How to Carry Keys & Phone While Running
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How to Carry Keys & Phone While Running

Let’s set the scene. You’ve got your trainers on. You’re hydrated and you’ve just scoffed down an energy bar or banana. You shut the front door, phone and keys in hand, and are about to embark on your running route. Your hand automatically reaches down to put your phone in your pocket and … there isn’t one! This is a classic situation for most runners.

Running clothes are not always sufficient when it comes to pockets and storage space. If, like me, you dislike carrying essential items in your hands when you run, here's a list of fantastic clothing and accessories with storage solutions. Whether it be a little thigh pocket to subtly tuck your phone away or a more substantial pack to keep everything in one place on your longer runs, welcome to pockets galore.

Shorts with PocketsLeggings with PocketsTops with PocketsWaist PacksArmbandsHydration Vests


We have seen a big increase in clothes arriving to us with more and more storage space, and we are here for it! So, check out our fantastic range of apparel, from shorts with storage loops, to tights with zips and tops with pockets. High quality, functional and stylish – what more could you want?

Running Shorts with Pockets

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Running Shorts

Men's Ronhill Tech Ultra Twin Shorts
Black/Blue £49.00 £60.00

The outer has 8 pockets – 2 handwarmer, 2 stash, 2 gel drop, 1 secure, 1 key fob – and 2 storage loops, while the inner has 2 mesh pockets.

Men's Adidas Primeblue Twin 7in Shorts
Black/Green £33.00 £38.00

Breathable, secure and stretchy. Slip your phone into the secret pocket on the built-in tights. Made with Primeblue, a high-performance recycled material made in part with Parley Ocean Plastic.

Men's On Hybrid 7in Twin Shorts 2.0
Black £80.00

These high performance shorts are not only technical and comfortable, but super practical. Versatile pockets on the outer layer that you'd expect. Then on the inner tights you also get hidden pockets to keep your phone and valuables secure.

Women's Ronhill Tech Marathon Twin Shorts
Black £50.00

The outer layer is super stretchy for added movement, with 2 gel stash pockets & 1 secure pocket. The inner shorts offer support, 2 mesh pockets and are highly ventilated.

Women's Saysky Universe Twin Shorts
Black/Yellow £44.00 £54.00

These super packable bottoms feature 2 side pockets on inner shorts for phones and nutrition, and a zipper back pocket with a sweat-repellent membrane.

Women's Ronhill Life Twin Shorts
Black/White £32.00 £40.00

Secure pocket in the outer shorts keeps your running essentials safe. High elastane content of the inner shorts provides support and great stretch & recovery.

Running Leggings & Tights with Pockets

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Men's Montane Dragon Trail Tights
Black £60.00

These trail running tights are light and stretchy. They have a stretch waistband with internal waist drawcord, a rear pocket with YKK zip and rear gel shot pockets.

Men's On Running Tights 2.0
Black £95.00

The minimalist design still has plenty of features: from ankle zippers for easier on and off, to an adjustable waistband. Covered pockets to keep valuables secure, as well as a secure key loop.

Men's Adidas Saturday Tights
Black £49.00 £60.00

With a handy phone pocket on the side of the thigh, these are designed for practicality and performance.

Women's Ronhill Life Sculpt Tights
Black/Floral £50.00

These beautifully designed tights feature a combination of solid and print panels from the latest seasonal print selection. Stash pocket to the side of the leg, which can securely hold small items and works well with most phones.

Women's On Running Tights 2.0
Black £95.00

The minimalist design has plenty of features from ankle zippers for easier on and off, to an adjustable waistband, and covered pockets to keep valuables secure. Perfect for eco-conscious runners, thanks to the recycled polyamide and elastane fabric.

Running Tops with Pockets

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Compressport Running Clothing

Men's Adidas Warm HZ Top
Blue £45.00

Thumbholes keep your hands cosy and full reflectivity provides safety in a late evening runs and there’s a small pocket on the arm perfect for a key or a credit card.

Men's On Hoodie 2.0
Navy £120.00

This new, updated version of ever popular On Hoodie is ready for more than just running. Bonded patch pocket with zipper to stow away valuables.

Men's Crewroom North West Hoodie
Navy £75.00

Gorgeously soft running hoodie. The generous side pocket will accommodate a phone of any size while the little credit card pocket on the left sleeve makes it ever easier to travel or pay for goodies on the go.

Women's Adidas Cooler Top
Cabernet £29.00 £35.00

Made from recycled materials. A small zip pocket on the wrist, perfect for carrying smaller items when you run.

Women's Ronhill Tech Prism Top
Cabernet £60.00

Incredibly warm despite its low bulk, ideal for cold days worn as a layering piece. Includes handy thumb loops and a small secure pocket on the chest.

Women's Salomon Outrack FZ Top
Cabernet £49.00 £60.00

Easy to wear and layer, this midlayer is ideal for skiing and other outdoor activities including running, with two large side pockets for easy access and storage.


Not ready to buy new clothes but in desperate need of extra storage when you run? We’ve got you covered. From waist packs to vests and armbands, check out our fantastic range of accessories designed to provide extra pockets for everything you need to take with you on your runs, whether it be a short, fast-paced run or your long run on a Sunday.

Running Waist Packs

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Designed to hold your phone, keys and much more, these running waist packs are perfect if you’re looking to securely hold all your valuables in one place. If you’re looking for something lightweight yet bounce-free, then a waist pack could be for you.

U.P. Titan Runners Pack
Black/Orange £14.00

Classic two-pocket design, keeping all the small essentials snug to the body for a comfortable, bounce-free run.

Multicoloured £20.00

These popular running waist packs are brilliant. They will hold all your small essentials including any size phone and more.

SPIBelt with Energy Gel Loops
Black £21.00

Same as the standard SpiBelt, but this one has 6 elastic loops for gels.

SPIBelt With Large 8.9" Pocket
Black/Blue £22.00

Expands to hold larger smart phones including the iPhone 8/7/6S Plus, iPhone X, and Galaxy Note 8/7/6.

OMM Classic Waistbelt 3
Blue £25.00

3-litre storage capacity. Along with the main pocket there are 2 side mesh pockets with key clips.

Running Armbands

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Heading out for your shorter mid-week run and not looking to take too much kit with you? An armband is a great way of keeping your phone and smaller items accessible and safe without the need of a larger, bulkier pack.

Running Armbands

Ronhill Stretch Arm Pocket
Blue £10.00

Lightweight arm storage for mobile devices, nutrition and essential items. Comes in two sizes to ensure a snug, secure fit.

Ronhill Stretch Gel Arm Pocket
Black £12.00

Perfect for easily accessing your nutrition, as well as your phone and smaller personal items.

Fitletic Surge Armband
Blue £20.00

Audio-friendly true-touch window, multiple ear bud ports on both the top and bottom and an exterior mesh pocket and key clip.

Ronhill Stretch Wrist Pocket
Black £8.00

The envelope style pocket is perfect to store keys, small snacks, smaller sized gel or other small essentials.

Running Hydration Vests

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If you’re struggling to keep hydrated but find carrying bottles in your hand annoying and distracting, a lightweight hydration pack is a fantastic solution. Carry as much water as you need whilst ensuring the pack doesn’t add tremendously to the weight. Store all of your valuables safety, and access them easily when you need.

Running Hydration Vests

Salomon Sense Pro 10 Set
Grey £140.00

Ultra-comfortable with no friction points and a really precise fit. With instant access to your trail essentials, you can push on further and faster.

Women's Salomon Advanced Skin 8 Set
Black £115.00

2 stretch pockets one with an internal pocket which could hold a phone. 2 pockets holding the 500ml soft bottles, with 2 smaller mesh pockets above.

Ultimate Direction Ultra Vest 5.0
Blue £120.00

Front storage for hydration, fuel and valuables and front stretch mesh pockets which are phone compatible.

Salomon Advanced Skin 12 Set
Red £125.00

Great fit, comfort and enough space for longer endurance races make this accessory a must-have for any long distance runner / adventurer!

Women's Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta 5.0
Blue £120.00

Front storage for hydration, fuel and valuables. Front stretch mesh pockets are phone compatible. Small weather resistant pocket on shoulder strap.

Gregory Miwok 18 Backpack
Blue £80.00

In addition to the main compartment, there are two external side pockets, a top zip pocket, two quick access waist belt pockets and a stretchy front pocket with buckle closure that can expand to hold some additional items.

Why carry your phone while running?

Why you need to carry your keys is an obvious one, but what about the phone? Most of us are probably over-dependent on our smartphones in everyday life, and for some people running is the only chance to switch off from devices and communication. But running with a phone can be useful:

  • To make a call in an emergency
  • To listen to music
  • To help you navigate
  • To track your run
  • To take a sweaty selfie for Strava when it's over!


More and more, brands and manufacturers are starting to get clued in as to how necessary it is to have pockets and storage on your runs. Whether it be just a simple armband for your phone or key, or a bigger hydration back for your spare clothing, nutrition and water, or even a subtle thigh pocket under your twin-layer shorts, stay safe and secure on every run with our great range of clothing and running accessories with extra storage for whatever you need to take with you.

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