FlipBelt - exercise cell phone holder and more product review
The FlipBelt: Review for Walking and Exercise
It can be hard to find a way to carry your mobile phone, identification, cash, and other when you walk, run, or exercise. The FlipBelt is an excellent solution that first popped up at marathon expos. You slip on this soft belt and you can tuck your mobile phone and other items into the slits to carry them in the continuous pocket of the tube-like belt. For a little more security, you flip it over so the openings are against your body, or even add a twist. It has a clip to secure your keys.
The FlipBelt doesn't have any buckles, buttons or Velcro hook-and-loop to put it on. You put it on over your head to sit at your waist or hips, and you tuck stuff into the slit pockets. The pocket space is continuous around the belt, broken only by the one seam. There is also a FlipBelt Zipper version that has one space that has a zippered pocket in addition to the three quick-access slits to the rest of the space in the belt. The zippered pocket is big enough for a cell phone or a passport, a great option for workouts or travel security.
Unisex Polyester/Spandex Tubular Belt
The FlipBelt is made of a tube of soft, sweat-wicking polyester and spandex. It has a unisex design, with only a reflective logo. It's available in several colors, from basic black to neon. The belt is not waterproof, but it is machine washable/dryable, so you can get the sweat out. FlipBelt recommends carrying phones in a plastic bag if protection is needed.
The belts are all 3-inches wide, which is wide enough for almost any mobile phone to fit into the pockets. They come in sizes from extra small to extra large. The extra small size would be for a woman's size 0 or man's size 23 to 26, with belt circumference from 25 to 33 inches. The XL fits women size 14 to 16 or men 26 to 41 with belt circumference from 34 to 48 inches.
Some people will want the belt to fit tightly, while others will want a looser fit. They claim a "no bounce" design that proved to be true to its word when wearing on many half marathons with a mobile phone and snacks in the belt.
Walking and Running With the FlipBelt
There may come a day when fanny packs are back in style, but they are still a bother to put on just to carry your gear while walking, and even worse for gym workouts. Meanwhile, many times you don't have pockets where you want them when you are walking or running, especially for a large mobile phone.
It is easy to access your cell phone with the FlipBelt, and it is carried securely. You may also want to place small items in a little baggie or pouch to put into the FlipBelt, as it is possible for things to fall out of the slits. For extra security, they recommend turning the belt so the slits are against your waist. However, after wearing the belt for several years on numerous half marathons, no items were ever lost.
The FlipBelt serves perfectly for not only the cell phone, but also for quick access to energy gel packets, tissues, energy bars, identification and cash, and any other small items. You can even carry a bottle of water in the FlipBelt. A typical disposable bottle fits just fine. The drawback would be that it will be next to your body and will warm up. FlipBelt sells flat water bottles in 6 oz. and 11 oz. sizes that fit into the belt easily.
The FlipBelt is a convenient place to pin your race bib number, or you can buy their bib attacher cords if you don't want to use pins.
In addition to using the FlipBelt for exercise, it makes a comfortable moneybelt to wear when traveling. It can easily carry your passport and other travel essentials to keep them hidden from pickpockets.
FlipBelt vs. Similar Products
The idea of FlipBelt has caught on and there are many similar belts on the market. Some of them have Velcro closure to put on and take off. Others do not have a continuous pocket but have a couple of pockets. These include hipS-sister, The Tube, D-Belt, and Nathan Sport's Zipster. Check any competitors to ensure they have the features you may want. One drawback of any item with Velcro is that it can snag your clothing or irritate you when you brush against it.
Bottom Line on FlipBelt
After more than five years of wear on more than 25 half marathons, the FlipBelt remains a go-to choice and shows no signs of wear. You can wear it on a 15 minute walk, a long run, or while traveling the world.
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