NATHAN The Hipster waist belt review

I’ve invested in several running accessories from NATHAN in the past, and I always try to remember to wear the foot lights I bought last year when I run in the dark. As a result, when NATHAN contacted me towards the end of last year to see if I’d like to review their brand new running accessory – The Hipster – I jumped at the opportunity. Unfortunately, I then got injured and had to delay my product testing and review. Sorry NATHAN!

What is The Hipster?

The Hipster is described by NATHAN as a super-soft step-through belt which incorporates multiple individually separated expandable – so expandable the belt can hold an iPhone 7+ – pockets to keep your items snug and secure. The Hipster belt can be worn at the gym, on a run, and around town. The Hipster is both comfortable and stylish and is designed to stretch to your individual contours.

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The Hipster is currently available in four colours; black, cockatoo (light blue), glacier (light grey) and very berry (bright pink) and five sizes ranging from XS (66 cm to 72 cm) to XL (96 cm to 102 cm). My medium glacier-coloured Hipster belt fitted me perfectly before Christmas, now it’s a little snug.

How did I find The Hipster?

I’ve tested out The Hipster belt on several short training runs and have found it really, really comfortable. Although I don’t own an iPhone 7+, my soon to be replaced iPhone 5C fitted easily inside one of the individual pockets, and felt secure while I was running. As an asthmatic I always run with my inhaler when it’s cold. Although my inhaler is quite bulky, I haven’t noticed it sitting inside The Hipster on any of my training runs.

hipster-1Having to breathe in slightly…

The photos I’ve included in this review show me wearing The Hipster belt over my running top. I’ve actually tended to wear the belt underneath my running tops, and haven’t noticed I’m wearing it as the material is really soft and comfortable.

hipster-2Running while not breathing is probably not recommended!

Finally, the most important feature of any running belt has to be its ability to stay put and to not ride-up. I stopped wearing another running belt because it used to bounce around while I was running, really – quite literally – irritating! Although my festive weight gain may have slightly influenced the outcome of this aspect of the review process, I found that The Hipster belt really is bounce-free.

The Verdict

Although I was unable to test out The Hipster belt on a long training run, injury permitting I will be wearing this belt during the Cambridge half marathon. It might contain some energy gels; it will definitely contain my mobile phone and keys. The NATHAN Hipster retails at approximately £25 and is available from all good running stores including Runner’s Need and Sweatshop and The Hipster website.

Do you wear running belts on training runs during races?

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever carried in a running belt?

**Full disclosure: I was sent The Hipster running belt for free in return for an honest review. As always, all opinions of the product and dodgy photographs are my own**

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7 thoughts on “NATHAN The Hipster waist belt review

  1. Maria @runningcupcake says:

    It is tough to find something like this that doesn’t move. I used to have a spi belt which was great, but when I got a bigger phone I got a larger size, and the fabric was all stretchy so it bounced all over the place- very annoying. I now have a flip belt which looks very similar to this Nathan one- I can fit in my phone, face wipes, tissues, keys… (face wipes are for races or for club runs when I am not going straight home)- very handy. Although in the winter jackets tend to have pockets so I use it more in the summer.

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    • Emma says:

      I was quite dubious about the size of the Hipster Belt pockets at first, but I was impressed with the amount of ‘stuff’ I was able to carry when I was reviewing it. I used to carry my phone, tissues and keys in my workplay bum bag, but stopped the day my back got rubbed raw during a wet run. Really irritating as the bag was quite expensive. Nothing is more annoying than kit that bounces around all over the place!

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    • Emma says:

      I love my belt! It’s probably the most useful running accessory I’ve been sent to review. Having said that my belt has started to ride up a little when I’m running. I’m blaming the weight I gained over the festive period!

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