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 PacksHydration VestsArmbands


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 £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 Odlo Element Half Tights
Black £35.00

The zip pocket on the back gives you a secure place for your small important items, perfect for your keys, phone or even your wallet.

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

Versatile zip pocket and 2 hand pockets on the outer layer. 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

2 carefully designed drop-pockets for gels, and a secure pocket at the back too. Two hidden thigh pockets are great for essential items.

Women's On Sprinter Half Tights
Black £60.00

Five pockets and a built-in mesh belt for every long distance essential. Ideal on their own or as a base beneath pants or loose shorts.

Women's Adidas M20 Twin 3in Shorts
Black £25.00

Never lose your key again with the key pockets on the waistband, and subtly store your phone in the inner pocket on the thigh.

Running Leggings & Tights with Pockets

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Men's Ronhill Tech Revive Stretch Tights
Black £50.00

This design features a pocket on one thigh, ideal for a mobile, in addition to the zip secure pocket at the centre back.

Men's Gore Impulse Tights
Black £70.00

Back zip picket keeps your essentials safe and the side thigh pocket fits most phones.

Men's Adidas Saturday Tights
Black £60.00

Mesh phone pocket on the left thigh. Breathable fabric absorbs moisture so you feel fresh at the end of a run.

Women's Brooks Threshold Tights
Black £65.00

Centred, sweat-resistant, back drop-in pocket. Additional mesh drop-in pockets on both sides for phone or gloves.

Women's Ronhill Life Sculpt 7/8 Tights
Charcoal/Black £47.00

Stash pocket to the side of the leg works well with most phones. A back zip security pocket is offset for floor work.

Women's Gore Impulse Capris
Black £60.00

Back zip pocket keeps your essentials safe and side pocket on the thigh fits most phones.

Running Tops with Pockets

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Compressport Running Clothing

Men's Compressport Trail Postural Tee 2021
Black £95.00

4-compartment, wrap-around Freebelt. Its elasticated fabric allows for flexible capacity.

Men's Ronhill Tech Ultra Half Zip Tee
Black/Peacoat £50.00

6 pockets: 2 stash, 2 secure, 1 envelope, 1 kangaroo pocket. The ease of access and variety of options makes this the ultimate for long distance runners.

Women's Compressport Trail Postural Tee 2021
Black £95.00

4-compartment, wrap-around Freebelt. Its elasticated fabric allows for flexible capacity.


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
Grey/Lime £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 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

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.

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.

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.

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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