Summer is coming.
It is that time of year again for people to hit the trails and tracks in preparation for trips to the beach and parties by the pool.
Running has been and always will be one of the best ways to get rid of those love handles you packed on during the winter, especially a Covid-19 quarantine winter.
Ever since the release of the smart phones and Bluetooth speakers, hardly anyone runs without music to jam to. With that being said, where do the majority of people place their phone while running? That is a good question. If you survey 100 runners in the US, you will probably get somewhere around 20 different answers. From the classic a hydration pack to the new trendy fanny pack for your chest.
We are at no shortage in carry-ology. The question is, which method is the best? In this post we are going to break down the best methods for you to carry your phone while running.
Best Way to Carry Phone While Running
This is not just one person’s opinion. Our list is a culmination of many runners from all different climates. To make it easy for you, we listed the top 5 most common ways to carry your phone while running from best to least favorable. We also gave you some insight as to why we ranked each method
with pros and cons. Therefore, you can make your own educated purchase on how to solve your phone transport problem.
Chest Fanny Pack
Ok, these new bag designs may come off as, “trendy,” but I am going to advise you to not knock them before you try them.
First seen in the streetwear industry, these chest rig bags are getting big for a reason. Having all your items in front of you makes them super accessible.
Taking your backpack off just to answer your mom’s phone call on a 3-mile run is aggravating. If you still do not understand the concept of these chest bags, think of it as a fanny pack but for an athlete. These running chest bags have minimal bounce. If you spend some money on a higher end one, you will be happy to rarely experience any chafe or aggravation. Some of the chest rig bags were built for runners to thread their phone cord through the bag. The one thing we were worried about was how the fit on women. The ones that we tried fit snug and didn’t cause any issues between women or men.
Pros: Original, accomplishes the job, minimalist, stylish, sleek.
Cons: Newer technology and design so there is few options.
Hydration Pack with Chest Pockets.
While vest technology is not new, it is tried and true. Salomon makes very nice ones that can take an absolute beating. If you are looking for a cheaper option, just make a quick Amazon search and you should find something around $20-$40. Be wary, these may be super uncomfortable and will probably break easily. If you like running but want a versatile option, this pack was coined as the best festival hydration pack for hiking and other outdoor adventures.
Pros: Bigger, can be used for more than running, many options.
Cons: Can be uncomfortable, cheap ones fall apart.
Running belts have seemed to have satisfied many people over the years.
Truthfully, I think that is due to the lack of other cool products, or people just not being aware of what other options were available.
When using the belt, we found it to be bounce and required constant readjustment. The zipper of an old belt I used to use got corroded from the salt of my sweat. Maybe I just did not clean it enough, but maybe not.
Pros: Reliable, minimalist.
Cons: Cheap, uncomfortable at times, outdated.
Shorts, Leggings with Phone Pocket
At first, you would think that this is an easy way to run with a phone. We were wrong. These products are marketed very well.
Unfortunately, good marketing will sell a sub-par product. The phone will constantly bounce, and you will feel as if you are about to bounce your phone out of the pocket, especially going downhill.
Pros: Sleek, trendy, aesthetically pleasing.
Cons: Doesn’t work, not usable for other occasions.
This way to carry your phone while running is near last because it is very uncomfortable.
Often, the arm band slips down your arm requiring you to constantly stop and readjust. Unless you have absolute pipes for arms, the arm band will always slide around since your skin stretches and bounces around. Not to mention, the arm band can cut off blood flow to the rest of your arm.
But hey, maybe we are being a little harsh on this product. If you do not want to take our word for it and want a cheap option, this would be the way to go.
Pros: Small, inexpensive.
Cons: Not versatile, not comfortable, will not last long.
Well, we gave you plenty of options and enough feedback for you to make your own decisions. Try some of them out for yourself and do not jump the gun on something just looking “trendy.”
You may find that a new design or technology you are not yet comfortable with may be the best new product on your gear list. Inversely, just because your $10 Amazon arm band works like a champ, does not mean something else can work even better.
Whatever decision you make, be sure to test it in different running conditions and terrains. The chest pack may not work for you on long runs but may be the perfect short run companion.