What FlipBelt say: “Gone are the days of baggy sweat pants with bulky pockets. Active wear is sleeker and more stylish than ever before. The only problem is there’s nowhere to hold your phone, music and keys. That’s where FlipBelt comes in. Who would have thought a singular tubular waistband could solve one of the biggest nuisances that athletes face—where to tuck must-have items while exercising.
Every bit as flattering and contoured as the rest of today’s athletic wear, 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. No bulk. No bounce. FlipBelt is also machine washable and machine dryable. To keep items secure, all you have to do is flip the belt inward. Now, everything you need while exercising fits right around your waist.”
I was given a FlipBelt to review on behalf of the UKRunChat community. I chose nuclear yellow because 1) hi-vis appeals to me and 2) it matches my club colours, but FlipBelt comes in 8 other colours too.
I chose a Medium, as a size 12. At first I was worried it would be too tight around my hips, so wore it on my waist for a couple of runs, which was comfortable but caused me to sweat around the middle. However, once I did eventually try it on my hips, I found it actually sits there really snugly so I forget it’s even there!
FlipBelt does everything it promises. Usually I run with just a phone for short runs, which I can easily get in and out of the FlipBelt on the move if need be. I’ve worn it for parkruns, as well as long training runs of 3 hours plus, carrying gels in it (I would say it carries 4 without becoming too bulky). I also wear it when I’m coaching at running club; it holds my whistle and stops it jangling about while we’re doing our warm up, a pen and paper. It has a very handy clip for securing my car key inside it, and the best thing is I can’t hear its annoying jangle while I run, which often happens if it’s just in the zipped pocket of my shorts or running tights. I was genuinely surprised the FlipBelt even fit my head-torch in one night on a twilight run when I wasn’t sure if I’d be back before dark or not (it was lucky I took the head-torch with me!).
It carries everything securely once it’s been flipped so the openings are against my body, and it doesn’t move at all while I’m running so I don’t have to worry about gels – or my house keys! – dropping out, both of which have happened before using other running belts or shorts pockets.
As promised, it goes into the washing machine and hasn’t lost its vibrant colour. It air dries within a short amount of time ready to wear again but it can also be machine-dried.
The only thing it can’t carry is my water bottle and the extendable dog lead (I did try!) but the ‘no bounce’ factor, and the fact it sits so snugly and comfortably, are both such good benefits that this doesn’t really matter. FlipBelt is also not waterproof, but I’d say use your common sense if you’re running in a downpour and put your electronics in a plastic bag before you put it inside the FlipBelt.
I wear this EVERY run now; it’s a fantastic piece of kit that I wouldn’t be without. And I still love the colour I chose!