Disclaimer: I was sent this belt for free in exchange for an HONEST review. All opinions are my own, and y'all KNOW I wouldn't recommend any gear I wouldn't use myself! I did not receive any other compensation, nor will I if you use the link below to purchase the belt.
Regardless of whether you're reading my blog because you're a runner or a hiker, I know you like new gear. All of us do. When I was offered the opportunity to try this new SLS3 Dual Pocket Running Belt I jumped at the chance! Not only would this come in handy for running, which I'm doing a LOT of these days, it would also be great for me on a day hike! My day hiking pack doesn't offer a hip belt and I've been thinking of upgrading, but now I don't have to! I am really excited to share my thoughts on this belt with you guys and also offer a giveaway at the end of the post!
My old running belt is a Flip Belt. While I do like the belt, lately I've been having issues with my phone falling out of it on runs, and usually it falls out, no joke, when I'm crossing an intersection. Seeing that this belt had a zipper, I knew that problem would no longer be in my future! Another thing about the Flip Belt is that it's one continuous piece of fabric. While it holds a lot, you have to slip it on over your head or put it on like a skirt. Taking it off in public places sometimes gets you weird looks! This SLS3 belt has a clip at the waist. Not just a regular clip, but a heavy duty clip like you would see on a backpack. This thing is going to snap in place and stay put.
I snapped this belt on for a 7-mile run this week and decided to try it out in between layers. I put it on over my merino undershirt, but underneath my long sleeved top. You can hardly even tell I'm wearing it, which is another great feature. It's awkward when you've got a belt that makes you look all lumpy underneath. This one is sleek and fits well. I especially appreciate the elastic in the waist band, as it stays snug and secure without riding up, which my Flip Belt also does after a few sweaty miles. I ran the entire seven miles without this thing moving one time. I took it out again the next day for 7 more miles and again it felt comfortable. Today, however, I did have problems with the belt migrating. It didn't ride up, but it did spin around a bit and ended up on me sideways for quite a bit of the run. I didn't feel like fooling with it as my pace was great, so I left it alone. It didn't bother me or feel weird, just having the weight of my phone on my side was a little strange.
After running twice with this belt, I decided to take it on trail with me for a few hikes! My day pack doesn't have a hip belt, so I can wear the belt and a backpack while out just for a day. I used the belt to carry my lip balm and car key in one pocket and my ID, debit card, and some cash in the other. I honestly forgot I was even wearing the belt. It sat comfortably and didn't rub my back, even where the belt and the pack were riding in the same place. Again, I wore this belt over my merino undershirt but under a long-sleeved tech shirt.
So this belt sounds pretty cool, right? Well, thanks to SLS3 you have the chance to win one for yourself! Use the Rafflecopter Widget below to enter to win!
Don't want to wait and see if you're a winner? You can buy this belt right now in the SLS3 Amazon store for 57% off at a special introductory price - only $12.90 instead of the usual $29.00. Here's the link -----> http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017DRIKFY
Do you own a belt for hiking or for running? Which color belt would you want if you won? Leave me a comment below!
Info about the giveaway: The giveaway will be running from Feb. 2, 2016 until Feb. 9th, 2016. Winner will be notified via email (if available) and/or blog post, and will have 24 hours to claim prize. If original winner does not claim prize within 24 hours, an alternate winner(s) will be selected. Contestants must enter on the Giveaway widget in order to win. All winning entries will be verified. If a winning entry cannot be verified as completed, a new winner will be drawn. Winner will be provided the prize directly from SLS3. Substitutions unlikely but may apply. Sprinkles Hikes is not responsible for failure of sponsor to deliver product.