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SPIbelt Running Belt Review

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Olivia Higginson
Olivia Higginson
Olivia can usually be found running around the East Devon countryside with her fellow club runners. She has raced all distances from 5K to 50K, but her favourite distance is a half-marathon. Her dream would be to run in races around the world. Olivia is also a Sports Therapist, assisting runners to keep on running.

Are you looking for a running belt to hold everything you need when out for a run? Our reviewer gives us her thoughts in this SPIbelt review. 

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Overview

The SPIbelt is a must have piece of kit for any runner who needs to carry more than just a key. The pocket itself is roomy, enough for a phone, inhaler, key and more. There are four gels loops, it doesn’t rub, and it doesn’t bounce. It is well worth the money especially as it is under £20.

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In-depth SPIbelt review

Over the years I’ve had a few running belts, from a big bulky one that came with a substantial water bottle; a belt with four small bottles that I used for my first marathon; and an SIS gel belt with a pocket that hung down from the waist strap. I was never truly happy with any of them – they all had positives and negatives. One was good for a certain type of run; the other good for another type of run.

For most of this year I had been using my hydration pack for long runs and races where I needed to carry my water. Otherwise I would load up the back pocket of my shorts with my key and a gel or two, and this would lead to my pocket bouncing up and down. Or the filled pocket would pull my shorts down, which wasn’t pleasant for runners behind me!!

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Everything that I can fit in and on to the belt!

It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with sports-induced asthma, that I decided that I couldn’t carry on with running the risk of having my shorts fall down or flash my underwear. I needed to find a new running belt to house my inhaler.

My sister told me about SPIbelts, as she uses one every day to carry her two EpiPens. She told me that it was comfortable to wear, and it doesn’t bounce. I was sceptical, but I decided to buy one. I had seen SPIbelts advertised in magazines, but I wasn’t sure that they wouldn’t bounce.

Road test

My running SPIbelt (which stands for ‘Small Personal Item’ belt) arrived the day before the Yeovil half marathon which was a perfect time to try it. I put two gels through the loops, an inhaler in the pocket, adjusted the waist band and pinned my race number over the top. Off I ran around the Somerset countryside and it wasn’t until I reached for a gel that I remembered I was wearing it. I was glad I had it. I was so easy to reach in, grab what I needed and I wasn’t worried about my shorts falling down!

Plus, it’s meant that I now feel safer when running, because I can easily bring my inhaler with me and keep it in the belt, along with my keys and phone. All without requiring a larger backpack or hydration-bag.

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SPIbelt’s tag line is ‘bounce free-comfortable-genius’ and I completely agree with this. I was able to wear my race number across my belly with the belt behind it and the belt didn’t pull the number down or make it uncomfortable.

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Filled up SPIbelt

Material

A wonderfully wide, soft comfortable band that adjusts on both sides holds the expandable pocket made from a silky yet durable waterproof material.

It feels high quality and has a unisex look to it. I went for black but there are plenty of colourful options available.

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Fit

The belt is easily adjustable, both off the body and even during a run. It’s also great to use with different running gear, from single vests during the summer to multiple layers in winter.

Despite being easily adjustable, the belt holds its size very well. Not slipping or expanding even on long runs or trail running.

The pocket is just about the right size to not impede your arm movements. Some rucksacks can feel larger than the outline of your body, making it uncomfortable to run. However, the SPIbelt fits neatly against the body and lets you have the pocket front or rear facing.

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The stretchy material expands to fit all your things in

Gripes

I had a couple of very minor issues with the SPIbelt during my review. The first is that it is quite expensive compared to other running belts that are available. The second is that for some runners, four gel loops isn’t enough if you are running a marathon. However you could put an extra two gels with your phone in the pocket.

Verdict – SPIbelt review

Top marks from me – it is fantastically awesome. It should be an integral piece of kit for any runner who needs to carry more than a key. It does what it says it does, very well. It’s a fully adjustable, bounce-free running belt that stays put. On certain shopping sites you can find it for under £20, and this is the only running belt you will ever need.

If you need a small personal item belt, then I would highly recommend giving the SPIbelt a go.

Features

  • Single large solid plastic fastening clip
  • Adjustable soft non-chaffing waist strap fits waist 30-55 inches
  • Big expandable lycra pocket, fits Iphone 7, Samsung S8 and others
  • Four gel loops
  • Lightweight zip on the pocket

About SPIbelt

SPIbelt was invented in 2006 when the founder Kim Overton went for a run and put her key down her sports bra. She thought there must be a better way to store her key while she ran; after this run Kim invented the SPIbelt. The SPIbelt was officially launched in February 2007 and now the products an be found in over 40 countries.

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