I got a SPI Belt at the HH100. The HH100 has a giant “for sale” area where bike shops and manufacturers come and sell stuff for half price. In a corner a guy was selling SPI Belts for full price as quick as he could haul them out of the box. I ALMOST walked by. I looked - and instantly parted with $20 for one of these puppies. Watch the video to see why cheap Steve forked over. I wish I’d bought two.
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I used it the next day to keep my iPhone, money, and keys safe, secure, and sweat-free in a way jersey pockets can’t. I routinely use it on my commute when there’s a possibility of adverse weather. I carry a empty sandwich bag in the belt and can keep delicate electronic stuff or paper bone dry under almost any conditions. I wore it on Saturday, simply AS a belt since the weather was nice and my cargo shorts had lots of room.
SPI is NOT perfect. The first problem is the pouch is directly in the back of the belt. If used with pants that have belt loops, one loop will line up with the middle of the pouch. Put stuff in the pouch OR use that loop. An offset or moveable pouch might be an improvement; maybe I’m just picky. There IS another version that uses an existing belt. It’s only a problem if you have belt loops you want to use with a SPI Belt.
The second problem is I don’t think this’ll last long enough to become an heirloom like a Brooks Saddle. It’s too early to tell, but I guess I’ll get 2 or 3 years of solid, daily use out of it before the threads deteriorate and the elastic loses spring. Not bad as bike stuff goes, but it’s made of stretchy cloth stuff.
The third (biggest) problem is that this thing just isn’t available at local LBS or the usual sporting goods places. According to SPI web site at spibelt.com, the only place around DFW that has it is Luke’s Locker. Other places, go here. I never heard of Luke’s Locker before I got my SPI Belt, and I’ve still never gone in one, but I notice there’s one in Colleyville - directly on my commute route. Perhaps Luke’s will be visited by me, courtesy of SPI Belt. It is entirely possible that Luke is ignorant of what he has – these things don’t LOOK like much just sitting there and I can't find it via a search of Luke's site. Every LBS and gym in the country ought to be carrying these things.
The SPI Belt is made in Texas (Austin, which some say is not in Texas) and it works. My wife calls it a “man purse.” Sporting women would find it equally handy. It was invented by a woman runner. Perhaps that explains the belt loop problem. Maybe we need a “MSD” version. Regardless, it keeps small stuff out of sight, out of the way, and keeps it with me without being a PIA, the way a pack or bag would be. It’s perfect when traveling light. As long as I have non-pink choices, I’m OK with it. Heck, I’d use one if pink hearts were the only option. My shirt would cover it anyway. Man purse. Proud man purse...