I'm a huge fan of Nathan products. I started off with the Nathan Speed 4 back when I trained for my first marathon.
When it came time to replace that belt for a smaller one to fit my shrinking waist, I replaced it with another Nathan Speed 4.
I was planning on getting another replacement Speed 4 when I ran across a green Nathan Trail Mix at CitySports.com.
When the package arrived and I ripped it open, the green molded hosters were everything a Green Girl could dream her bottle holders to be.
I was surprised to see how compact the Trail Mix was compared to the Speed 4. The dimensions on the Trail Mix are 13"(W) x 2"(D) x 3.5"(H). Instead of a velcro fastener, there is a strap that adjusts to fit waists from 26" to 42".
According to the manufacturer, the belt's open construction was designed to dissipate heat and reduce chafing.
I love this feature because I always anchor my car key to that hook and then I slide the secured key into the pocket flap so it's separated from the items stuffed in the main section.
Towards the front of the belt there are shock cords with tension locks on either side.
I slid my Nathan pockets in the elastic bands and I was ready to go.
The back section of the belt is thicker and wider than the strap portion in front. I couldn't even feel the large plastic clip and once I tightened it, it remained snug.
I thought I'd miss the Speed 4's additional front pocket but when my mobile phone fit perfectly in the rear outside mesh pocket, I was sold. This is actually an improvement because it's stored as far away as possible from my sweaty body.
I didn't think it was possible to improve upon the Speed 4 but Nathan managed to create hydration belt perfection with the green Trail Mix.