Unlike many female running pants, my husband often doesn’t have a pocket for his keys when he’s out for his long runs without me, so the SPIbelt has been passed over to him. Although the SPIbelt was sent to us for review, I am not being paid, sponsored or compensated, and the views are always my own I’m not trying to sell you anything, nor do I want you to take my opinions as the final word on any product I post about on the blog. And I know what you’re thinking, here comes the commercial for the product.
You’re wrong. Because, I don’t care if you buy this product. I’m sorry SPIbelt, but it’s true. I just want to voice my own opinion on my own blog, and show you about products I would buy with MY own money. Okay, I agree that was awkward. So now that that’s out in the open, we can get to the real review.
The title may raise some questions, who wants to wear a fannypack nowadays? But bare with me. The reason I say it’s an unobtrusive fannypack is because it’s not like your 1980’s bulky fannypack. It’s a sleek storage belt that does not bounce, and can be concealed underneath your running tee which can expand to fit something as large as your iPhone 6 plus. Not that I’d know if that would fit, because my husband and I are still loyal BlackBerry users over here: #TeamBlackBerry! The belt is not always expanded so when you don’t carry your phone it looks a lot smaller.
As I type this out, my husband is out for a 30km run wearing it now, which is impressive considering he can be picky with the gear he uses and rightfully so, given the fact he’s a multi-sport athlete. My husband was even debating whether or not he should wear the SPIbelt on his 6th Ironman triathlon next month, and ultimately decided against it… that is, until I showed him it could be swapped out to be a race number belt with applying toggles to the belt itself.
Even though I don’t prefer wearing the SPIbelt running, I have been wearing it out on hikes with Alfie, which fits his treats, some doggy bags, and my keys and we’re good to go for a nice hike. It’s also a decent size that it can carry my epipen comfortably.
When my husband and I went to an amusement park a few weeks ago, I used it to store our keys and his BlackBerry while we rode on rollercoasters all day long. I’m enjoying that the SPIbelt although still a fannypack in my mind, it has such a low profile appearance I don’t mind wearing it, especially if you wear it under a top rear facing.
Pro’s of the SPIbelt:
- Doesn’t ride up
- Adjustable waist band
- Doesn’t bounce around
- Can be concealed underneath your top
- Not only for running: carry to amusement parks or keep your passports safe while travelling
- Can be converted into a race belt for race day
- Carry dog treats, potty bags, and car keys while hiking
If you’re interested in a SPIbelt (which stands for Small Personal Item Belt) they come in a variety of colours and styles. The original one I have retails for $19.99.