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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.
2013-04-03 13.53.11Anyway, 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!

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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  :)

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.


  1. Desi says:

    I want to run a half by the end of the year!

  2. Jess says:

    I completed my first half marathon 2 months ago, the Hypothermic Half in Edmonton. I had so many things jammed into my pockets. My next goal is completing a marathon in August for my 30th birthday so having a FlipBelt would really help me out. Good luck in your training, Krystal!

  3. GPS says:

    I love this idea! I am training for a 10k and a half marathon this year. It’ll be my 2nd half marathon ever!

  4. Anne-Marie says:

    I’m working on improving my 5K time and also hoping to train my sister and get her to do her first 5K ever.

  5. amanda says:

    I don’t run but I’m interested to see if this works as well for weightlifting and strength training.

  6. Would love this for my half marathon training!

  7. krahaman says:

    Half marathon by August

  8. Lawrie says:

    I’m starting to run again. I hope to go a couple of 5ks this year!

  9. Rachael says:

    I’m a brand new runner, so my goal is to be able to run a 10k, with the ultimate goal of a half marathon in the next couple of seasons. I always struggle with motivating myself to run outside because of the extreme weather we can have in Toronto and because I have too much stuff to carry! :)

  10. Amanda says:

    I don’t run, so I’ll probably have to do couch to 5K. Mostly doing strength training right now.

  11. Karl says:

    Very cool product.

    I’m currently training for Van marathon, and will be doing a 50k and 50miler later in the summer!

  12. Darcy says:

    I’d love this as I want to get into running!

  13. CharlieSue says:

    I’d love to do running RIGHT and get through another half marathon this year. (It’ll be my eighth half!!)

  14. Michelle says:

    I would love to be able to run a half marathon :)

  15. Lyne says:

    I want to start running again! I’ve been plagued by injury after injury…

  16. Natalie R. says:

    I’d love to run a half!!

  17. I keep pretty in shape just with my construction job, but I’d like to be able to get out there and run a few miles. ANd so that’s my goal. one mile a month gets added on. THis month, one mile. Next month, be able to run 2 miles. and so on.

  18. Julie G says:

    I want to keep running. I have run 2 5k races this year, but seriously lost momentum after the last one. I wear a spibelt, but I’d love to try a flipbelt. I’ve heard great things about it.

  19. Elizabeth says:

    I think that would be great for traveling if you wore it under a coat! Fitness – start some strength training again.

  20. Marina says:

    Good luck with your running goals Krystal! I am not a fan of running myself, but for me this belt can come in super-handy when I’m biking! My goal is to bike to work 3 times a week in the summer, in addition to my usual strolls on the weekend! I wish I could have my hands free more often when walking the seawall, too!

  21. Conny Mc says:

    Mine is to run a half marathon.

  22. Amber says:

    Desperately need this!

  23. Brittany says:

    My running goal this year is to get my asthma under control so I can run a half marathon in September!

  24. Denise says:

    I’m just about to start working out again after having my second baby and this would be perfect to hold my stuff!

  25. OMG this is amazing, I’ve been looking for ways to carry my crap while running and this looks so chic!!! My running goals for the year are to run a half marathon. I’ve been increasing my distance slowly so hopefully I’ll be ready by the end of the year.

  26. Jennifer says:

    I’m trying to get my dog to run with me so we can go on long runs together to tire us both out :)

  27. Anonymous says:

    My goal is to complete a half marathon in October.

  28. Trying to get back into running with another half-marathon this fall!
    I have been looking for something to hold my phone + keys that isn’t awkward for a petite person!

  29. ashley h says:

    my running goal for this year is to regularly run 2km x at least twice a week.

  30. TENN says:

    This could be a good solution to running with my phone and all the other things that end up in my pockets when running.

  31. TENN says:

    I should have added that my goals for the year are hiking in Yosemite and a marathon in October.

  32. natalie says:

    Oh- that does look cool. I spent 30 bucks bought a velcro arm band. We will see how it works out.

  33. Laura says:

    I’m doing my second half marathon next month! GOod luck with the running :)

  34. Amanda says:

    I’m aiming to do the Disney half marathon in Jan 2014– but starting with a 10K next month. I wanted to start playing soccer again but realized I was woefully out of shape. Good luck with your running goals!

  35. samanthakm says:

    My goal is to do a 10k this spring and by next year a half marathon!

  36. Jessica says:

    My goal is to start training for 10k as soon as the weather warms up! It was warm at some point down in Toronto, but then we got hit by the freak end of winter/early spring ice storm! O__O;;

  37. Kara says:

    Seems like a great product. Signing up to win, but I’d consider buying my own.

  38. Sarah S says:

    I’m running my first half in May When I use the arm band for my iPhone, it rubs my skin raw!

  39. Sarah says:

    This is exactly what my friend and i were complaining about yesterday! How we need something better than the arm band to carry our Iphones, and also our other items. This is perfect, so glad I read your blog :)

  40. Jenn says:

    Working on getting back into running after an injury.

  41. Lindsay says:

    I’m running my first marathon this fall.

  42. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen these online and often thought about purchasing… It would be great for my keys and phone!
    This year, I’ve been trying to work on consistency. I want to work out a minimum of 4 days a week. I had been pretty successful until finals hit me this week!

  43. Alyson says:

    The coupon code is not working on the website – is it over already?

  44. Abbie says:

    I am planning to start running when the snow is finally gone (possibly aim for a 5k in the fall). Also, the coupon code is not working for me either.

  45. I need to start working out again. Going to start slow – running with my little girl on her bike around the neighbourhood. My goal is to keep up to her!

  46. Melissa S says:

    Running my first half marathon in Ottawa May 26!

  47. Karla says:

    I want to beat my 5km time!

  48. zombiealtani says:

    I just joined a local gym and I’m working hard to get in better health. However, my main goal is to get stronger in my lower back to help with my back pain. So far, I’ve been staying with it for 3 weeks now.

  49. Tracy says:

    This would be great and so practical!

  50. Karen says:

    My fitness goals are to remain consistent with exercise this year in order to increase my stamina, lose weight and improve my cardiovascular fitness.

  51. 2HRS says:

    My goal is to run a 10k with my dad this year, and to be fit enough to hike in the Atlas Mountains in October.

  52. munchkin says:

    My goal is to just get back into running (or trying to run) LOL. I’m hoping with the warmer weather I will feel more motivated.

  53. S says:

    After 2 years of being just seconds over 2 hours at a finish line I am going to run a half marathon this year in less than 2 hours (if it kills me).

    BTW – because of your review, I ordered a flip belt on Friday. Your 10% discount code, however, did not work. I ended up using a different code I found elsewhere on the web.

  54. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the review, this seems like a great option although a bit pricey.
    I ran a half-marathon last year but I’ve fallen a bit behind on my running goals this year.
    I hope to get back into it and run in a 10K race this summer!

  55. Amy says:

    This is a really cool product, I think I might use it when I cycle as well!

  56. Lauren says:

    Great concept! I use a Camelback fanny pack when running (so I have my water) but this would be great for so many other things – like hikes, outdoor fitness classes, and biking. I’m training for the Tough Mudder in May (a month away!) and then have some 5Ks lined up over the summer… plus a potential second whack at the Mudder in September ;) This might even be something to consider for the Mudder, as I need to bring my asthma medication with me!

  57. Carole says:

    I want to start running again!

  58. Liz says:

    Love this. I hate running with an armband because my arms are generally too small to hold my armband up with my phone in it. My goal is to run at least 2 half marathons this year, and this would be way better than struggling with my phone falling down my arm.

  59. Sri says:

    Love this! Looks like it’s great for travel too :)

  60. SarahP says:

    Would love to try this as I start running this Spring!

  61. mznatural says:

    My running goals are to consistently run.

  62. Meresey says:

    I walk a lot. A few miles a day during the summer. I’d like to venture into running. As an aside, the Flipbelt looks way better than a bra for cellphone safe keeping.

  63. michelle says:

    Run my first 5k!

  64. This looks amazing! Because I don’t have an iPhone, or an iPod, I haven’t been able to find anything that allows me to carry my phone or MP3 player while running!

  65. Jeff says:

    To try and run on a more regular basis.

  66. Maggie says:

    My goal this year is to beat the time from my very first half marathon by at least an hour. So, a finish time of 1:48.

  67. Doing my first marathon this year :)

  68. Melody says:

    I doing a Sprint triathlon in June- but my goals for running are to bulid up to 6-7 miles a run comfortably so I can do an olympic distance tri next year.

  69. Brenda says:

    I am training to run half a marathon this year, so this would be perfect for my training!

  70. Candice says:

    Hi Crystal, thanks for your review of the FlipBelt. I’m going to order one (with your code!), but was wondering about size. I wear a size 4-6 in Lululemon. Do you think I should get an XS or a S in the FlipBelt? Thanks!

    • Krystal Yee says:

      I think an XS would work for you, but I guess it depends on where you want to wear your FlipBelt (waist or hips), and what your measurements are. To give you an idea, I wear mine on my hips (33″) and I have a small. I’m also a size 6 in Lululemon (size 4 at almost every other store). There’s a good sizing guide on the FlipBelt product pages that I used.

  71. This is great! I just ordered one, thanks for the discount. :)

  72. Anonymous says:

    Are guys wearing this product and are getting beat up or wedgies for doing so? Just wondering because all of the givers are by women but It looks likea perfect product

    • Krystal Yee says:

      When I asked my ex-BF he wanted to borrow my spare FlipBelt when we went on a run together, he just laughed at me. :| I don’t see anything wrong with a guy wearing this product, and I think it’s any different than wearing any other sort of waist belt while running.

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