Even though I’m officially in my off season of running, my SPI belt is not taking a vacation. I have grown to love this little guy. I’ll tell you why in this post. (Disclosure: I received a free SPI belt to try out and review from SPI’s PR firm. I think the retail value is about $20 as I already had a SPI belt and paid $20 at a triathlon trade show. I gladly accepted the free offer so I could have a back up. They didn’t ask me to say anything so what you are reading here are my honest opinions as the average endurance athlete.)
There’s really only one reason I love using my SPI belt. It makes racing easier. That’s it. Here’s a pic of me crossing the finish line at Nation’s Triathlon.
It was great to have gels and gummies in my SPI belt for the bike. I know some people tape food to their bike, but I’m not one of them. I was also able to quickly reach for a gel in transition from bike to run.
I think the SPI belt is particularly useful for trail running. Here’s a pic of me posing with Santa and an Elf at mile 34 of the JFK 50 Miler.
When you’re running 50 miles and there’s only aid stations every 5-10 miles, you need food and hydration to stay on top of your game. Because the pocket expands, it can really hold a lot without weighing you down. I was able to store 2 large bags of gummies, 2 gels, and even my cell phone to take pictures. Hey, it’s a long day for me. You get to see a lot of great things over 11.5 hours of trail running.
All in all, I think even the “30 minute jogger” can find this useful. It’s an easy place to keep keys and money even if you don’t need to bring any food with you. When it comes to races, there’s no beating the ease of use of the bib holder. No more safety pins!!!
If I had to pick a drawback, it would be that you can lose the bib holders, but you could always get replacements, I suppose. Do you have a SPI belt? Do you love it? What do you take with you?