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SPIbelt Review

It’s not Batman’s Utility Belt, though its functions are quite similar, which is to carry essentials while on the job. Our “job” is of course to run.

The SPI in the name stands for Small Personal Item. I received the dual pocket version from Choi today and promptly got down to see how much stuff I can put into the pouches. Empty, the pouches are slim but boy can they take a lot. The material is so stretchable that the pack of Gel Blasts have no problem going in. Just like the python after a feed of wild boar.

And it can still take a couple of gels or your keys. Then there’s another pouch where you can park your phone in. The product website mentions that it can hold a Blackberry comfortably.

Close up of the bib holder - solid construction

I hear you ask what could a runner possibly want to carry when out running? I’ll answer by telling you what I carry on different occasions, so that you can evaluate for yourself if one’s for you:

Weekday runs
– Cell phone in case my wife needs to reach me to pick her up
– Car keys
– iPod Shuffle (I carry this occasionally only. In which case, the Shuffle can be clipped to my shorts which renders the belt unnecessary)

Weekend long runs
– Cash
– Car keys

- Car keys (races with no baggage deposit)
– Gels (marathons)
– Bars (marathons)

I find a belt pouch especially necessary since my running shorts have tiny or no pockets or if I’m wearing running tights.

- holds lots of things
– doesn’t bounce
– functions also as a bib holder
– slim build, not like the typical waist pouches you see on the waists of street vendors.
– heavy duty snap-on buckle and zippers

– Price??

For more information head on to

The dual pocket version sells for RM95 and can be purchased from Choi of Ccube Sports Hub. Give him a call at 019-3289083 or visit his website. Tell him you read about it here.

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