Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for this review – I found a product and fell in love and I’m sharing my experience with you candidly, and FlipBelt was nice enough to let me include a giveaway with this post.
I’ve been intrigued by the FlipBelt since I first heard about it. Growing up I was part of the fanny pack generation and as dorky as they looked, they were very useful. When my husband and I go on walks/runs/hikes, one of my issues is always what pockets do have (or not have) and where I’m going to put my stuff. In the winter when I’m wearing a sweatshirt, I always have two pockets – in the summer, I end up holding a lot of my stuff because none of my workout pants/shorts have pockets.
The FlipBelt is a 3″ wide tube of fabric that fits snuggly around your waist. It is hollow and features four access points to insert valuables you need to take with you. Once inserted, flip the belt over and the openings are against your body – no worries about your items falling out. There is also a convenient clip inside for your keys so there’s no worries about them falling out. Here’s a great video explanation direct from FlipBelt.
Now I’m always a skeptic when it comes to new products like this but I was pleasantly surprised. One thing I love about the FlipBelt is that there are no “riding up” issues – I figured it would be all over the place and be annoying. I ordered a belt that would fit snugly (check out their size chart) and to my surprise it didn’t move at all when I was wearing it. No issues with flipping over or moving, which was great. I was able to carry my phone, keys and chapstick with very little movement inside and a wonderful satisfaction in knowing that my hands and pockets were free. I also love that it sits so tightly against me and creates very little bulge – I don’t feel horribly flat or frumpy wearing it.
The FlipBelt is made of a moisture-wicking, spandex-lycra blend, and is machine washable and machine dryable. FlipBelt is not waterproof – the company says, “it is always recommended that people put their electronics into a zip lock bag before placing them into the belt if they are going to be doing vigorous activities.” My belt sits on top of my pants/shorts and I have not had any issues with moisture seeping through yet, but I have not used it during hot summer days yet. The company sells waterproof 3″ x 6″ bags for just this purpose – I think I will be investing in a pack ($7.97 for a 3 pack) just in case.
I carry chapstick with me at all times and for small items such as keys, coins, pills, chapstick, etc, FlipBelt recommends that these items be placed in a pouch/wallet/case since small items may shift around and possibly fall out of the the openings. It is recommended you test the FlipBelt out before you use it for longer walks/hikes/runs so you can plan accordingly.
You can purchase the FlipBelt online at their website, or you can use their vendor locator to find a retailer near you that carries it. I ordered my FlipBelt directly from the company and had no issues at all – it was sent and arrived in a reasonable time. The cost is $28.99 and the belt comes in 10 colors. I went with black for a neutral look with all my outfits, but they also feature bright neon colors as well.