No More Fanny Packs

You’re off for a hike or a run, but where to put your keys, phone, and energy bar? Forget the bulky waist bag, and give this sleek little storage belt a try instead. Athlete and entrepreneur Kim Overton came up with the idea after a frustrating jog with her keys stashed in her sports bra. She knew there had to be a better way, and she came up with the SPIbelt, or Small Personal Item belt.This slim, no-jiggle belt has an expandable carrying pouch that looks deceptively small but is large enough to hold your essentials. The SPIbelt stays comfortably secure even while you’re moving. It’s great for workouts, sporting events, shopping, traveling, and trips to the playground and amusement park —or just to keep the bare necessities on hand when you don’t want to carry a bag. It’s perfect for kids, too, and can be used to hold emergency contact info, money, or any necessary medical items like an inhaler or EpiPen. Maybe you need handy access to your electrolyte replenishing gels during your next marathon, or maybe you just want to go for a walk without stuffing your pockets or lugging a purse. Either way, these no-bounce belts and bands are a no-fuss solution for conveniently carrying the stuff you need.

SPIbelt

Personal Pack

No More Fanny Packs

You’re off for a hike or a run, but where to put your keys, phone, and energy bar? Forget the bulky waist bag, and give this sleek little storage belt a try instead. Athlete and entrepreneur Kim Overton came up with the idea after a frustrating jog with her keys stashed in her sports bra. She knew there had to be a better way, and she came up with the SPIbelt, or Small Personal Item belt.This slim, no-jiggle belt has an expandable carrying pouch that looks deceptively small but is large enough to hold your essentials. The SPIbelt stays comfortably secure even while you’re moving. It’s great for workouts, sporting events, shopping, traveling, and trips to the playground and amusement park —or just to keep the bare necessities on hand when you don’t want to carry a bag. It’s perfect for kids, too, and can be used to hold emergency contact info, money, or any necessary medical items like an inhaler or EpiPen. Maybe you need handy access to your electrolyte replenishing gels during your next marathon, or maybe you just want to go for a walk without stuffing your pockets or lugging a purse. Either way, these no-bounce belts and bands are a no-fuss solution for conveniently carrying the stuff you need.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Kim
    Kim

    Hello! I'm Kim Overton, the creator of the Original SPIbelt™. People ask me all the time, "How did you come up with this?" I was out on a run one fall day, and I had my key tucked into my sports top. This was the most frustrating thing, and I thought, "There's gotta be a better way!" That exact day I went home and sewed the first ever SPIbelt™. I sewed the first few dozen by hand, hired local help to continue the process and since have sold over 100K SPIbelts!

    I hope you'll take time to learn more about SPI Belt's success today -- and what I did to take an idea to a successful product now sold around the world.

    We're thrilled to be featured on Daily Grommet today and are happy to answer your questions. Thanks!

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Yay....Iowa! Great to see Daily Grommet here.

  • Shannon
    Shannon
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    I found dailygrommet.com just yesterday and immediately thought that SPIbelt should be featured. How funny to come here today and see... SPIBelt! LOL

    I use one for the purposes discussed in the video, but more importantly my 8 year old daughter, who has type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes), uses a SPIbelt 24/7 to hold her insulin pump. We are huge fans and currently own three SPIbelts.

    Thank you, Daily Grommet, for featuring the belt, and thank you Kim for developing and offering such an amazing product.

  • Loretta
    Loretta
    10/6/2011 1:11 PM

    @Shannon: I am also a type 1 diabetic. I have 3 of these belts. At night I no longer have to worry about getting wrapped up in my tubing since the belt keeps my pump secure! The pump fits into the belt then sits comfortably in the small of my back while I Jazzercise. Previously, I tucked it in my sports bra where the combo of sweat and dancing caused it to slip all over the place. When I go for a walk with my insulin pump in my pocket, the Spibelt becomes the perfect carrier for a small box of juice. I LOVE IT!

  • marie
    marie
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    I love these! And, what great gifts for my boys.

    Thanks, Grommet.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    @shannon Hi there. I'm the Grommet founder. PLEASE let us know whatever other great ideas you have for Grommets. We look at every submission. You can use this easy form or just send an email to [email protected] You sound like our kind of guy or gal.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    @Cheryl Wendy (in the video) is from Iowa and she tested the SpiBelt while on a family vacation. (Believe me, we never rest at Daily Grommet. But if you have to work while vacationing, testing products is a pretty fun way to do it.)

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    This was a fun video to do, since we couldn't stop wearing the Spibelts. Everyone who saw one wanted to get one! Very cool, useful tool. Thanks Kim for creating such a unique product.!

  • Catherine
    Catherine
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Kim--you should absolutely expand these into the equestrian marketplace--both for pleasure riders as well as horse-show veterans (love the race# option). If the show weren't tomorrow--there would be one on my hip, that's for sure! Best wishes for continued success.

    PS that 'Tack & Togs' is an industry standard for Eq-marketing resources.

  • DJP
    DJP
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    This looks like a great product. It's a perfect Grommet (useful; something I've not heard of before.) And the video, Wendy, was brilliant! The different video shots that went with the audio were very convincing. (Like having hands free to take that scary ride!) Great Grommet!

  • Elen
    Elen
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    So cool. I just ordered two.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    @Elen That's great. I did too. Black with turquoise zip. Have someone in mind for the second one. My running/hiking buddy who hates to have anything in her hands.

  • Shannon
    Shannon
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Jules - gal, here. I know... ambiguous name! LOL I will def shoot you an email/form when I come across something else. I'm in the Denver area. I think it's a good place for running across new products. Good luck with everything! I will be checking in daily.

  • Paula
    Paula
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Hi Kim, Yowza! I wish I had thought of this! I'm getting 2 of these for my sons who never have pockets and call fanny backs "granny backs"! They look so small they would hide under t-shirts. OK, this may sound like a dumb question, but any plans to make a waterproof SPIbelt?

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    @ Shannon, (the she-version.) YAY....we now have our first Denver scout (at least the first one I have "met.") Sign up for our email, or fan us on Facebook (button below), so we can do the heavy lifting for you. Who can remember to visit a site everyday? (Well, smarter people than I can...but I forget, myself.)

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    @Paula LOL at the "granny backs" moniker.

  • Elen
    Elen
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    @Jules - I bought two of the belt with the hidden pocket. The turquoise zipper was my second choice!

  • Kim
    Kim – Special Guest
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    What great feedback, thank you! It makes me so happy to hear the different uses for the SPIbelt. Catherine, re: Equestrian, we do market to that market, we call it the Equi-SPIbelt!

  • Kim
    Kim – Special Guest
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Hi Paula, indeed, we do now have water resistant belts, yay! We partnered w/Loksak technologies to provide a water resistant pack inside of the SPIbelt pocket. They're on our website and 10% off thanks to Daily Grommet!

  • Deb
    Deb – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    When I first saw these I thought they'd be great to hold my 10 year old daughter's insulin pump. They look great and much more 'hip' than what's on the market today. I just ordered two. One for her and one for me for running. If they work as well as I think they will she'll want one in every color!

    Any chance you'll be developing one with a zipper that can be opened from either side? That would be a great enhancement for pump users.

    Thanks for a great product! Thanks for a great discovery Daily Grommet team!

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Deb -- so good to see you here. On SPIbelt.com Kim notes that Diabetics love the SPIbelt and make up a large segment of loyal customers. I'm so happy to read all the different uses for this belt.

    Very important point to make: this idea came from my sister-in-law Kaci DelPlato who is becoming a wonderful source of Grommets. Keep them coming.

  • OriG.
    OriG.
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    I'm getting one for my ultra hip sister-in-law who lives in NYC. She's always so together, has everything in travel size (she liked the Grommet that had all the minimus products). This would be good in the city when you're on the move, jumping on and off the subway and want all your valuables close by. Cool invention. Thank you.

  • George
    George
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    I have a 50 inch waist. Is there one to fit me?

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    George: I just pinged Kim to see if the belts fit a 50" waist. We will let you know.

    OriG: I love your comments, since this is a very hip, new product and a safe way to protect your valuables. It is a great gift idea!

  • Daniel
    Daniel
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    The web site says that for larger sizes, use "Order Options" on the checkout page, but I cannot find anything that says "Order Options".

    Frankly, I am put off by the photos of the "rock-solid six-pack abs" models. Couldn't you just use ordinary human beings in these photos? It's OK for them to be slender, but the photos are rather intimidating.

    That, combined with the apparent assumption that anyone with a more-than-40-inch waist isn't worth taking much trouble for (i.e. giving instructions that cannot be followed, see "Order Options" above), would have completely dissuaded me from ordering this product, were it not for the fact that I know that it's been vetted by Daily Grommet. Sorry, maybe it's just me, but the overall effect is off-putting.

    The site, as well as the Daily Grommet listing, seems to assjme that only women would be interested in this product. True, men's clothing more often includes pockets, but for some purposes, carrying items this way is better than using pockets.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Hi Dan,



    The founder of this company has deep athletic origins, and a large segment of her customers buy the SPI belt for high-performance conditions. Photos of people casually strolling in parks would be off-putting to those customers. But the reality is that casual users appreciate buying a performance product. (Think 4 wheel drive vehicles that never leave the road.) Beyond that, we find that the personality of founders permeate a business and vastly prefer seeing that to the alternative of namby pamby market-research driven blandness. (Not that you are calling for that…just pointing out where messages originate.)



    On the concern about possibly excluding larger people (men in particular) I suspect we are hitting a site user interface issue, rather than a deliberate exclusion. We’ll have to let Kim address that directly.

  • Kim
    Kim – Special Guest
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Good morning! We do offer 45+ size belts. Thank you all for bringing to my attention that this option does not appearing in the size drop-down. I'll make sure our tech department fixes this Monday. What will work in the immediate is to add the comments area in the shopping cart the words "45+ size", and our team will know to send the right size. This size option does come in all styles and colors you see available on the website. If you are uncomfortable with this option, you may also reply to the email that is delivered to you directly after you place your order. The email will go directly to customer service and will include your order number. These two options will ensure you get the correct size, until the drop-down option is in place. I really appreciate that you all brought this to my attention, thank you kindly.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    When I opened up my box with my SPIbelt order last night I showed it to a visiting friend. He was surprised how sleek the belt is when there is nothing in the pouch. It's really just flat with no "hangover" or pouch droop. He said he would now order one, realizing it would be just like wearing a guy's belt. The hardware was nice and solid too, he felt.

  • Zella
    Zella
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Hmm, yeah so this is a fanny pack 2.0. I wasn't enamored with them in the 80's and even less so now.

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    What?? You mean you don't long for the days of leggings, ripped sweatshirts and big hair, Zella?? Ok, I see where you're coming from, but I have to say as skeptical as I might have been, I'm a complete convert. I mean, what do you do with your keys and phone when you go out for a bike ride? Better than stuffing my pockets and having everything fall out, that's for sure. And really, nowhere near as bulky as those throwback "fanny backs" you're remembering. If anyone out there has gotten their SPIbelt, we'd love to hear what you think.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    The design is sleek and very functional. Zella, like anything in life, it may not be for everyone. I wear mine now all the time and I'm constantly stopped while I'm out and about with people asking me "what is that?" and "where can I get one?" Today so many people are trying to simplify their lives and this belt helps you do that by minimizing your gear and allowing you to take the necessities with you while you are on the go. PS. I'm giving these as holiday gifts/stocking stuffers to other hip moms who have commented on mine!

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    I bought one of these about a year ago, the day before I ran my first marathon. I found it in a running store and thought it might improve my stuff-carrying situation. It worked perfectly - held a power bar and my inhaler and didn't bother me a bit over the 26 miles. I'd tried a ton of different things before, including the sports bra trick and some little waist packs that moved around too much, but this is it for me! I'm happy to see it on here :)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Sarah, Thank you for stopping by to share your experience. The fact that it accompanied you through a marathon run is a testament that its unique stretchable storage bag works to keep your things in place while you're active!

  • Stacey
    Stacey
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    This is EXACTLY what I need. I am enjoying running year round in Hawaii and hate carrying my keys and no cell phone on my runs. So I'm ordering one and will write my full review when I get to use it!

  • Stacey
    Stacey
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    So I was going to buy this but can't bring myself to pay the $12 in shipping for a small belt. If it's less than $5 I will. Sorry.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Buttercup - We are offering a Free Shipping promotion on these right now which includes shipping to Hawaii and Alaska. I will contact you directly to get this figured out. Thanks for posting and I'm glad that this looks like it will be useful to you!

  • melissa
    melissa
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    can you share the free shipping promotion with me too? I've been looking for a way to carry my inhaler with me while I bike and run. Love this item!!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    @Melissa, if you live in the US the Free Shipping should be coming up for you. I'll contact you directly to make sure it's working!

  • Stacey
    Stacey
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    I received my SPIbelt during the free shipping promotion - yes! I finally had a chance to use it this morning and am thrilled to say it was wonderful! It fit just right on my lower hips and I didn't think about it at all (which means it wasn't annoying). It didn't bounce and the fabric and belt material is lightweight and thin. It's so comfortable that I forgot I still had it on when I got home. This is a perfect runners accessory! Great gift for yourself or another athlete. The pocket is unique in that it stretches to fit a phone or ID cards. I had my key in it and it laid perfectly flat against me. I'll be taking my SPIbelt all over my Hawaii hikes and runs. Thank you!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    @Stacey - thanks for stopping back with your experience with this product. We are thrilled that it meets your expectations!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:09 PM

    This is the second time that the SPIbelt has been featured and so we have copied over the conversation here from the first feature.

  • Melinda
    Melinda
    7/30/2010 1:37 PM

    Would the diabetic SPIbelt be better to use with an iPod? The earphone cord could connect through the hole in the pouch? Or is the original SPIbelt adequate?

  • Kim
    Kim – Special Guest
    7/30/2010 1:39 PM

    Hello Daily Grommet team and viewers! I'm happy to be here again. I'm just returning back to work from maternity leave, and my kiddo (Dillon, my first) is right here with me :) Since our last feature, we've created many new products including the new anthracite pocket SPIbelt (that's featured here). Looking forward to hearing your questions or comments!

  • Kim
    Kim – Special Guest
    7/30/2010 2:38 PM

    @buckeyegal - Both will work fine, it's a personal preference. The diabetic belt will allow you to zip the belt 100% shut, while the original SPIbelt has worked just fine for many with the zipper pulled 99% shut leaving room for the chord. We've never had a complaint about the original SPIbelt being used along with a headset chord. I will say, the original belt currently comes in more colors to choose from.

  • Beth D.
    Beth D.
    7/30/2010 2:59 PM

    This is one of the best creations I've seen in a long time. Very clever!

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 3:57 PM

    I just had to share this comment that was left on the Daily Grommet Facebook page. Points to the fact that SPIBelt is so versatile!

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  • Teresa
    Teresa
    7/30/2010 8:16 PM

    Looks OK, but I think it's a bit overpriced

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/31/2010 10:56 AM

    This comment came in via e-mail from our community member Jeannine:

    "I recently saw

    your SPI belt grommet and wanted to let you know that I use the SPI belt to

    carry/conceal my insulin pump. It is just the right size and allows me to

    wear my pump under my clothes. Thought you would like to know for future

    reference..."

    Thanks Jeannine, we're glad that the SPIbelt is a good solution for your needs!

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen
    8/11/2010 5:03 PM

    I can see many uses of the SPI belt for students and teachers - Teachers to put their keys and whistle in when they go out for recess duty, as a first aid pack, to hold markers, stickers, etc. as they walk around their class working with students, etc. Students to hold pencils and erasers as they go from class to class. I'm purchasing two for special education associates to use while working with preschool children. Often they need items 'at the drop of a hat' to redirect behavior, help a child focus or to capitalize on a 'teachable moment'. The SPI belt will be perfect to house those items making them readily available for use. YAY!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/11/2010 5:46 PM

    @Kate - this sounds like a perfect solution for all of those examples you listed! I'm so glad that this will be a useful item to make a teacher's day just that much better!

  • Judy
    Judy
    8/12/2010 7:04 PM

    Will an iphone 4 fit in an sp belt? Men carry the phone in a pocket. I home, I leave in my purse and always miss calls.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/12/2010 7:46 PM

    @Judy - an iPhone4 will definitely fit in a SPIbelt!

  • Jason
    Jason
    8/15/2010 11:47 PM

    Hello. I'd like to use the belt to hold my Archos 5 Tablet. The dimensions of the device are 5.6in x 3.1in x 0.4in. Will it fit in the belt? Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/16/2010 11:16 AM

    @Jason - we just tested this and it's a very tight fit with the zipper not completely closing. This may not be the best solution for you.

  • Jason
    Jason
    8/16/2010 12:07 PM

    @Katherine - Ah, good to know. Thank you for checking for me and the extremely quick response.

  • Leslie
    Leslie
    8/17/2010 7:45 AM

    I was very disappointed in the amount I could fit into this belt. After reading the reviews an seeing the video I was lead to believe it would hold my phone,keys and some money- no way could it hold all three.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/17/2010 11:00 AM

    @disappointed - we are surprised as well. You can see in the video that our tester was able to get a phone, a camera and some money in hers. You can work with our customer service department to return it. It would also be nice if you could send a picture of what didn't fit so we can post it for others to see. Thank you for posting!

  • Tim
    Tim
    8/23/2010 11:07 AM

    This looks like it could work as a money belt for traveling. Can it hold a passport without curling it up?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/23/2010 11:57 AM

    @Tim - it will work great as a Passport holder! Bon voyage!

  • Wendy
    Wendy
    9/15/2010 3:44 PM

    Great Product!! I can fit my Droid, Itouch with headphone cord, and keys without trouble. I really like the elastic belt portion - very comfortable. Kept my hands free for my bouncy labradoodle on the trail. Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/15/2010 5:27 PM

    @Wendy - thanks for stopping back and letting us know how you use your Spibelt. We are glad it works for you!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    4/15/2011 7:05 AM

    Hello! I bought the Spibelt with water bottle, I can't figure out how it's supposed to fit. The belt fits my 4 year old, but no way will it fit my 7 year old. Not sure if it's missing a piece or what?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/15/2011 9:06 AM

    @Jennifer: With the water bottle version, the SPIbelt wraps around the water bottle itself instead of around you creating a spot to store your small items.

  • Coleen
    Coleen
    7/16/2011 12:55 PM

    @Katherine Klinger:

    Okay, so with the holder and water bottle there is no belt? You carry the water bottle?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/16/2011 2:55 PM

    @Coleen: That is correct.

  • Carol
    Carol
    5/10/2011 1:00 PM

    My waist is 45 inches - so I can't use this?? :o(

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/10/2011 1:11 PM

    @Carol Anderson: Kim has a custom size that goes up to 55". I will contact you directly with more information.

  • Lori
    Lori
    7/12/2011 1:11 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: Please send me the instructions as well to order the 55" belt. Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/12/2011 1:43 PM

    @Lori: Will do!

  • William Harrington
    William Harrington
    10/20/2011 1:59 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: I was about to ask about a larger size belt and the question was answered. However, The thought occurred that, instead of a new belt, a separate extension to be attached to the standard belt could be useful instead.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/20/2011 2:33 PM

    @William Harrington: That is a great idea! I will forward it on to Kim.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/12/2011 12:20 PM

    When we refeature a Grommet we like to carry over the conversation so that you can benefit from the questions that others have had. We are always here so please let us know what's on your mind!

  • Erica
    Erica
    7/12/2011 12:22 PM

    I saw these for sale at the Fargo Marathon in ND this spring and thought they were great! When funds are available I look forward to picking one up. I think is is just wonderful to have something that isn't big & bulky to carry the all important things :)

  • D'Lovely
    D'Lovely
    7/12/2011 12:33 PM

    I purchased this belt year's ago (and met Kim Overton!) at a Peachtree Road Race Expo years ago. It has accompanied me on every outdoor run, vacation trip, and outdoor music festival since then. I love the expandability! I find that if I'm running and the pouch gets a little bouncy, I just didn't have the band taut enough. Once adjusted, it stays pretty snug.

  • William Ferares
    William Ferares
    7/12/2011 1:11 PM

    Please let me know about custom sizes also please?

    Bill

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/12/2011 1:43 PM

    @William Ferares: I have just done so. Please check your inbox!

  • Patricia OBrien
    Patricia OBrien
    7/12/2011 2:39 PM

    Hello

    I understand that Kim is the creator but am not sure from the text of Jules role. At any rate, this message is for both Kim and Jules, since Kim didn’t modify what Jules had written.

    I am an active 71 year old who never carries a purse (a habit from having lived in bush Alaska where we all walked instead of using cars). I was about to purchase this product for times when I don’t have pockets for my keys and wallet. At my age I usually ignore the youth hard body ads if the product is useful, so was not put off until I read Jules insensitive, defensive, or ignorant response to Dan, a customer, on July 30th: “we find that the personality of founders permeate a business and vastly prefer seeing that to the alternative of namby pamby market-research driven blandness.”

    Dan just asked for normal looking people in the ads. Exposing her own bias and limited viewpoint Jules interpreted this as “Photos of people casually strolling in parks.” APIbelt is missing a much wider audience who would use this product. Not all athletic or outdoor types just stroll in parks. For example for the last three years, along with other seniors, I have volunteered many hours of hard outdoor labor on Forest Service land. None of us look like the hard bodies in the ads. This product could have very wide appeal. Retaining a narrow focus and poo pooing all who do not fit the hard body profile is SPIbelt’s loss.

  • Rebecca
    Rebecca
    7/12/2011 2:59 PM

    @Patricia OBrien: Wow, I hadn't read down that far in the comments - I agree, Jules' comment was rather harsh and I really wish I hadn't read it - I found it very un-professional, casting a bad shadow over daily grommet and Kim's site. Considering Jules' comments and voice is a representive of the site, I would be managing and directing a professional customer care vision rather than attacking consumers - many of whom would be frequenting eCommerce sites in general. Kim's reply was far more professional and level-headed.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/12/2011 4:52 PM

    @Rebecca Wallace @Patricia OBrien: Hey gals, I was making the "namby pamby" reference to companies that use bland photo images. I wasn't talking about people who walk in parks or are not athletes! But I can see why you took it that way. Apologies! Dan is a customer and also a friend so he has more context for my comment I think...

  • Rebecca
    Rebecca
    7/12/2011 2:45 PM

    I've been checking out daily grommet for a long time and this was the first item I bought, just about an hour ago and I got an email saying that it's already been shipped, but no tracking or shipment information was provided... is the service with this grommet just that good or does it have a different meaning?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/12/2011 3:42 PM

    @Rebecca Wallace: Many of our products ship directly from the Grommet partner. If you have received a confirmation of shipment, then indeed it has shipped already!

  • ron e
    ron e
    7/12/2011 3:35 PM

    quick question - is the outer side of the belt a solid black or does it have the word SPIbelt in big letters all around? thanks!

  • wendy
    wendy – Grommet Team
    7/12/2011 3:52 PM

    @ron e: on the belt of the spibelts there is lettering "SPIbelt."

  • ron e
    ron e
    7/12/2011 5:56 PM

    @wendy: thanks!

  • Coleen
    Coleen
    7/12/2011 6:31 PM

    What is the material made from? Where do you purchase the material and are these made in the U.S.? Finally, do you think a small stainless steel bpa free bottle would fit in the one with the bottle? Is the bottle provided plastic and is it bpa free and where does the plastic come from and where is the bottle manufactured?

    Thanks for your reply. It looks like something my sister and her runner friends would enjoy and me too for that matter, but the above questions are important to me.

    I do not mean to sound difficult.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/12/2011 7:19 PM

    @Coleen: You're not difficult, you're investigative! Kudos to you for putting in the effort to make informed purchases. We're going to have to ask Kim about these, we'll let you know what we find out.

  • Emily
    Emily
    7/12/2011 9:06 PM

    @Coleen: Awesome questions Coleen - I'd also like to know the answers. Thanks for asking!

  • Kim
    Kim – Special Guest
    7/13/2011 12:15 AM

    @Coleen: The material is a spandex/lycra blend and is purchased in the US, although some colors are made overseas. We manufacture SPIbelt in the US.

    Also, yes, a small stainless steal bottle will fit in place of our BPA free bottle that is sold with the holder. We purchase the bottles from a manufacturer in the US, and they have confirmed that they are manufactured in Arizona.

  • Coleen
    Coleen
    7/16/2011 12:30 PM

    @Kim Overton:

    Thank you for your quick reply.

  • Joanne Deschenes
    Joanne Deschenes
    8/18/2011 12:46 PM

    I wish that you would make an extension, so we people of "ample" size would also be able to use this....

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/18/2011 12:50 PM

    @Joanne Deschenes: Kim has a custom size that goes up to 55". I will contact you directly with more information.

  •  Cathy
    Cathy
    9/19/2012 2:43 PM

    Hi, the belt that is shown in the video is that the regular belt, or the more expensive sport belt, and what exactly is the difference please? I am going to order one of these, they look great...I hate having to carry a purse all the time! and at the gym...not pockets in my gymshorts!

    Thanks so much.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/19/2012 5:16 PM

    @ Cathy: The SpiBelt definitely will allow you to be hands free & unemcumbered, especially when exercising. The Sport belt design features 2 pockets (6.5" and 5") for extra gadget storage without any added interference. You can get more info at the DETAILS tab (under video & photos).

  •  Sue
    Sue
    10/28/2012 11:07 AM

    Looking for the one to wear on your arm. Im also interested in the different color ones they showed in the video.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    10/31/2012 2:08 AM

    @ Sue: The SPIband for the arm is not available currently. Will be sure to let you know when back in stock.

  •  Sue
    Sue
    10/28/2012 11:08 AM

    Looking for the one to wear on your arm. Im also interested in the different color ones they showed in the video.

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SPIbelt

Personal Pack

No More Fanny Packs

You’re off for a hike or a run, but where to put your keys, phone, and energy bar? Forget the bulky waist bag, and give this sleek little storage belt a try instead. Athlete and entrepreneur Kim Overton came up with the idea after a frustrating jog with her keys stashed in her sports bra. She knew there had to be a better way, and she came up with the SPIbelt, or Small Personal Item belt.This slim, no-jiggle belt has an expandable carrying pouch that looks deceptively small but is large enough to hold your essentials.

The SPIbelt stays comfortably secure even while you’re moving. It’s great for workouts, sporting events, shopping, traveling, and trips to the playground and amusement park —or just to keep the bare necessities on hand when you don’t want to carry a bag. It’s perfect for kids, too, and can be used to hold emergency contact info, money, or any necessary medical items like an inhaler or EpiPen.

Maybe you need handy access to your electrolyte replenishing gels during your next marathon, or maybe you just want to go for a walk without stuffing your pockets or lugging a purse. Either way, these no-bounce belts and bands are a no-fuss solution for conveniently carrying the stuff you need.
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SPIBelt - Small Personal Item Belt

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Kim
    Kim

    Hello! I'm Kim Overton, the creator of the Original SPIbelt™. People ask me all the time, "How did you come up with this?" I was out on a run one fall day, and I had my key tucked into my sports top. This was the most frustrating thing, and I thought, "There's gotta be a better way!" That exact day I went home and sewed the first ever SPIbelt™. I sewed the first few dozen by hand, hired local help to continue the process and since have sold over 100K SPIbelts!

    I hope you'll take time to learn more about SPI Belt's success today -- and what I did to take an idea to a successful product now sold around the world.

    We're thrilled to be featured on Daily Grommet today and are happy to answer your questions. Thanks!

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Yay....Iowa! Great to see Daily Grommet here.

  • Shannon
    Shannon
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    I found dailygrommet.com just yesterday and immediately thought that SPIbelt should be featured. How funny to come here today and see... SPIBelt! LOL

    I use one for the purposes discussed in the video, but more importantly my 8 year old daughter, who has type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes), uses a SPIbelt 24/7 to hold her insulin pump. We are huge fans and currently own three SPIbelts.

    Thank you, Daily Grommet, for featuring the belt, and thank you Kim for developing and offering such an amazing product.

  • Loretta
    Loretta
    10/6/2011 1:11 PM

    @Shannon: I am also a type 1 diabetic. I have 3 of these belts. At night I no longer have to worry about getting wrapped up in my tubing since the belt keeps my pump secure! The pump fits into the belt then sits comfortably in the small of my back while I Jazzercise. Previously, I tucked it in my sports bra where the combo of sweat and dancing caused it to slip all over the place. When I go for a walk with my insulin pump in my pocket, the Spibelt becomes the perfect carrier for a small box of juice. I LOVE IT!

  • marie
    marie
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    I love these! And, what great gifts for my boys.

    Thanks, Grommet.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    @shannon Hi there. I'm the Grommet founder. PLEASE let us know whatever other great ideas you have for Grommets. We look at every submission. You can use this easy form or just send an email to [email protected] You sound like our kind of guy or gal.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    @Cheryl Wendy (in the video) is from Iowa and she tested the SpiBelt while on a family vacation. (Believe me, we never rest at Daily Grommet. But if you have to work while vacationing, testing products is a pretty fun way to do it.)

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    This was a fun video to do, since we couldn't stop wearing the Spibelts. Everyone who saw one wanted to get one! Very cool, useful tool. Thanks Kim for creating such a unique product.!

  • Catherine
    Catherine
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Kim--you should absolutely expand these into the equestrian marketplace--both for pleasure riders as well as horse-show veterans (love the race# option). If the show weren't tomorrow--there would be one on my hip, that's for sure! Best wishes for continued success.

    PS that 'Tack & Togs' is an industry standard for Eq-marketing resources.

  • DJP
    DJP
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    This looks like a great product. It's a perfect Grommet (useful; something I've not heard of before.) And the video, Wendy, was brilliant! The different video shots that went with the audio were very convincing. (Like having hands free to take that scary ride!) Great Grommet!

  • Elen
    Elen
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    So cool. I just ordered two.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    @Elen That's great. I did too. Black with turquoise zip. Have someone in mind for the second one. My running/hiking buddy who hates to have anything in her hands.

  • Shannon
    Shannon
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Jules - gal, here. I know... ambiguous name! LOL I will def shoot you an email/form when I come across something else. I'm in the Denver area. I think it's a good place for running across new products. Good luck with everything! I will be checking in daily.

  • Paula
    Paula
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Hi Kim, Yowza! I wish I had thought of this! I'm getting 2 of these for my sons who never have pockets and call fanny backs "granny backs"! They look so small they would hide under t-shirts. OK, this may sound like a dumb question, but any plans to make a waterproof SPIbelt?

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    @ Shannon, (the she-version.) YAY....we now have our first Denver scout (at least the first one I have "met.") Sign up for our email, or fan us on Facebook (button below), so we can do the heavy lifting for you. Who can remember to visit a site everyday? (Well, smarter people than I can...but I forget, myself.)

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    @Paula LOL at the "granny backs" moniker.

  • Elen
    Elen
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    @Jules - I bought two of the belt with the hidden pocket. The turquoise zipper was my second choice!

  • Kim
    Kim – Special Guest
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    What great feedback, thank you! It makes me so happy to hear the different uses for the SPIbelt. Catherine, re: Equestrian, we do market to that market, we call it the Equi-SPIbelt!

  • Kim
    Kim – Special Guest
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Hi Paula, indeed, we do now have water resistant belts, yay! We partnered w/Loksak technologies to provide a water resistant pack inside of the SPIbelt pocket. They're on our website and 10% off thanks to Daily Grommet!

  • Deb
    Deb – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    When I first saw these I thought they'd be great to hold my 10 year old daughter's insulin pump. They look great and much more 'hip' than what's on the market today. I just ordered two. One for her and one for me for running. If they work as well as I think they will she'll want one in every color!

    Any chance you'll be developing one with a zipper that can be opened from either side? That would be a great enhancement for pump users.

    Thanks for a great product! Thanks for a great discovery Daily Grommet team!

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Deb -- so good to see you here. On SPIbelt.com Kim notes that Diabetics love the SPIbelt and make up a large segment of loyal customers. I'm so happy to read all the different uses for this belt.

    Very important point to make: this idea came from my sister-in-law Kaci DelPlato who is becoming a wonderful source of Grommets. Keep them coming.

  • OriG.
    OriG.
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    I'm getting one for my ultra hip sister-in-law who lives in NYC. She's always so together, has everything in travel size (she liked the Grommet that had all the minimus products). This would be good in the city when you're on the move, jumping on and off the subway and want all your valuables close by. Cool invention. Thank you.

  • George
    George
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    I have a 50 inch waist. Is there one to fit me?

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    George: I just pinged Kim to see if the belts fit a 50" waist. We will let you know.

    OriG: I love your comments, since this is a very hip, new product and a safe way to protect your valuables. It is a great gift idea!

  • Daniel
    Daniel
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    The web site says that for larger sizes, use "Order Options" on the checkout page, but I cannot find anything that says "Order Options".

    Frankly, I am put off by the photos of the "rock-solid six-pack abs" models. Couldn't you just use ordinary human beings in these photos? It's OK for them to be slender, but the photos are rather intimidating.

    That, combined with the apparent assumption that anyone with a more-than-40-inch waist isn't worth taking much trouble for (i.e. giving instructions that cannot be followed, see "Order Options" above), would have completely dissuaded me from ordering this product, were it not for the fact that I know that it's been vetted by Daily Grommet. Sorry, maybe it's just me, but the overall effect is off-putting.

    The site, as well as the Daily Grommet listing, seems to assjme that only women would be interested in this product. True, men's clothing more often includes pockets, but for some purposes, carrying items this way is better than using pockets.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Hi Dan,



    The founder of this company has deep athletic origins, and a large segment of her customers buy the SPI belt for high-performance conditions. Photos of people casually strolling in parks would be off-putting to those customers. But the reality is that casual users appreciate buying a performance product. (Think 4 wheel drive vehicles that never leave the road.) Beyond that, we find that the personality of founders permeate a business and vastly prefer seeing that to the alternative of namby pamby market-research driven blandness. (Not that you are calling for that…just pointing out where messages originate.)



    On the concern about possibly excluding larger people (men in particular) I suspect we are hitting a site user interface issue, rather than a deliberate exclusion. We’ll have to let Kim address that directly.

  • Kim
    Kim – Special Guest
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Good morning! We do offer 45+ size belts. Thank you all for bringing to my attention that this option does not appearing in the size drop-down. I'll make sure our tech department fixes this Monday. What will work in the immediate is to add the comments area in the shopping cart the words "45+ size", and our team will know to send the right size. This size option does come in all styles and colors you see available on the website. If you are uncomfortable with this option, you may also reply to the email that is delivered to you directly after you place your order. The email will go directly to customer service and will include your order number. These two options will ensure you get the correct size, until the drop-down option is in place. I really appreciate that you all brought this to my attention, thank you kindly.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    When I opened up my box with my SPIbelt order last night I showed it to a visiting friend. He was surprised how sleek the belt is when there is nothing in the pouch. It's really just flat with no "hangover" or pouch droop. He said he would now order one, realizing it would be just like wearing a guy's belt. The hardware was nice and solid too, he felt.

  • Zella
    Zella
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Hmm, yeah so this is a fanny pack 2.0. I wasn't enamored with them in the 80's and even less so now.

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    What?? You mean you don't long for the days of leggings, ripped sweatshirts and big hair, Zella?? Ok, I see where you're coming from, but I have to say as skeptical as I might have been, I'm a complete convert. I mean, what do you do with your keys and phone when you go out for a bike ride? Better than stuffing my pockets and having everything fall out, that's for sure. And really, nowhere near as bulky as those throwback "fanny backs" you're remembering. If anyone out there has gotten their SPIbelt, we'd love to hear what you think.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    The design is sleek and very functional. Zella, like anything in life, it may not be for everyone. I wear mine now all the time and I'm constantly stopped while I'm out and about with people asking me "what is that?" and "where can I get one?" Today so many people are trying to simplify their lives and this belt helps you do that by minimizing your gear and allowing you to take the necessities with you while you are on the go. PS. I'm giving these as holiday gifts/stocking stuffers to other hip moms who have commented on mine!

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    I bought one of these about a year ago, the day before I ran my first marathon. I found it in a running store and thought it might improve my stuff-carrying situation. It worked perfectly - held a power bar and my inhaler and didn't bother me a bit over the 26 miles. I'd tried a ton of different things before, including the sports bra trick and some little waist packs that moved around too much, but this is it for me! I'm happy to see it on here :)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Sarah, Thank you for stopping by to share your experience. The fact that it accompanied you through a marathon run is a testament that its unique stretchable storage bag works to keep your things in place while you're active!

  • Stacey
    Stacey
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    This is EXACTLY what I need. I am enjoying running year round in Hawaii and hate carrying my keys and no cell phone on my runs. So I'm ordering one and will write my full review when I get to use it!

  • Stacey
    Stacey
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    So I was going to buy this but can't bring myself to pay the $12 in shipping for a small belt. If it's less than $5 I will. Sorry.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    Buttercup - We are offering a Free Shipping promotion on these right now which includes shipping to Hawaii and Alaska. I will contact you directly to get this figured out. Thanks for posting and I'm glad that this looks like it will be useful to you!

  • melissa
    melissa
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    can you share the free shipping promotion with me too? I've been looking for a way to carry my inhaler with me while I bike and run. Love this item!!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    @Melissa, if you live in the US the Free Shipping should be coming up for you. I'll contact you directly to make sure it's working!

  • Stacey
    Stacey
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    I received my SPIbelt during the free shipping promotion - yes! I finally had a chance to use it this morning and am thrilled to say it was wonderful! It fit just right on my lower hips and I didn't think about it at all (which means it wasn't annoying). It didn't bounce and the fabric and belt material is lightweight and thin. It's so comfortable that I forgot I still had it on when I got home. This is a perfect runners accessory! Great gift for yourself or another athlete. The pocket is unique in that it stretches to fit a phone or ID cards. I had my key in it and it laid perfectly flat against me. I'll be taking my SPIbelt all over my Hawaii hikes and runs. Thank you!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:00 PM

    @Stacey - thanks for stopping back with your experience with this product. We are thrilled that it meets your expectations!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 12:09 PM

    This is the second time that the SPIbelt has been featured and so we have copied over the conversation here from the first feature.

  • Melinda
    Melinda
    7/30/2010 1:37 PM

    Would the diabetic SPIbelt be better to use with an iPod? The earphone cord could connect through the hole in the pouch? Or is the original SPIbelt adequate?

  • Kim
    Kim – Special Guest
    7/30/2010 1:39 PM

    Hello Daily Grommet team and viewers! I'm happy to be here again. I'm just returning back to work from maternity leave, and my kiddo (Dillon, my first) is right here with me :) Since our last feature, we've created many new products including the new anthracite pocket SPIbelt (that's featured here). Looking forward to hearing your questions or comments!

  • Kim
    Kim – Special Guest
    7/30/2010 2:38 PM

    @buckeyegal - Both will work fine, it's a personal preference. The diabetic belt will allow you to zip the belt 100% shut, while the original SPIbelt has worked just fine for many with the zipper pulled 99% shut leaving room for the chord. We've never had a complaint about the original SPIbelt being used along with a headset chord. I will say, the original belt currently comes in more colors to choose from.

  • Beth D.
    Beth D.
    7/30/2010 2:59 PM

    This is one of the best creations I've seen in a long time. Very clever!

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 3:57 PM

    I just had to share this comment that was left on the Daily Grommet Facebook page. Points to the fact that SPIBelt is so versatile!

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    "Perfect way for my daughter (who does NOT want a purse) to carry her cell phone and key!"



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  • Teresa
    Teresa
    7/30/2010 8:16 PM

    Looks OK, but I think it's a bit overpriced

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/31/2010 10:56 AM

    This comment came in via e-mail from our community member Jeannine:

    "I recently saw

    your SPI belt grommet and wanted to let you know that I use the SPI belt to

    carry/conceal my insulin pump. It is just the right size and allows me to

    wear my pump under my clothes. Thought you would like to know for future

    reference..."

    Thanks Jeannine, we're glad that the SPIbelt is a good solution for your needs!

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen
    8/11/2010 5:03 PM

    I can see many uses of the SPI belt for students and teachers - Teachers to put their keys and whistle in when they go out for recess duty, as a first aid pack, to hold markers, stickers, etc. as they walk around their class working with students, etc. Students to hold pencils and erasers as they go from class to class. I'm purchasing two for special education associates to use while working with preschool children. Often they need items 'at the drop of a hat' to redirect behavior, help a child focus or to capitalize on a 'teachable moment'. The SPI belt will be perfect to house those items making them readily available for use. YAY!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/11/2010 5:46 PM

    @Kate - this sounds like a perfect solution for all of those examples you listed! I'm so glad that this will be a useful item to make a teacher's day just that much better!

  • Judy
    Judy
    8/12/2010 7:04 PM

    Will an iphone 4 fit in an sp belt? Men carry the phone in a pocket. I home, I leave in my purse and always miss calls.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/12/2010 7:46 PM

    @Judy - an iPhone4 will definitely fit in a SPIbelt!

  • Jason
    Jason
    8/15/2010 11:47 PM

    Hello. I'd like to use the belt to hold my Archos 5 Tablet. The dimensions of the device are 5.6in x 3.1in x 0.4in. Will it fit in the belt? Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/16/2010 11:16 AM

    @Jason - we just tested this and it's a very tight fit with the zipper not completely closing. This may not be the best solution for you.

  • Jason
    Jason
    8/16/2010 12:07 PM

    @Katherine - Ah, good to know. Thank you for checking for me and the extremely quick response.

  • Leslie
    Leslie
    8/17/2010 7:45 AM

    I was very disappointed in the amount I could fit into this belt. After reading the reviews an seeing the video I was lead to believe it would hold my phone,keys and some money- no way could it hold all three.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/17/2010 11:00 AM

    @disappointed - we are surprised as well. You can see in the video that our tester was able to get a phone, a camera and some money in hers. You can work with our customer service department to return it. It would also be nice if you could send a picture of what didn't fit so we can post it for others to see. Thank you for posting!

  • Tim
    Tim
    8/23/2010 11:07 AM

    This looks like it could work as a money belt for traveling. Can it hold a passport without curling it up?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/23/2010 11:57 AM

    @Tim - it will work great as a Passport holder! Bon voyage!

  • Wendy
    Wendy
    9/15/2010 3:44 PM

    Great Product!! I can fit my Droid, Itouch with headphone cord, and keys without trouble. I really like the elastic belt portion - very comfortable. Kept my hands free for my bouncy labradoodle on the trail. Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/15/2010 5:27 PM

    @Wendy - thanks for stopping back and letting us know how you use your Spibelt. We are glad it works for you!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    4/15/2011 7:05 AM

    Hello! I bought the Spibelt with water bottle, I can't figure out how it's supposed to fit. The belt fits my 4 year old, but no way will it fit my 7 year old. Not sure if it's missing a piece or what?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/15/2011 9:06 AM

    @Jennifer: With the water bottle version, the SPIbelt wraps around the water bottle itself instead of around you creating a spot to store your small items.

  • Coleen
    Coleen
    7/16/2011 12:55 PM

    @Katherine Klinger:

    Okay, so with the holder and water bottle there is no belt? You carry the water bottle?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/16/2011 2:55 PM

    @Coleen: That is correct.

  • Carol
    Carol
    5/10/2011 1:00 PM

    My waist is 45 inches - so I can't use this?? :o(

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/10/2011 1:11 PM

    @Carol Anderson: Kim has a custom size that goes up to 55". I will contact you directly with more information.

  • Lori
    Lori
    7/12/2011 1:11 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: Please send me the instructions as well to order the 55" belt. Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/12/2011 1:43 PM

    @Lori: Will do!

  • William Harrington
    William Harrington
    10/20/2011 1:59 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: I was about to ask about a larger size belt and the question was answered. However, The thought occurred that, instead of a new belt, a separate extension to be attached to the standard belt could be useful instead.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/20/2011 2:33 PM

    @William Harrington: That is a great idea! I will forward it on to Kim.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/12/2011 12:20 PM

    When we refeature a Grommet we like to carry over the conversation so that you can benefit from the questions that others have had. We are always here so please let us know what's on your mind!

  • Erica
    Erica
    7/12/2011 12:22 PM

    I saw these for sale at the Fargo Marathon in ND this spring and thought they were great! When funds are available I look forward to picking one up. I think is is just wonderful to have something that isn't big & bulky to carry the all important things :)

  • D'Lovely
    D'Lovely
    7/12/2011 12:33 PM

    I purchased this belt year's ago (and met Kim Overton!) at a Peachtree Road Race Expo years ago. It has accompanied me on every outdoor run, vacation trip, and outdoor music festival since then. I love the expandability! I find that if I'm running and the pouch gets a little bouncy, I just didn't have the band taut enough. Once adjusted, it stays pretty snug.

  • William Ferares
    William Ferares
    7/12/2011 1:11 PM

    Please let me know about custom sizes also please?

    Bill

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/12/2011 1:43 PM

    @William Ferares: I have just done so. Please check your inbox!

  • Patricia OBrien
    Patricia OBrien
    7/12/2011 2:39 PM

    Hello

    I understand that Kim is the creator but am not sure from the text of Jules role. At any rate, this message is for both Kim and Jules, since Kim didn’t modify what Jules had written.

    I am an active 71 year old who never carries a purse (a habit from having lived in bush Alaska where we all walked instead of using cars). I was about to purchase this product for times when I don’t have pockets for my keys and wallet. At my age I usually ignore the youth hard body ads if the product is useful, so was not put off until I read Jules insensitive, defensive, or ignorant response to Dan, a customer, on July 30th: “we find that the personality of founders permeate a business and vastly prefer seeing that to the alternative of namby pamby market-research driven blandness.”

    Dan just asked for normal looking people in the ads. Exposing her own bias and limited viewpoint Jules interpreted this as “Photos of people casually strolling in parks.” APIbelt is missing a much wider audience who would use this product. Not all athletic or outdoor types just stroll in parks. For example for the last three years, along with other seniors, I have volunteered many hours of hard outdoor labor on Forest Service land. None of us look like the hard bodies in the ads. This product could have very wide appeal. Retaining a narrow focus and poo pooing all who do not fit the hard body profile is SPIbelt’s loss.

  • Rebecca
    Rebecca
    7/12/2011 2:59 PM

    @Patricia OBrien: Wow, I hadn't read down that far in the comments - I agree, Jules' comment was rather harsh and I really wish I hadn't read it - I found it very un-professional, casting a bad shadow over daily grommet and Kim's site. Considering Jules' comments and voice is a representive of the site, I would be managing and directing a professional customer care vision rather than attacking consumers - many of whom would be frequenting eCommerce sites in general. Kim's reply was far more professional and level-headed.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/12/2011 4:52 PM

    @Rebecca Wallace @Patricia OBrien: Hey gals, I was making the "namby pamby" reference to companies that use bland photo images. I wasn't talking about people who walk in parks or are not athletes! But I can see why you took it that way. Apologies! Dan is a customer and also a friend so he has more context for my comment I think...

  • Rebecca
    Rebecca
    7/12/2011 2:45 PM

    I've been checking out daily grommet for a long time and this was the first item I bought, just about an hour ago and I got an email saying that it's already been shipped, but no tracking or shipment information was provided... is the service with this grommet just that good or does it have a different meaning?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/12/2011 3:42 PM

    @Rebecca Wallace: Many of our products ship directly from the Grommet partner. If you have received a confirmation of shipment, then indeed it has shipped already!

  • ron e
    ron e
    7/12/2011 3:35 PM

    quick question - is the outer side of the belt a solid black or does it have the word SPIbelt in big letters all around? thanks!

  • wendy
    wendy – Grommet Team
    7/12/2011 3:52 PM

    @ron e: on the belt of the spibelts there is lettering "SPIbelt."

  • ron e
    ron e
    7/12/2011 5:56 PM

    @wendy: thanks!

  • Coleen
    Coleen
    7/12/2011 6:31 PM

    What is the material made from? Where do you purchase the material and are these made in the U.S.? Finally, do you think a small stainless steel bpa free bottle would fit in the one with the bottle? Is the bottle provided plastic and is it bpa free and where does the plastic come from and where is the bottle manufactured?

    Thanks for your reply. It looks like something my sister and her runner friends would enjoy and me too for that matter, but the above questions are important to me.

    I do not mean to sound difficult.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/12/2011 7:19 PM

    @Coleen: You're not difficult, you're investigative! Kudos to you for putting in the effort to make informed purchases. We're going to have to ask Kim about these, we'll let you know what we find out.

  • Emily
    Emily
    7/12/2011 9:06 PM

    @Coleen: Awesome questions Coleen - I'd also like to know the answers. Thanks for asking!

  • Kim
    Kim – Special Guest
    7/13/2011 12:15 AM

    @Coleen: The material is a spandex/lycra blend and is purchased in the US, although some colors are made overseas. We manufacture SPIbelt in the US.

    Also, yes, a small stainless steal bottle will fit in place of our BPA free bottle that is sold with the holder. We purchase the bottles from a manufacturer in the US, and they have confirmed that they are manufactured in Arizona.

  • Coleen
    Coleen
    7/16/2011 12:30 PM

    @Kim Overton:

    Thank you for your quick reply.

  • Joanne Deschenes
    Joanne Deschenes
    8/18/2011 12:46 PM

    I wish that you would make an extension, so we people of "ample" size would also be able to use this....

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/18/2011 12:50 PM

    @Joanne Deschenes: Kim has a custom size that goes up to 55". I will contact you directly with more information.

  •  Cathy
    Cathy
    9/19/2012 2:43 PM

    Hi, the belt that is shown in the video is that the regular belt, or the more expensive sport belt, and what exactly is the difference please? I am going to order one of these, they look great...I hate having to carry a purse all the time! and at the gym...not pockets in my gymshorts!

    Thanks so much.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/19/2012 5:16 PM

    @ Cathy: The SpiBelt definitely will allow you to be hands free & unemcumbered, especially when exercising. The Sport belt design features 2 pockets (6.5" and 5") for extra gadget storage without any added interference. You can get more info at the DETAILS tab (under video & photos).

  •  Sue
    Sue
    10/28/2012 11:07 AM

    Looking for the one to wear on your arm. Im also interested in the different color ones they showed in the video.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    10/31/2012 2:08 AM

    @ Sue: The SPIband for the arm is not available currently. Will be sure to let you know when back in stock.

  •  Sue
    Sue
    10/28/2012 11:08 AM

    Looking for the one to wear on your arm. Im also interested in the different color ones they showed in the video.

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