SPIbelt and FlipBelt Review

Ok Runners,

Everyone knows how difficult it is to run, and carry all your stuff with you. I’ve tried several different running belts and bands, and have finally found the best 2 for me.  I have had a FlipBelt for about 6 months, and have loved it.  I recently decided to order a SPIbelt and give it a try.

SPIbelt and FlipBelt did not pay me for these reviews.  I bought each belt on my own, they were not gifted by either company.  The views here are my own.

SPIbelt is on the left, and FlipBelt is on the right.  Jasper, my lovable fur baby, was very instrumental in helping me lay my belts out to photograph.

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FlipBelt retails at FlipBelt’s website for $28.99.  There are 10 different colors, and 5 different sizes.  The belt does stretch, but is not “one size fits all,” there are size measurements based on your waist or hips.  The belt is essentially a tube that fits around your waist, with openings to stash your items.

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FlipBelt’s best feature is that you can insert your items into the belt via several different slit-type openings, and then flip the whole thing over so your items are “locked” into place, with no openings to slip out. In my experience, the FlipBelt does what it advertises.

I have run with my phone, keys, and chapstick in the belt, and felt the items were very secure.  They did not slip around, never came out, and the belt had a very low profile.  With my shirt pulled down, you cannot even see the belt.  I like that the belt doesn’t stick out or add bulk.  It was very comfortable to wear.  There is a small LEVEL reflective logo on the front, but when flipped over and “locked,” the logo is hidden.  The belt does not hinder my running, and is actually easy to forget you are wearing it.  It is that comfortable.

I feel that over time, my FlipBelt has stretched out some, and tends to slip up toward my waist, though I prefer to wear it down on my hips.  This is my biggest complaint, though it is not enough for me to not use the product.  FlipBelt is machine washable, and is made of non-chafing spandex/lycra.  I have only washed my belt once.  After about 6 months of wear, the belt is still in great shape, no tearing or fading.

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SPIbelt retails at SPIbelt’s website for $19.99.  There are over 20 color options, and even patterned belts, such as camo, red white and blue, or polka dotted.  The belt is “one size fits most,” with an expandable stretchy strap. The belt features an expandable pocket, in which your phone, chapstick, ID, fuel, etc. can fit.  I chose the belt with 2 pockets, because I like to have my phone separate from my keys if possible.

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My favorite part of SPIbelt is that the size can be adjusted to fit tighter.  I chose the belt with 2 pockets (retails for $29.99 on SPIbelt’s website), and after using it a handful of times, couldn’t be happier.  My phone fits nicely in the large pocket.  I put my chapstick and keys in the smaller pocket.  There is room for gels or fuels.

The SPIbelt is hand-washable, though I have not yet washed it.  If the belt begins slipping up (which it has not in the few times I have used it), I can re-adjust it easily.  The profile is also very low, like the FlipBelt.  If I have my shirt over it, it is difficult to tell I have the belt on.

SPIbelt has several options, with dog leashes, arm bands, single and double pockets, and even extra large pockets for medical equipment.  I have not tested the arm bands, and have not liked the arm bands I have used in the past, I prefer the belt, and like that this belt does not ride up.  This belt, too, is easy to forget you have it on, it is very comfortable.

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The FlipBelt may have more room for your items, as there are openings around the entire belt.  However, for the items I carry, which is typically my phone, chapstick and keys, I believe the SPIbelt has plenty of room for me, in a low-profile, easy to use product.

I also like that the SPIbelt has several options, such as single or double pockets, many colors, reflective additions, and different sized pockets, and also is fully size-adjustable.

I anticipate this the SPIbelt will be my go-to belt for running, as I can easily adjust the belt to keep it at my hips, instead of my waist, where I prefer to wear it.  My items stay secure in both belts, and comfort is key in both.  In both belts, I put my phone in a snack size baggie to keep it dry, from sweat or rain.  Each belt also offers a protective plastic encasing for your phone or other items.  The plastic is extra, and does cost more.  I did not purchase the plastic bag for either.

I would gladly recommend either belt to any runner, but if you want your belt tight and non-moving, the SPIbelt may be the better fit, at least for me.

Winner: SPIbelt.  The SPIbelt just has everything I need in a running belt.

UPDATE 03 09 15: I have also reviewed The Running Buddy Pouch, and would love for you to read about my experience here!


It was very windy outside while I made James take pictures for me.  He may or may not have gotten this look a few times while I was trying to keep the hair out of my face and put my belts on.  Thank you, James, for taking pictures!

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Do you use a running belt?

Which belt do you use, or how do you carry your needed items while running?

Wordless Wednesday

Good evening! I’ve been taking so many beautiful flower pictures lately.  Spring is the most gorgeous time of year, so many vibrant colors and amazing blooms.

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I saw this photo on Earth Day, and it is never more applicable than now.  This is our only earth, lets take care of it!

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I discovered Bubble Tea several months ago.  It is my new favorite guilty pleasure!  And Jasmine, the woman who owns the Bubble Tea Cafe in my town, is just the sweetest lady ever!

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My hubby and I celebrated Easter with his family and then with my parents.  It was a nice, relaxing weekend, with gorgeous weather!

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I did intervals tonight… 400m repeats on the track.  There were 30 mile an hour wind gusts.  Not fun.  Not fun at all.  Glad it’s over though!

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Happy Wednesday, I hope everyone is having a good week!

Remembering Boston

I remember I was at work on Marathon Monday, still sore from my first 10k, which was at the Eisenhower Marathons a year ago (see my first half marathon report, from this past weekend!).  I was excited about running, excited about progressing further in my running career, excited that I saw my sister, and had a great weekend.

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Then I heard reports of a bombing, people killed, chaos, scared and brave runners.  I was not very productive the rest of the week, let alone the rest of Monday.  I could not keep myself from reading everything I could get my hands on.

I felt like I had family there, and I did, my running family was there, hurt and scared.  But they were not alone.  I had never felt like I belonged in the running community more than on that day.

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Of course, I bought a shirt, with the funds going to victims and families of Boston.  I wore it with pride, and still do.  That night, I ran a slow, silent couple miles. I cried.  I was angry.  I didn’t understand.  I didn’t understand why people hurt others, why people commit acts of violence, why innocent people are targeted.  That run was one of my hardest.  Not only was I sore from the weekend, but I felt alone, and I felt like nobody was safe, not even in the sport I loved.  But I also fell more in love with running on April 15, 2013.  I belonged, on that day, and today.  I belong to the best community in the world, my running family.

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To those running on Marathon Monday, be love.  To those spectating on Marathon Monday, be love.  To those who have never laced up their shoes before, be love.  To those who can’t run any more, be love.

Run strong, Boston.  I am proud to be a part of this amazing club.