Monday, May 23, 2011

Product review: SPIBelt

I recently had the chance to use a great product and would like to share my experience with everyone.  Truth be told, SPIbelt saved my running butt.  Ever since I was a little kid, Lemonade flavored drinks always upset my stomach when consumed during activity.  Unfortunately, it seems every event that involves running or cycling.  Only offers lemonade flavored sports drinks.  I had been worried about this while training for my first marathon, but still hoped the flavor of the sport drinks would be fruit punch.  Well, my fears were realized when it was announced that the Cleveland Marathon would be supplying Lemonade flavored sports drink.  It was mostly my fault for not being properly prepared with a back up plan, but I found myself several days away from a marathon with no real hydration or eating plan.  My dilemma was  how to carry enough carbohydrates without weighing myself down with a hydration belt, plus mens running shorts do not have sufficient space for what I would need to carry.

All my problems were solved after a quick visit to the Second Sole in Akron, Ohio.  After explaining my problem, they were quick to recommend a SPIbelt.

A SPIbelt is a simple spandex pouch that is attached to a comfortable elastic belt.  The pouch easily expands to hold whatever you place inside and is sealed securely by a high quality zipper.  A phone, GU, bars, keys, and etc all would easily fit inside this pouch.  You can wear the belt comfortably with the pouch in the front or back.  I opted to run with it in the back and would slide it around to gain access.

The SPIbelt is extremely comfortable and you forget about it quickly.  I had mine packed with 7 GU packs and it wasn't at all noticeable.  How much does all this quality cost?  I thought it was very reasonably priced at 20 dollars.  Apart from stability shoes, it is the best investment I have ever made in regards to running gear and I will not do a long run without it again.  So, if face pocket issues like I do.  Definitely check out a SPIbelt.

Here is a picture with 7 GU packs.

This is how easily all that fit in the SPIbelt.


Anonymous said...

I have heard so many good things about these but I do not know why I still don't have one. I am always cramming things into that little tiny pocket in my shorts or carry it in my hand.

Caratunk Girl said...

I don't have one of these yet and I am not sure why. Everyone I talk to loves them. I will put it on the list.

Anonymous said...

I love my spibelt! Holds so much and I don't even notice it's there. I wear it on every run because I don't like holding anything in my hands. It's also a great gift for that athlete that "has everything."