During training for marathon, the majority of my kit has been fine no matter what the weather. I only had one issue and that was the belts I owned. I owed one that carried bottles and another for gels yet both were more of a hindrance than helpful. When I’m running I like to feel comfortable and not be distracted by issues such as a belt moving or being have way up your stomach. The belts never stayed tight, so in the end I stopped using them. That meant I had to resort to carrying my gels on my long runs in my hand or in my short pocket. At first that wasn’t a problem as I only carried two, however as the time on feet increased so was the need to carry more gels.
I had to resort to using hair bands on my forearm, I was able to carry 3 High 5 gels using two hair bands to secure them in place. Not ideal but for me they worked, I even tested it in races and again was ok but so long as I had my base layer on if not the gels would rub on my skin and annoy me. So weeks passed by and was still looking for a solution. I then visited the Running Expo in Manchester and visited a stand called FlipBelt. I was very interested and was impressed with what the product was but wanted to test it out.
Thanks to the power social media FlipBelt sent me a medium and small one to test and review.
Gone are the days of baggy sweat pants with bulky pockets. Active wear is sleeker and more stylish than ever before. The only problem, where do you leave your phone and keys when you´re out running or working out at the gym? Running belts ride up and bounce, armbands chafe and most only fit certain phones. That’s where FlipBelt comes in. Who would have thought a singular tubular waistband could solve one of the biggest nuisances that athletes face—running with a phone in one hand and keys in the other.
The FlipBelt is designed to carry your on-the-go essentials without tying up your hands. Made of a moisture-wicking, spandex-lycra blend, FlipBelt slides right on and sits snug on your hip. Whether your on a run, riding a bike, working out at the gym, with the Flipbelt, there´s no bulk, no chafing, and no riding.
FlipBelt is also machine washable and machine dryable. So even after running a marathon, just wash it, dry it, and it come out like new.
I got them both in black but they do come in a range of colours; 9 colours at time of writing this review, Black, Carbon, Neon Punch, Violet, Royal Blue, Aqua, Neon Green, Hot Pink and Nuclear Yellow. All are priced at £25.00. You can get them online via the UK online store or via retailers. In Sheffield FrontRunner are selling them.
You can pick the size for you and they have a chart to help you. The belt should sit nice and snug without feeling tight. Out of the two I found the medium to be perfect for me, the small was great but when I started to add items I found it a little too tight, to the point where I felt it on my runs. The medium though is another story altogether.
I went out on my training runs. First I ran with nothing in it to see how it felt. I was worried it would ride up but in fact it sat lovely on my waist and after a while you actually forget it’s there. I did a 10 mile run and found it was comfortable and none restrictive. Next test was to wash it. The product is machine washable, so in it went on a Hand wash with no heat setting like the rest of my running clothing and then left to air dry and came out just like new, no damage and dried fast.
This is another on going thing about the belt the material isn’t waterproof but is made of fast drying material so when you are sweaty or wet from rain it does not irritate your skin and become uncomfortable. The next test was to start adding items. First I went on another shortish training run, so I put my iphone in. I flipped the belt to secure the phone and off I went. Again you forget the belt is there even with the added weight of the phone. I was able to stop and take some photos on my run. On an easy run I wasn’t able to do this due to having no where to carry my phone. So this was a massive bonus for training runs.
Then come my long run I filled up with 4 gels, watch and my door key that you can attach to a clip. Flipped the belt and off I went, At 40 minutes I was able to get my first gel out without breaking stride. The fact the gels had been next to my stomach, meant they were warm, so very runny making it easy to swallow. I managed to get the gel and take it without losing any pace at all. The belt for the entire two hours sat happily on my waist. My key never jangled and never poked into me. It was ticking every box and I was very happy.
The next test was to see what it was like running at speed with it. So at my weekly track session I wore the belt with locker key and my iPhone in while doing sub 5:30 pace and yet the belt never budged. Since then on my training runs I’ve carried bank cards, money and nothing has been an issue. I’ve not felt like there was a weight round my waste. It’s been easy to access my gels and you can run safe in the knowledge your items are same and you can just switch off and enjoy the run.
I want to thank Flipbelt UK for providing me with the belt(s) and highly recommend if you are in the market for something that carries you phone, gels etc without being annoying or restrictive then get one of these! I’ve yet to hear a bad word from those that have them.