We took our pups for the first hike of the season this past weekend. Every time I take the dogs on such an excursion, I’m struck by how much stuff we need to bring along — water, ID, phone, poop bags, car keys, iPod, maybe a granola bar or two — but when I’m just out for a short trip, I hate to take a long a backpack (read: sweaty back). Enter the Mt. Tam Running Belt and Leash from Ollydog. It provides handy storage and a hands-free option for hikers and runners and their pups.

Ollydog Mt. Tam Running Belt and Leash in collars leads

The Mt. Tam Running Belt has room to store car keys and other incidentals, with a handy dispensing hole for either poop bags or your headphones cord. Yes, it looks very much like a fanny pack, which may or may not bother you, based on your memories of the ’90s — but form follows function, right? The coordinating 5- to 8-foot leash attaches easily to the belt and features a shock-absorbing elastic section and a reflective strip for safety.

Ollydog Mt. Tam Running Belt and Leash in collars leads

Check it out at Ollydog or at REI.