or a large additional pouch. You will want to consider how long your runs are, and if you will need to store a large amount of nutrition in your belt, or perhaps a top layer, like a rain jacket.

Bottle Placement

How much your bottles bounce when you're running largely depends on their placement. Larger bottles are generally placed toward the middle front of the belt, helping keep them flush against your body, and preventing excessive movement. Smaller bottles are frequently placed toward the sides or back of the belt, which may mean they bounce slightly more, but because they are smaller and lighter, this may not be as much of an issue.

Water Capacity

When it comes to water, more is more—it is always better to have too much water than not enough. If you are training for a 10k or going for a shorter run, you can safely opt for a smaller bottle. If you're running longer distances, however, you will want to carry more water, and will probably require a belt with greater storage capacity, as well.

How We Selected

Our selection includes top hydration belts that have been personally tested and vetted by our team at Runner's World, as well as a few that were chosen after looking at expert and customer reviews. We decided on five of the best belts that cover all distances, styles, and types of running to give you a concise and easy selection. These hydration belts were selected as having the best value, technical features, comfort, looks, and limited bounce.

Looking for more ways to bring your water with you? Check out our picks for the best hydration vests and water bottles for runners.

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Key Specs

Waist Size 29-41 inches
Bottle Capacity 12 ounces
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Key Specs

Waist Size 26-42 inches
Bottle Capacity 20 ounces
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Flash Belt

Key Specs

Waist Size 26-46 inches
Bottle Capacity 17 ounces
Most Customizable
RunLite AirStretch 10K

Key Specs

Bottle Capacity 21 ounces
Waist Size N/A
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Speedgoat 3.0

Key Specs

Bottle Capacity 37 ounces
Waist Size 28-40 inches
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