One of the perennial problems with being a runner is figuring out how to carry the stuff you need. Most running clothes don’t have pockets, or if they do, then the pockets aren’t very deep. The other struggle is that if you have too much in a pocket, then the weight of the stuff starts to pull your pants down.
While there are a variety of ways to solve this problem, my favorite is the SPI (Small Personal Item) Belt. (Now, I need to add my gear disclaimer. Any piece of gear I review on this blog is because I have purchased it and used it. I am not sponsored by anyone, and I have received no freebies. I would disclose any connection I might have to a company that produces any gear I review.)
With the disclaimer out of the way, let me show you my SPI Belt.
It is what it says: a belt with an expandable zipper pocket for small personal items. I use it for my keys, a bit of cash, and once or twice have put a phone in there. There are several sizes and multiple colors. I like it because the belt holds just enough stuff, discouraging carrying extra stuff. It can be worn over your clothes and so doesn’t get particularly sweaty. It also can sit at your natural waist and so your aren’t losing your running pants like you would if you had you keys in your pocket.
I also like the fact that it is made in the USA. I am big on buying Made in the U.S.A. goods where I can. So, this attribute is a nice bonus for the SPI Belt.
If you are inspired to try one, you can get them here in many colors: http://www.spibelt.com/.
The company also makes shoe pockets, messenger bags, and other items of holding. I have only used the SPI Belt, so I can say much about the others. But if you try their other gear, let me know what you think.