Now I’ve worked out a rough strategy for gels for the York Marathon, I need a way to carry them. I can hold a single gel and a water bottle quite comfortably, but four or five gels requires something a bit more formal.
I’ve seen runners wearing belts like the Spibelt that have holders for gels, but I’m not sure I will be comfortable running in a belt. My skin is very sensitive, and anything that rubs against it when I’m running or sweating can lead to sore red irritations. Even labels or a twisted bra strap have hurt me in the past.
While I was looking online for inspiration, I came across the RooSport. This is an alternative to a belt, it’s a pocket with a magnetic tab. The pocket slips into your shorts, and the magnetic tab folds over and holds it in place.
The RooSport isn’t available from Amazon or other retailers, only directly via the RooSport website. The ordering process was fairly seamless, but I was a bit nervous about the lack of detail about shipping – there are no lead times for international orders. I did email to check, but didn’t get any reply.
That said, the delivery was very fast, my RooSport arrived in about 3 working days. I’ve had UK Amazon orders that took longer than that 🙂
I’ve tried the RooSport on 2 long runs now. The good points are:
- It does feel totally secure and you do forget you’re wearing it
- It is very easy to get gels out
- It’s hand washable and dries quickly
- The material is very comfortable
The not so good points are:
- The more you put in it, the more noticeable it gets. One gel and you can barely see it, but more than one gel and it starts to look like a huge lump
- The website claims it has space for five gels, but this isn’t true for the SiS Go gels I’m using – it will take three at the most, any more and it doesn’t shut and feels quite ungainly
I was a bit worried about the zip on the back which is facing your skin as you wear it, but this hasn’t caused any rubbing or irritation so far.
Overall I’d give the RooSport 8/10. It’s a great idea that has clearly come from a runner’s experience, but I’m not sure it’s big enough to get me through a marathon. If all you’re carrying is car keys, then it’s ideal – I see from other blogs that people use it as a money belt substitute when they travel too.
I’m going to try a Spibelt as well, so I’ll let you know what I think when that arrives.
How do you carry your food?