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Factors to Consider When Shopping for a Running Armband

Sep 21st 2015 at 5:03 PM


If you’re one of those runners contemplating on getting a running armband, how do you choose one? Here are some of the factors to consider when shopping for one:


  1. Size

The armband you’re getting should fit in your phone. Make sure that the armband that you want to buy is appropriately sized to your mobile device.


2. Moisture and Water Resistant

Obviously, you’ll be sweating a lot when you run hence you need a moisture resistant armband. Cellphones are very susceptible to water damage that a few sweat particles may affect its function. Fortunately for you, most fitness phone case models are water resistant so you should have no troubles finding one. Be sure to buy a product that has a ‘water resistant’ or ‘moisture resistant’ description on its packaging.


3. Lightweight

Look for a lightweight armband. After all, having a cellphone wrapped around your arm can be a bit cumbersome especially when you are running so you don’t want to get an armband with a lot of extra weight. Buy an armband that weighs 2.5 ounces or less. Most of the armbands these days are made from neoprene, a cushy and foam material that is also used in making wet suits.


4. Adjustable Strap

Most of the armbands for cellphones have a Velcro strap that threads through a loop, so you can adjust the strap to fit your arm.  There are some belt clip case manufactures that even have a sizing chart.  But you should get an armband that fits around eight to 20 inches.


5. Extra Features

Usually, armbands have a key pouch that can only store a single house key or car key.

You’d also like to get an armband that has two-- one pocket for your car keys and another for small items like cards and cash.  This way, you can store these essential items without having to put them on the pockets of your shorts.


6. Color and Style

Finally, choose an armband that you think fits your personality. The most popular fitness armband is the plain black armband without any design.  However you can also get one that comes in various colors like blue, red, and even multi-colored ones.

These are the six things to consider in shopping for a running armband.

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