Straight from the "Why didn't I think of that?" files, came the SPIBelt. For the unfamiliar, this line of belts, the brainchild of Kim Overton, is a fantastically convenient way to carry your necessities while you run, exercise, play or whatever. Kim was frustrated by having to carry her key tucked in her bra and in a flash of brilliance, conceived the SPIBelt.
Thousands of runners wear her gear today. The belts are small, securely hold the contents, but most important, they do not bounce. At all. In fact, I barely notice mine. I had one of the early models, but recently with my increasing mileage as I prepare for my first marathon, I purchased one of the Endurance edition belts.
Several features make the Endurance Series different from the regular SPIBelt. First, the elastic belt is wider, 1.5 inches, for better comfort and to better distribute the increased carrying capacity of the larger pouch. This larger pouch, the second new feature, easily accommodates my iPhone 6 Plus, my wallet and my car key. Third, they sewed a total of six loops to the elastic band to carry gels and fourth, there are elastic loops with toggles for your race numbers. Fourth, they use a contrasting color inside the belt to help you locate those small items.
I've put in about 100 miles on this belt and rarely notice it until I need to fish my phone out and look at a map. The new wide elastic band really does comfortably distribute the weight of the belt and its contents. The gel loops work exactly as you would expect. One of the nice design features is that the larger contents of your pouch, such as you phone, will stay in the pouch when you unzip it. So you can open the pouch without spilling everything everywhere.
SPIBelt goes to great lengths to say that their pouches are not waterproof. If you immerse it in a swimming pool or take a dunk in a stream, your stuff is going to get wet. However, it did keep my phone and stuff completely dry in a driving rainstorm recently. So it is quite water resistant.
If you're looking for a small, simple running pouch with a bit more capacity and tons of comfort, check out the SPIBelt Endurance Series. Available in a variety of colors, it will serve you well on your runs or other adventures.
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