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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Fitness Fridays: SPI Belt Review

It's been a few weeks since the last Fitness Friday. I blame the weather and that's okay. You can't exactly run in 2 feet of snow! The town doesn't feel the running paths, side walks, or road shoulders are high priority to plow. Stupid town.

Anyway, its a balmy 55 degrees today and while its Saturday, I'm still gonna write about fitness! A few weeks ago, during the middle of our blizzardy blizzard, I spoke with SPI about possibly reviewing one of their products. They were ridiculously nice and excited to send me one to try!

SPIbelt, or Small Personal Item Belt, is a fairly new Austin, Texas based company that makes the absolute coolest belts for exercising, outdoor activities, traveling, carrying medication, etc. Anytime you need something kept close and secure. Their founder, Kim Overton found herself sticking her keys in her sports bra when she ran outside (we've all be there, ladies!) and that wasn't working anymore. She developed the SPI belt - a small, flexible, no bounce solution to carrying your phone, keys, medication, etc.

They come in a ton of color combinations, a few prints (including pink polka dot!!!), as well as high visibility colors.

I know what you're probably thinking - what the heck is going to fit in that little skinny pouch? The answer is EVERYTHING. The pouch is sewn in a way that it expands to fit the things you need while you're out and about.

Don't mind Jeff having it on upside down - he's a crazy lefty and found it easier to zipper this way. ;-)

So what did we think of our new SPI belt? We LOVE it. It fits both of us well, is snug and comfortable, and really is "no bounce." Our phones fit perfectly (he has a Droid Max and I have a Galaxy SIII) and we can safely run without having them in our sweaty hands. We can also fit a key, chapstick, and ID in the pouch with no problem. It is also washable (hand wash only) so it stays stink free.

As we get more into running and eventually start training for our half marathon goal, we will definitely be buying another one of these belts.

Having ID on you when you're out running is so, so, so important. If something were to happen while you're out, people need to know who you are and who to call. We keep a small card in the belt with our name, emergency contact phone numbers, and insurance information. Aside from its convenience factor, this belt is an obvious place that people would notice to check, should something happen to you. Paramedics might not think to check a shoe or one of those little inner waist belt pockets for info.

Stop by SPI's website to see all of the neat products they have to offer. It goes beyond just the belt! They also make pet leashes with the expandable pouch, hand held water bottle holders, racing bib belts and attachments, belts to hold insulin pumps and other small medical related items, expandable messenger bags, reflective and water proof belts, and much more. Support growing, American based businesses and check them out!

**The product was provided free of cost for the purposes of this review. All opinions are 100% my own and I do not review products that I don't believe in or use myself.**

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