A Review & giveaway! SLS3 Running Belt

The following post is a sponsored post. I received no compensation for this review, only product, and as usual, all opinions are my own.

An opportunity for a running product blog review came to me by way of my friend Karen. Karen is not a blogger, but knows that I am, and knows that I am more than willing to try new things. So she passed along an invitation that she received, and as a result, I was given an SLS3 dual pocket running belt. I received the one in the blue color, and I was looking forward to really testing it out, both wearing it for speed work and a long run.
Now I have tried two different running belts in the past (not to be named here), and I have had different issues with them in the past. You occasionally have the bounce that comes with a belt, or it might ride up or slip down, or you could not be able to fit all of the things in it that you need for a long run. 

With the dual pocket design of the SLS3 belt, I definitely did not have to worry about finding a home for my iphone in one pocket (for music), and plenty of gels in the other. Now, I only ran 12 miles this past weekend, so I only needed one gel, but I tested it out, and I was able to fit 8 gels along with my iphone. And I could put 6 of them in one pocket, which was relief after I lost two on the course in Indianapolis. 
The blue? That is the zippers on the pocket. ALL of that is pocket. And I know it looks pretty narrow, but the way that the pocket itself rolls up keeps it small and you can just kind of unfold the belt to make more room in it if you need to hold six gels.

First up was a track workout. I didn't have any gels with me, but I wanted to make sure that I had the opportunity to try it more than once, and I was only going to have one long run that I wasn't doing on the treadmill, because of trying to work things around with J's weekend work schedule at this time of year. So I wore it for a 10 minute warmup, a fartlek ladder, and a 10 minute cooldown.
The big thing to keep in mind relating to this was that I kept my phone in the running belt  for the duration of this run. It stayed in its place and rested on my hip throughout the run. One of the biggest complaints that I have with other products is the bounce when I keep my phone in the belt. I had no trouble with the belt stay in place, slipping down, etc. I consider the first run I had with it successful.

Later that weekend, I stuffed it full of gels (even though I only needed one for a 12 miler) and my phone in the second pocket. This allowed me to test the expansion of the belt, along with the ease of the zipper while on the move. I spent a little bit of time playing with the zipper prior to heading out for my run, just to make sure I was feeling comfortable (runners do this kind of thing), and then headed out. 6 miles in, I continued running, unzipped one of the pockets, and pulled the gel out and re-zipped the pocket with no trouble. Success!

Overall, I really enjoyed this belt, and felt like it would be a good investment for someone who has lots of things that they want to carry (keys, phone, credit card, ID, gels, etc) but does not what any bouncing when the pocket gets more full.

Lucky for you, SLS3 is giving me the opportunity to offer one of you the chance to win one of these belts for yourself! Please enter the rafflecopter giveaway below!

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If you don't win, and you are still interested in trying this running belt for yourself, you should check out the SLS3 amazon store where they are offering the dual pocket belt for the special price of $12.90 (that is 57% off the retail price of $29.90 and trust me, is worth EITHER price!)

Do you where a belt when you run to hold all of your gear?


  1. I am always looking for a better race belt because mine bounces a lot! It looks like something that would work well for me.

  2. i would like to give to my daughter


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