Saturday, April 23, 2016

SLS3 Spring ‘16 Review


SLS3 was founded in 2004 by two German triathletes who fell in love and were both very passionate about being triathletes.  They started by making a triathlon suit, short, top and compression socks.    After all, that is all that was needed to do a triathlon and they didn’t have much money.  As they have grown, they started to branch out to cover what their customers wanted. 

Now each item is custom designed from scratch and tested by them.  If it meets their high standards, then they put the item into production.  Most of their products are made in the USA.  They believe in keeping a small carbon footprint and partnering with smaller businesses.  Today I will be reviewing the Hydration Run Belt and the Hydration Belt Deluxe.


SLS3 Hydration Run Belt

If you are looking for an inexpensive hydration belt, the SLS3 Hydration Run Belt might be right up your alley.  It is designed specifically for runners who want a comfortable running belt that won’t chafe.  It has a separated pocket/pouch that allows you to store your phone (even my Samsung Galaxy S6 with the case fit), gels, or whatever else you need to carry.

You also get 2-10 ounce water bottles, an earphone cord hole in the pouch, and the pouch has a waterproof lining to protect your gear from the elements.  The belt is fully washable and comes in 4 colors (Black, Blue Finch, Raspberry, and Lime Green). 

This is an inexpensive hydration belt that is a steal at $19.90 on Amazon.  Get yours before the price goes up (normally $39.90).

Pros:
2-10 ounce water bottles
Waterproof zippered pouch with headphone cord hole
Comfortable belt that won’t bounce or chafe.
Awesome price at $19.90

Cons:
Not as well built as some of its competitors, but you can’t beat the price

SLS3 Hydration Belt Deluxe

The SLS3 Hydration Belt Deluxe is another great product and is the next step up from the Hydration Run Belt.  It features a clear front pocket that is big enough to fit larger phones (You can even fit an iPhone 6+ in this one).  Behind the phone, the pouch expands to fit keys, money, and other items that you want to take on your run. 

The waist band is fully adjustable as well and fits most waists larger than 31”.  The placement of the water bottles and pocket work well when you are running and don’t feel awkward like some hydration packs.  The combination of the elastic belt and silicon grippers provide a bounce free experience. 

Other features of the Hydration Belt Deluxe include race toggles, which I absolutely love.  I will never pin a race bib to my clothes again.  There is a headphone cord hole in the front of the pocket and there are reflective loops on the front of the belt.  The materials are not quite as good as some top of the line hydration belts, but you also aren’t paying $50-75 for the hydration belt either.  I think you get a great product for the price.

The water bottles hold 10 ounces each and fit in pockets that keep your bottles secure.  No worrying about your bottle falling through the holder like some brands.  There is an elastic cord that helps hold the bottle in place while you run as well.  The only downside is that the phone pouch is water resistant, but not waterproof, so if it is pouring rain, your phone would not be protected.

Pros:
Large enough pocket for most phones (even iPhone 6 +)
Has race toggles
Comfortable and bounce free
Fully adjustable belt
Holds two 10 oz. water bottles securely
Great price $24.90

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SLS3 is offering the Hydration Run Belt for $19.90 and the Dual Pocket Belt for $24.90 on Amazon for a limited time.  These are great products, especially for the price.  While some competitor’s might offer additional features or better materials, you simply can’t beat this price. 

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

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