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Friday, September 3, 2010

FuelBelt Product Review & Giveaway

I was sent an amazing FuelBelt (in Hibiscus Pink and Cocoa) to try out this summer. It also comes in six different colors (HERE). The two bottle hydration belt is from the H20 Collection.

Check out FuelBelt online (HERE).
I’ve tried this on some shorter distance runs, as well as my recent 20 miler. I also carried a handheld with me, because it was so freaking hot that day.

The 2 8 oz bottles are leak-proof. I agree. I never had a problem with these bottles leaking or dripping. We have a real problem with regular water bottles dripping and spilling around our house. There was not a problem with these little numbers. The bottles were just about the right size. They carried just enough water without causing too much extra weight around my waist. Anything more would have really weighed me down. Anything less wouldn’t have carried enough water or Gatorade.

Instead of sipping on the bottles I took each bottle out and drank the entire thing within a minute or so and then put it back in it’s holder empty. I don’t like listening to that swish-swash sound while I’m running. It drives me crazy. I heard this tip from a triathlete and it seemed to work well. I did have some trouble getting the bottles back in the holders, but simply turned the belt around to the front and then replaced the bottles. No biggie.

The bottles are dishwasher safe, which is a biggie for this mama! Our dishwasher was full of my bottles and hubby’s bottles on Sunday evening’s run of the dishwasher!

The removable waste pocket was handy. I kept my cell phone in a baggy as well as my car key (since I was on a “destination run”. It’s also great for cash and energy gels. It’s also cool because it IS removable.

I liked the adjustable wasteband. The belt adjusts to waist sizes 24 inches to 44 inches. You could adjust the front portion with the velcrow, as well as the adjustable strap. This was really helpful during my long run. I adjusted it quite a few times. Not necessarily because it was moving up or down, but because my comfort level was changing. Sometimes my lower tummy annoys me, sometimes my ribcage annoys me. You know how it goes. Constant battle.

I did find that since I was feeling so terrible on my long run, that the belt started causing “phantom” tummy aches towards the end. I was mostly worried that it would bounce up and down (something I hate!), and it didn’t. This thing didn't shift or bounce. It fit snug and against my body which was great. But, I’ve gained a few pounds in recent months and I think I had adjusted it too tightly on my belly. Which caused some phantom stomach aches. Hopefully, I can shed a few pounds and feel a bit more comfortable the next time I’m out with it.

It was difficult at first having some added wait on my back (the bottles), but I adjusted. It didn’t rub or chafe on my back, which was a worry of mine. Also, the breathable Therafoam wicks sweat away just like your other running gear!

The cool thing is that this belt is totally customizable – you can mix/match/add bottles, contraptions, lights, pockets, bib attachments. You can make this thing work for YOU!!

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FuelBelt is offering all of my readers a chance to win something!
Winners will receive an assortment of prizes and discount codes
directly from Fuel Belt!!!!!

PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY!!!

1 – Become a follower of my blog or already are?! LEAVE ME A COMMENT

2 – Visit the FuelBelt website HERE and tell me what you think is fabulous and would help you with your training. LEAVE ME A COMMENT

3 – Become a fan of FuelBelt on Facebook HERE. LEAVE ME A COMMENT
THEN, LEAVE A COMMENT ON THEIR PIC OF MY REFRIGERATOR (CONTAINING FUELBELT BOTTLES!), WITH A LINK TO RUNNING DIVA MOM
example:
FuelBelt Rocks!! (www.RunningDivaMom.com)

4 – Post about this giveaway on your blog, Facebook or Twitter account. LEAVE ME A COMMENT FOR EACH.

Enter now though Sunday, September 12th.
Winners will be announced on Monday.

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230 comments:

  1. I am a follower...fun giveaway!!!

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  2. I would like to try the 4 bottle one...love the pink color!

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  3. I"m a fan on fb and leaving a comment now!

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  4. I love Fuel Belt the company...such a great company, and great customer service! I love the pink fuel belt, and also the extra pouches you can get to go with your fuel belt! Hope I win!!!:)

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  5. Anything from the H20 series...they look like just the right amount...without too much excess weight...

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  6. Already a FuelBelt fan on Facebook...

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  7. I'd love to try one of these! Also, I just became a follower!

    Amy Lauren
    proudpatriot2007(at)yahoo.com

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  8. I am a follower of your blog!

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  9. I would love to try their 4 bottle belt - perhaps in RED!

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  10. Also, I like the H20 collection on the website, especially the surfer blue fuel belt- it's cute colors, and I would only need 2 bottles max with the distances I run.

    Amy Lauren
    proudpatriot2007(at)yahoo.com

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  11. Would love to try any of the H20 collection - seems like it would be light, love the breathable waistband and the removable race pocket! And great colors!

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  12. I would LOVE a pink and coco belt! Love the website

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  13. I posted this giveaway on my blog

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  14. I follow and I kinda need a fuel belt (that doesn't move) to supplement my handheld, and also make me look cool.

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  15. Ohhh I would like to try a fuel belt just like the one you tested! Seems to be the appropriate amount of "fuel" as well as a decent weighted product to keep you from feeling weighted down while running!

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  16. I like Fuel Belt on FB and I commented on your fridge photo. :)

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  17. You know what I love about Fuelbelt? They come in tons of colors! Thank you for finally reaching out to those of us that like some spunk (and pink) in their life! :)

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  18. I like the H2O collection belt in Kiwi Green and black.

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  19. Became a fan on FB and left a message at the fridge picture!

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  20. I would love the hibiscus 4 bottle fuel belt or the Team in Training version that they offer - GO TEAM!!!

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  21. I'm fan of fuelbelt on facebook AND I commented on your refrigerator pic :)

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  22. I'm a thirsty one, I think I like the 6 bottle

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  23. I like the Kiwi Green/Black H2O belt

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  24. Any of the fuel belts would help me! I am training for my frist marathon and I tried out a fuel belt this morning and hated it!

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  25. You might be looking for a product that would keep me training but this is the info from the site that inspires me to keep training:
    Vinu Malik
    Founder and CEO / FuelBelt, Inc.
    Publisher and CEO / Xtri.com
    7-time Hawaii Ironman Finisher
    30-time Ironman Finisher

    Did you catch that? 30 time as in 3 and then an 0! WOW! Inspiring.

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  26. I want the H20 in Kiwi Green/Black. Too cute!

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  27. Became a fan of FB on FB and commented on your picture with your link!

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  28. I like the surf blue and silver belt.

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  29. i've never tried running with a fuel belt, but it's become pretty clear i need to carry more water from all the sweating i do in FL

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  30. I like the ENDURANCE 4-BOTTLE BELT but I could live with the 10K belt. I just go through 8oz so fast :S

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  31. I tweeted (http://twitter.com/sclubmama/status/22902525324)

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  32. I shared on FB (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=169900090&v=wall&story_fbid=144232888945337)

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  33. I think the Helium Hibiscus Pink with 4 bottles is FABULOUS! Why you ask?

    1. most of my running gear is pink and black, or looks good with pink and black.

    2. i'm increasing my mileage so my base is ready for marathon training next year. (it will be my first!!) So 4 bottles would be a must!

    3. my husband will never touch it if it's pink. hence my pink gym bag, pink ipod cover, pink sunglasses, pink motorcycle helmet, and soon pink tri-bike.

    4. i never have a place for all my crap when running, so I end up shoving it in my sports bra, so having a cute pink pouch to put it in would be perfect!

    5. i hate running holding bottles.

    Thanks again and PICK ME, PICK ME!!!

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  34. fanned fuel belts and commented with a link!

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  35. I'm liking lots of things on their site... the race number belt (I hate pinning)... the reflective belt (for my early early runs)... and the same fuel belt you tried out. I think the 4-bottle belts would be too much for me.

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  36. *like* on facebook and commented on the photo!

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  37. I'd love a pink fuel belt. Also, I have to tell you that I think you have the bottles in backward - they should be flipped out - that way they won't dig into your back at all.

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  38. Love the H2O belts! The one size fits all thing would be great! I haven't been able to use mine for quite some time b/c it didn't fit as I expanded during pregnancy, and won't fit for a few more months until the waist is back to a normal size...

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  39. I wanna rock that pink and brown fuel belt too!

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  40. I "like" Fuelbelt and left a message on facebook!

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  41. I'd like anything from their high visibility selection. I hate running when it's darker out- but sometimes you can't avoid it.

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  42. dedicated post on my blog to your giveaway!

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  43. I am loving that pink/cocoa number you're sporting!

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  44. Kiwi Green H2O belt, how pretty!

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  45. I'm a follower! Great giveaway.

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  46. I love FuelBelt! They updated their Helium belt and made it even better, now the H2O collection. I really like the breathable thermofoam.

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  47. Linked to your contest on my blog sidebar! I'll give your give-away a shout out on my next post as well.

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  48. I'm a follower/lover of your blog! :D

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  49. I actually have really been looking at getting a handheld and a h20 fuelbelt! I hate carrying a plastic bottle as it usually slips out of my hand when i sweat and i run out of water before my run is done.

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  50. Would love to try one of their products from the Helium collection

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  51. I am now a fan of fuel belt! Thanks for the link! I was trying to find them last week and for some reason their page wasn't coming up!

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  52. I posted your giveaway on my blog! :D

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  53. a fuelbelt would help me with my training! I'm hitting double digit miles and I need something to carry my hydration. It's not easy in hot Florida!

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  54. Posted on my blog this am!

    http://babyweightmyfatass.blogspot.com/2010/09/saturday-morning-round-up-of-give-aways.html

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  55. hmm I thought I already wrote I was a follower but here it is if i didn't!

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  56. I love the 4 bottle belt and that you are able to add more water to the belt if needed and the race number attachment. So many add-on's.

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  57. Love the kiwi green/black belt! I have never used a fuel belt but I need one bad. Running in 90 degrees and high humidity has taken its toll. Time to try one out.

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  58. Already a follower of your blog.

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  59. Posting this giveaway on my blog.

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  60. I like the H2O Hibuscus Pink one. I think that little pouch would be perfect for me to carry some of my GU gels, phone and key in it. And the bottles ... I have a handheld but sometimes, I just want to run without anything in my hands.

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  61. I definitely love the TNT belts for my Disney training!

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  62. I became a follower. I want that belt BAD. Not only do I have no $$ I have no stores within a 2 hour drive that would even carry anything running gear related. I've been making due with a semi-okay bottle but mostly it sucks. And I hate that none of my short's or capri's have pockets.

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  63. I am a follower and I love this giveaway!!

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  64. Just checked out the website and I noticed that they have the one I like that my friends wear. The Helium 4. I just comented to my friends on Saturday that I wanted to get one like that. The people I ran with today wear the crush. I so want to win this one :)

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  65. I liked them on FB and left a comment :)

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  66. Checked out the site: I actually like the bib number holders for races and the cute big extra pockets!

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  67. I posted a link to your giveaway on my blog.

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  68. I would like the Race Number Belt and love the 2 bottle carrier - It is just soooo important to have water and fuids during our runs . . . especially during the hot humid summer.

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  69. Became a friend of FuelBelt on Facebook.

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  70. I would love any of the fuel belts! I'm starting to train for my first half marathon and I've been looking for a decent belt to hold my water in!

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  71. I liked Fuelbelt on FB and commented on your fridge pic!

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  72. I blogged about your giveaway here:
    http://runningfromlaw.blogspot.com

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  73. I love the 4-bottle belts. I have a 2 bottle belt right now (from a different company) and the leaking is awful! I end up soaking wet before I even break a sweat!

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  74. LOVE the Helium 4 in surf or royal blue! Fashionable and practical!

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  75. I would love to try a 4 bottle belt. I used a 2 bottle belt this summer during my half training and it just wasn't enough on those hot Virginia mornings!

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  76. Glad to hear this didn't bounce on you. I hate that to...I've graduated to a 40 oz Camelbak waist pack that I wear in the front cause I can't stand things on my back when I run :)!

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  77. I like the 4 Bottle belt in the purple

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  78. I like the H20 belt in Kiwi green/black!

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  79. blogged about it here - www.whathaveigotolose.blogspot.com

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  80. I like the two bottle one you're rockin or any of their reflective stuff since I am a late night runner!

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  81. I love all of the colors that the different Fuel Belt styles come in and like the HELIUM 2 and 4! (Plus I love that they have a Team In Training Collection since I am a big fan of TNT!)

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  82. I really want the H2O belt, been eyeing it for a long time

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  83. With no water on my route (3 broken water fountains), I could use a 4 bottle Helium belt in yellow and black. Thanks!

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  84. I love the 10oz handheld - perfect for short runs when you don't want/need to carry more

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  85. Posted on my blog...

    http://anotherrunningmom.blogspot.com/2010/09/another-heads-up.html

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  86. I've never carried water on my runs and would love to start now.

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  87. OK I want a pink belt just like you and the bib attachments.

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  88. became a fan on FB and left a comment!

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  89. I have posted a link on my blog!

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  90. I liked FuelBelt on FB...and left a comment on your picture.

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  91. Love the adjustable waistband after checking out the website!

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  92. And liked FuelBelt on FB...and left a comment on your picture! :-)

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  93. I looked at the website & Id either get the pink fuel belt you tried or a pink race number belt. I cant decided which I would want to do my tri with!

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  94. I posted a link on my blog at www.runtohealth.blogspot.com

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