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I think I’m one of the few people who has been running for quite a while and never tried a hydration belt. I have used hydration packs/vests frequently or handheld bottles but never tried the belt until now.
Before I received the SPIbelt, I had heard really great things about the belt keeping everything from bouncing so I was excited to try it. It came just in time for a run and I packed it all up (phone and keys in the pouch, water in the bottles) and out I went.
The pouch is perfect sized for my phone (iPhone 6S) and my keys to snuggly fit in there. I was really impressed with how little my phone bounced. Actually I didn’t even realize how great it was until I went out on a run later with my phone in my pocket and noticed that it was bouncing a lot. I must have just gotten used to the phone bounce!
One of the things that I’ve always like about a hydration belt is the ability to carry water and a sports drink instead of having to just choose one. The SPIbelt definitely delivered on that. I went on multiple runs with two different things in the bottles.
The clip on bottles are nice because you can choose where on the belt you want them. I tried in a few different places but found that they worked best for me when I put one on side, near my hips. I had a little bit of trouble with the bottles falling off when they weren’t full of water so I had to make sure that when I put them back on the belt, they were really secure.
Between the two bottles, you can carry just under 500ml of water so it’s a good amount for moderately long runs or runs where you will go by places to refill the bottles. I took it on one long hot run and stopped at a Starbucks halfway to refill the bottles. It actually worked really well because I didn’t have the weight of carrying a ton of water.
I went on a work trip to Las Vegas a couple weeks ago and the SPIbelt came with me. The SPIbelt and I went on a really hot early morning long run along the Strip and I tested out using the gel hooks to carry my gels. It worked great and the gels were securely held in place.
The belt also came with bib hooks. I haven’t had the chance to use them yet but I’m really excited about them because I hate putting pins through my shorts during races.
I have loved using the SPIbelt and it will definitely stay in my running gear rotation. It’s simple but does everything that I need it to do. In the winter with all the clothes I have to wear it’s easy to have lots of pockets but carrying my phone and keys is a big problem in the summer, especially on shorter runs. The SPIbelt just solved that problem for me and just as the weather is warming up!
Are you trying out any new gear this spring?