Friday, April 22, 2016

SPI H20 Venture Review

SPI was established in 2007 and makes product that are great for walking, running, hiking, cycling, and more.  SPI is short for Small Personal Item Belt.  The CEO, Kim Overton, was jogging one day with her keys tucked into her bra.  She thought to herself, “There's got to be a better way.”  Their products line now includes SPI Belts for both adults and kids, the SPI Band that can go on your wrist or ankle, Messenger bags, water bottle holders, dog leashes and more.  SPI products are made in the USA, which is a rarity and I always like buying American products when possible.

The Original SPI Belt definitely lives up to the hype.  The elastic belt is adjustable and has a buckle, which makes it easy to put on.  I tested the Original SPI Belt back in November of 2014 and am now testing out the SPI H20 Venture Series Hydration Belt. 

The stretchy zippered pouch was able to easily fit my Galaxy S6 with the case (and should fit an iPhone 6 Plus easily).  As promised, the belt and its contents do not bounce around at all.  It was so comfortable that I didn’t even realize that I had it on during my run.  The Original SPI belt was awesome, but my biggest complaint with it was that the pouch was not waterproof or sweat proof.  The H20 Venture on the other hand has a WeatherGuard design that will keep your contents somewhat safe from the elements, and I really put it to the test.  The website has a warning that it is not waterproof, but I used the belt in a torrential downpour for over 2 hours and my phone was fine, although use it at your own risk.

There are two gel loops, some elastic and toggles to attach a race bib, and the elastic SPI band is 2” thick to make the belt more comfortable and stable.  There is reflective trim around the zippered pocket and the buckle works well. 

Now to my only issue with the H20 Venture.  I took the belt out for a 10 mile run.  The water bottles fell about 5 times before I tightened the belt enough to keep the bottles from popping off.  I was able to fix the issue, but was frustrated at first.  This should not be an issue if you tighten the belt down.  The 2-8 ounce water bottles have a clip and feature a leak-free Jet Nozzle.  You don’t need to pull or push a valve on the lid, just grab the bottle and squeeze.  I really liked this feature.

2-8 ounce bottles with leak-free jet nozzles
Decent Price ($44.99) for all the features
Doesn’t move around or bounce
Comfortable, bounce free belt
Fits a Samsung Galaxy S6 with a case and gels
Race Toggles and gel loops
WeatherGuard Pouch

The bottles fell off the belt several times mid run.

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I am a huge fan of SPI.  The Original SPI Belt was amazing and the H20 Venture Series Hydration Belt took it to the next level with a waterproof(ish) large pocket, gel loops, race toggles, and water bottles.  The pack didn’t bounce around at all and felt great.  You can pick up your H20 Venture Series Belt at the SPI website for $44.99 or at a store near you (click here for locations).  No wonder it won the “Best of Running” Award!

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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