This short blog will focus on the features of the Zero DC Speedy Belt, one of the waistbelts designed for canicross which are known as ‘nappy’ belts because of their design to cover most of your behind when worn.
The Zero DC version of the ‘nappy’ belt currently comes with black, blue or red panels on the side, with the main bulk of the material being a lightweight, very comfortable and strong, black mesh. The belt remains breathable because most of its’ mass is mesh and allows a certain amount of airflow.
The Speedy Belt has integrated, adjustable leg straps which clip in at an angle at the front of the belt and ensures the belt doesn’t ride up. It is designed for the top section to sit low on your hips and has another clip with adjustable webbing straps across the front of your hips to hold it in place. The pulling force of your dog is directed across a thick band of webbing situated across your buttocks and has the effect of ‘lifting’ you forward, rather than just yanking you forward and therefore protecting your back from taking the brunt of the pull.
Your bungee line can attach via a carabiner on the section of rope which runs from one side of your waist to the other at the front. If you don’t have a carabiner or quick release clip, you can simply loop your line through itself, although this doesn’t have the benefit of quick release. The advantage of having the rope at the front of the belt is that your line will slide along this if you’re turning a sharp corner, thereby making the ‘cannonball’ effect of being attached to a strong dog hauling you around a corner, less of a problem.
Finally, the Speedy Belt has a practical pocket with a large reflective band sewn to the back of the belt, which can accommodate keys, poo bags or a phone when running. I have been using this belt to run all three of my dogs for over a year now and I highly recommend it because of it’s design and features. The pulling force being directed much lower is a must if you have strong towing dogs and I find having extra material to help spread the tug really helps to keep me comfortable. It is lightweight enough to be worn racing but tough enough to be used throughout the year when training. In conclusion, a great option for a canicross belt if you don’t mind the ‘nappy’ look!
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