Quick FlipBelt Review

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.

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Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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?

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31 thoughts on “Quick FlipBelt Review

  1. dgobs says:

    Thanks for the review! I’m starting to think about gear-carrying kit now that I’m starting to run longer distances, and it seems like there are so many to choose from! I used to have an armband for my phone but the velcro gave up the ghost, and now I have a hand-held bottle with a little pouch that fits phone, key, and cards… maybe a tiny bit of fuel. I don’t love carrying a heavy bottle so I don’t think this method will work for forever, but for now it’s ok.

    • DarlinRae says:

      I actually just ordered a hand-held bottle, because I still haven’t found the *perfect* thing for me. My hydration belt is great for water, but doesn’t fit phone AND fuel. The FlipBelt is great for short runs, but doesn’t carry water. I feel like all my money is going to running gear!

      • dgobs says:

        I loved the bottle when I tried it at the store (it has straps for your hand so you don’t have to actively hold it), but when it’s completely full it gets really heavy and I feel a bit unbalanced. It’s hard finding the perfect thing! I wish there were a rental service (not feasible because it’s kind of gross, but still) so you could try out gear before committing to buying, because I feel the same way… I might as well give my paycheck directly to sporting goods stores!

  2. SuzLyfe says:

    Damn, I would have considered that but if you are having trouble getting an Iphone 4 in/out there is no WAY i can get my huge ass phone in/out. I pack my pockets. I also have a Nathan ID belt, but I don’t like to use it.

  3. Charlotte says:

    Thanks for this review. I’m looking for other things like this to carry my stuff. I also bought a an expandable gear belt from hippierunner and I love it. It works similar but feels great. I may try the flipbelt. thanks for the info! I also bought a belt from Nathan that I like but it’s not as flexible. 🙂

    • DarlinRae says:

      I haven’t tried anything by Nathan yet, but I hear good things. I just ordered a handheld bottle that has a phone/Gu pocket. We’ll see how it goes!

  4. runsaltrun says:

    I’m an SPI Belt gal, but I have been interested in the Flip Belt as well because I like that it doesn’t buckle. That said, I’ve heard from a lot of people that it’s hard to put things in/take things out of it so I never really pursued one. If you have trouble with your 4s in it, there’s no way the 5 would fit.

    Thank you for this very honest review!

  5. veryrach says:

    Thanks for the review! I heard about this on the What’s Trending section of Elvis Duran and the Morning show, and ever since then I’ve been wondering how it REALLY works. BTW I see a lot of people in your comments upset about the Iphone being difficult to put in there… but you do say that you have it in an otter box case which makes it significantly larger and less “slippery”/ easy to slide in.. so an iphone in no case should be no problem, correct?

    • DarlinRae says:

      That’s correct–when I have the phone “naked” it’s not a problem to fit, I just hate having to remove the case. Yes, I’m picky! Also, having the phone naked means that it slides around a lot more inside the tube–it slid almost all the way around during my run yesterday.

  6. Falyn @ Slacker Runner says:

    I have had a flip belt for a few months and for the most part really like it. I refolded mine, so the slits are at the top. That works better for me because I pull my phone and inhaler out often. I also have a fitletic belt for days it’s too hot for the flip belt.

  7. Jimmy says:

    Hello all! Any case that is made out of rubber is tough to get into anything that has a spandex type material. We offer a free ziplock slip cover for these types of cases.
    We have reviews of runners fitting their Note II with out a problem, so any iPhones should work fine. Just wanted to chime in and let you know. We also have a satisfaction guarentee program in case it does not fit properly. ~ FlipBelt

    • DarlinRae says:

      Hey Jimmy! Thanks for coming over, and for the info. I did receive the ziplock cover and it definitely does help the case slide better-I would just prefer to be more grab and go-having to take the additional step of adding the ziplock every time is not too different from having to take the phone out of the case.

      All that being said, I will happily continue to use my FlipBelt for shorter runs, because I recently switched to a more slippery, low-profile case for my phone.

  8. Amy says:

    Last summer I found my perfect running shorts, and bought 4 pairs. They have pockets, so I was able to ditch my fanny pack like thing that I hated. I fit my key in the tiny inside pocket, my phone in one side pocket and two gels in the other side pocket. Much more than that would be pushing it. However, if I’m on a run where I need more stuff than that, I’ll likely have my camelbak and can stash something in it’s (somewhat inconvenient) pocket.

  9. piratebobcat says:

    Interesting. I hadn’t heard of that product. I’m not sure how I’d like something around my waist when I run, but I guess I’d have to try it out to know for sure.

  10. irishrunnerchick says:

    Thanks for sharing! I got the SpiBelt for my marathon but have only used it a couple of times. My iPhone4 (damn – I need to upgrade!) fits in along with a couple of Gus and my keys. I did have some chafing if I wear it a certain way. But I’m turning into a gear junkie so will keep this in mind.

  11. txa1265 says:

    Thanks for the review … I have a generic belt that fits my iPhone 5 and extras, and fit the Droid 4 and Galaxy S3 before that. But tight fit! My belt is a snap type, and I’ve never had a chafing issue. Would really like a SpiBelt, but no justification yet and I’m too cheap to just buy something like that 🙂

    • DarlinRae says:

      I’d worry about chafing with the SpiBelt, so I haven’t tried one yet. I’ve spent WAY too much money on running gear lately–I need to get under control!

      • txa1265 says:

        Since I wear t-shirt that goes past my waist and shorts, I generally don’t worry about belt chafing – no direct skin contact.

  12. Nora says:

    I have a couple FlipBelts and like them, but I am unable to use any of the pockets in the back. It’s too hard to get stuff out while running. But the front ones work fine for me.

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