So, what is a “SPIBelt?”
The SPIBelt, which stands for Small Personal Item Belt is, according to the website,
“A bounce-free, comfortable genius. A discreet and convenient way to carry your phone, keys, credit cards, and ID while running or on the go.”
Here are the different types of SPIBelt’s and a list of SPIBelt qualities and specifics:
- 4 loops for energy gels
- Weather-resistant pocket and zipper (NOT waterproof/rainproof – it can withstand some light precipitation but don’t wear it out in the pouring rain)
- Fits larger phones like iPhone 6 Plus
- Comfortable, soft elastic prevents chafing
- Pocket expands to 8″ x 4″ x 2″
Below is a photo of how to wear the SPIBelt as well as a video on how to pack it.
See how to pack and use your SPIbelt HERE. Note: there is a plastic bag/LokSak in the video but this is a separate product, not included w/ performance belt.
The one *tiny* thing I did not like about this was the size of the pouch. In the video, the guy gets his phone in the pouch easily. This was not the case for me. I do have an iPhone 6S Plus with a case on it (a thin/average sized case) so, if you have a smaller phone, or don’t mind taking the case on/off each time you use it, this shouldn’t effect your experience. I’m not taking the case on and off every time I run. In fact, that is when I will likely most need it, because I’ll probably drop it trying to jam it into the pocket. Anyway, if you can’t already tell, I don’t appreciate how difficult it is to get my phone in there. Once it’s in, it’s in, and there practically no using it the entire run unless you stop and spend a frustrating 30 seconds getting it out. Now, I have not heard these complaints with other people. I’m 100% sure that if you have a bit smaller phone, or don’t use a case on your phone, you’ll be fine. This is just an honest concern I have. I may get used to getting it in and out over time, but so far it’s been a bit too much of a struggle for my personal liking.
*UPDATE: if you think this may also be a concern for you, consider trying the LARGE SPIBelt. This should allow your giant phone to go in and out with ease.*
Despite this one frustration (keeping it real, here) I DID find that the SPIBelt held up to its claims. The belt is soft, and didn’t chafe, AT ALL – even on my 20-mile run. There were even times the belt was on bare skin and it was soft and comfortable. I had my iPhone 6S Plus in it and arm sleeves tied around it the whole time and, though it bounced a bit with my body as expected, it didn’t bounce in any way that bothered me. I actually didn’t even have to tighten it extremely tight in order to feel that it was secure. It is also very lightweight and easy to wash (I hand-washed after my run and it after towel drying, it was practically already 100% dry).
I do think the SPIBelt is definitely worth a try and can really be a lifesaver on runs where you need a few small items. I think my problem is just that I need a smaller phone! Please let me know if you try it and if so, how you like it!
Use code bibchat2016 for 20% off a SPIBelt until 11/18!