When I run, I always carry my phone – for safety and also I like to take photos along the way. I also sometimes bring a camera, in case I want higher quality photos or maybe some video. Add an iPod and suddenly it’s a lot of stuff to lug around. Though I sometimes do it, I really dislike carrying things in pockets, as they tend to bounce around. Backpacks and waistpacks are good alternatives, but sometimes they are overkill.
Fitting neatly into the next slot down are the Armpockets, armbands of varying sizes to fit a little or a lot, depending on your needs. I had the chance to try out the XTREME i-30 Black ($34.95 MSRP), with a touch-sensitive window to navigate your smart phone/music player. It fits the new large smart phones such as Droid X TM and EVO TM, though I used it to carry my Blackberry, keys, and iPod. The Xtreme i-30 is Armpocket’s largest armband with maximum storage and 3 interior pockets. The armband is available in 3 strap sizes, SMALL (arm size 7 – 11 inches), MEDIUM (arm size 10 – 14 inches) and LARGE (13 to 18 inches) measured around upper arm.
It’s made from recycled materials and soft natural bamboo rayon, so that makes the environmentalist me happy. Every Armpocket is 100% post-consumer recycled PET materials made from plastic bottles. Natural bamboo rayon is used instead of manufactured synthetic wicking materials. This is the ideal balance between providing Armpockets constructed from the highest quality materials while minimizing their carbon-footprint–a win-win proposition for everyone.
Though the Armpockets can be washed using a cold, delicate machine wash program, iIf your Armpocket model has reflective piping, they recommend hand-wash only, and line dry out of direct sun. This will also extend the life of the water-proof interior lining. The reflective material will pre-maturely deteriorate if placed in a washing machine.
This is a really comfortable armband, even packed full of all my extra stuff. I wore it both upright and upside down to see if there was a difference in feel, and there wasn’t. (Actually, I put it on upside-down accidentally midrun, but…) The cord on my iPod stayed neat and out of the way either direction and the Armpocket stayed firmly in place without having to cinch the hook and loop fastener tightly.
Highly recommended if you carry tech items, need space for nutrition, and dislike carrying a larger backpack, wearing a waistpack, or keeping it all in your pockets.
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(Disclaimer: I was sent this item for free to review on my blog, courtesy of Armpocket. I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)
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