Saturday, November 29, 2014

Flip belt review

Hello everyone! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving and holiday with their family! For me this year, Thanksgiving meant running my very first Turkey Trot. I started running last year in October but just started running in the cold  New England weather. The temperature on Thursday was 23 degrees and the ground was covered in ice and snow. I knew that there was absolutely no choice about bringing my inhaler with me on my race. Luckily, I received this Flipbelt to try out and figured that this race would be perfect to test my belt out.

The Flipbelt is a tube shaped belt used for running, weightlifting, cycling, other exercises, or even just to carry your belongings while going shopping. The tube has multiple openings to insert anything you may need like your keys, ID, cards, money, cell phone, meds, inhalers, eli-pens, chapstick, etc. If you flip the belt inside out, the belt "locks" in all the items in the belt. The Flipbelt does not connect with velcro, a zipper, or a buckle, it comes up and over your torso or down and pulled up from your legs. Flipbelt should slide on and stay in place without riding up your waist and is bounce proof. The biggest concern with many is whether or not their phone fit into the Flipbelt. It has a 3" width and can carry most phones without their case. It does accommodate the Note 2 and otter boxes but it will be a very tight fit. There was absolutely no problem with my iPhone 4s with the battery pack case it is in. The Flipbelt is not waterproof but it is made from a quick drying, wicking  spandex-lyrics fabric to allow slight moisture from dripping off the belt. It is machine washable and dryable but I just hang dry it. The best thing about Flipbelt? They come in a ton of colors, fitting every single person's love for color. 

I am very nervous about trying running belts and having them ride up because it feels very restricting and not to mention annoying to keep pulling it down. Flipbelt has a sizing chart to follow from, I purchased a size Large because I am between a size 10 and 12. I was a size 14 so I am going to pretty upset when this size won't fit me anymore. (Just gives me an excuse to buy another one ;) ) I pulled the belt up from my legs and it stayed snug on my hips. I was able to shove my car key, inhaler, chapstick, and my cell phone in the belt without any bouncing. I usually never have a problem with bounce unless my inhaler is in my belt, then it flops up and down, making me hold it throughout my entire run. I had no problem with the bouncing with this belt, it locked it in place and it didn't even migrate from the front to the back, giving me peace of mind just in case I needed it in an emergency. Flipbelt does suggest keeping all belongings in a little pouch and then placing it into the tube just in case but none of my items fell out on their own. I was very happy about it not having a buckle because chafing is a serious problem with other belts.

Overall, I absolutely loved this Flipbelt. I had only seen it at a race expo in Virginia almost a year ago and hadn't had the opportunity to try it out. I have only heard good things about this product and am so happy to say that I am one of those runners who absolutely loves the Flipbelt too. I definitely see myself using this belt for a long time to come, with all of my races, and even just my long distance training for next year's half marathon. I highly recommend this product, just make sure to double check your waist/hip size before purchasing it on their website. Their customer service is absolutely amazing and friendly. If you are interested in purchasing a Flipbelt, go to their website and check out their FAQ page and their personal reviews page. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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