I recently broke my armband that I used to carry my cellphone during runs. My friend at group marathon training suggested the FlipBelt, which she wears during our training sessions. The FlipBelt intrigued me because she said it didn’t budge and the items inside didn’t wiggle when she moves.
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I ordered the FlipBelt a couple months ago and have been using it since. It comes in several colors depending on where you get it. Some retailers (like Target) only offer a few of the colors, but if you order on FlipBelt’s website you get all of the options. I picked my FlipBelt in purple and size small. I wasn’t sure if it’d be too tight on me, but it fits well. When I ordered I was between small and medium, but now a small is perfect for me. See the sizing guide here.
The FlipBelt is basically a fabric belt with four slits in which you can slide your items. I use it to carry my cellphone in the front, my keys on the side and my running fuel (gel) on the right side.
It was a bit tricky getting accustomed to carrying my phone in a belt on my waist. If you just hit shuffle on a playlist and go, you’ll love it, but if like me you skip songs a lot, you will have to pull the phone out of the slit as you run. Sometimes it isn’t a problem at all, but sometimes my phone or earbud plug will get a little stuck. It’s not a big deal, and I really should just play the damn playlist without skipping to focus on running, but hey, these are my running problems!
I may still buy an armband for my phone and use the FlipBelt for necessities such as my car key, my ID and credit card, lip balm, running gels/chews and ointment (during the marathon).
Overall, I like the FlipBelt. It’s cute, it doesn’t move and I haven’t had an item fall out yet. (I can see how if you don’t push an item far into the belt that you could drop something though.)
If you’re looking for something to help you carry your necessities this might be for you. This would also make a great gift for the fitness junkie in your life. Of course, it isn’t just for running. You can wear it during your other workouts as well. Let me know how you like it if you try the FlipBelt!