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Aug 24, 2011

Ifitness belt review and giveaway

5 miles on the schedule today - done; this was one of my windiest runs I have done since I can remember.


Ifitnessinc. was kind enough to send me one of their belts to test and give a review.  I have been looking for something to use especially on my long runs so I can get used to using it for my next marathon in 52 days!

The belt they sent me is called their Double Pouch belt.  Why did they send me this one?  Because they asked me what I would use it for - how's that for customer service?  My primary purpose was to use it for my phone(I use a Blackberry) and to store GU chomps along with my keys and money.  The quality of this belt is top notch.  It is well made with nice stitching and is very comfortable(soft to the touch and/or skin) since it is made from Neoprene.  I got black on black so it would match everything I wear.

I started off the test of this belt with numerous short runs.  I didn't want to start with a long run in case I did not like the way it fit or if it bothered me in some way.  Well, far from it!  I barely noticed it was there.  I know that most of you use running belts and you put them on with the pockets in the front.  Frankly, I just could not get comfortable with it in the front of me.  Not because it was not comfortable but for my personal preference, I liked all the stuff in my back when I was running.  It just seemed much more comfortable to me and stays in place better for me.  I'm sure most of you would prefer it in the front though for easy access to your stuff.  I felt it was still easy to get to stuff even when it was on my back because you could easily reach the zipper and get what you needed.  My thoughts are as long as it's not bouncing around all over the place, it does not matter what side you wear it on.  I seemed to notice the belt even less when it was put on my back so that's where I'm using it.

After numerous shorter runs, I decided to run with it on my long run.  I did 15 with it and thought if I can get through 15 miles with this around me, I can get through 26.2 or 50 or...well, you get the point.  I had my phone, my car keys, and my GU chomps with me and everything fit perfectly in the two pouches plus I still had room for more if I really wanted something in there.  I also used it for a trail hike carrying my camera and my phone and was really comfortable with it on.
Great for the trails too!
My second worry for a running belt was chafing.  Really, who wants to wear something that is going to hurt you the longer you run?  Not me.  If any chafing was going to occur, it was going to happen on my long run.  It was about 80 degrees outside and I was sweating up a storm.  After the run, I really inspected to make sure I was good and there was no chafing - check - no worries here.

The final thing I was worried about was my phone getting wet.  No worries here again.  This baby is water and sweat resistant.  My phone was dry as a bone when I finished my run.  Not the same could be said for my shirt.  There was not a dry spot on it due to the high heat.

An additional feature that I also like is the two little reflective strips on the belt.  I run in the dark 80% of the time so it's nice to have a couple more reflective things on to help keep me safe.  There is also an inner pocket on this so you can keep ID or a credit card separated from your phone or other stuff.  I would take a picture of it if I could get a good one of that but I couldn't.  Trust me when I tell you that it's very easy to slip a credit card or money in that inner pocket to keep it organized.

You can certainly tell that the people at Ifitness Inc. are runners that knew what they were putting together when they made this.  I have tried other belts, most of which shake all over the place or ride up on you, but this one stays in place.  I do have another belt that I use for my race number especially in the winter time.  If you are looking for something like that, you can order an iFitnessinc belt that has race number holders that go with the belt - how convenient!

Here's a few pictures of the belt itself:

Great quality clip and easy to use!

Reflective tabs

Really nice looking belt!

They have all kinds of options for whatever you are looking for in a running belt and I'm sure you would be able to find one you like on their website.  Please take a look at what they have!


Here's the best part - - - you have a chance to win a belt for yourself.  Ifitnessinc is offering a free single pouch belt as a giveaway.  Here's the rules:

1.  Be a follower of my blog and leave me a comment here that you are. (Mandatory)
2.  Follow iFitnessinc on Twitter HERE and/or "Like" iFitnessinc on Facebook HERE and leave a comment that I sent you; leave a comment here that you did it(Mandatory)
3.  Visit the iFitnessinc. website HERE and tell me which Neoprene Single Pouch belt you like best for an extra entry
4.  Tweet, Facebook or share this contest on your blog for an extra entry

Be sure to leave a separate comment for each thing you do for an additional entry into the giveaway.  Please also be sure to do what is shown as mandatory(#1 AND #2 required) or I cannot qualify you in the contest.

Also, if you have a blog, and you win the belt, please do a review of the belt and spread the word about iFitnessinc.  It's the least we can do for them supporting the running community with such an awesome product.

This contest will run through Monday, September 5th when a winner will be chosen at random.  The belt will be sent directly to the winner from iFitnessinc.

* I was sent a running belt from IFitnessinc at no cost in exchange for a review of their product.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and I was not required to give a favorable review.

Have a great day and.....Keep Running!!!!!


  1. Damn, I'm a Follower but near the top of the comments.

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  3. Deleted comment = extra entry right? Fat fingered a few keys! I like the black pouch with the yellow or orange stripe.

  4. I "liked" Ifitness on Face book and posted that you sent me over (Robinson Neidhardt)

  5. I like the Black belt with Red center the best!

  6. I "liked" them and posted that you sent me!

  7. I liked and posted on their page.

  8. I liked them on FB and also posted on the wall.

  9. I already follow ifitness on FB and on Twitter :D

  10. I would get the black one with a pink zipper
    I am esp interested in trying out the double hydration belt!!

  11. linking on my blog!!

  12. posting the giveaway on my blog in the sidebar under giveaways

  13. I "liked" ifitness on Facebook and told them you sent me :)

  14. I like the classic black on black

  15. I mentioned your giveaway on my blog here:

  16. I follow ifitness on Facebook and will mention you sent me

  17. I like the single grey pouch with black center and pink zipper!

  18. I am tweeting this contest! (and FWIW if I win I will definitely celebrate the win on my blog and review the product!)

  19. Like IFitness on FB & Commented.

  20. I like the Single Pouch Black w/ Blue Center.

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  22. This contest is officially closed. Sorry but no further posts on this blog post will be accepted. A winner will be announced shortly. Thanks!