ROAD RUNNER SPORTS THIRST BUSTER 4-BOTTLE BELT :: Going thirsty is not an option when you're sporting the Road Runner Sports Thirst Buster 4-Bottle Belt. With four lightweight, easy-to-grab bottles holding 7 ounce each, you'll have all the hydration you need during that long race. Use the Velcro® closure to get your perfect fit. Run distraction free with minimal bottle bounce plus you'll feel safer with the reflective logo.
Features & Benefits:
Holds four 7 ounce, ergonomic, BPA Free bottles (included)
I was given the two bottle version as a gift (don't see it online currently). I give the belt 4.5 stars, pocket 3 stars, and the bottles 2 stars. I didn't know if I'd like running with a belt, but it was fine. Almost 9 miles with a pace starting at 10 and the last miles under 8, no issues with bounce/fit.
Belt: Fits great/secure with a 4-5 inch long Velcro fastener. I have a 33" waist and the Large fits about perfect. The belt stretches about 6-8 inches; I stretch it about an inch for a secure fit. I think it would be uncomfortably snug stretched more than a few inches. During my 9 mile run, I was able to undo the Velcro and loop my hat on the belt, then resecure the Velcro without stopping (or dropping the belt).
The pocket will fit gels/chews/bars and ID/cash/credit card, or (maybe and) a traditional cell phone. I tried fitting my wife's iPhone 4S - it fit, but not well; no real room for gels/chews/bars -- or the gels/chews (a bar wouldn't fit) may fit under the phone (the pocket has a curved bottom shape), requiring you to take the phone out to get to the gel/chews - not convenient when running. With the pocket on the backside, I'm concerned about an ID or other item falling out when removing the gels/chews. Thus, I only put my chews in it.
Bottles: leak when squeezed, or just bouncing down the trail/road when full. This is particularly annoying when you are putting them back in the holder while running - inevitably getting squeezed, and dripping on your hands/legs. Every ounce counts - I'm not carrying extra - so am sorely disappointed with the wasted water/fluids. This needs to be fixed.
Great Belt, Bottles Lacking
I had a 4-bottle Saucony Fuel Belt that I used for many years for longer runs, and I loved it. Unfortunately, the elastic of the bottle holders eventually gave out and the bottles would fall out during runs. I recently purchased this product to replace it. Kudos to Fuel Belt for changing the elastic bottle holders to plastic. However, I am very disappointed with the bottles. The old ones had a very good seal and never leaked. These new bottles have essentially no seal, and any pressure causes liquid to leak out. This is especially frustrating when transporting the belt in the car (such as on the way to the running trail). If the bottles tip or are squeezed in any way, liquid leaks onto the car seat. I've even noticed some leakage during runs. If it weren't for this issue, I would have given this product 5 stars. It's light, not cumbersome, nicely balanced, and easy to adjust. But, the bottle issue really spoils it for me, and I cannot recommend it. There are other options available for this type of item.
Love the belt!!!
For the price, this is a great belt! It's basic, but meets my needs for the 3 to 13 mile runs I typically do. It's not adjustable and you can't add or change types of bottles, but so far, I haven't missed that. The thing I like the most is that it's easy to get the bottles into and out of the slots.
The pocket isn't as big as I thought it would be, but it's big enough for my smartphone and some gel shots.
Some reviews said the bottles leak. I've noticed when the bottles are full a few drops will come out as I run, but it's not constant and hasn't even happened every time I've used it. No matter what, the drops stop once I've drank some.
Others might need more, but this one works for me.
Very well designed
I am training for the Rock N Roll Marathon and hydration has been an issue. I got one of RRS's hydration belts and went on a 16 mile run today. I was VERY impressed. The belt was obviously well designed. I had no trouble fastening the belt around my waist and it did not move at all. The little holders for the bottles did their job perfectly as the bottles not only stayed in place but came out easily when I needed them. My only wish is that I could have carried more electrolyte drink but no other manufacturer provides a greater capacity (4 x 7oz). Besides, the stop to refill did me good. I just wanted to say thanks for providing an extremely functional system at great price point!
Darren the Marathon virgin
St. Louis, MO
For the money? I'd buy it again!
I read other reviews on this product and it does what they say.....the bottles leak if you fill the bottles to the top and squeeze or put pressure on them. Simple solution- don't fill to the top and no leaks. The only drawback (besides not being able to fill to the top) is the bright orange color! Kinda fell like batman with my utility belt. I will end up spray painting the trim black, until then; no eye contact with other runners.
King Cesar Rock
Just "OK". It's very good quality, made by FuelBelt and re-branded as RRS. Unfortunately, the Large is just a little too big for me. I'm a 33" waist. This belt bounces quite a bit, and you can't really run with it 'shirtless', which I like to do during hot summer days. The bottles rub on your back. I'm going back to the FuelBelt R20, which is a 'one size fits all', capable of adjustment.
Grand Rapids, MI
Update to my 2 Oct 13 Review
I've used this belt (2 bottle version) for several runs now. I use my wife's blue topped fuel belt water bottles - don't leak like my orange lid version. My comment on the small pocket needs updating: there is a pocket within the pocket that can hold a small item: it has a small Velcro closure to secure it while the main pocket is open. I also solved the difficulty of accessing the back pocket by simply turning the belt on my waist while running, giving me easy, secure access to its contents without worrying about anything falling out of the pocket. While running, I turn the belt to put the pocket on my hip, then twist it back when done - works great.
Needs a little more thirst busting
I've used the belt for a few weeks now. The velcro strap keeps it securely around my waist without any issues. It does not impede my running at all. The bottles are easy to grab and replace in the holster while running without skipping a beat. The only small drawback is the amount of fluid the bottles hold. 2 good squeezes and the bottle is empty. Even with that though I would still recommend this product to my friends.
Not Great for a Marathon
Just used this in my first marathon. Although there were plenty of aid stations, I carried this specifically to help wash down my nutrition products during the race.
The seam for the edging was placed right in the middle of the back. My lower back is now completely torn up. Product was great for shorter runs. I feel like this is something that should have been fixed with a little basic R&D.
Simple, easy, but leaky
Very easy to use. Small and simple, but carries enough water for those long runs- about 28oz. Only issue is leakage. The bottles do not seal well for when they are tipped during transport or while carrying they leak. Does not stop me from using, has many great qualities, but for me to give the highest rating, it would need to be built better.
Good value and performance
I bought this hydration belt to use while training for a 20 mile run. I really like it a lot. It's lightweight, doesn't bounce around much, comfortable, feels balanced and way better than a handheld. I just with the bottle were a little bigger, but all in all, it's a great belt. I highly recommend it.
Great value, should've done it long ago
Never ran carrying water before. What a difference. This item appears to be a private label version of the Fuel Belt based on labeling, components, etc. I bought it on special for a great price. Showed up in two days! Great buying experience.
Joe getting back
4-bottle Belt Hydration works well
I love this product more than any other hydration systems. Only bad thing was that water started leaking.. I can understand that water leak starts after several uses as it gets old. Unfortunately mine started leaking soon after 1st use. I wish that caps are made better so they do not leak. Otherwise everything is great.
Great for long runs
This belt is perfect for longer runs on hot days. The bottles are easy to access and replace back in holder, this isn't the case with another belt I have which requires 2 hands to replace the bottle. Very happy with this product and would recommend.
Sizes Run Small
The sizes run very small. I bought a small belt thinking that this was a unisex product but even for women's sizes, this product is still too small. The small would fit a slender child. I use one of the bottles in a fanny pack.
not bad for the price
You get what you pay for if your looking for the hot day runs and want to save money on a fuel bet this is it. Each bottle leaks about a ounce of water every 5 or 6 miles
st clair shores mi
The belt is fine, but the bottles leak
The plastic holders for the water bottles work well and avoid the stretching from previous versions, however, the spout leaks when the slightest pressure is applid to the bottle.
Hank from Reston
too small pocket for iPhone/ipod
I was very surprised to find out that the pocket is so small for my iPhone or iPod. I won't be able to use it as I need to have iPhone during running.
Fuelbelt is the best
My last belt from a competitor leaked on me and always rode up, this belt almost feels like there is nothing there and easy access to my water.
Worked very well. Not sure what others were complaining about, only leaked when you held the bottles upside down and squeezed.
New York, NY
Awesome Hydration Belt
I have tried backpacks, handhelds and other waist belts and this is by far the best.
La Plata, MD
well made hydration
Well made and holds plenty of water for the long training runs
Road Runner Sports Thirst Buster 4-Bottle Belt Hydration
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