Sunday, February 7, 2016

Review and Giveaway: SLS3 Running Belt

I am not the type of person who can just get up, tie on some running shoes, and go.  It takes a little bit more planning for me, and no, I am not the type of person who sleeps in her running clothes in order to get out the door earlier in the morning.

This is EXACTLY how I look when I go running in the morning. . .oops. Forgot my shoes.

Seriously, do you do that?  WHO DOES THAT???

I digress.

I need to plan for any possible circumstance in my running: weather, bathroom needs, sinus drainage, fuel (after 10 miles), and hydration (after 5 miles).  Usually I lay my gear out the night before, and then I agonize over my choice when I check the weather channel yet again.  Have I told you I'm a wee bit neurotic?

Anyway.  What doesn't change in my runs is the need to carry stuff with me.  On any given run, long or short, speed workout or slow and easy, I carry the following items: car key fob, phone, lip balm, whistle, and Kleenex.  Lots and LOTS of Kleenex.  On long run days I also carry fuel and sometimes my ID and some money or a credit card.  Lots of stuff, right?  So, how do I carry it?

One choice may be the SLS3 Running Belt.  It's a clipped-on stretchy belt that has two deep, waterproof pockets to store your stuff.

You can see the two pockets with a blue stripe down the middle.  I know that the belt looks narrow, but the pockets expand to hold whatever you haul with you.  I put my phone (and sometimes earbuds) in one pocket and everything else in the other.  The pockets have zipper closures, which is a nice feature because you know you'll never lose your car keys.  

The belt is currently on sale on Amazon, and here is a description of the various features:

  • 2 POCKETS: carry your iPhone 6+, Samsung Galaxy or other large Smartphone; plus other essentials like keys, ID card, bank cards, energy bars and inhaler. Perfect when running or the gym.
  • COMFORTABLE AND BOUNCE-FREE RUNNING BELT: fits snugly enough to always stay comfortably in place, no matter how hard your workout gets, this exercise belt is guaranteed not to bounce or ride up your waist.
  • FULLY ADJUSTABLE WAIST PACK: features an elastic belt that's fitted with an adjusting buckle. The waist pack expandable storage belt is a one-size-fits-most for any waist size 22" through 40". Ideal for running, jogging, hiking, and workouts.
  • COMPACT, LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN: the running belt design, with 1.5" wide elastic belt and expandable pocket, is minimalistic for increased comfort during exercises. You will certainly not be burdened with excess bulk that disturbs your workout. ORDER NOW.
  • WATERPROOF EXERCISE BELT: made with polyester with special stretch mesh gusseted pocket. In addition, the running belt has a waterproof zipper for extra all-weather protection and safety for your valuables and essentials.

So, let me address some of the claims:

The belt is indeed comfortable and bounce-free.  I can't stand to have anything around my belly button, and I like to wear belts low on the hips, so I was concerned that this belt might slip around or ride up.  I took it for three short runs and two long runs of ten miles each, and the belt didn't slip at all.  As a bonus, it held up my tights, which are kind of too big for me, but I'm too cheap to buy new ones in my size.  The belt is adjustable, which is good if you want to share it.  My daughter needs a belt, and this way we can share it just by adjusting the size of the belt.

It is indeed compact and lightweight.  Takes up no room at all in my gear bag.  

Lastly, it is definitely waterproof.  I had my doubts, but I ran in a pouring sleet/rain, and my phone was never wet.  Usually I have to carry my phone in a plastic baggie, but it was perfectly fine in the SLS3.  

I have to say that this is a great belt.  It fits everything I want to carry with me, and I can barely feel that I'm wearing it.  I also think the current price on Amazon is a steal at 57% off the regular price.  

Want a running belt of your very own?  In exchange for this review, SLS3 has given me the opportunity to give one lucky reader a belt.  All you gotta do, Peeps, is enter the Rafflecopter here:

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This Giveaway will last until 2/14. Don't want to wait?  Check out the belts on Amazon while you still can!

I hope you enjoy your belt as much as I do.  What I'm actually trying to say is that I hope you don't feel like you're wearing a running belt at all, which is exactly how I feel when I wear the SLS3.

This is EXACTLY how I look when I can't tell if I'm wearing a running belt!
Until next week, run happy, Peeps!

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