During my training for a half-marathon this year, I’ve gone through an evolution of phone/key caddy/carrier options.
1. Carrying my phone in my hand. Hated it. I like having my hands free (a very good idea in case you stumble!)
2. Clipping it onto my waistband. Also bad – smartphones have gotten too big and heavy. Constantly yanking up your pants when you run is not ideal. The bounce was annoying and distracting.
3. Looking around, everyone else seemed to have an armband, therefore it must be the best option, right? I had to wail on the velcro to keep it on my bicep and I invariably ended up feeling like I had a narrow band of razor wire around either the bottom or top of the band. And if the chafing wasn’t enough, there was the bounce. And the flapping earbud wires. Arrrgh.
I was resigned to discomfort until I saw an ad on MapMyRun.com (I log my workouts – it keeps me honest.) something else – a FlipBelt. After a scan of the reviews, I decided I needed to try it. Harder than expected – only a handful of Portland retailers carry them. The only spot near me had only black (boring) in my size. What color did I have in mind? Neon green, of course!
After ONE day running with my new tubular belt, I was in love. It fits comfortably just below my waist, plenty of capacity and I don’t even feel it when I’m running! I’m not usually the type to gush about a product, but this has really been a game-changer and I decided we need to have them at Here We Go Again!
You don’t need to be a runner or a gym rat to appreciate a FlipBelt. It’s great anytime you want your hands free, or want a secure way to carry things without messing with a purse. Going to a concert? The gym? Headed to Saturday Market? Traveling? Oaks Park roller coaster? Walking to your local coffee shop for a meet up? These are all situations when a FlipBelt would come in handy.
It’s secure and theft-proof, machine wash and dry, and comes in a variety of sizes and colors. We’re thrilled to offer them-come try one on and you’ll see what I mean. Problem solved. And, at $28.99, it’s less than the armband I’ve forsaken.
P.s. Visiting my mom this week and helping her in her garden, I even had an opportunity to put my FlipBelt to use when my borrowed pants were pocketless.
Are you into running, too? Share your thoughts with us about your fave gear, snacks and routes! What keeps you motivated? Earbuds, or not? If yes, what’s on your playlist? Have a running app you like? Discuss. Here’s an article reviewing the top five. Let us know if you agree!