Monday, November 17, 2008


I recently had a chance to try out a pretty neat little product called the SPIbelt. I had seen it at expos and on a few runners in races but never really thought much about it. However, when I saw the same person working the SPIbelt booth at three straight races, I figured I might as well see what the product was all about.

I am a minimalistic runner. If I wear something it is either necessary, nearly invisible, unnoticeable as I run or all of the above. I understood that the SPIbelt was supposed to help you carry things while you ran but, well, I never carry much with me anyway. I sort of thought it was unnecessary.

Well, I stand corrected. I first started wearing the SPIbelt a few weeks ago and now it is standard for my running gear. In my first test run, I put a Gel, my cellphone, a chapstick and my keys into the pouch. The pouch expanded to fit all of them but also held them snug. No jiggling of keys! No bouncing around! It really fit me well. Now how would it feel after 12 miles of undulating hills and tempo work.

Actually, quite fine. It took a little bit of getting used to, simply because if running naked were legal I might do it. So anything on me feels a little "off". But soon I was reaching down to see if the SPIbelt was even there. It was that unnoticeable. On top of that, they come in a variety of colors but I have the black pouch with the navy zipper. Stylish yet functional.

I would highly suggest you get one of these products. You will not be disappointed.


Anonymous said...

Thanks, been looking for something to carry gels in, but have been hesitant since it's very difficult to find reviews from people who do serious running ("we" are a bit harder on equipment, and seem to be more picky). Bought one for myself and one for her :)

FYI, I tried RaceReady shorts and hated them. They may have tons of pockets, but the materials and construction belong in the early 90s.

Mike said...

Just an FYI, they came out with a new design that's one size fits all and seems to be of even better construction (the band is a lot nicer). My large was borderline too big so I picked one up this past weekend... Really happy with it.