I have been seeing a lot of hoopla on the Flip Belt. I was intrigued. However, I have two “fitness” belts already and I don’t love either one of them. I was, therefore, reluctant to purchase another for fear of it being just “ok”. I got lucky and Flip Belt agreed to send me one to try even though I’ll never be as buff or naked as their amazing models below:
They have lots of great colors and I couldn’t decided which one I wanted so I ultimately picked yellow since it looked so good in their ad. Yep, I LOVE a good marketing campaign and definitely missed my calling. I’ll have what she’s having. Just give me what the model is wearing. Yes, PLEASE take the exact outfit off the mannequin at the store cuz that’s what I want too.
If you are feeling a bit more decisive than me, here are the color choices below, plus they have a few limited edition colors on the sidebar of the Flip Belt webpage.
I don’t think I had this thing more than a day and I busted it out of the package. I was really excited to try it. My current belt has one stretchy zip pocket. It has worked well enough because my giant phone (a droid) fits into it; however, I can’t put anything else it in and well during marathon training, I need to carry a lot more than just my phone.
So as I prepared for the first outing with the Flip Belt, in the pouring rain, I loaded it with my car key, an energy gel, my phone and an iPod. At the last minute, I opted to leave the iPod in the car since it was raining cats and dogs and I usually don’t use an iPod while I run anyhow. I was also thanking my lucky stars that during the ordering process, I elected to add a free waterproof phone bag to my order. So I slid my phone into that bag (a plastic bag with a ziplock) and I was ready to run. At least as ready to run as anyone who has 15 miles to put in during a downpour. We did get a brief period when the rain stopped (for about 2 seconds) so I threw off my hat and had Susan snap a photo of me wearing the Flip Belt. Thanks, Susan!!
The belt is a continuous loop which you step into (or pull over your head) and has multiple openings to slide items into the loop. The openings are a bit stretchy so that you can fit a gigantic phone inside, plus lots of other goodies. The entire circumference of the belt serves as a giant holding cell so you can stuff a lot into it, if necessary. The concept of the “flip belt” is that you can flip it into you and seal the openings with your body if you are concerned about something slipping out. I can’t see that happening since the belt is stretchy and snug but if you have that fear, just flip it inward and keep your belongings safe!
I put the belt on, ran and forgot about it. Then I remembered I had it on only because one of the other runners managed to spy it under my jacket saying, “Is that one of those flip belts?”. I was like, oh yeah! At that point, we had ran a good 12 miles and I hadn’t thought about it once. That means, it didn’t bounce. It didn’t slide. It didn’t do anything that bothered me. In my opinion, that is what makes good technical gear, something that benefits me but doesn’t bother me. Something I wear and forget about. I was sold at that very instant. I was excited and sent out a tweet as soon as I got home!
Instagram & Tweet from 3/10/13
Since that day, I’ve worn the flip belt on every outdoor run, including last Saturday’s 20 miler. I slide it on and forget about it. LOVE THAT!! I am also looking forward to using it in races so that I have my phone on me when I need it rather than having to leave it behind in gear check.
If you want to try the flip belt, they have offered one lucky reader their choice of any size/color Flip Belt ($24.99 value). In order to be eligible to win, please comment below and tell me what kind of fitness belt you currently use and more importantly, do you like it? You can then get one bonus entry for liking Flip Belt on Facebook HERE and leaving a separate comment stating that you did so, including your FB name for verification purposes. And you can get a third entry by following them on Twitter HERE.
One winner will be drawn via a random number generator on Monday, March 25th at 9am. Good luck!
** I the Flip Belt ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **