What do you do with your keys when you run? I normally take my front door key off my keyring and tie it to my shoelace. I’m pretty screwed if my other half forgets I’m still out and double locks the front door. Luckily that’s only happened once. Shame it was raining at the time. And then I landed myself a FlipBelt and everything changed.
Thanks FlipBelt for sending me one of your awesome products. Having tested it out, it’s something I feel like every runner needs. I even use it when I’m not running; it feels a bit like a classier bumbag. But maybe a bit smaller. The FlipBelt is made of stretchy material fashioned into a tube that you pull up over your hips (or over your head. Sadly my shoulders are pretty wide so I have to pull it up) to sit on your waist or just below, whichever is comfier. It has several slits at the seams running horizontally which you can place keys, oyster card (if you run too far and have to get the bus back), money and even your phone. Once all your belongings are safely tucked in the tube, you can flip it over so that slits are against your body and voila, you can run, you can jump, you can jiggle and nothing will fall out.
Mine’s a hot pink. There are 9 colours in total – ones that are on my lust list are the Neon Green, Nuclear Yellow and rather chic Carbon Grey. Shame I can only wear one at a time! It also comes in 5 sizes ranging from XS through to XL. I’m a size 10 most days and a Small fits nicely.
I had one teething problem when I first got my Flipbelt – I had about £3 in it for emergency water and lost it to the pavement. That was pretty annoying, especially when I realised the loss was from human error – I hadn’t flipped the openings so they were facing out. I almost lost my Oyster card this way too but I’m a quick learner. It didn’t happen again.
There’s not much else to say about the Flipbelt, except it’s now a firm running essential for me. I’ve even been known to wear it when I’m off to other fitness classes, even if I’m carrying a bag, as it’s easy and quick to get my oyster from. Plus, there’s no fastenings or adjustments to be made.
Thanks Flipbelt, you rockstars.
Before I discovered Flipbelt, I used to run with a small bag that I would wear across my body so that it did not fall off my shoulders. It did, however, bounce off my bum with every stride! Not only do I carry the obligatory ID, keys, money and phone when I go running, but as a long-term sufferer of asthma, I always carry my ventolin too. With my new royal blue Flipbelt around my waist, I loaded it with my running requirements, flipped the belt and off I went…
In fear of the belt falling off, I opted for a medium. In hindsight, I would probably opt for a large as the belt is tight and emphasizes my muffin-top! However, this tightness is both a reminder as to why I am running and a drive to work harder!
In all honesty, I don’t know why they can’t put a zip on the pouches. This would add layer of protection, especially when people decide to carry coins! I would prefer one with a zipped pouch as it would set my mind at ease, even if the current design is perfectly functional.
I would recommend a Flipbelt to any avid runner. My flipbelt is now a staple item in my gym kit. Not only does it allow me to run hands free, but it adds a flash of colour to my monotone and mundane workout clothes. It is lightweight and a great travel accessory: I took it with me during my recent travels and not only did it encourage me to go running whilst on holiday, but I wore it as a security belt as well!
Who’s it for: Runners, of any level, and those who leave the house without pockets and want to travel light.
How much: £25
Where to buy: Check out their store locator or buy online.
More information: www.theflipbelt.co.uk
*Health Advice: Consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program.