Marathon shorts - gel pockets

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21/09/2011 at 12:36


Dilema - need to carry gels for forthcoming marathon but don't want one of those gel belt things or to have to do a DIY sewing job on my current shorts. Ideally looking for a pair of shorts that are obviously light and comfortable but with some strategically and secure pockets on the rear specifically for gels - preferably for 3 or 4 (SIS size) gels.

So far, I've only found Ronhill Trail Cargo shorts. Anyone have any experience of these (ive read the wiggle reviews)

Any recommendations based on experience gladly welcomed

Ta muchly!

21/09/2011 at 12:50

I've always used normal Nike shorts with a small pocket at the rear and have managed to squeeze in 4 Powerbar gels which are a different shape and a bit smaller that SIS.  The pockets are pretty stretchy though.  Take some gels with you to a shop and see how many you can get in.

Good luck with your race.

21/09/2011 at 13:03

I have used the Ron Hill Advance Racer for previous marathons and have done the job. I don't like my shorts too long though as when weighted down with gels I have suffered awkward rubbing in the past. I can cram 3 gels into the Racer shorts and just tuck any others I need on the hip to be taken first.

I remember when looking around that others have suggested these but I've never used them myself.

21/09/2011 at 13:13
I have a couple of pairs of lycra Nike shorts with a pocket in the back.  You can stuff 3 SIS gels in at a push.
21/09/2011 at 13:31
I have a pair of Decathlon lycra running shorts which have some elastic loops incorporated into the waist band that will hold up to 6 gels. that means the gels don't flap around as much as on a belt.

it works very well - shame the shorts aren't the most comfy I have though and chafe over a marathon. I've only ever seen these shorts once at Decathlon but it could be worth a look if you have one local to you
21/09/2011 at 13:54

My Squeeze had me sew some pockets onto his vest for putting gels in.  They were deep enough that the gel could stand upright, and stitched down in columns to keep the gels from falling over - so that they were easy to get at.

He did look rather like a suicide bomber at the start though.

21/09/2011 at 15:58

thanks for the tips. wasn't sure on those with the zip pockets on the back but they seem to have worked for a few of you on here so I won't ignore them when popping into the shop next time! I just didnt consider them as an option.

 Personally, have never got on with lycra shorts - best kept for those cheats that cover the marathon  distanceon 2 wheels

VTd    pirate
21/09/2011 at 19:50

I have the race ready ones that Coups has mentioned.

Race Ready

They work very well to carry gels in the five rear pockets, which are made from mesh stitched separately onto the outside.  But I thought they were very expensive when I added on P+P and customs charges.  

I think if you are handy with a needle and thread you could easily make your own.

21/09/2011 at 20:14

Try the Ronhill Trail Cargo Shorts - back zipped pocket, plus 4 mesh stretch pockets, and with 2 loops designed to hold gels.

Shorts are silky smooth, fast drying and have bamboo anti-stink inners.

I got my first pair from Wiggle for £27, but next two from Rat Race - - down to £17 using code RAT101. 

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21/09/2011 at 20:15
Edited: 21/09/2011 at 20:16
22/09/2011 at 13:57

Sugoi 42K shorts usd to have rear pockets  if you like split side shorts...  Looks like they don't any more...

22/09/2011 at 14:09
Johnas wrote (see)

 Personally, have never got on with lycra shorts - best kept for those cheats that cover the marathon  distanceon 2 wheels

Shame, but not everyone is man enough to wear lycra

23/09/2011 at 10:54

thanks again for recommendations. i didi look at race ready but without an UK distribution, i didnt fancy having to impport a pair.

 Eric - I had actually opted for the Ronhill Trail Cargos before I saw your post but thanks for the discount code. Managed to get a pair for £20 inc P+P but thanks again.

M.ister W - some of us are too much man to wear them too

23/09/2011 at 10:58
Johnas, hope you find them as good as I do.
26/09/2011 at 16:04

I bought a pair of Sugoi 42k for the Brighton Marathon and they were great, one velcro pocket each side, clif bar shot blok fitted fine in each one, not sure how many gels they would hold though

26/09/2011 at 19:50
DW sports mate,they have mifit running shorts,that have a large pocket at the back which holds 3 sis gels and 2 side elasticated fuel holders,i know i have a pair and they are ideal for what you want has they have done the business for me on my marathons.good look and have a good run
31/08/2012 at 19:57
RaceReady manufacture shorts, tights & capris all with a patented set of 5 mesh pockets along the back. They are an ultra runner and marathoner favourite there and arguably the best solution on the market today for carrying a smart phone / iphone, gels and other nutrition products on long distance runs. They're now available in the UK on
01/09/2012 at 19:34

Raidlight Trailer, on the expensive side but very good indeed and hard wearing too. Opt for a size up from your usual though unless you are a proper racing snake as they tend to be on the small size.

02/09/2012 at 07:37


£46.11 for a pair of shorts!!!!!! There's one born every day!


Carry your gels in your hand, it's what opposable thumbs were designed for...

02/09/2012 at 16:32

Couldn't agree more LARDARSE however from time to time said shorts arrive on ebay at a much improved price. I have been extremely pleased with mine.

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