Oz Fit Running Belt Review

I recently received an Oz Fit Belt, and was asked to test out the product and write a product review. I have tested this belt with three runs of differing locations and intensities, and feel I have a pretty good grasp on how the belt will continue to perform.

Currently, the Oz Fit Belt can only be purchased on Amazon.  The link to the product is here.  Currently, the Oz Fit Belt only comes in black, and is available in two sizes, M (waist 30″ to 33″) and L (waist 33″ to 36″).  The belt does stretch to fit, and can be worn on your waist or hips.  The belt retails for $35.00, but has been on sale for $11.75 recently.

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The Oz Fit belt has a couple features that are new and improved over the largest competitor, the Flip Belt.  The Oz Fit belt has two separate pockets, one has two slits on the front of the belt, and includes a key clip.  For comparison, the Flip Belt is one continuous pocket all the way around the belt, with several openings to slide items in.  The back side of the Oz Fit belt has a zippered pocket, which easily seals in phone or money.  The entire belt can then be flipped over, so the slits to the pockets are sitting against your body, making it virtually impossible for items to fall out.

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The Oz Fit belt did not move or slide around or up my body while I ran, though I do recommend selecting a size (Oz Fit belt or Flip Belt) that will fit snugly to your body to reduce the chances of moving around or sliding up.  I really liked that there was a zippered pocket.  I am very protective of my phone, and was always a little worried about it sliding out of the flip belt, even when the belt was flipped so the slits were against my body.  I did not have to worry about my phone sliding out in the Oz Fit, because I simply zippered it in.

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I did not really like the fabric of the Oz Fit belt.  It was a slippery material, and it was pretty easy for the belt to kind of collapse or double over onto itself while on my hips.  The Flip Belt has more of a cottony material, and it did double over a few times when I used to use it, but not as much as the Oz Fit.  When I wear a running belt, I don’t like for it to move around, double over on itself, or bunch up my clothing.  The Oz Fit did not bunch my clothing, but it did double over several times, and I had to run my fingers around it to smooth it back down.

The Oz Fit belt also only comes in a black color, while the Flip Belt comes in many colors  I wear my shirt over my belt anyway, so this doesn’t bother me, but I know some people prefer to wear the belt over their clothing or up on their waist, and may like other color options.

The Oz Fit belt comes logo’d on the front and back, and the logo is very reflective.  This was a nice touch, so if the belt is worn outside or on top of clothing, it’s reflective logo will help the runner be seen.  Lastly, I washed and dried the Oz Fit belt one time, and it’s held up fine.  I regularly washed and dried my Flip Belt when I used it often, and it, too, held up fine.

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Overall, the Oz Fit belt has some nice features, including a separate zippered pocket to keep your phone or money safe, and two highly reflective logos on the outside of the belt.  Compared to the Flip Belt, which has one continuous tube-like pocket, the material of the Flip Belt is more comfortable and less double-over-prone.

You can read my comparison of the Flip Belt and SPI belt here.  I think if I had to rank the belts, I would use the Oz Fit belt least, the Flip Belt in the middle, and the SPI belt most of all.  BUT, that being said, I prefer to not use a belt AT ALL, and use my Buddy Pouch, which is a magnetic pouch that does not bounce or slide, and no sizes or fumbling around with belts is needed, because it’s a pouch that fits on your pants waistband.  Be sure to read my Buddy Pouch review here, and see my Brand Ambassador post (with discount code) here.

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?