Stuff-Stasher for Endurance Athletes – SPIbelt Performance Series Review & Discount

Disclosure: I received a SPIbelt Performance Series running belt as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I purchased a running belt to house my essentials in during races. I got it at TJ Maxx, it cost me $20, and I used it for a couple of months, basically until I started getting sick of putting all my fuel in my pocket and having to fish it out during races. That was before I tried the SPI H2O Venture Series early in the summer (you can view my full review here). After trying this hydration belt and realizing better hydration solutions existed, I wanted to try one of their running belts to see if I felt the same way. When I received the opportunity to test out the SPIbelt Performance Series, I couldn’t wait to come home to my new SPIbelt in the mailbox.

Showing y’all everything that fits inside. Sometimes, I like to take my Buff and loop it on the outside of my belt.

As I have mentioned, SPIbelt was designed by a woman who needed a place for her essentials – ID, phone, keys, etc. – that wasn’t her sports bra. Can’t we all relate? Using the tension of what’s in the pouch, combined with a high-quality elastic, the SPIbelt functions as a stuff-stasher with a smooth ride.

The key difference here between the SPIbelt Performance Series and the Venture Series that I’ve tested previously is that the Performance Series is lighter-weight. The elastic is thinner, and the belt has 4 gel loops. Personally, if you are running around ample water stations, the SPIbelt Performance Series is an excellent choice for long runs and races. So far, I’ve taken the SPIbelt Performance Series on all of my long runs lately.

The SPIbelt is meant to be worn at the hips. I normally wear belts at my natural waist, so I was unsure how well this would work. To my delight, this results in a seamless and comfortable ride. The belt also carries just enough fuel for an 18 mile run. I have been able to fit two Gu’s in the gel loops for marathon training long runs. Note: this is probably not recommended by the company, as you might stretch out the elastic. However, the elastic seems pretty sturdy from my experience; if you don’t double up all the time, your SPIbelt should last.

I also like that you can purchase bottles to use with this SPIbelt, meaning it can be worn with or without a hydration option. The same is true of the Venture, but the belt is thicker, offering stability for the two water bottles. Personally, I would opt for the Performance Series if you plan to solely use the belt more often. Which option you choose solely depends on how you plan to use it.

Other pros include:

– Water resistant pocket, which should protect your belongings from most sweat and light rain.

– A spacious pocket that fits larger phones, like the iPhone 7 Plus.

– Bounce-free (even on the hips)!

– Highly adjustable on both sides, to fit a variety of shapes, sizes and body types.

– Thin elastic band that is very comfortable!

– Economical (I spent nearly the same cost on a simple running belt, without loops for gels, that was mesh/not water resistant).

Cons? Well, nothing structurally. Because of where it rests, I am slightly nervous about putting my phone in the pouch, leaving it on to listen to music. Call me a worry-wart, but I am wary of the potential effects. That’s more of a preference than reason not to purchase, though.

Overall, I’ve been super happy with the SPIbelt Performance Series. For just $26, it offers such useful features that comparably-priced belts do not.

The SPIbelt without the Gu’s – Still comfy and free of bouncing!

You can purchase your SPIbelt Performance Series for yourself at www.spibelt.com. AND with code “bibchat2016” you can take 20% off through 11/18! That makes this belt less than $21 before tax.

Thanks as always for reading and cheers to not carrying your phone in your sports bra!

Today’s question: what do you carry with you when you run?

“Summer Runnin’, Had Me a Blast” – SPI H2O Venture Series Review

Disclosure: I received a SPI H2O Venture Series hydration belt as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

Summers in Texas are hot! Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, you can understand that hydration during summer runs is not just important, but a non-negotiable to continue running throughout a season of temps as high as 110°F. That’s where SPIbelt’s SPI H2O Venture Series comes in!

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For both my first marathon and half marathon, I was training through very warm parts of the year, having a blast, of course. I wisely invested in a hydration belt. However, I quickly discovered that this particular hydration pack was very bouncy… and I hated wearing it! My midsection would actually get sore from wearing my hydration belt. When I researched the SPI H2O, I realized there were better-designed hydration belts out there (thank goodness), so I was excited to give it a go!

pouchypouchSPIbelt was born out of one woman’s needs for a place to store items during runs, other than her sports bra. The elastic nature of the SPIbelt’s design drastically reduces bounce, even with the added weight of full water bottles, essentially using tension to keep your stuff secure at your waist. You can adjust the elastic to your preference; I wear mine at my natural waist because it stays in place very well (and it’s most flattering). Another fun fact is that SPIbelt is located in Austin, like me, so you know they have to understand how to beat the heat!squirt

When you test this belt, you can tell much thought went into design (it was designed by runners, after all). The water bottles themselves holster anywhere on the belt, and they carry up to 8 oz. of water. You can also purchase extra bottles, if you need them. The water bottles are leak-free, thanks to the Jet Nozzle; you have to press them to release the water. While being wet doesn’t matter in the heat – you’re soaked in your own sweat – I am hesitant to use sports drink with other hydration belts for fear of a sticky waist. I have no reservations about doing that with my SPIbelt H2O because smart design prevents this issue.

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Other notable features include:

WeatherGuard fabric design keeps small amounts sweat and water out of the pocket (though it’s not waterproof, so don’t dunk it).

Energy gel loops save space in the pocket for your phone/keys.

Wide mouth bottles allow you to add ice. 

– Includes race bib toggles (so you don’t have to safety pin bibs to your shirt).

Reflective trim helps keep you visible during early morning/evening runs.

Buckle design is nice because velcro wears out and gets stuck to things!

Versatility: during cooler months, you can use the SPIbelt on its own.

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With all of these fantastic features, there are a couple of things that I would modify, if I could. First, I found the holsters on the bottles to be a little loose. While this isn’t problematic when I’m standing/running, when I bent down, the bottles slipped off. While this makes sense, because physics, it is something that I wouldn’t worry about with other holster methods. and I’d be the clumsy person to drop my bottle mid race because I needed to tie my shoe and not realize it. While I also liked the color from a design standpoint, I wish they offered lighter colors for practical purposes. I try to stay away from it as much as possible when the sun’s out.

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I am so thankful to have this new piece of gear, as I will likely start training for another marathon towards the end of the summer and will NEED it. Thanks to the SPI H2O, I am looking forward to wearing a hydration belt for the first time!

The SPI H2O Venture Series is also reasonably priced at $44.99 and they offer free shipping at www.spibelt.com. And get this – you can take advantage of 10% off with the discount code “sarah10”! Seriously, go get yourself one before the heatwave hits, because it is the best hydration belt I’ve ever tested, and it offers the most bang for your buck.

What’s your hydration routine during the summer?

Cheers to good design and better runs because of it!