A relatively new offering is the FlipBelt, the only product that is sized rather than adjustable to fit. Operating instructions seem easy enough. Pull it on like a pair of pants, I suspect the US pant (UK pant also holds true, phew), pop the items you wish to transport into the little openings and then flip the belt over. The items are protected from falling out of the FlipBelt by your very own body, genius.
It is as they say “A Uniquely Smart Belt”.
How easy a FlipOut (my term for an on the move item extraction) would be to execute I couldn’t say, still if your luggage needs are relatively small and you are against buckles then this could be the one for you.
The Nike Expandable Running Lean Waistpack is sleek, light and slightly resembles a pair of 60 denier tights.
This pack will adjust to fit most waists snugly and is comfortable to wear. Since the body of the pack is unstructured it is best suited to holding lighter items, a couple of gels, keys or feathers perhaps. Anything heavier and the contents tend to bounce around and cause ranger (run anger).
If it is something swooshy you are after but need to carry heavier items a better option may be the Nike Storm Slim Waistpack. This is a more substantial, but still light pack, with separate internal pockets so you can keep jingling at bay.
The padded panels on this belt reduce the likelihood of being constantly prodded by your own belongings. At times this poking pain may distract from any discomfort felt from running super far however it is still best avoided, so on that front this waistpack is a winner.
Race Day Dromedary
If carrying your own refreshments is a priority then here are a few bottle bearing options. The Camelbak Delaney, is a fine filly of a waistpack with a 0.62l hump (bottle) and a zip pocket that could easily house a couple of gels.
The bottle seems easy enough to extract and rehouse, and the waistband is padded although still breathable. If you only need a half hump full then the Camelbak Arc 1 Belt has a smaller bottle (0.3l capacity) and much the same sized pocket perfect for carrying the olives and ice for the mid-race martini sneakily stashed in the flask.
If belts are waisted on you then this offering from Inov8 may be the answer. The Race Ultra 0.25 is a hand held 250ml softflask cocooned in a couple of bungee held mesh paniers.
The carry pockets are different sized, the larger of the two would hold a gel. The other keys, or a 2(W) x 8(L) sized Lego brick.
According to Inov8 the design of this water bottle affords the athlete a natural grip on the pliable flask thus saving energy otherwise wasted clutching a rigid hand held bottle. The energy refund obtained by using this item should be considered when carrying out pacing calculations and is worth at least a minute a mile.
Plenty of options then for carrying race day items. A good start point being to drive out what you require to carry, and take it from there. The same holds true for running luggage as holiday, there is no point taking more than you need and in the case of emergencies they do have shops in Spain (race day energy and water stations).