Considering that global warming robbed us of a true winter and spring has already become summer, my fears about where to put my phone now that I'm not wearing a vest have been realized.
And considering that sticking my phone where the sun don't shine (I know you were thinking it) would inhibit my running form, I have opted for a product to solve my issues.
After a couple runs that involved me carrying my phone in a small plastic bag to protect it from my hand sweat, I decided to purchase the iFitness neoprene single pouch running belt.
|iFitness Running Belt, MSRP: $23.95
The inch-wide, adjustable elastic belt allows for a snug fit and is designed not to bounce or ride up. The waterproof neoprene pouch holds my phone and keys, and it has a separate liner to hold a credit card, money, ID or something else of similar size. The belt has too reflective strips on the front and one in back to help with night visibility.
While I hate to admit that I'm basically wearing a fanny pack, the iFitness belt is sleek enough to hide under my shirt so at least I don't look like I'm wearing a fanny pack. I wore this product during Monday's barefoot run, and it performed as advertised. The belt fits comfortably, it didn't so much as jiggle, and I barely noticed it was there.
I only ran three miles with the belt, so I'm curious if the belt will become more noticeable at longer distances. I'll be wearing it this weekend during the race, and that will provide a good gauge as to weather I will opt to wear it at future events. It'll also be interesting to see how much crap I can stuff inside the pouch to supply multi-hour runs.
One last observation deals with the packaging of the iFitness belt. You will notice the torso region of a female sporting the product, but if you look closely I believe we're all seeing vaginal sweat. Couldn't they airbrush that out? Yes, we all know we sweat in the nether regions, but I don't want my new running toy to shove it in my face.
|Nice crotch sweat stain, lady!
H/T: Sun Runner for the recommendation.