Published at Sunday, June 17th, 2018 - 16:16:43 PM. . By Lela Kaufman.
There is much confusion about layers of a walking belt. Most companies advertise a 2 ply belt but some claim as many as 4 plies. The confusion arises because more layers is not necessarily a better thing. As Health Rider found out several years ago, a very thick belt can be a disaster. Health Rider took a standard 2 ply belt and then glued a layer of carpeted neoprene to the top of a standard belt. The result was a 3 ply (or 4 ply depending upon how you interpret the final addition to the belt) which now had a nice insulation layer of neoprene that did an incredible job of holding in heat and emphasized the potential problem of using a multi-layered belt. Even in a residential setting, the Health Rider belts simply fell apart from the wide variance in heat they experienced. Fortunately for the consuming public Health Rider stopped using these belts a few years ago.
There have, of course, been innovations over the past four decades, most notably a transition from the all-elastic running belts of the early eighties to the much more functional - and waterproof running waist bag of today. A lot of the current eras running belts weigh between 4-8 oz. These belts are generally built with an adjustable holster (for carrying water bottles) and one or more compartments (for keeping personal items padded and safe).
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