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Two weeks ago as the Hubbo and I were preparing for a long run, I looked at him and said that I wasn't sure how I was going to carry all my stuff during our upcoming marathons. In November, I'm running the full at Route 66 here in Tulsa and in December, I'm running the Honolulu Marathon
Since my training has required that I run longer miles, I need to take more nutrition with me. Even though my EnergyBits aren't big and bulky, I have other things I like to carry with me during my runs like my cell phone, my ID/Credit Card, sometimes a car key, and my iPod Shuffle. Shortly after that conversation with the Hubbo I got notification from BibRave that I would be getting a FlipBelt to try out and review being as I'm an ambassador or a BibRavePro. It was one of those rare moments in life where things lined up absolutely perfectly! 

Back to the belt. The belt is basically a tube with several pocket openings to put your belongings in. Then all you have to do if flip it so the openings rest against your body and your stuff is nice and secure. Hence the name FLIPbelt. It is made of a moisture-wicking, spandex-lycra blend material and is machine washable and dryable. 

I had actually heard of these before and they sell them at my local running store. A bunch of my running coaches wear them too. You can find a store near you by clicking here or you can order them online here. They retail for $28.99 and they are worth every penny! When I posed on Instagram that I was going to be reviewing one, a lot of people commented on how much they love theirs. 

Now for the important questions...

Will It Hold All My Stuff?

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The quick answer to that is YES! It held all my stuff and I had plenty of room for more things when I used this during my race on Saturday. 

Here are the contents of my belt from run.
1. iPhone 4
2. My Driver's License
3. 1 Baggie of Energybits
4. One sleeve of Clif Shot Bloks
5. iPod Shuffle/Earbuds




You could put other things in the belt too, such as:
1. Kleenex
2. Chap stick
3. Candy
4. Money
5. Keys
6. Medicine or an EpiPen 
7. Gifts for your Favorite Ginger! :) 

I have a large cell phone, will that fit?

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Yup! I am lucky to have a coworker that has an iPhone 6+ and he let me borrow it to see if it would fit in my FlipBelt and sure enough, it did! 

This picture shows the iPhone 6+ sitting partially in and partially out of the belt. I even put the belt on with the iPhone 6+ in it to see how it felt and it felt fine to me. 
I will say, I didn't run around my office like a crazy person with it, but wearing it around my office like a normal professional felt fine. 

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The website does say there is one phone they know won't fit in it, the Note 2. FlipBelt does have a 100% customer satisfaction policy. So if the belt doesn't work for you, they will be happy to do a return or exchange. 

This belt would be good for vacationers and tourists too. Taking a purse to Disneyland sounds awful, but you'll still want all your money, credit cards, cell phone, etc. This would be an easy way to keep those items on you, but not have to worry about them being stolen or falling out of your pocket on a ride. 

How does it fit and feel?

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You can't really see it, but I'm wearing my FlipBelt in this picture. I ordered a black one because all of my running shorts, tights, and carpris are black. They have several colors for you to chose from though. See the picture below. 

I like how I no longer have a huge awkward bulge (don't get weird) anymore that resembles a fanny pack from the 90's. 

I ordered a large FlipBelt and I'm happy with my size choice. I'm an 8-10 in regular pants and that was in between sizes on the sizing chart. The website had a few helpful suggestions for sizing too:

*Size Tips: To ensure the most comfortable fit, choose the size appropriate to how you prefer to wear the belt.  If you prefer it around your waist go smaller, your hips - go bigger.

**Depending on how/where you like to wear your belt; measure waist or hips where you like to wear your belts and the measurement should stay around 2" below the Max Stretch Circumference.

Did the belt ride up while running?

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After wearing the belt for a few minutes, I couldn't really even tell I was wearing it. It felt like a normal piece of my clothing. It really didn't move or ride up on me during my race. I even wore the belt last night on my 6 mile run with slick compression shorts on and it did much better at staying put than my other belt did. (My other belt is a pouch with a strap type set up.) 

I like the fact that I can toss this belt in the washing machine on cold to keep it nice and clean. Some running belts don't allow for that. 

Summary - I really like this belt and it will now be my go-to belt for all my runs. If you are in the market for a new belt or want to add something running related to your Christmas list, I highly suggest this belt! 

Disclaimer - I was provided a FlipBelt free of charge to try out and review. I wasn't compensated in any other way and as always, all opinions, typos, and awkward photos are my own. 

Question! What color belt would you pick? 

 


Comments

Terri
10/29/2014 6:13pm

I LOVE my flip belt! ! I tried so many different belts and was always dissatisfied with something. On a recent marathon, I was able to fit IPod, 4 gel pouches, 2 bags of Energy Bits, handful of Jolly Ranchers and tissues (although my phone also fits, I don't usually run with it). The belt just disappears under my shirt and never rides up or down, or looks bulky. Often I don't even flip it over, yet everything still stays secure. Good review of this product.

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RunGingerRun - Sarah
10/30/2014 7:27am

Glad you liked my review! Everyone I've spoken to about these belts really really loves them. I just wish I would have gotten one sooner, but now I'll be ready for my marathons!

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Jamie
10/29/2014 8:27pm

Thanks for the review! I've thought about getting one. I would get purple!

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RunGingerRun - Sarah
10/30/2014 7:26am

Purple would be fun! You should definitely get one. So much easier to carry a lot of stuff with you for long runs!

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Bethany
10/29/2014 9:13pm

I've looked at the flip belt several time, it looks great! I like the teal color.

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RunGingerRun - Sarah
10/30/2014 7:25am

Oh I liked the teal one too! But I thought the Hubbo might want to borrow mine from time to time so I got a nice gender neutral color that he would wear.

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Thanks for the review. They look nice. I've been debating something for longer runs if I don't want my full belt with water, but want more than goes in my Armpocket. It works great for ID, key, and phone, but while it can fit a gel, it's awkward to get into while running and wouldn't hold bits or multiples well.

I would either go black for the same reason as you or a really bright color, but because that's how this ginger does it. Probably one of the left colors from the picture (neon green, yellow or orange)

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RunGingerRun - Sarah
10/30/2014 5:42pm

I like your style John! I really loved the neon green too! Glad you liked the review. This would make a great Christmas gift!

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10/30/2014 2:54pm

Wow that thing can hold a lot of stuff! And its quite ingenious. I can never find where to put my keys. This could be the answer.

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RunGingerRun - Sarah
10/30/2014 5:41pm

I didn't mention it in my original post, but it does have a small key ring that is attached to a loop on the inside, so it's perfect to clip your keys too!

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11/03/2014 10:39am

Occasionally, I use an arm pocket when I run. However, last year when I trained for my first marathon, I always ended up carrying a lot more stuff with me. My (dumb) strategy was to leave snacks and water in my mailbox and loop through my neighborhood whenever I needed something. The flipbelt would have really came in handy. I would choose a bright color. Probably green or blue!

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RunGingerRun - Sarah
11/03/2014 4:55pm

I could see how that would work for your training runs, but might not work out so well on race day. I thin if I order a second one to have, I'm definitely ordering the green one!

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