So the New Year health kick is in full swing; you’ve armed yourself with some new running shoes, spent hours on end compiling playlists and downloaded multiple apps to map your run.
But stuffing your new lycra leggings with phones, keys, and loose change is no mean feat - and that’s where a sports armband comes into play.
Niftily strapping your phone to arm won’t weigh you down and will prevent you from jangling around the park. From Nike’s fashion-conscious, sleek design to Yurbuds’ safety-conscious personalised pocket, we review the seven best armbands to make your runs more enjoyable.
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Wrap around: 7 best running armbands
Wrap around: 7 best running armbands
1/7 1. Belkin EaseFit Armband for iPhone 5, £18.99
The compact, modern design makes this a solid effort from Belkin. The lightweight, flexible neoprene material has a touch-through window covering the display and it can also be handwashed. This design is for iPhone 5 but there are other versions that are compatible with older models of iPhones, and are just as durable.
2/7 2. iLuv Nite-Glo Sports Armband, £12.99
An inexpensive, good-looking design for safety-conscious runners. iLuv’s armband is perfect for anyone jogging in the wintry months thanks to its glow-in-the-dark frame. Compatible with iPhone 5/4/3G, iPod Nano 5G and Samsung Galaxy S II
3/7 3. Adidas miCoach Armband, £12.95
The touch-through screen on Adidas’ armband provides for easy access while the strap is made from a super-lightweight nylon that can be adjusted for slimmer arms. Also comes with a key pocket. It’s built specifically to be used in sync with Adidas’s miCoach app, but it’s not necessary and you can use any other app on your phone. Compatible with iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5G. but older models cater for iPhone 4/3GS/3G
4/7 4. Tune Belt Armband, £15.50
For runners looking for a practical and durable product, Tune Belt caters for a huge range of smartphone and iPod models, including the mini iPod shuffles. It also has a mini storage pocket to tie up your earphones when not in use. Bit of a clunky design, but it does its job well.
5/7 5. Nike E2 Prime Performance Armband, £25
Nike’s sleek, minimal design is for all those coiffed, cool runners with not a hair out of place and a sweat bead in sight. iPhone 5s can just about squeeze in, with all other phone models sadly left out in the cold. It also has a water-resistant pocket to store your keys or money.
6/7 6. Yurbuds Armband, £18
The Yurbuds colourful armband is made from a durable neoprene material. You can choose from a stylish blue, purple or pink colour scheme. But if that isn’t up your street, there’s also an ‘Iron Man’ series in black. Also includes a handy key pocket and you can opt to personalise the armband at the check-out with your name, address and allergy information in case you fall ill while out on your run.
7/7 7. Sweaty Betty Media Armband £30
Sweaty Betty’s armband is comfortable yet sturdy thanks to its adjustable velcro strap. It also has a reflective logo for visibility when running in the dark. The armband fits a range of smartphones and has a touch-through screen for easy accessibility.
Both Sweaty Betty and iLuv’s armbands are stylish and provide extra visibility for running at night. The Adidas is practical and breathable, while Tune Belt is great value for money and is compatible for lots of different devices.
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