I have complained before of my (what seemed to be) an impossible quest to find a sweat and weatherproof armband for my iPhone 6. I scoured the internet and despaired.
Having previously run with a Belkin armband for my iPhone 5 (which was brilliant and weatherproof – there had been many an insane rain storm that had tested that claim), I waited for the Belkin to come out for the iPhone 6 and was sooo disappointed with it. It was very comfortable and otherwise brilliant but after my first run I had to conclude it wasn’t even sweatproof. And then I realised it didn’t even claim to be weatherproof.. Clearly meant for treadmill running, non-sweating “athletes”…
So back to the drawing board it was. I am not sure why I hadn’t come across the ArmPocket before in all my googling but there it was (with a choir singing “hallelujah” in the background. Ok, well that bit might have all been in my head) in all it’s water resistant glory.
The ArmPocket I went for is the “Racer”, which is the slimmest of the models. It still easily fits a credit card or a key in the case with the phone (I just wrap my keys in kitchen paper and stuff them into the pocket in my tights). Here are the specs as provided by ArmPocket:
- Audio access: Strategically placed audio access ports
- Compatibility: Fits phones up to 5.5 inches (13.9 cm) including iPhone 6 and 4/4s/5/5S/5C
- Comfort: Memory foam padding, for guaranteed comfort
- Design: Ultra-thin design, single interior compartment
- Durability: Will outlast the life of most phones and devices
- Protection: Slip proof design that is sweat & water resistant
- Safety: High visibility reflective piping
- Dimensions (HxWxD): 5″ x 3.25″ x Flat (13.9 cm x 8 cm x 0 cm)
- Arm Strap: S (7″ – 11″ (18cm – 28 cm), M (10″ – 15″ (25 cm – 38 cm)
Compatible with the following phones:
iPhone 6, iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPod Touch (All Gen)
Z10, Q10, P’9982, Bold
Ascend G6, G6 (4G), P6
Lucid, Volt, Realm
Moto X, Moto G, G 4G with LTE
Lumia 1020, Lumia 925
Galaxy Avant, Galaxy SIII
Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR
(If you want to read about more the armband (and you should, have a look at the other models too) you can visit their website http://www.armpocket.com)
I would normally always just go for the “M” but clearly I have learnt something of late (unfortunately not early enough for my Under Armour shopping spree…) and actually having measured by spaghetti arms ordered the “S”, which is perfect.
I have now done a few long runs with the armband and this is what I think:
Comfort: I find the armband very comfortable. It has a velcro fastening which means you can easily get the tightness of the fit right. Once you find your sweet spot, the armband stays put. It isn’t heavy and, I at least, (being used to running with an armband) just forget about it until it’s time to take it off.
Sweat/waterproof: So far so good! Due to the padded back the sweat from my arm doesn’t manage to seep to the phone. There hasn’t been one of those apocalyptic rain storms that we have every now and again but it was drizzling a fair bit yesterday – the phone stayed nice and dry.
Headphone jack: The holes for the headphones are at the bottom of the armband, there are two (left and right side). Perfect for the iPhone 6. If your phone has the jack at the top then you could just put your phone in the other way.
Touchscreen: The plastic covering the screen is very responsive and the phone is easy to control. However, I found out during my first run that the brightness sensor gets blocked by the armband so if your iPhone is set to automatically control the screen brightness you will end up with a screen that is very hard to see as it’s dimmed to the max. Easy enough to get around by turning the auto-control off and the brightness to the max.
All in all – I can wholeheartedly recommend the ArmPocket Racer for iPhone 6. And you know me – should I change my mind about this, you will hear about it. The armband was bought by me with my own, hard earned cash and this review is not sponsored by ArmPocket in anyway. However, should they wish to start doing so.. 🙂