So putting out to the twitterverse, I received three recommendations:
- Spibelt - from @Gatito97, @Rocketjam, @Run4donuts, @turk_tab
- Amphipod Airflow Lite Waistpack - from @Livnstrong
- IFitness Pouch - from @UHS_Caren
I could tell right away that the size was appropriate that it would hold the things I needed. I was able to put in my Blackberry, ID, a $20 bill, a Gu, and car keys without feeling like I really had to squeeze them in there, or subsequently have problems getting them out.
Before I tried it out, I could foresee two potential problems, and here's my feedback on those key items:
- I'm kinda "hippy". It's definitely where I carry my extra weight. So I didn't know if it would even fit or sit at a level that was comfortable and flattering. Let's put it this way: I'm a tight XL in a Fuel Belt unless I wear it way up high on my waist. And I don't need the insult of a "one size fits all" belt with adjustable sections that has to be adjusted to its very largest for me to wear - I'm overweight, but I'm not very overweight - I'm just overweight for a lot of the runners I know. But this belt adjusted well, there was room to spare, and that was at the level that would be most flattering, right below the top of the shorts.
- It was going to jiggle around. With the weight of a smartphone, I was just predicting that a belt like this would. Of course the Spibelt advertises it doesn't "bounce, ride, or shift" to use their words, but I'm one who believes they are implying that to be the case if you are a very slim runner carrying a $20 bill and an ID only in the pouch. After several runs, I can confirm that this pouch stays in place! I was really surprised by this. Sorry, Spibelt, it's not you, it's just that things bouncing and riding up is a norm for my body shape/size. LOL. And on different runs I tried wearing the pouch side of the belt on the front and some runs I wore the pouch on the back, and the pouch still didn't bounce.
Big Disclaimer Time: Please note that I am not affiliated with Spibelt, paid by Spibelt, given any considerations by Spibelt. This is a completely independent assessment. Unlike a lot of bloggers, I didn't ask Spibelt for a free belt to give a review with, and I also don't therefore have one for a giveaway. If you are looking for a belt, and this recommendation holds weight with you, then go buy one. :-)