Disclosure: I was sent an SLS3 HiPZiPP in my size and color of choice to review. I am not otherwise being compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.
With three full marathons under my belt (pun absolutely intended!), including one in the spring and one in the fall this year, I’ve developed a system for carrying my personal essentials, water, and fuel during long training runs.
It goes like this: Strap on my two-bottle Fuel Belt. Strap on my SpiBelt. Stuff in a couple of gels or a package of Honey Stingers, then, after my music and RunKeeper are active, muscle in my phone. Turn my filled-to-capacity SpiBelt to my back, and maneuver it between the bottles of the Fuel Belt. Run.
It’s a little cumbersome because my SpiBelt just isn’t that big–certainly not for a fairly large phone and a few packets of fuel.
I considered getting a FlipBelt, but I just never committed to it. Then, SLS3 offered to send me a HiPZiPP in exchange for a review, and I jumped on it. I had a couple weeks left of training for the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, and I thought I could take it out for a few test drives, in hopes of using it for the actual race.
According to the manufacturer, “Our high end, warp knit performance compression material is ultraflat, ultralight and you won’t even feel your HiPZiPP when you’re wearing it. It doesn’t bounce, there is no chafing and it hugs your hips. … The compression fabric holds the hipster belt in place securely no matter how far, how high and how often you jump, run, tumble, crawl or hike.”
I selected a size large; I wear a medium, but thought since the belt is supposed to sit lower, toward the hips, that the larger size might be best on account of my–ahem–more shapely figure. I should have asked for a medium. During one of my last runs (on the treadmill) before the race, the belt rode up immediately, and my phone made it sag in front and bounce against my lower abdomen. It was so annoying. Fast forward a few weeks… I used three large safety pins to cinch the belt about an inch. It seemed to fit better. Last week (again on the ‘mill) for a fast 2-miler, the belt still rode up, but my phone stayed relatively in place.
I’m not sure how low on the body this belt is intended to sit. If it’s supposed to sit at the hips, then I’m not sure how that works, because my butt (as my legs go back in my stride) pushes it up. If it’s supposed to sit around the waist, then I’m not convinced this is the product for me; when the belt rode up to my waist (and crept under my shirt), it made me very warm and slightly uncomfortable.
I was attracted to the HiPZiPP because it had larger pockets for larger phones and more gels, and might allow me to carry a car key or an ID. But after trying out this style, I’m not 100 percent convinced this is the right product for me. I’d like to see what a true medium feels like, but I might just pass altogether and opt for a FlipBelt, per the recommendations of friends. I won’t get rid of my HiPZiPP altogether, though; I think it could come in handy for adventures that might prohibit me from carrying a purse, such as a casual hike, a concert, or an amusement park.
If you’d like to give the HiPZiPP a shot, I am giving one away.
The giveaway ends Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Or, if you can’t wait or if you don’t win, I have a discount code for $10 off. Just type in “HZ10” at checkout on the SLS3 website.
The belt retails for $29.90 from SLS3 ($24.90 on Amazon). It comes in eight vibrant colors and four sizes (XS-XL) based on hip measurements.
And while we’re on the subject of new gear…
SLS3, which specializes in compression gear, recently launched a Trade-In and Trade-Up program; it ends Dec. 30.
How it works:
- Send a pair of your old socks or sleeves to:
SLS3 / Trade-In
2613 Temple Heights Drive, Suite G
Oceanside, CA 92056
(Include a piece of paper with your e-mail address.)
- Once the company receives your item, they’ll e-mail you a case sensitive code that allows you to purchase a pair of SLS3 compression socks or sleeve for only $15.