September 11, 2012

SPIbelt review and giveaway

If you've been reading for a while, you know that when I'm running my favorite place to stash things is in my sports bra. One long-run Saturday, I looked down in the chest region and realized that I was carrying my iPhone, several gels, some Honey Stingers, and two empty water bottles (to try and avoid littering on a long run) in my sports bra at one time. Don't worry. It looked totally natural.


As the summer progressed, and so did the hotness, carrying that much stuff against my skin was getting more dangerous. There are certain things in there that don't need chafing. Plus my iPhone was getting so sweaty inside its Otterbox that it was impossible to use. I always carry my phone on runs: in the gym for entertainment and outside for safety and navigation. 

Looks like the brain child behind SPIbelt had a similar problem. What happens when the sports bra just doesn't cut it for storage? What happens when you don't want awkward race pictures of weird bra-region bulges? Squares? Rectangles? Not shapes that should be coming out of that zone.

And even more important, what happens if you are a dude and don't even wear a sports bra? 

Thanks, SPIbelt, for sending me over a belt to try and giving me hope that one day my race pictures won't all look like this. 

Was that a small child in there?

On my first run with the belt, the phone fit perfectly with its case still on and covered in an additional ziploc bag. High tech waterproofing solutions only up in here. 


If you find any bouncing at all, it means you didn't tighten the belt enough. That's what happened to me on my first test run. 


If you can stretch it that far, tighten that business down a few notches. It fits waist sizes 25" to 50" with its adjustable belt. 

And even though it looks tiny from the start, it has some mad stretch. 


On Saturday, I stashed my iPhone in the Otterbox, my keys, and some Shot Bloks. I was even going to bring my set of encyclopedias, but I really didn't know when I would have a chance to read them.


I liked carrying the belt low on my hips and to the side so that the phone was easy to get out during the run and would lie flat against my hip. I see a lot of people wearing their belts higher up around the smaller part of their waist and keeping the pocket in the back. With a little experimenting, you'll find the best spot for you. 

And because I tightened the belt for my second test run with it, it didn't budge. 

So here's what I love about SPIbelt:
  • Made in Austin, TX.
  • Can use it to carry a passport and keep it easily under your clothes. I needed this when I lived in China and Russia and had to always keep my passport with me wherever I went. 
  • Mad stretch. You will be able to fit all the things you need for your run. Unless you like to pack a trombone. 
  • Adjustable to get the fit you need.
  • Prevents awkward bra bulge. I can finally get a finish-line photo that doesn't look like I'm about to birth an alien baby through my chest. 

And thanks to SPIbelt, one of you will win a belt too! 

To enter: 

In the comments of this post, tell me why you want to win a SPIbelt.

For bonus entries (make sure to leave a separate comment for each so I can count them all!):

* Follow (or already follow) Yo Momma Runs via Google Friend connect. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Follow SPIbelt on Twitter. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Follow (or already follow) Yo Momma Runs on Twitter. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Like SPIbelt on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Like (or already like) Yo Momma runs on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Share this giveaway via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or your blog. Leave a separate comment for each share!

I'll pick a winner on Friday, September 14th, with a random number generator and without a bulgy sports bra. 

SPIbelt provided the test and giveaway products free of charge. I received no additional payment for this review, and all the dumb jokes are my own.

245 comments:

  1. Your post has me chuckling as usual!

    I'd love to win the belt, as I tried to stash a gel in my bra and it was an EPIC fail. There was chaffing without me noticing and the scarring looks there to stay!

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  2. Followed Yo Momma on Twitter!

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  3. And followed SPI Belt on Twitter.

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  4. I always did the dame thing. I. Dlfibalky broke down and got one but it's bot a spi belt. I follow GFC

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  5. I already follow you on twitter

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  6. Glad to hear you found something that fits your needs but id kinda miss the buldge look, lolol (j/k). :)

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  7. I'd love to win one so I can carry a few items with me and not have a big pack!

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  8. You look so pretty from the neck up in that one race picture. Shame. LOL

    I'd like the belt to put my phone in.

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    1. That was my favorite picture from that race, but, dang it, I can't even use it!

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  9. I already follow you on friend connect. Yo.

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  10. I would LOVE to win a SpiBelt because I cheaped out and bought a different brand... That thing is so stretched out and flops up and down like unsupported flap jacks!

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  11. Tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/PFisch777/status/245501613601591297

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  12. Yo mama--what a cool product! I've been looking into options for storage for long runs (25 +) while training for November's Nashville Ultramarathon. I'd love to give this product a try--so I'm going to do all the bonus activities! Run on!

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  13. This is so cool! I have been thinking of trying a Spi belt because I want someway to carry my iPhone during the NYC marathon. I've tried other belts that bounce and I hate that. Would love to try out the Spi!

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  14. I would love to try SpiBelt to help carry some chew packets. Some of those corners are sharp!

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  15. I want to win a SPIbelt because I'd love to be able to wear it lower around my hips without it bouncing. I wear a Fuel Belt for my long runs and I have to wear it high so it doesn't bounce and it feels uncool and awkward and fanny-packie up high like that.

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  16. I can't believe you fit all that in your sports bra! SO funny! Your pictures are super cute even with the weird bulges:)

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  17. I want to win one because they look quite sleek and not like a bumbag/fanny pack. I have a bumbag that I use but I feel like a 1980s American in it, and that's disconcerting.

    Would I be allowed to win two giveaways on the trot, if perchance I won?

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  18. I follow you on twitter

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  19. I follow you on FB too...

    and BTW, I love the photos with the square bosoms. Hilarious. How did you get two water bottles in? I'm intrigued. Photo please. I don't think I challenge myself enough with my bra-carrying.

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  20. I want to win one because I am headed to Germany for Okoberfest and am participating in the Berlin marathon first. I cracked up reading your post...hilarious you had all that stuff in your sports bra!

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  21. I would like to win a Spibelt so I don't have to use my sport-bra as storage and to avoid my I-phohe from falling in the ground because I used my sport-bra for storage

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  22. I follow Yo Momma Runs on facebook

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  23. Would love one of these! I carry all my junk in the case of my handheld H2O bottle. When I don't need to bring water with me it's frustrating because most of my shorts only have pockets big enough for a key.

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  24. Following spibelt on facebook.

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  25. I need another spibelt because I use mine all the time-for running and non running, but when I'm not running I smell like I am. So I need one that can be in the wash, to match my other gear, to store my 5 Disney medals Im going for in 2013.
    I follow Spibelt. I like spibelt now I follow and like you too and google+

    Now I shall go tell my running friends at Jonnie's Goodguys to enter!

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  26. I need one to carry my phone and snacks since I am training for my first half in Oct and full in Feb

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  27. I'd love to win one because I have almost killed my phone twice from sweating so bad while carrying it in my hand on runs. I have a Grandma-looking fanny pack that I use for longer runs, but I guess I'd just like to look cool for a change and use a Spi-belt. :D

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  28. Love the post! I am training for my third NYC marathon and could really use the Spibelt! I have tried a number of belts but find them bulky, chaffing and all over awkward! The sleek design would help me immensely! And like you, I have tried the bra storage only to have to get a replacement iPhone after! This would be a huge help while I conquer the 5 boroughs of NYC!

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  29. Liked Spibelt on Facebook too!

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  30. So glad I’m not the only gal with a misshapen runner’s chest! This just got added to the top of my blog reading, THANKS!

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  31. I follow you on Twitter. I love that you also procrastinate on chores!

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  32. I would like to win a SpiBelt because they are awesome! In fact, I already have one. But I want a second one to keep at work, since I do a lot of my running on my lunch hour and the number of times i have left my spibelt at work when I'm running at home, or at home when I'm running at work... Well, let's just say it's frustrating! I use it for my iPhone and I hate running without it!

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  33. I'd love a spibelt..so i don't have to carry my keys in my bra, where they always fall down and give me a third nipple.

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  34. I have a SPIbelt knock-off. (Can't even remember the name...and I'm too lazy to get up and check.) But the knock-off is about 5 years old and has gotten LOTS of use. It's time for a replacement - especially since I have no extra room in my sports bra. ;)

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  35. Tried to follow you via Google Friend Connect but got an error. Hmm...

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  36. I would love a SPIbelt so that I could run with my phone and have the peace of mind knowing that if something were to happen I could call someone!

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  37. Following on Google Friend Connect!

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  38. Already following you on twitter!

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  39. I would like a spi belt so that my husband will stop stealing (borrowing) mine!! :)

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  40. I would love to win the SPIBelt because I am new to running and am just learning about all of the fabulous gadgets that are needed for runs. It looks like it can get pretty expensive, so any freebies are welcomed! :)

    Loved your review, you are a funny writer and I look forward to more posts!

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  41. I follow you on Twitter.....@VickieAlford1

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  42. I follow SPIBelt on Twitter....@VickieAlford1

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  43. I am now a follower of you on Facebook

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  44. I have added your blog to my GoogleFriend acount

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  45. I shared your giveaway on Facebook

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  46. Great Blog... I would love a spibelt but not for me... I am a chapter leader for momsrunthistown and I would love to give one away to one of my fellow mama runners. :)https://www.facebook.com/groups/249074431877337/

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  47. I have no current method to carry my iphone and its driving me crazy on my longer runs holding it. I would love to try out this new spibelt!

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  48. I would love to win a SPIbelt because I just carry my phone in my hand. I got too much up top to carry anything up there. My husband bought a cheap-o belt and it is SO bulky, I can't wear it. I have been wanting a SPIbelt for a while! PICK ME!!!

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  49. I want one of these so I don't have to carry my iphone in the holder on my arm(which does get rather sweaty), my keys in the key holder in my shorts, then I worry if it's fallen out, which it has done, on a trail and to carry my shot blocks with a full run belt. To run a lot lighter, would be a dream.

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  50. I now follow Spibelt on Twitter

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  51. Since I don't have a bra to stash away goodies and phones and whatever else, I would love to have something like this to put gels, bars, phones, small children in so when I go run I can have what I need. Enjoy the blog!

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  52. I want one because I cary my ipod in one hand and a jogging stroller in another and I have no room for my phone!

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  53. Would love to have a SPIBelt, during my marathon training it is getting harder and harder to find places to put things and they do not all go well comfortably in the sports bra!!

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  54. I can't use my sports bra as a pocket. Stuff falls out the bottom.

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  55. Would love to have a belt to hold my phone during long runs so I can stop dropping it. I am sure my bank account and my husband would appreciate this.

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  56. I also follow you on facebook....

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  57. I want a spi belt because I stopped carrying my phone because my arm was rashing. I need to carry my phone because I run in a remote area. But rashes, my fair momma, stink. So I would be stoked on a spi-belt!

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  58. I would like the belt because I have DDDDs and my sports bras are too small already. I often use my bra as storage but not much else will fit in there. My little flip phone nuzzled nicely between my bosoms (lucky little phone), not my iphone though... I do too much trail running to not take a phone and I have been leaving it behind lately, so not safe!!

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  59. I've been staring at SpiBelts every time I go to the running store. Would love to have one to carry phone, keys, dog's treats...

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  60. I really want to win the SPIbelt because I'm tired of running while carrying my phone in one hand (I use it for tracking my run/music) and my car keys in the other (since I'm usually at the local track) ...

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  61. ... and tweeted about the giveaway here: https://twitter.com/christinamccall/status/245710087644143616

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  62. Would love to have a place to stash all my stuff. Looks compact.

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  63. I follow you on twitter

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  64. Like SPIBelt on facebook

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  65. I follow Spibelt on Twitter

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  66. I "pinned" on pinterest!

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  67. I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/pace_of_laurel/status/245742749192704000

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  68. I also follow on GFC!

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  69. I want to win so I have a place to stash my Jelly Belly Sports Beans.

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  70. Following Yo Momma Runs via Google Friend connect.

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  71. Following Yo Momma Runs on Twitter.

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  72. I want a SPIbelt so the right things bounce and the heavy things don't :)

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  73. I already LIKE SPIbelt on FB

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  74. Just LIKED you on FB. Glad I'm not the only trippy mom

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  75. shared on FB to my local running group friends

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  76. I would love to have one. I already follow on Facebook and I also clicked Like for SPIbelt on Facebook. I have a 2in chafing scab on my chest (where the bottom of my bra rubs) that gets reopened up every time I run and sweat. I carry my house key, ID, sometimes a little money if I'm going by a store and I'm thirsty. I hate to carry anything in my hands when running unless it is absolutely necessary.

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  77. Got distracted. I follow you on Twitter

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  78. I want to win bc I'm your running partner and we must match belts ;)

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  79. started running in January of this year. i've got 2 5ks & 1 10k under my belt so far. Looking to do a half in December... NOW i need more running gear. This Spibelt would be a perfect addition to my running. plus... FREE is always BEST!

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  80. following SpiBelt on Twitter. I'm @MishJR

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  81. Following Yo Momma Runs on Google+ Friends

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  82. I need a SpiBelt because you can fit everything and the kitchen sink in it!

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  83. I subscribe to your blog and it's been added to my Google Reader!

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  84. I already follow you on Twitter!

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  85. I already follow you on Facebook!

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  86. I post the giveaway on my FB page, Life's Run!

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  87. I want (need!) an SPIbelt so I can stop wearing keys on a lanyard, Droid on my left boob, kleenex on my right...
    You get what I am saying! LOL...

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  88. I posted the giveaway on my fb page:
    https://www.facebook.com/runfor3point1

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  89. And I tweeted it, as well :)

    Yes, you are stalked as legally as I can stalk you! ;)

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  90. Oh, and we have the Google Connect thing going, too!

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  91. This. Is. Awesome. And by awesome I mean hysterical AND useful! The main reason I need a SPIbelt: I carry too much stuff in my bra and hands. I would love to not be afraid to use my phone later in the day because of the crust of sweat across the face from being held in my hand or shoved under my bra strap while running.

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  92. Following u and spibelt on Twitter! Cmartin. Great idea!!

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  93. Love this! I want to win one because I am always carrying things on my runs and it drives me crazy!!! This would be so awesome to have.

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  94. Would love to win the SPIbelt because when I put my iPhone in my bra when I work out, (& sweat) the iPhone (although in an otter box, collects moisture. Not good for iPhones! Just started running and of course have the same problem!

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  95. Would love to win! I followed you on Twitter (I am @meandbetsy), I followed Yo Momma Runs on Twitter and Facebook, and I also like SPIBelt on Facebook. I am also sharing this blog on my twitter feed. Basically I did all that you asked except for the Google Plus thingy, I don't have time for one more social network in my life! I'm too busy training for a marathon!

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  96. I want to win a SPIBelt because I think it would come in handy on long runs and a marathon I am participating in this fall, The Detroit Free Press Marathon.

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  97. I am following you via Google Friend Connect.

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  98. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/FireRunner2379/status/246052524082229248

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  99. I pinned it: http://pinterest.com/pin/122371314846062315/

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  100. I shared on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JustinsNutButter?ref=ts#!/jeffrey.lammers.7/posts/427817340589150

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