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The more time I spend running, the more I doubt the whole “running is cheap, all you need is shoes” concept. Whoever said that obviously never ran in a Florida summer, or they had superhuman abilities to store water. Or maybe a lot of water fountains.
These are not things that I have, so carrying water has been one of the more frustrating things about running for me, so I was happy very excited to try out the SPIBelt H2O Venture.
The SPI in SPIBelt stands for Small Personal Item, so all their belts have a little pouch that expands to fit the essentials you need for a run. I usually take my phone, key, and maybe a granola bar if it is a longer run. If you use gels, there are loops on each side of the pouch that can hold them. I gave up on gels after taking one near a water fountain that I realized wasn’t working…after the gel was already in my mouth. I suppose now that I can carry gel AND water at the same time I could give it another go 😉
One other major perk of the pouch on this particular SPIBelt is that is has a weather resistant lining. By some miracle I never got caught out in the rain while wearing it, but it is designed to keep your belongings (aka your phone) from getting soaked if the weather surprises you.
In addition to the pouch, there is of course the H2O part. The two 8 oz. bottles have a clip that goes over the belt. If you are familiar with the SPIBelt, this version has a significantly wider elastic band which is a very good thing, because I think it provides a more stable support for the bottles.
I have tried the belt style water carrying thing before and it was an absolute disaster. I spent about 75% of my “run” adjusting the water bottle because it was wiggling or riding up. Because of this experience I was a little unsure how I would feel about the SPIBelt, but I was very pleasantly surprised the first time I wore it running. I tightened the elastic, snapped it on, put on the water bottles, and ran. That was it. There was no annoying sloshing or wiggling, and the whole thing stayed right where I put it for the entire run.
After that quick test run, I was able to take it out for a 6 mile trail run and had the perfect amount of water.
The bottles can be positioned anywhere on the belt and I know a few other people have preferred to have them in the front or on the sides, but I quickly realized having them towards the back was the much better option for me. I appreciate having the adjustability as every runner is different and this makes it better for more people.
One more thing I liked about the SPIBelt H2O Venture was that the bottles could come off and it would be like a regular SPIBelt. Pretty much like getting two products in one! I used the belt for the Run For the Gecko 5k without the water bottles since there was an aid station on the course and it wasn’t particularly hot out.
It even comes with little elastics that allow you to attach your bib to your belt…so no more holes in your favorite race shirts!
Overall I am loving the SPIBelt H2O Venture for runs under 10 miles (or longer if there are water fountains to refill the bottles) because it is a lightweight way to carry water and a few essentials.
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Have questions about my experience with the SPIBelt H2O Venture? Let me know!
I am also linking up with Running With SD Mom for “Try Out Thursday”