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262Runnr
Aug 29, 2008, 08:29 PM
I'm looking for an armband holder for my iphone while running.
One of my main concerns is having my iphone, in a case on my sweaty arm.
Recommendations...?



katusha4978
Aug 31, 2008, 10:56 AM
Yes, i am interested as well.

danterner
Sep 2, 2008, 07:45 AM
I've tried two so far.

The first one I picked up is the Marware Sportsuit Convertible (http://www.marware.com/PRODUCTS/iPhone-3g-cases/Sportsuit-Convertible-for-iPhone-3G). It bills itself as an all-in-one (it's a sleeve! it's a belt-clip! it's an armband! it's a breath mint! it's a candy! tastes great! less filling!) but while I found the armband function to work very well, I wouldn't consider using it bandless as my primary case - something I had hoped to do before I got it. The belt-clip is just too flimsy, and the case itself isn't very stylish. Plus, the clear plastic that protects the screen (it's an integral part of the case) causes some bubbling/rainbow effect on the screen of the iphone because there are some areas where the clear vinyl touches the screen and others where it doesn't. I do feel like the phone is very protected within the case while I'm running, and the armband is very comfortable.

The second one I picked up is the Belkin Sports Armband with FastFit (http://www.belkin.com/ipod/iphone3g/). Unlike the Marware, it has reflective piping around the edges, which is nice. It's also made of a more stretchy material than the Marware. That, for me, is key and is the reason I picked it up: I keep my phone in a case (the Switcheasy Capsule Rebel (http://www.switcheasy.com/products/Rebel/Rebel.html)) and I don't want to have to take my phone out of its case each time I want to go running, to be able to insert it into the armband. With the Marware, there's no way I'd get a cased phone into the Marware. With the Belkin, it's a tight fit but just-possible. (The phone would be snug caseless; it's not like it would be loose within the Belkin, otherwise. It's just that the Belkin is stretchy enough to accommodate the case (barely)). The armband for the Belkin isn't as nice as the armband of the Marware. The Belkin didn't come with a beltclip, but did come with an attachable earphone cord-wrapper. The Marware came with a screen protector; the Belkin didn't. On both of these, the armband comes between your arm and the phone, so I'm not particularly concerned with sweat affecting the phone.

I think that, overall, the Marware is the nicer case. But because it can't fit my phone without removing it from its case, I'm going to be sticking with the Belkin.

Okay: breaking it down -

Sportsuit
Can't fit a cased phone
Flimsy beltclip
Better-feeling armband
Has a detachable key/change pouch
Can be used independently of the armband as a regular case
Clear vinyl screen causes bubbling/rainbow
Comfortable armband
Material is less stretchy
Comes with a screen protector
Overall the nicer case

Belkin
Can (barely) fit a cased phone
Has an integrated slot for a key
Has a detachable headphone cord-keeper
Reflective piping
Clear vinyl screen causes bubbling/rainbow
Serviceable armband
Material is more stretchy (kind of like the nike+ armband)
No included screen protector

262Runnr
Sep 3, 2008, 09:03 AM
Thanks for the detailed report.

First, that SwitchEasy Capsule looks like a really nice case!

I'm presently using a silicone slip-on case with a bodyarmour ($7.00 Ebay item- works great!) type film protector for front screen.

At this point I'm probably leaning toward the Marware simply because it looks like a nicer case and it can also double for me as a 2nd case when the armband is removed. I'm just wondering how accessible/functional the touch screen is through the plastic?

danterner
Sep 3, 2008, 11:12 AM
Thanks for the detailed report.

First, that SwitchEasy Capsule looks like a really nice case!

I'm presently using a silicone slip-on case with a bodyarmour ($7.00 Ebay item- works great!) type film protector for front screen.

At this point I'm probably leaning toward the Marware simply because it looks like a nicer case and it can also double for me as a 2nd case when the armband is removed. I'm just wondering how accessible/functional the touch screen is through the plastic?

I'm very happy with the SwitchEasy.

The touch screen is accessible/functional through the clear vinyl of the Marware, but it's not pleasant. It's nothing like a thin screen protector, where properly applied you don't even know it is there - rather, it's more akin to the type of plastic sheeting old people cover their couches with. Imagine trying to use your iphone through that type of material. It works, but it's not fun. It doesn't apply to the screen of the iPhone; it is an integrated part of the case. That means that there are parts of it that rest against the screen, while other parts lift up a bit. Doing iPhone finger acrobatics definitely takes more effort. I'd say you shouldn't bank on either the Marware or the Belkin as a day-to-day case. As an armband, the Marware is definitely superior to the Belkin.

Steve iPhone 3G
Sep 6, 2008, 06:03 PM
That, for me, is key and is the reason I picked it up: I keep my phone in a case (the Switcheasy Capsule Rebel (http://www.switcheasy.com/products/Rebel/Rebel.html)) and I don't want to have to take my phone out of its case each time I want to go running, to be able to insert it into the armband.

I think that, overall, the Marware is the nicer case. But because it can't fit my phone without removing it from its case, I'm going to be sticking with the Belkin.

Thank you SOO Much! for posting this. I've been looking for the "best" armband case for my 3G for so long. I too have it in a Capsule Rebel and the thought of removing the case every time makes me want to cry. I might be buying a Capsule Neo soon but there shouldn't be a difference. For that, I am going to purchase the Belkin. You have saved me a tremendous amount of time and money, Thank you!

Steve iPhone 3G
Sep 6, 2008, 06:28 PM
I got a question... is it even out?! cuz the website says "Coming Soon" so I don't really understand. The original armband for the iPhone looks pretty nice, but I doubt it will fit with the case. It sounds like you have the new one for the 3G, Belkin Sports Armband with FastFit. Where did you purchase it? And are there also other good armband cases out there? How does the armband hold up when you're going pretty fast? I'm more of a fast pace track athlete. I'm a sprinter.

it would be nice if I can find the review on iLounge, but I'm having no luck.

danterner
Sep 7, 2008, 06:36 AM
I got a question... is it even out?! cuz the website says "Coming Soon" so I don't really understand. The original armband for the iPhone looks pretty nice, but I doubt it will fit with the case. It sounds like you have the new one for the 3G, Belkin Sports Armband with FastFit. Where did you purchase it? And are there also other good armband cases out there? How does the armband hold up when you're going pretty fast? I'm more of a fast pace track athlete. I'm a sprinter.

it would be nice if I can find the review on iLounge, but I'm having no luck.

The Belkin I picked up is called the "Belkin Sport Armband Plus with FastFit." Looking at the packaging, I don't actually see a reference to it being a 3g version. Maybe I got an original iPhone version accidentally? In any event, it hasn't seemed to have mattered. I found it on the wall of my local Apple Store about a week ago. Just be forewarned; the fit really is tight when trying to shove the phone in while the Capsule is on, and it goes in easier than it comes out. I half-suspect one of these times I'm going to wind up tearing the Belkin as I try to insert or remove the phone...

tjhenn
Aug 13, 2009, 01:14 PM
Found this forum while looking for a simple iPhone armband and thought I'd throw out what I found. I was in REI the other day and saw the Nike Running Arm Wallet/Phone Case. (Link to REI page (http://www.rei.com/product/760138))
It fits the phone, even using the Incase Slider case though does stick out of the top about a half inch. The biggest caveat: there is no cut-out for the display. If you're using the display a lot while using the armband, this may not be what your looking for. But I usually just hit play and am good for the rest of the run, so I didn't need easy access to the screen.

It's basic but does the job I needed it to at a very reasonable price.

Hopefully this will help somebody.

Jaytix9
Aug 13, 2009, 08:46 PM
this looks like he knows what he is talking about

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQFjc7j7v2E

runnerdude
Oct 29, 2010, 10:55 AM
I have tried several different armbands from the big name brands and most of them fell apart within 3 months. If you are a serious runner or biker, I would recommend the Sporteer from PDO. It's super comfortable and durable and the screen still works great inside the case.

I picked mine up on their website (www.pdostore.com). I've seen them in a few stores as well, but I don't think they are a very large company, so you might have to go online.

Hope this helps!

BrokeniPhone85
Oct 29, 2010, 12:47 PM
I just recently bought the Belkin Sport Armband Plus with FastFi and I absolutely love it! I have begun the Couch to 5K running program so I needed something to hold my iPhone well. It doesn't slide or move at all. I highly recommend.

runningagain
Nov 8, 2010, 05:36 PM
Seems that other runners have posted reviews on the Belkin and not too favorable. Anyway, I'm using the Armpocket Sport 20 - it's great for the iPhone, fits with a case. It keeps my phone and keys dry - (no sweat going through), and it's very comfortable, plus it stays on my arm during the entire run (which is sometimes 3+ hours). www.armpocket.com if you want to check it out.

Sputnek
Feb 19, 2011, 08:13 PM
Seems that other runners have posted reviews on the Belkin and not too favorable. Anyway, I'm using the Armpocket Sport 20 - it's great for the iPhone, fits with a case. It keeps my phone and keys dry - (no sweat going through), and it's very comfortable, plus it stays on my arm during the entire run (which is sometimes 3+ hours). www.armpocket.com if you want to check it out.

I have to agree, the i-20 is amazing. Thank's for the leading me to this product!

himesh
Feb 21, 2011, 04:59 AM
Griffin make some cool ones.

miCoach Armband (http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/adidas-micoach-armband)
AeroSport (http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/aerosport-iphone4)

brishe
Feb 26, 2011, 07:59 AM
I have to agree, the i-20 is amazing. Thank's for the leading me to this product!

I too appreciate the review for the armpocket i-20. Just ordered a pink one - can't wait to try it out! Thanks again - if not for the review, i would have never known about armpocket - looks like a great product!

Dimwhit
Mar 29, 2011, 11:41 AM
A question for those using the Armpocket Sport i-20.

It looks nice, but it seems a little big and bulky, and possible heavy. Do you find that to be the case, or does is it fairly unnoticeable one you're using it? Also, is the phone touch screen usable while in it, or do you have to pull it out to be able to use the phone at all?

hastyle
Mar 29, 2011, 01:32 PM
I got a Belkin, didnt even last 3 months, first the clear film glue started peeling off, then the armbang ring snapped. I need something durable, does anyone here have the armpocket for more then a year?

thanks.

rans0m00
Mar 29, 2011, 01:39 PM
Its not a case that goes on your arm but after trying out various arm ones and either I found them not to last or water building up in them or having a small backpack on my arm. I just went with a spibelt. Carries my iphone, enough gu for a marathon, my inhaler, and drivers license. For any runner that does distance running it might be something worth looking at. Sorry for the topic sidetrack but wanted others to know its out there if they are having no luck with a workable armband as I did.

TBONE72
Mar 29, 2011, 02:15 PM
Its not a case that goes on your arm but after trying out various arm ones and either I found them not to last or water building up in them or having a small backpack on my arm. I just went with a spibelt. Carries my iphone, enough gu for a marathon, my inhaler, and drivers license. For any runner that does distance running it might be something worth looking at. Sorry for the topic sidetrack but wanted others to know its out there if they are having no luck with a workable armband as I did.

I've thought about those and still may try one, but I'm passionate about the ArmPocket Sport20. It keeps my iPhone dry and has held up well over a year that included a marathon and all of the training that went with it.

cellbanddotcom
May 26, 2011, 05:42 AM
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Judo Cowboy
Jun 20, 2011, 09:56 AM
WOW !!!

I about busted out laughing when I saw the video for the "CELL BAND". It looks like something off a saturday night live skit. Its just a 1980's work out wrist band with a piece of Velcro attached to it. For sure WONT be getting that, lol.

I believe the Arm pocket is the way to go, thanks for the info. :apple:

I still just don't understand why companies continue to make accessories for iphones that don't fit phones WITH cases. 80% of people have cases and the other 20% are idiots.

:D

hairpin
Jun 27, 2011, 08:53 PM
I'm switching from running with ipod with belt clip to iphone and can't find anything decent to hold it in. For the people using armbands, can you let me know why you like them? It seems like there are so many on the market. But it doesn't make a lot of sense to me. It seems like they will slip and I won't be able to make adjustments to the device while it's on my arm. As well what do you do when it's raining out?

I'm considering just using running gear with form fitting pockets at waist to fit my phone in because the products just seem so horrible.

talkin73
Jul 18, 2011, 08:57 AM
Anyone with the Armpocket i-10, how thick could a case be and still fit inside the pouch? Thanks for any feedback.

OverSpun
Aug 5, 2011, 08:28 PM
I was exactly looking for an armband like this, and I'll have to check out the arm pocket but; I hope its big enough to fit the iPhone 5 which is supposed to be slightly bigger about the larger screen.

Paul Ephesian
Jan 21, 2012, 11:18 AM
Anyone with the Armpocket i-10, how thick could a case be and still fit inside the pouch? Thanks for any feedback.

I was just looking for an armband for workouts, the Armpocket i-10 looked so bulky. I wanted something a bit thinner.

I ended up going with the Tuneband. I ended buying it on Amazon, but found this review too: http://www.workoutheadphones.org/tuneband-for-iphone/

jacob11
Jan 22, 2012, 06:51 AM
I think Black Sports / Gym / Running Armband Holder Case is best.

MikeRiches
Jul 24, 2012, 12:35 AM
I know I'm bringing up the rear on this post, but I ordered a regular case and armband recently. They arrived today and I can't say enough good things about the armband case. I pulled the trigger on the Tuneband. Love love love! Just read the reviews:

http://www.amazon.com/Tuneband-Grantwood-Technologys-Silicone-Protector/dp/B003ZZKL6U (http://www.themostpinteresting.com/B003ZZKL6U)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51OAeWrbBhL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Fatboy71
Jul 24, 2012, 02:28 AM
I use this one. I got my first one over 2 years ago and they are really good.

They are made of silicone so no matter how sweaty you get, its impossible for sweat to seep through to the inside where the iphone is.

There is no plastic covering over the screen area, which personally i like. On armbands that have a plastic covering over the iphone screen, i find that some impede the touch screen opertation, but with the Bone Collection armband this is not an issue.

http://www.bonecollection.com/en/products/detail/phone-sport-4s/

jasonwade
Sep 24, 2012, 02:43 PM
check out our great iPhone armbands:

http://iarmbands.com/Apple-iPhone-Armbands_c11.htm

-jason

cellbanddotcom
Jan 3, 2013, 07:17 AM
WOW !!!

I about busted out laughing when I saw the video for the "CELL BAND". It looks like something off a saturday night live skit. Its just a 1980's work out wrist band with a piece of Velcro attached to it. For sure WONT be getting that, lol.

I believe the Arm pocket is the way to go, thanks for the info. :apple:

I still just don't understand why companies continue to make accessories for iphones that don't fit phones WITH cases. 80% of people have cases and the other 20% are idiots.

:D

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OverSpun
Jan 8, 2013, 09:58 PM
I was exactly looking for an armband like this, and I'll have to check out the arm pocket but; I hope its big enough to fit the iPhone 5 which is supposed to be slightly bigger about the larger screen.

Here we go for such a several year long thread-

Speaking of the iPhone 5 in regards my past post. Armpocket has redesigned their i-20 sport so that it'll handle the iPhone 5 (http://www.armpocket.com/products/i-25-for-iPhone5.html)

I got one and I'll have to take some pictures of it with my iPhone 5 or perhaps a new thread to help others. :)

Fatboy71
Jan 9, 2013, 01:44 AM
Here we go for such a several year long thread-

Speaking of the iPhone 5 in regards my past post. Armpocket has redesigned their i-20 sport so that it'll handle the iPhone 5 (http://www.armpocket.com/products/i-25-for-iPhone5.html)

I got one and I'll have to take some pictures of it with my iPhone 5 or perhaps a new thread to help others. :)

I'd be very interested to hear how good these are in respect to not allowing sweat to soak through the material of the armband and into the inner where the iPhone sits. Most of the lycra, neoprene type armbands after a sweaty training session let the sweat/moisture through to the inside where the iPhone is. The only one I know that doesn't is the Bone Sports armband which is made of silicone rubber and as such the moisture cannot penetrate it. But as yet there is no sign of a Bone Sports armband for the iPhone 5.

Can anyone shed any light on how well the Armpocket i25 is at stopping sweat penetrating through to where the iPhone is?

OverSpun
Jan 9, 2013, 01:47 AM
I'd be very interested to hear how good these are in respect to not allowing sweat to soak through the material of the armband and into the inner where the iPhone sits. Most of the lycra, neoprene type armbands after a sweaty training session let the sweat/moisture through to the inside where the iPhone is. The only one I know that doesn't is the Bone Sports armband which is made of silicone rubber and as such the moisture cannot penetrate it. But as yet there is no sign of a Bone Sports armband for the iPhone 5.

Can anyone shed any light on how well the Armpocket i25 is at stopping sweat penetrating through to where the iPhone is?

Good time- I'm currently uploading a few images of it. :)

Fatboy71
Jan 9, 2013, 01:53 AM
Good time- I'm currently uploading a few images of it. :)

Thanks OverSpun.

I don't suppose you can give your opinion on if it allows sweat to soak through the material of the armband and into the inner compartment where the iPhone is can you?

Thanks :)

Susan552
Jan 9, 2013, 02:27 AM
I got a Belkin, didnt even last 3 months, first the clear film glue started peeling off, then the armbang ring snapped. I need something durable, does anyone here have the armpocket for more then a year?

OverSpun
Jan 9, 2013, 02:51 AM
Thanks OverSpun.

I don't suppose you can give your opinion on if it allows sweat to soak through the material of the armband and into the inner compartment where the iPhone is can you?

Thanks :)

All done for you! I made a new thread- http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=16631407#post16631407

DJTaurus
Jan 9, 2013, 04:48 AM
Has anyone tried incase?
http://goincase.com/products/detail/sports-armband-cl69048#img1

DJTaurus
Jan 9, 2013, 05:14 AM
Also i am thinking of the Spibelt solution....
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=spibelt&oq=spibelt&gs_l=youtube.3..0l8.1331.2557.0.2656.7.7.0.0.0.0.165.667.2j4.6.0...0.0...1ac.1.vYY5Cl1bLiI