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I conveniently received a SPI H2O Venture Series SPIbelt right after a nasty bout of heat exhaustion. I read that it is common to be more sensitive to heat and dehydration after recovering so I was excited to have a brand new hydration belt to wear during my lunch runs, which are typically between 6 and 10 km in distance.
Over the few years I’ve been runing, I have acquired a couple SPIbelts but now that I have an iPhone 6 in a pretty large case, I unfortunately can’t fit my phone in them. Luckily, the SPI H2O Venture is large enough to hold even the iPhone 6S or the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, however there isn’t room for much else.
The 2 inch strap is much thicker and sturdier than the original SPIbelts so as to support two 8 ounce bottles of water, which can be clipped on anywhere along the belt. It also has two loops for energy gels, reflective trim, and race bib toggles which are nice-to-have features. The belt is a one size fits most situation as the belt length is adjustable.
I like to wear mine a bit lower on my hips and honestly, I didn’t have a lot of excess room in the belt to make it much bigger. I could see this being an issue for a lot of people as I am pretty average sized for a runner. Although if you prefer it higher near your waist, there is a bit more room in the sizing. The website describes it as fitting 27″ to 48 ” waists. I noticed that other SPIbelts have an extender available for purchase but the H2O Venture does not (at least yet).
The only real issue I had with the SPI H2O Venture was with one of the water bottles. The clip seems to loosen after a couple uses and the bottle now occasionally goes flying off when I’m running. I think I will be able to create a fix for it but I’m hoping it’s something they will look at in future models. I really like the idea and design of this belt otherwise and find it comfortable to wear.
Overall, I’m not sure how long the bottles will last but I really like the SPIbelt itself and the fact that it can hold a big phone is fantastic. I can also fit my debit card and a key in it. Although it’s not perfect, I think SPIbelt is heading in the right direction with this product. Once the bottle issue is fixed, it will be a great little hydration belt!