I’ve been lucky enough to receive a FlipBelt to test and review and I have to admit it’s pretty good. The FlipBelt is a relatively new product in the UK and it’s a low profile waist belt that allows you to easily carry a whole bunch of stuff when you are exercising. Of course I went for the brightest possible option, fluoro orange!
I’ve been testing the FlipBelt whilst I have been away working so I have used it for both running and the gym in place of my usual mini backpack or waist belt (I use both depending on my mood and what I need to carry).
Running essentials for me in Basel are my iPhone, hotel key, tissues and some money. I sometimes carry my bank card and tram card as well, depending on how far I am running (how likely I am to need to tram home if it all goes wrong), and what I am planning to do when I finish my run (finish back at the hotel or go food shopping first).
What they say….
“Made of a moisture-wicking, spandex-lycra blend, FlipBelt is every bit as flattering and contoured as the rest of todayâ€™s athletic wear and carries your on-the-go essentials without tying up your hands. To keep items secure, simply slide them inside the belt and then flip it over, no zips or fuss. Now, everything you need is sitting snug on your hip. No bulk. No bounce.”
What I say……
The FlipBelt is a simple design with 4 entry points into its holding space and one of these has a handy clip attached inside. This means it’s going to be pretty hard to lose your keys, even if you have failed to flip the belt to secure them and they pop out of the pocket as you bounce along. The concept is simple, stuff your belongings in the holes, then flip the belt over so they are on the inside not the outside. The fact that the holes are now against your body means your tissues, gels etc aren’t able just to bounce out. The fact that is is a simple fabric tube means that it sits flush against your body and doesn’t seem to chafe (disclaimer I never had mine against my skin, I had it over my compression top).
It feels comfortable to run in and doesn’t jiggle about as much as my normal waist pack. I have even managed to stuff a pair of gloves in it whilst running along as well so it definitely expands as needed. In the gym I normally just have my locker key and phone with me, so it is slightly less stuffed but feels just as comfortable and secure.
The FlipBelt comes in a range of colours, including black, so if you don’t love bright stuff as much as I do then you can get one in a colour that is more muted and suited to stealth. They are Â£25 each and can be purchased from FlipBelt UK – http://www.theflipbelt.co.uk/. They are well worth a look if you are looking for something to wear whilst exercising that is low-profile, simple and functional.