It was my birthday last Saturday (that’s another year I have to drag round the marathon course with me 🙂 ). I never know what to ask for when people ask me what presents I want, so this year I decided to trial some new running gear.
I selected a Spibelt energy gel carrier and some Sundog glasses.
I’ve mentioned before on the blog that I’m looking for ways to transport the ridiculous amount of gels that I intend to consume during the marathon. I tried a Roosport pouch (read the review here) but as my running distance increased I’ve found it’s really not practical for more than 2-3 gels. Beyond that it feels very heavy, and unless I’m wearing really tight capris it drags my pants down as well – not a good feeling!
I’ve heard good things from triathlon friends about the Spibelt, so I thought I’d give that a go. I went for the Energy Running Pouch which holds 6 gels and also has a handy little zip pouch. It promises not to slip and shift around which I think is essential.
The belt has little loops that the gels slot into, it’s quite a tight fit but not impossible for standard size SiS gels. I adjusted the Spibelt so it was on my hips as I’m not comfortable with things round my waist and headed off for my 19 miler.
I have to say, it was brilliant. I had to adjust it a bit as one of the gels was scratching my back, but once I had it on it didn’t move and I really could forget it. Getting the gels out was easy and quick, and the zip pouch is perfect for a key and other small items.
The only problem I had was feeling like a bit of a div running in it, like a cowboy with my holster belt on! I pulled my t-shirt over it so just looked like I was a really odd shape rather than a gel addict 🙂
So in summary – Spibelt gets my recommendation for carrying gels on long runs, the Roosport is great when you don’t have to carry more than a couple of gels and your pants are tight.
The other bit of running kit I’ve been after is some sunglasses for those days when it’s not really bright enough to wear the dark glasses I have. I had my eyes lasered a few years back and they are quite sensitive to light. I’m also sensitive to wind in my eyes, which could be from being protected behind glasses for years.
I chose the Sundog Lady 2 Golf Sunglasses, their full Amazon description is “Sundog Womens ‘Lady 2’ Golf Sunglasses, Silver TR90 Ultraflex Frame With Orange Polycarbonate Distortion Free, Scratch Resistant Lens With Full 100% UVA/B/C Protection” which all sounds very technical and impressive.
I wore these for my 19 mile run too (I know, brilliant idea, take loads of new kit on a long run!) and loved them. They are lightweight, have rubber covered ear bits and I barely knew I was wearing them. They cut down on glare without being too dark and I would certainly recommend them.
And the short version – loved them.
Stand by for more kit reviews, I’ll be doing socks next!