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I was always getting sick and tired of going to the gym and listening to music simultaneously. You think it would be easy. I've got a gym membership and an iPod Nano, what more would I need? As soon as you try to run on a treadmill or go on a cross trainer that's where the problems come in! Where do you put the iPod? I used to rest it on the machines where you can put a drink but the wire for my headphones would just keep getting caught up with me and I'd end up pulling it off! Sometimes I'd try and leave it in my pocket but once again when you're constantly moving it jumps around in there like there's no tomorrow!
My other big problem was running outside or practicing basketball. There isn't a machine you can rest it on this time. All you can do is either have it in your pocket or hold it in your hand. I'm sure you can imagine holding an iPod whilst playing basketball isn't the most ideal situation. This is exactly why I purchased a Belkin Sport Armband!
I picked mine up for around £15. I didn't think this was much of a price to pay after all the pain I was having without it! When I first put it on it was nice and comfortable. It is made from a neoprene material which makes it very sleek and stretchy around your arm. Also this makes it waterproof so I little bit of sweat in the gym wont affect it, nor will a downfall of rain outside!
To secure it around your arm there are Velcro straps which are easy to adjust so there's no need to lose the blood circulating around it! It doesn't feel very secure once it is strapped and even after doing the most vigorous workouts whether inside of cross country its still felt safely attached.
The iPod just slips into a plastic cover on the front of the band. It has easy access to all of the buttons, although there have been slight problems every so often with the plastic front cover. It doesn't make the iPod wheel the most sensitive exactly and can be a struggle to adjust. I've only had this problem a few times however, not a huge worry!
Since purchasing this I do not know what I would do without it. It seems silly to use anything but it at the gym or for sports now. I've even now used it many times with my flaring equipment. Not only can I now practice my flaring techniques (for those you don't know, the juggling of bottles for bars) I can also put them to music in a routine without the iPod getting in the way.
I feel this is definitely worth a purchase!
As a keen runner and ocassional cyclist, there is nothing I like more than to train to music and thankfully the Belkin Sport Armband enables me to use my iPod Nano in the way I want to.
I have tried numerous other solutions, including headphones that attach to cord that hangs the iPod round your neck, but nothing really seemed to cut it until I bought this. The material used is nice on the skin and doesn't irritate at all when sweat ensues. This is crucial to me and is often an issue withthis type of gear.
I find the unite to be reliable and safe and never looks like it is going to detach from your arm, nor does the iPod harness look like it is going to drop your valuable possession. It is a little dear for what it is but it probably does the job better than other alternatives
Put simply, for running and cycling to music from your iPod, there is no better solution than this.
I bought this product for my new iPod nano as I work out and go running frequently.
The armband is made of a smooth stretchy material not dissimilar to the material of a wet suit - neoprene - which is durable and waterproof so it can be used in the rain (not underwater). The iPod nano slides into an opening at the top and there is a small hole at the bottom so that your headphones can be plugged in. There is a second hole so that the 'lock' button can be toggled to prevent the controls on the iPod from accidentally being pressed.
The holder for the iPod nano has a clear plastic front so that you can see the display and use the clicker wheel as normal. I have found some problems with this plastic front - once you get a little sweaty from running etc. the clicker wheel gets very difficult to use as your finger slips too easily over the plastic. I usually set up play lists so do not have to change the track but on the occasions I have needed to, I find this very frustrating as I have to remove the iPod from the armband.
The armband is secured around your arm with a Velcro strap looped through an oblong of metal. It feels very secure once it is on and there is enough stretch in the material not to make it feel too tight. After a few months of using the armband (and some copious sweating!) the glue that holds the Velcro to the armband material started to disappear and the Velcro came loose. However, both ends of the Velcro are securely sewn on and, despite it being in this state for a number of months, I have not had any problems securing the armband and feel confident it is not going to cause me a problem.
Lastly, there is an opening on the strap so that a key can be placed in. I have used this once and, whilst is did feel safe and secure to use, I prefer to put my keys in a zipped pocket in my shorts. It is also hand washable making it great to be able to remove all that perspiration!
This armband has been extremely useful for me as I need to feel that my iPod is secure to be able to concentrate on my work out. It's a good product but some thinking needs to be done about the issues with the plastic front preventing the click wheel being used once you have sweaty hands.
Purchase price - between £10 - 17
Material - Neoprene