“The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other,… but to be with each other.”
― Christopher McDougall
I like running gear. I’m always looking for something to make my runs either a little easier or less frustrating. And by frustrating I mean not having to wear an armband or have my phone bouncing around in a pocket. Or carrying it in my hand which is even worse.
Enter the Flipbelt.
If you haven’t heard of it before, the Flipbelt is a multi-purpose belt which can be used for not only running but also for fitness, travel, and a myriad of other uses. It can be used to carry a multitude of things but I will focus on the items I carry in it while running.
According to their site, the “FlipBelt is known for being the most elite running belt available, but it’s also commonly used at the gym, while traveling, horseback riding, carrying medical devices like insulin pumps and epi pens, and so much more. The options are limitless.”
Prior to using the Flipbelt, I wore an armband to hold my phone because I listen to music when I run. I also like having a phone with me in case of emergency. While not the best option I believe, I eventually got used to it.
However, I didn’t like having one arm with something on it and the other bare. It made me feel a little unbalanced, and I also had to run my wired headphones in a weird pattern through my shirt. It was definitely not an ideal way to carry my phone. I found myself constantly adjusting it and it was difficult to change music. Plus, every time I would get a new phone I would have to find a new armband to fit.
So I bought the Flipbelt. And what a great purchase it was.
The Flipbelt has four slots where you can put your phone, a slim water bottle, gels or other types of nutrition, money and ID cards, and whatever else you need to carry while on a run.
It comes in sizes from XX-Small (18″-21″) all the way up to XX-Large (40″-48″). It also comes in a variety of colors from your basic black to even one with pink stripes! Inside, there is a key hook where you can secure your keys and the material is made of a lycra/
Now that some of the basics are out of the way, let’s talk about actual usage of the belt.
I wear it on every run less than 2 hours typically. If I run for longer, I am usually wearing a hydration vest. But, I will wear the Flipbelt for my next marathon as I don’t like wearing a vest during a race unless it’s an ultra. I estimate I have worn the belt at least 100 times since I purchased it so I have a good idea of how well it works. And I can tell you with complete certainty that the Flipbelt is my favorite piece of running gear under $50. (It sells for $29 on their site).
It is comfortable to wear and there have been many times I have forgotten it is on my waist. The Flipbelt does not ride up or down and has enough room for me to carry all the essentials I need. It is lightweight and easily washable. The slots are big enough to put items in but small and taut enough where nothing will fall out. I have an iPhone 8 and the belt holds it easily and feels secure throughout my entire run. I use wireless headphones with my phone and the Flipbelt does not interfere with the connection at all.
The water bottle I purchased can hold 11 oz and fits the shape of your waist. There are also 6 oz bottles for sale on their site. They have also come out with a zippered Flipbelt in addition to the Classic belt with slots.
The complaints I have is the key holder pulled from the inside stitching after about my 5th use and I can no longer use the key hook to hold my keys. This was not a huge deal for me as I usually only carry one or two keys and they can go in my shorts pocket without much trouble. Also, the 11 oz water bottle takes up a lot of space and can be difficult to get out while running. The 6 oz bottle may solve this problem but I have not used it to determine whether that is true.
Those are minor issues to me and do not detract from the usability and overall benefits the Flipbelt provides. For something seemingly so basic, the simpleness of it is its best feature. Some might say it’s just a belt with “pockets.” But in reality, it’s a great addition to any runner’s collection of gear.
I highly recommend the Flipbelt to anyone who needs an alternative to the armband or carrying your phone in your hand. It’s also a great purchase in general even if you aren’t a runner given its many uses.
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