So last August, Detroit Runner did a giveaway for an ifitness belt (edited on 8/15/2013 – the company name has changed to fitletic) which I was fortunate enough to win. I have worn it several times on runs and in races, although I haven’t said much about it. Well, today – that changes!
This is a running item I didn’t even know that I needed. I always found a place to stash my car-keys at races, and then just hoped they would still be there. Now I was fortunate and they always were, but it never stopped crossing my mind that it might not remain that way. I was able to pick from any of the colors of the single pouch neoprene running belts, and went with black/grey (it goes with anything after all.) I have found it to be wonderful for stashing my car-key in, carrying id or even some cash on longer runs, so I could buy refills for my water.
I never felt it while I wore it, it didn’t chafe or ride up. It gave me a way to carry items (even my cell-phone if I had misplaced my armband) with no side effects! Yet, while running with a belt, and an arm-band for my cell phone I was still carrying my water bottle by hand. I had seen on their website, and at the Marine Corps Marathon Expo, that ifitness sold “hydration add-on” options for it. They had a three sizes of bottles, 4 oz, 6 oz and 8 oz. I decided on the 6 oz bottles as 8 oz might be to big, and 4 oz might be to small.
When they arrived, my first question was an obvious one. How hard are they to put on the belt? The answer was – not hard at all! All one has to do is slide the clip through the loops. The loops are fairly tight which keeps the bottles from sliding around – but not too tight to get them on!
When I first took the lids off of the bottles, I had a problem getting them to screw back on. It seems there is a slight trick to it, and while I can’t describe it – I have it down now as I have no problems getting the lids on. Speaking of lids, I know that some of the hand-carried bottles I have
tried have a tendency to leak. When I tried out the ifitness belt with the hydration bottles, I felt a light mist on the back of my legs (I wear the belt backwards so the pocket/bottles are behind me). The closest comparison I could give, is that it felt like I had stepped into a puddle and my shoes were now spraying water off of them. It seems that I hadn’t closed the lids all the way! After tightening them, I found no leaks at all.
I had to tighten the belt a little bit with the bottles on it, but still did not find it very noticeable. You could feel the bottles, but the 6 oz size seemed to be nice as it wasn’t annoying, and the bottles didn’t bounce much. The bottles are held into their holsters with little loops that go over the top – so there is no concern with them falling out! The loop was very easy to open to remove the bottle, and also easy to put back after drinking.
Overall, I find the ifitness belt to be a nice addition to my running gear. For shorter races (5k) or running away from home it is a convenient way to carry my keys, and the capability to add two 6oz bottles for longer runs is great! While a total of 12 oz may not seem like enough for a long run, with the pocket in the belt – I can bring money to stop at a convenience store along with Gels. it!
If you are a looking for a convenient way to carry cash, Gels or other items, I would consider the ifitness belt. It comes in different sizes, and different options as well. If you need a way to carry water for those longer runs, or for ill-setup races – the Hydration add-on is a nice feature!
This review is my opinion, and I was in no way paid to provide it, nor have I received any compensation to do so. I won the belt, and purchased the hydration add-on.