And in the left corner, Camo HipSsister! In the right corner - hot pink SpiBelt!
So now that I have used both, I figured why not - I'm sure *everyone* wants to read my opinion on the two, right? So here's my run down.
Horrible bathroom selfie. Sorry!
Pros - Stays put, wide zipped pocket so it's easy to fit big phones, fits lotttts of stuff
Cons - Only one pocket, so reaching for your phone can knock other stuff out
Appearance - Sorry, this is very functional, but it's throwing me back to the fannypack era!
Trial run: I wasn't sure what to expect when I put this on - I was a little nervous the plastic buckle would bite into my back while running or cause chafing or hot spots, but truth be told even with my heavy phone I didn't feel it at all and after the first 1/2 mile running in it I totally forgot it was there (until my phone vibrated and startled the crud out of me!). Definitely worked well and I can fit plenty of stuff in here.
Bottom line: I will definitely use this for runs in the future. I'm not sure I'd ever use it outside of running though, it's um...well, I'm no fashion queen, but this is definitely not an accessory I'll be reaching for to complete anything but a running kit.
Another hot bathroom selfie.Woot.
Pros - Super comfortable, stays put, 3 pockets so plenty of room (2 horizontal zip pockets, 1 vertical unsealed pocket)
Cons - Goes over your head to put on, the zip pockets are a litttttle bit too small to easily slide my phone in (although the phone fits fine in the actual pocket)
Trial run: Okay, so I'll start by saying I think the vertical pocket is actually intended for your phone, but I'm not comfortable putting an expensive gadget in an unsealed pocket, so I stuck it in the zip pocket. I was a little worried looking at these that it would ride or roll up as I ran, but I was super happy to find that it stayed firmly put for me. I was especially nervous because I'm on the cusp of two sizes, and went with the larger, so I felt like I was especially at risk for it trying to roll into a skinny belt. But after the first half mile, it may as well have been at home for how much I noticed it.
Bottom line: I really liked it, and I can see myself using something like this outside of running too. It doesn't fit quite as much as my spibelt so it's probably not for super long runs when I need to carry more than one pack of sports beans, but I definitely liked it. It comes in lots of colours so I have a feeling I'll be buying a second before too long to have one to match more clothes.
So there's my $0.02! Have you tried both? Which is your favourite?