Walking and Running Gear with Pockets

How do you carry your cell phone or iPod/MP3 player when you are walking, running, or spending time in the gym? You can wear it on an armband or slip it into a pocket. But not just any pocket or armband will do, here it what I look for:

  • Secure: You want a pocket or carrier that won't let your electronics fall out and get broken if you bend over.
  • Moisture Protection: You're going to get sweaty and you might go out in the rain. Your electronics need to be kept dry.
  • Easy Access: You don't want to spend minutes getting your electronics situated in the pocket, and even more time if you need to manipulate it during your workout.
  • Cord Management: Headphone/earbud cords can be annoying if you aren't using Bluetooth headphones. Well-designed gear has ports and channels to thread the cord and keep it tidy.

1
Sports Bras with Electronics Pockets

Swoob Athletic Wear Racerback Pocket Sports Bra
Swoob Athletic Wear Racerback Pocket Sports Bra. Swoob Athletic Wear

I learned the hard way that sticking your cell phone or iPod in your sports bra is bad for the cell phone - I've had condensation block the screen or crash the phone.

Swoob Has a line of sports bras and travel bras with pockets. They have a variety of styles, with most having three interior pockets that are water-resistant. Many styles have removable padded inserts for full coverage.

Buy from Amazon

2
ScotteVest Performance Shirt - Short Sleeve or Long Sleeve

ScotteVest Performance Long Sleeve Shirt
ScotteVest Performance Long Sleeve Shirt. ScotteVest

Manufacturer's Site
ScotteVest specializes in electronics-carrying travel gear. This shirt is made of high performance fabric that wicks away moisture, and it comes in both short-sleeved and long-sleeved versions in a unisex design in seven colors. It has has three pockets to carry your electronics securely - two side-seam pockets suitable for an iPod and a chest pocket large enough for a cell phone. Their garments feature channels to wire in your headphones so cords are out of your way. They also have a women's long-sleeved workout shirt, the SeV Suzie Qzip with two pockets suitable for phone or iPod.

3
PureGear Hip Sports Band with Dry+Flex

PureGear Hip Sports Band
PureGear Hip Sports Band. PureGear

Manufacturer's Site
Today's big phones need extra protection. This PureGear system includes a protective phone case that is rubberized for a good grip, and includes a kickstand so you can prop it up for watching video or taking photos. It securely clips into the armband, which has slots for taking along cards and cash and key hidden under your phone. You can carry the phone screen out or screen in, with access to the buttons on the side of your phone. The armband itself is antimicrobial and odor-free. It has a cord keeper so you can tidy up excess cord during and after use.

Buy from Amazon

4
D-Belt Pro

DBelt PRO
DBelt PRO. Wendy Bumgardner ©

Manufacturer's Site
This polyester/spandex belt has three pockets, each line with moisture-resistant material. You can sweat and your electronics will stay dry. There is a slide-in pocket with velcro closure that is big enough for modern smartphones - even the iPhone 6 Plus. The zip pocket will keep id, key and money secure. A top drop-in pocket can be used as well. The DBelt Pro has an ergonomic cut - wear the slimmer side in front or in back as you wish. The belt secures on with velcro. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes.

More »

5
Underfuse - Add Your Own Pocket

Underfuse
Underfuse. Underfuse

Manufacturer's Site
What if you have favorite compression shorts, running tights or shirt and you just really want to add a pocket? With Underfuse, you can add a permanent pocket to any garment without sewing. It takes only a couple of minutes to iron-on these pockets. They come in two sizes, to fit earlier-model iPhones and to fit iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S. Of course, you can stow other items in the pocket as well. They have a moisture-resistant layer and a velcro closure to keep your electronics and essentials dry and secure.

6
iXoundwear Hats and Visors

iXoundwear iPod Hat
iXoundwear iPod Hat. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

One way to get around having wires snaking around your body is to wear your iPod in your hat. You need to keep the sun off of your face to preserve your complexion anyway. iXoundwear makes several designs of hats, caps, beanies and visors which hold you iPod and have earbuds to reach your ears without more wires. Their designs won't work for cell phones.

Buy from Amazon

7
More Clever Ways to Carry Your Phone/iPod

FlipBelt Sport Belt
FlipBelt Sport Belt. Wendy Bumgardner ©

These belts and pouches are designed to be worn walking, running or training in the gym. I've worn the FlipBelt for over a dozen half marathon walks, and I use the RooSport Magnetic Pocket when traveling. Meanwhile, I love the Walkapocket for my daily walking workouts. The drawback is that none of them are water-resistant, although FlipBelt and others provide a plastic pouch for you to put your electronics into.

More »

Continue Reading