How to store keys mobiles: Top running bags compared

Most popular running bags in comparison

 

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1) Wrist wallet / Sweatband with pocket

Pros:

  • Quick and simple solution for small things
  • Most of those wrist wallet bands have room not only for a key but also for cash, cards and a small mobile phone (eg emergency phone)
  • Wrist bands are often the cheapest solution
  • Great for people wearing sweatbands anyway, but all others too, as you forget wearing it soon

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  • It’s light and if you just use this pocket, you will not overload yourself with heavy things
  • Available in many colors to match your sports dress. With or without a zipper
  • With this you will have no problem with bouncing
  • Also no problem with things moving around inside the pocket

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Cons:

      • The majority of them is made of frottee material. These in particular are not recommendable to wear on hot sommer days as wearing those around the wrist will make you sweat like a wristlet will keep you warm on cold winter days
      • As they are not that flexible in size it may be impossible to store your small mobile phone if it is just a few cm larger than the band
      • Also not water resistant in most cases

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2) Waist pack belt with consistent broad pocket band:

Pros:

  • Much room for all kind of things, especially smartphones
  • Available in different sizes
  • The most of them are water resistant up to a certain amount (meaning sweat drops, not rain)
  • These are often more balanced in weight when running and thus preventing bouncing. Also a slimming effect may be a pro if you would like to cover some hip padding
  • Most decent solution as it is consistent flat and usually avoids heavy zippers or fasteners. That’s why you can wear it underneath your clothes to have it much closer to the body to conceal it or fix it by another tight cloth above if wished
  • Wearing heavier things as close as possible at the center of the body is the most comfortable location for most people
  • Thin, flexible material is nice to wear

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Cons:

  • Runs the risk of getting overload
  • Also small things have the risk of moving around inside the pockets which can be annoying
  • Sometimes they do not fit perfectly as they are available in a few sizes only
  • These pockets are rather more expensive
  • Often designed with thinner material which may not be water resistant and may go baggy in some cases

 


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3) Waist pack belt with expandable, inconsistent broad pocket band and clip fastener

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Pros:

  • Much room for things, especially for smartphones
  • Adjustable to waist size
  • The most of them are water resistant up to a certain amount (against sweat drops not rain)
  • Stiff material avoids that it will go baggy
  • Wearing heavier things at the center of the body is the most comfortable location for the majority of people. This is one of the most popular running bags for trail runners as these often hold bottles, too


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Cons:

  • Especially small things have the risk of wandering around inside which can be annoying
  • Not a nice eye catcher if you wear it underneath. As you can store things here and there, you will create some ugly bumps
  • Because of the inconsistent broad band there is a high risk of imbalance which may result in bouncing of heavy things
  • Often integrated clip fastener are neither flattering your figure nor that light to wear and may possibly pinch

4) Armband case, primarily designed for Smartphone cases

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Pros:

  • Most of them are adjustable in size and very lightweight and have a good protection against sweat
  • Many of these pockets are fitted to special phone models so that the phone should really fit in perfectly. Often you can use the phone when wearing
  • No bouncing
  • Good hold because of special material.
  • Big ranges in price, resulting in cheap offers, as well

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Cons:

  • Most people find it annoying to wear heavy things on the upper arm
  • Also the firm material is not very comfortable
  • Very prominent location on the upper arm
  • Often possible to wear on tight fitted clothes only

 


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