FlipBelt Review & Giveaway
In my seemingly never-ending quest for the best way to carry “stuff” while I run, I’ve tried lots of different things over the years – from a lightweight Arc’teryx running vest, to one of those dorky looking hip belts, to those bulky iPod arm bands – nothing worked.
You see, I like keeping my iPhone on me at all times – not to make calls or text while I run – but to feel safe. If I run into trouble (twist my ankle, get beaten up, etc.), I have a way to communicate. I also like it because I don’t have to worry about carrying a bunch of gadgets around – it keeps me connected, plays music, and records my run through the Nike+ app.
Anyway, earlier this year, I came across something called the FlipBelt. It’s basically a stretchy band of material that fits snug around your waist, holding everything from your iPhone, to keys, to money/credit cards. And once I start doing longer runs, I might want to tuck a PowerGel in there as well. The FlipBelt looked minimalistic, and I liked that (because who wants to run with a fanny pack!?)… but I was skeptical. I kept telling myself that it was a gimmick, and wouldn’t really work. But I ordered one anyway …
… and I’ve been running with it ever since. I LOVE the FlipBelt. This is seriously the answer to all of my running problems. I can safely and comfortably tuck my iPhone into the band, without having to worry about whether it will get damaged if it’s raining out, or having my arm get tired of holding it for an hour. It doesn’t look dorky, it stays out of my way, and it stays in place. I don’t even know it’s there when I’m running.
Sizing: some people wear their FlipBelts around their natural waist – but I prefer to wear it snug on my lower hip. A small fits perfectly for me right now. It sits on my hip, doesn’t move at all, and I feel really secure that all of the stuff inside the FlipBelt is secured, and not moving around. If you’re feeling paranoid, you can also flip the belt inwardly to “lock” the items a bit better, but I’ve never felt the need to.
It’s also super easy to get stuff out of the belt while you’re running. Near the end of my run, I like to take my iPhone out so that I can use the Nike+ app, and I’ve never had to fumble or struggle, like I’ve done before with velcro, zippers, or armbands.
The FlipBelt comes in a variety of different sizes and colours, and I’m loving it so much that I’ll likely order another one – but maybe in a brighter colour. :) I think it’s perfect for someone who likes running, hiking, or walking, and is looking for a minimalistic approach to carrying a few things around while they’re out being active.
So now for the fun giveaway. You can win your very own FlipBelt! Just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Remember that if you don’t use the Rafflecopter widget, your entries won’t count!
P.S. if you need to get your hands on a FlipBelt NOW, please feel free to use the coupon code GMBMFB10 for 10% off your order at FlipBelt.com. :)
Author: Krystal Yee
I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.