The first thing you need to know about running bands is they are NOT just for running. Whether you are working out at the gym, running a marathon, mountain biking, skiing, playing golf, or motorbiking, you want to have quick access to your phone. You might consider using a fit belt, but some athletes prefer keeping their accessories on their arms. Carrying your phone in an armband allows you to access your music, fitness apps, maps, messages, and take calls without having to open any zippers or velcro tabs.
10 questions to ask about running bands:
- Does it come in my size?
One size doesn’t fit all. People come in different sizes and so do running bands. Measure your arm’s circumference and check the size options that the bands come in. Are the band’s straps adjustable for your arm size, and where you decide to place it?
- Will my phone fit in?
In recent years, smartphones have gotten smarter, thinner, and bigger. Not all running bands on the market are big enough to accommodate larger phones like the iPhone 7 Plus with a case.
- Does it have headphone ports?
Listening to music on the go is a must for many runners. Bluetooth headphones can fall out and vary in sound quality. Earbud ports at the top and bottom of the cell phone holder allow you to use wired headphones if you prefer them.
- Is it waterproof?
Your phone needs to be protected from sweat, rain, and any other sources of moisture. Durable water resistant fabrics, like neoprene, on the front and back keep your phone dry. A waterproof seal gives added protection from a sudden downpour.
- Does it have an interior pocket?
You might feel naked without your phone, but it’s probably not the only thing you want to carry. Essential items like ID, cash, and keys also need to be secured. An extra pocket or key clip makes a big difference. Some models even come with energy gel loops to keep you fueled until the end of a run.
- Does it allow touchscreen functionality?
A clear window with True Touch offers protection for your phone while retaining touch screen functionality. Flip from track to track and app to app without taking your phone out of the armband. If the window is audio friendly, you can even listen to your favorite tunes through your phone speaker.
- Is my phone secure?
If you prefer running lightweight, you may want to remove the phone’s case. Check to see if the armband has foam lining the back panel to make sure that your arm doesn’t feel the extra weight of a large phone. For more security inside the pouch, a fold down Velcro closure will ensure a snug fit.
- Is there a choice of colors?
Black, black or black? Matching the color of your band to your workout clothing will keep you in style. Choose a luminous pink, orange, or green sports band to stand out from the herd.
- Is it visible at night?
If you’re partial to night running and running in the road, you need to be visible to oncoming traffic. Reflective strips around the band’s case will help keep you safe and out of danger.
- Will it bounce or chafe?
Has the band been ergonomically designed for hard workouts? Is it comfortable without chafing? Check consumer reviews and see if runners say that the armband cuts into their skin.
If you check out these 10 elements, choosing running bands will be easier than choosing what music to play during your workout.