Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Is the Flipbelt For You?

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Since I started picking up my mileage a few years ago, I have been on the hunt for a fuel belt. Well, pretty much anything I could wear to hold my car key. I have a MINI Cooper and the key is pretty massive. This task should be something as simple as going to the sporting goods store and buying a belt.

Things can never be easy.

Let’s do a quick “About me”. I am a very tiny person. I’m about 5 foot 4 and a HEALTHY 100 pounds. I have zero shape. Clothing is absolutely horrible to find, let alone running clothes/accessories made for much taller/shaped people.

I’ve tried almost every type of belt on the market. Nothing works. They ride up or spin across my waist. It’s not enjoyable and I usually get fed up with it around mile two.

While at the Disney World Marathon I saw the Flipbelt vendor stand. I was really intrigued. The signage says it was guaranteed to stay in place. Sarah also raved about it. I decided to do some research when I got back. EVERYBODY is loving on the Flipbelt. Alright, I need to give this a shot.

The awesome people over at Flipbelt were also interested to see how it would work for me, so they were kind enough to send me one to review!

The Flipbelt is really easy to use since it has one singular tube. You step in to it with the pockets facing out.

Put your stuff in, and flip it.

I test everything on the treadmill before I take it out on the road. I only put an Ipod touch in on the first test. I put in the front to start with. By the end of mile one, I had to spin it to the back. No problem, trial and error. This is why I test EVERYTHING on the treadmill. The Ipod kept jumping around on my back, and it actually started to hurt my back. I took it out and finished the four miles with just the belt on.

It did ride up a little bit, but I really was focused on the Ipod touch on this day.

So I decided to give it another shot outside for a seven mile tempo run. It was warm and I knew I would sweat a lot. This was going to be the true test.

I clipped my key in to the key clip and tucked it on the side. I got the Flipbelt situated and started on my way. Not even a mile in, it started to ride up. ANGRY! I have six more miles to go! I messed with the Flipbelt enough so the key was now in the back. I had to keep pulling it down.

At the three and a half mile mark I picked up a race packet. I decided to put the number and chip in the Flipbelt while I finished my workout. I made it so the stuff I just picked up was in the back and the key was in the front. A mile later, the number was in the front and key was in the back. It was spinning.

NOT AGAIN!!! I also spent the next miles pulling it down around my waist.

I was planning on wearing the belt all week, and even longer, but I couldn’t do it. It just wasn’t meant to be. I did wear it walking around and it worked much better for me.

So if you are considering the Flipbelt, and you are tiny like me, please be aware. Like I said, there are TONS of great reviews out there for it.

I would really like to thank the wonderful people at Flipbelt for allowing me to try their product. I will be using it, just not how I intended.

Do you use a fueling belt? Which one works the best for you? If you use the Flipbelt, please leave your review below!

1 comment:

  1. I have also heard great things about the Flipbelt. Thanks for the review! I can't stand anything around my waist, though (I buy running tights with lots of pockets) so I don't think this is for me.