I got a FlipBelt a few weeks ago because I lost the cheapo supremo arm band that I used to use on my shorter runs. That arm band never worked particularly well, so I was kind of happy to be on the lookout for a replacement. I originally intended to buy a new arm band, but I’d seen a couple of FlipBelt reviews on other running blogs, so I wanted to give it a try.
The FlipBelt is basically a flat tube of stretchy fabric with 4 different slits around the perimeter for you to access your stuff. There’s also a nice little clip for your key, so you have some extra security with that. The whole gimmick of the FlipBelt is that you can flip the belt inside out, so that that slits are on the inside, against your body, effectively locking your items in place so they don’t bounce out while you’re running. You can watch the company’s promotional video here.
- Much more stylish than other fanny pack-esque running belts. You can hide it under your shirt and no one would ever know you’re carrying your phone, keys, debit card, Gu etc.
- Comes in lots of great colors
- Key clip secures your key while running, and the tether is stretchy, so you don’t actually have to unclip your key when you’re exhausted and fumbling to get inside after your run
- Lots of space for various items
- So far, I haven’t had anything bounce out, even without employing the “lock” method
- I’ve found that the slits are just small enough that getting my iPhone 4s in an Otterbox-type case in and out of the pocket is kind of difficult. I can’t really do it while running, which is a bummer. This means larger phones like Galaxy S4 may not fit well either
- Rides up a bit when worn over slippery fabrics, but 90% of the time this isn’t an issue
- Items shift around in the belt–when you reach for your Gu, it may not be accessible through the slit you originally put it in
I think the most important thing to note about the FlipBelt is that it is NOT adjustable, so getting the correct size is really important. The FlipBelt website has very specific sizing information, but I would recommend sizing down if you’re unsure. I wear my FlipBelt around my hips, and according to my hip measurement of 38″, I should have purchased a large. But the medium I ordered fits really snugly (but not uncomfortably) around my hips, so I don’t have to worry as much about it riding up or bouncing around. I also imagine they stretch with use, but since I’ve only had mine a month or so, I can’t really speak to that. All in all, I’m satisfied with my purchase. I don’t think it’s the “world’s best running belt” as the company claims, but it does what I need it to do, and doesn’t make me look like a doofus, so I’m happy.
Have you ever tried a FlipBelt?
How do you carry supplies while running?