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Fuel Belt Race Number Belt

September 17, 2009

I  have run a number of regular road races and I am just fine pinning the number to my shirt before the race. No problems for me there.

IMG_7077When I got into triathlons, I noted the need for a race number belt. I went to a local running store and picked up the first thing that I found, the Fuel Belt Reflective Race number Belt. This little guy was $10 in the store.

Good points:

  • Comes in a variety of colors (and in black, if you don’t like colors)
  • Uses “lace locks” instead of snaps.
  • Price. Only $10. Pretty reasonable.
  • Fast and easy to use when in T2

Not so good points:

  • The lace locks are too far apart for smaller race numbers. Although the system still works with a smaller bib number, it does stretch  the elastic cords out and I feel that it makes the number hang too low.
  • Size. It doesn’t adjust small enough for me, in order for it to not move around the entire time I am running I have to push it really low, (to the widest part of my hips) and even then, it still rides up and moves around. Also, my co-author noted that it didn’t adjust to a big enough size for him, he complained that it was too tight. Maybe they need  a sizing system.

I mentioned that snap, versus lace lock (or toggles as I like to call them). Here is a snap belt. At $6 it is cheaper, but those snaps are annoying. First, you have to snap them through that thick paper they use for bib numbers, second, if the snap pops off, it’s gone. This particular belt comes with one spare, but that just isn’t enough for me.

The Fuel Belt system is the best, in my opinion.

By the way, in a triathlon, especially a sprint distance, you don’t NEED a number belt, you can easily pin your number to the shirt you will put on after the swim, but I think having a belt is just a little easier so you don’t have to deal with a number while you are on your bike.

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