The giveaway is over and the winner is…Sheena!
Wow! It’s December 16! Remember when you were a kid and the last few weeks before Christmas c-r-a-w-l-e-d by? Not anymore! The past few weeks have flown by.
I spent the weekend getting most of my shopping done. We’re doing our celebration next Saturday at my son’s house in San Diego. Lovely, but that takes four days from my shopping time.
There is still time to shop online (if you get going, like, right now). I actually did a little myself last night, for my sister and brother-in-law, who won’t be able to make it out this Christmas. If you need a few ideas, check out my Gift Guide for Runners.
One of the suggestions on my Gift Guide is the FlipBelt. I first discovered the FlipBelt when Alan and I were in Malibu when he announced the Malibu Marathon. I bought one at the expo, used it the next day, and fell in love. Since that time I have used my FlipBelt for every run. In fact, I loved it so much that I contacted FitBelt to see if they would sponsor a giveaway. They said yes! I also received a second FlipBelt free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
The FlipBelt is a tubular pocket that fits snugly around your hips. It’s made of moisture-wicking lycra spandex and it will hold your phone, gels, keys, and other necessities, all without pinching, squeezing, or best of all, bouncing. You just slide in your stuff through one of several holes in the FlipBelt, then flip it so that the pockets face inward and your stuff won’t fall out. Actually, the first time I wore the FlipBelt, I didn’t flip it (instructions weren’t included in my expo-purchased FlipBelt), but everything still stayed snugly in place.
I was a little concerned about my phone getting sweaty while running. The FlipBelt is not waterproof, though it does wick away moisture. I’m not a really heavy sweater, but with my first FlipBelt I noticed a little moisture on the screen after the run. FlipBelt recommends that you put electronics in a plastic bag, and even includes a ziplock bag with your online order (make sure to click that option). The bag is big enough to fit most phones. A bag is also recommended if you’ll be carrying small items like keys, coins, or lip balm.
Speaking of phones, when I first got my FlipBelt I was using an iPhone. I have since upgraded to the Note 3, which is huge. I was a little worried that it wouldn’t fit. I have a rubber case on it and I will admit it was a tight fit the first time I tried. After I received my second FlipBelt with the plastic bag, I now slip off the rubber case, put the phone in the plastic bag, and it fits just fine.
When I bought my first FlipBelt, I chose Jet Black since that would pretty much match everything. With my second one I picked Violet (after wavering over Hot Pink, Royal Blue, or Nuclear Yellow). As you can see, FlipBelt comes in a variety of colors.
The FlipBelt costs $29 and shipping is free in the US. Enter the giveaway for your chance to win a FlipBelt of your own! If you can’t wait, you can save 10% on your purchase by using the coupon code LFL.
The FlipBelt is not just for running. It works great for the gym, hiking, cycling, or just about any other activity. It would be really great for racing because it is so comfortable and would hold everything you would need for distances up to a marathon.
As I mentioned above, I received a FlipBelt in exchange for this review, but all opinions are my own. And my opinion is: I love it!