SPIbelt Review (and Coupon!)

First of all, let me preface this post with a disclaimer and a bit of administrative drivel–I contacted SPIbelt about their product and they sent me one free of charge.  Hopefully, as this blog continues, I’ll be reviewing a variety of products.  I’ll let you know when companies send me stuff for free (usually a little more succintly than this), but I will review all products honestly and candidly, free products aside.  My first obligation is to my readers, and I will not lie or stretch the truth about anything because I was a reader a long time before I was a blogger, and I know how much I appreciated honest reviews.  So, that aside.

A few weeks ago, after my semi-disastrous but overall successful 5K, I decided that I had to figure out some way to make sure it never happened again.  Asthma is, now, unfortunately part of my running M.O. and I’m just going to have to roll with it.  Leaving my inhaler at home is not going to better my situation!  And it could potentially be very dangerous.

So, I did a bit of Googling to figure out a more workable solution to keeping my inhaler with me and came across SPIbelt.  According to their website, the SPIbelt is:

  • Sleek, expandable, secure and does not bounce. Can hold an iPod™, Blackberry™, cell, keys, up to five GU™ packs, and other small personal items. The SPIbelt does not bounce, ride or shift while running or doing other activities.

I looked a little more and the reviews seemed stellar.  So, I contacted the company and they sent one over for me to review!  It came in the mail while we were gone for Thanksgiving, and I was so excited I ripped it open immediately.

The SPIbelt comes in lots of cute colors.  I chose blue because most of my running gear has blue in it, so I’ll coordinate.

I decided to stuff the SPIbelt to the gills to really see how well it held up.  Instead of taking my house key off the ring, I put my entire bulky keychain in there along with my inhaler.

The SPIbelt pouch itself is a folded-y piece of fabric, so if you did just stick one key or a phone in there it would fold flat against your body. However, mine wound up being considerably poochier.

I had to do a little adjusting to get the pouch in a comfy position where I wasn’t being jabbed by keys, but that’s largely my fault for overstuffing.

The SPIbelt is cool and athletic looking, not like a granny fanny pack.  The belt and pouch are nice and sleek looking.  I have to confess, I was skeptical about their “no bounce or ride” claims, especially given that I have a pretty extreme hourglass figure, meaning I thought the belt would naturally migrate from my wider hips to my slimmer waist.  Here I am, ready to go!

I then proceeded to run 3 miles in 29:00.

I was consciously paying attention to whether I could feel the SPIbelt riding or bouncing while I ran, and can honestly say: it didn’t!  It stayed put low around my hips really well, despite my intentional stuffing of the pouch.

About halfway through my run I decided to take a hit off my inhaler.  I had a water bottle with me, and the SPIbelt was easy to open with one hand while continuing to run.  I didn’t have to stop at all!  I used my inhaler and put it back in the pouch and zipped it up with ease, even though it’s a pretty weird and bulky shape.

My only tiny issue with the SPIbelt was that after I opened and closed the pouch I did have to adjust it a little.  But, that’s understandable since I was jostling it a bit with my hands.  Once I put the belt where I wanted it again, it stayed put.

Since the initial test run, I’ve used the SPIbelt several times for running and weightlifting and it’s been fabulous.  It definitely makes a nice place to keep an iPod while lifting!

All in all, my experiences with SPIbelt have been great and I’d enthusiastically recommend it to anyone.  I will definitely be wearing it in all my future races to hold my inhaler, possibly a cell phone, and some Shot Blocks for my half marathon!  Even if you are NOT a runner, this could easily be used for biking and other sports, and it would even make a nice sleek pouch for traveling when you don’t want to carry a wallet.

SPIbelt was generous enough to offer Fit Bride readers a special coupon code should you guys want to purchase your own.  At checkout, enter the coupon code “fitbride” to get your discount! Thanks, SPIbelt!

And, finally, a shameless plug: vote for me in Meghann’s Best & Worst Race Photos contest!  If I’m going to have ugly stinkface in a race (or not get a finish photo), at least maybe I can win a sweet prize for it.

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9 Responses

  1. Thanks for being honest about getting a product for free and for a great review. I think I am going to get one so I appreciate the coupon!

  2. So cool! I definitely might use some Christmas money on that… Do you know how long the coupon is good for?

  3. Wonderful review Brie!! I usually wear my Camelbak when running outdoors, so I stick my extras in there. But I like that you mentioned you used it for your iPod. I have an armband and it drives me NUTS. Will definitely keep one of these in mind 🙂

  4. The belt looks awesome! I just tried to order it – but LE SIGH – international postage is $60. Epic fail.

    http://morethanok.wordpress.com/2009/12/10/the-perils-of-postage/

  5. I have been using one in the last few races I have done (1 marathon, 4 half marathons this fall), and also on my long runs. I also put my inhaler in there as well as a ton of whatever else will fit (which can be A LOT).

    I was wondering if you run with your on your hip (as pictured)? I run with mine on my back and use the toggles (you can buy) for my bib numbers. Works great, no bounce.

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