This Running Belt Actually Convinced Me to Start Running Again

Okay, I have to get something out of the way: I’m not an avid runner. In fact, I live blocks away from one of the country’s largest parks (a.k.a. runner’s paradise) and I can’t even remember the last time I considered taking a jog instead of hitting up my favorite fitness class. But here’s why: When I go to a class, I can stow away all of my belongings in a secure locker. When I run, it’s more of a hassle than it’s worth. I’ve tried arm bands, belts, and hey, even leggings with pockets — and nothing’s worked just how I want it to.

Enter SPIbelt. A few marathon runners who work at ClassPass recommended I give it a try and to be frank, I wasn’t sure what to expect — especially since I, ya know, don’t run all that often. BUT. WAS. I. IN. FOR. A. TREAT.

Naturally, when I got my hands on a SPIbelt (I went for an original belt in black), I went for a run. (Shocking, I know.) For starters, I was able to store everything I needed, including my phone, credit cards, ID, chapstick, and keys, without having an awkward bulge around my waist. The staying power of this belt is the true standout. A lot of belts on the market slip and slide, causing discomfort and straight-up frustration. This belt stays put, no matter how many hills you climb or corners you turn.

Come to find out this belt isn’t just for runners. One major downfall of living in the city is the fact that you have to carry everything, everywhere. There’s no car to stash your spare reusable shopping bags or cup holder to hold your water bottle. Because of this, I find myself toting around a backpack — or hands full of things — while I run errands, head to the gym or even take a walk around the block. While wearing this belt, my hands were completely free, which meant I could carry my latte and book to my next workout class at the same time. No spilled coffee. No stress.

My shopping trips and running attempts are just the beginning. This belt has a number of uses to fit different lifestyles. “We have diabetic specific belts that have a pass-through hole for insulin pump tubing. Many use this to also carry glucose monitoring systems, test strips and whatever else they may need,” Adrianna Smith, Social Media and Marketing Associate at SPIbelt told us.A lot of people who have food, bee or any other allergies also use SPIbelts to carry their EpiPens.”

Since fanny packs are making a resurgence, that means you should totally jump on the running belt trend. They’re basically the same thing, right? If fashion’s your end goal, then try one of SPIbelt’s latest looks from their fall collection, including Brilliant Lime and Lilac.

For an added bonus, when you buy from SPIbelt, you’re also supporting the U.S. economy. The company, started by Kim Overton in 2006, is based in Austin, Texas. “A majority of our patented belts are still being handmade in Austin, so when you shop with us, you are shopping local. This also means our belts are made with the utmost integrity and quality.” Hear! Hear!

So, what’s next for SPIbelt? More belts. More patterns. More quality designs. And for me? Well, I’m sporting my belt as I hike the Grand Canyon. Stay tuned.  

 

Amanda Garrity is a commerce editor and content producer living in New York City. She finds every excuse to go on an adventure, whether it's in her own backyard or across the country. She enjoys hiking, pretending she's a prima ballerina and drinking an abundant amount of coffee. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.