The Debrief: A running-gear review for the rest of us

by lachicaruns on

Running’s supposed to be an inexpensive sport because, theoretically, we just need shoes and the open road. Yeah, well, runners lie. There’s lots of gear to buy. Oh, boy, is there gear.

So how to decide where to spend your hard-earned money? I’m here for you, chicos and chicas.

Today’s Debrief item is SLS3‘s Dual Pocket Run Race Belt, which the company provided for me to test and review.

SLS3 Dual Pocket Run Race Belt

SLS3 Dual Pocket Run Race Belt

Looks

The belt is very streamlined. My sample is all-black, although it also comes in black with blue, lime or purple zippers. There is nothing flashy about the belt, unless you consider a stripe down the middle in the aforementioned colors flashy.

The belt itself is about an inch and a half wide, is made of water-resistant fabric and features two zippered pockets. The zippers worked nicely, didn’t catch and are easy to manage when running, even while wearing winter gloves. The elastic belt also has a plastic buckle which didn’t pinch when taking the belt on and off.

There’s a plastic piece that allows you to adjust belt to fit it around your waist, or if you’re a freak like me, around your hips.

I wore the belt on my hips.

I wore the belt on my hips.

Performance

I easily adjusted the belt around my hips and clipped it in place. The company claims the fit is bounce free and the belt delivered. My iPhone 6 (with a Lifeproof case) fit a bit snugly in one pocket but easily zipped up; I stuck a couple of Gu packets and one of SportBeans in the other, plus some tissues and Chapstick.

I took the belt on several three-to-six milers and one nine-miler. I barely noticed the thing and did not have to adjust it at all.

SLS3 belt close up.

SLS3 belt close up.

In fact, at least twice, I removed all of my running gear (I thought) before heading into the bathroom to shower before realizing that I was still wearing the belt over my running skirt.

Downside(s)

I felt like I was cheating on my Nathan’s hydration belt, which allows me to bring my “luggage” with me on my long runs plus a couple of water bottles. I suspect I can bring just as much stuff with the SLS3’s belt, but I probably won’t use it for any long, un-aided runs because I don’t want to carry water bottles in my hands.

I also wish it had some reflective features because I run in the dark relatively often, especially in the winter.

Cost

La Chica Runs readers can get the belt for $12.90, or 57 percent off, on the company’s Amazon store and get 40 percent off the company’s entire website using the code BLOG40.

Bottom line

The belt appears well-made, expands to fit a bunch of crap, I mean, must-have gear, and at the reduced price is a great buy. I plan to continue to use it for my shorter runs or for long runs when I know I’ll have access to water/Gatorade.

Do you have a favorite running belt? Why did you pick that particular belt?

Written by: lachicaruns

My name is Gisgie. It’s pronounced geese (like the birds) and gee (like the letter). Now that we’ve met, I’m glad you’re here. I’m an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I’ve struggled with piriformis syndrome. I’m currently winning. Most days.

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