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Review: Flipbelt

I’ve been running without a phone or much else for a long time now, but I’ve been thinking for a while about having at least my phone with me. In part for safety reasons (I always run alone), but also because of the beautiful views that I’ve been seeing during my runs that I simply just wanted to share with others. And, let’s not forget music. My Garmin watch doesn’t support music, so I need to rely on other sources for music. I got a Flipbelt a few weeks ago and I‘ve used it on all my runs since, here is my experience.

There are several different Flipbelts available besides the standard version:

  • Hydration belt – comes with 2 small and 1 large water bottle 
  • Zipper – added security through a ziplocked pocket
  • Visibility – includes lights and/or reflective fabric
  • Safety belt – with pepper gel and alarm
Neither of the above were needed for me, so I got the regular version. If needed it’s possible to buy attachments like the water bottles, lights, alarm, etc. at a later date. See for more information on buying the Flipbelt or any of the accessoires the Flipbelt website or Amazon

 

Comfort

The Flipbelt is not adjustable like a regular waist belt as it is made out of one piece of fabric. The fabric is elastic so that does give you some flexibility, but make sure you are getting the correct size. Flipbelt provides 7 different sizes with measurements. Simply measure yourself (with clothes if you want to wear the belt over your clothes!) on the spot where you want to wear it and you should be good to go. Flipbelt recommends a “comfortably snug fit” so don’t think bigger is better, if the belt is too big it’ll move during your run. 

The Flipbelt fits nicely and I’ve only noticed it moving after I’ve taken something out or put something back in it, so that’s probably my own fault. I barely notice it’s there during my runs and that is a great plus!

 

Convenience

I love being able to bring all my stuff with me. As you can see in the picture above I can comfortably bring 2 small bottles of water (these are not Flipbelt bottles, I already owned these), my phone, my Nike gloves and house key. I usually only bring one bottle of water as this is enough. You should also remember to alternate drinking from each bottle during your run to avoid an imbalance. It can be a bit tricky to get your stuff in and out of the belt, but I felt I easily got used to that after a few runs. Below you see all the stuff from the above picture tucked away in the Flipbelt. It gets a little bulky, but it doesn’t bother me. 
Summary
I love the Flipbelt and the flexibility of it. I barely notice it’s there and am able to bring everything I need with me. And I no longer have to hold my water bottle during runs, which really seems to help fix my neck pain. I am very happy with this purchase!

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