“ Brand: Karrimor „
There's nothing worse than having your keys or loose change jangling around in pockets when you're out on a run. When I first started running I would hide my house keys under the outside bin (not very original), or tie them to the drawstring on my shorts (very irritating). Neither of these methods were a good solution.
As I got fitter the distance of my runs increased, which meant I would have to get a drink at some stage during the run. I hate carrying water bottles with me when running, so I decided to carry some loose change and stop at a shop halfway round my loop. I ended up buying some dedicated running shorts with pockets in order to carry my cash, and also my house keys. This was not a good idea, as these items bouncing around was really off-putting, and when you're out on a long run any minor irritation soon becomes a major annoyance.
Then I stumbled upon the Karrimor Wrist Wallet. I must say I'm really impressed with this product. It fastens securely to your wrist via a wide elasticated band on the back and is a snug fit. The pocket isn't very big, but all I carry when out running is my house key and a bit of loose change so this is perfect. I got the black/yellow version, and I think there's a pink and black one too. The yellow is bright, so it's another thing that helps you be seen.
My only criticism with this is that it doesn't absorb sweat very well. This means your sweat will end up accumulating at the bottom of the band and drip on to your hands. I sweat loads when running anyway, so I'm used to being soaking wet, but it might be an annoyance for some users.
I paid £2 from Sports Direct for mine which is an absolute bargain. It might not suit everyone, but for £2 it's worth giving it a try.
Overall, this is a handy product at a good price. It gets a big thumbs-up from me!
One of the more frustrating things about exercise is the inconvenience of needing to store things like house keys, loose change, rings, even your ipod mini. While many running shorts provide small pockets that tuck in just below the waistband, these are often awkward and not entirely reliable. I've had shorts where this pocket does not stay tight in and jiggles around, or is not zippable or just digs in.
This wristband seems to resolve a lot of the issues I have previously had with storage while exercising. It's big enough that you can keep your house keys in, or at least a key or two in, and at a stretch you could keep a car key in there as well as long as it isn't too big a key. I live in a coastal town and to get out of it in any direction you need to go up a steep hill. There's a perfect track for running or cycling on near the top, so I like to drive up there to do this, and being able to keep my car key safe without it jiggling around or leaving it in an unsecure location by the car is important.
The other thing I sometimes do with this that I wouldn't be comfortable doing with a pocket is putting my wedding ring in when I'm using hand controlled equipment in the gym. The rowing machine in particular requires force being exerted right where my ring is and it either digs into my finger, distracting me from concentrating and also hurting me and potentially distorting it. Being able to pop it in this band on my wrist is much more secure and very easy to do. I also like to keep some money in there if I'm going running and want to get a drink, for example, or if I'm running to one location and spending some time there and want refreshments.
The pouch isn't particularly big, so this is clearly no substitute for a bag of any sorts, and it certainly isn't big enough to keep my phone in, but I have an ipod mini that just about slots in and feeds the headphones out as well. As long as you have enough slack on the wire for your headphones or earbuds then this should work fine. Again, a slightly tight fit means no jiggling around inside the pouch.
The band fits snugly on and is adjustable. It's neoprene, although I'm not so sure it's the very best in quality. There's a reflective band around each end, and the elastic compromises the retention element of the band. It means that heavy exertion won't prevent all sweat from dripping to your hands, but it does have some retention qualities, and is mildly effectual as a sweatband popped on your wrist. It's a solid piece of equipment, is machine washable and is available in different colours. The black one is probably most suitable for men, but there's a pink one as well if you'd rather. You can easily get hold of one of these in Sports Direct, where most things are cheaper than elsewhere, and this is no exception. It'll cost you a mere £2 or £3, whereas other retailers charge around double this.
It's a good product and certainly helps store those little items you'd like close to hand when exercising. Not the most effective sweat band but for minimally disruptive storage when exercising it ticks the boxes. Recommended.
Often when I decide to go for a run I find that my Mrs is not in and I need to get back into the house. This is where I find myself using her Karrimor Wrist Wallet. It is a fist sized elasticated neoprene pouch that I can keep my keys in. She also uses it to hold some change in when she runs home from work so that if she gets cramp, injury or the weather turns she can hop on a bus. And for these purposes it works very well. Before I had this wallet I usedto do the very unsafe thing of hiding my keys in our front garden as they are annoying to run with especially when your hands get sweaty and obviously running shorts rarely have zipped ockets, if they have pockets at all and even if they did I wouldnt use them as I dont wnt my keys banging my leg every step I take.
The wrist wallet is of neoprene material, so sweat is absorbed alittle, as it is cheap neoprene but it still holds back much of the sweat, which being on your wrist is an issue really and sometimes I wonder if an arm belt is better, but I have tried these too and find that they are constantly falling down and need to be pushed back up, plus they restrict the blood flow through the arm and in cold weather I would end up having one hand that was freezing and the other was sweating ! The wallet is black in colour with Karrimor in 90`s style illuminous writing, not that a car will see it and swerve , so a bit pointless really. There is an elasticated strap around the wallet to fit around your wrist and the pocket is roughly 2x3 inches in size, which should hold most kets and change and perhaps some other small items sush as a gel pack or two if you are perhaps training on long distances, but most gel packs come loose and you can fit these into a waist belt or even into tightly elasticated runnning shorts/ legging so I would hold them there, plus normally you may need more then one or two and then you have to use these other techniques anyway. But I wouldnt bother putting too much into the wallet in it as might weigh to much and flap around on your wrist when you sway your hands which is terribly annoying..
The wallet is easy to slide the wrist wallet on and tighten it to the desired strenght, depending on what you have in there of course but the elastic band is not breathable so again you will sweat through considerably. This brings me to the washable aspect, as far as I know this piece is completely machine washable and will not leak colours or shink providing you wash it to instruction. The machining is good, no abrasive seams or material wear , it is fairly robust and we have had one for over a year. You can get it in several colours, pnk and grey for the girls, karrimor does allot of these types of colours with their stuff and thank good my mrs bought the black and green/yellow writing one and it is alittle more acceptable for me to be wearing this.
This Karrimor wrist wallet normally sells at around 5-6 quid, but sport direct always have it on discount for 2 quid, as they are a major stockist of Karrimor gear...I would just go for this option as your probably not going to save much more money to be honest. Good for any running, cycling and possibly triathalon training.
*Karrimor Wrist Wallet*
The Karrimor Wrist Wallet is a small elasticated pouch, made to keep your valuables in while running. Until I bought this wrist wallet, I always had the problem of where to put my keys while running. They are a pain to keep in your hand, and painful to put in trainers! Running tights, tracksuit bottoms etc. tend to either not have pockets or have such large ones that I worry my keys will fall out when I'm out, and I will arrive home having lost them. So buying one of these wrist wallets was the perfect solution.
The wrist wallet has a zip pocket and an elasticated strap to go around your wrist. The pocket is around 2x3in in side. It is black,with a reflective Karrimor logo on the front and fluorescent yellow edges to increase your visibility.
Not only do I put my keys in the wallet, but also some money, either in the form of a £5 note or a few coins. And surprisingly coins do not rattle around inside. you never know when you might need to stop for an extra drink, to use a pay phone or (hopefully not) catch a bus home due to a twisted ankle. Better to be safe than sorry!
The wrist wallet will also hold an energy gel, and even cereal bar if I squash it in a bit. I have also been known to put my mobile phone in it, which just about fits. That is probably everything you ever need while out on a run. Of course the wrist wallet can also be used for cyclists, and is handy even when wearing a backpack, to keep your keys close to hand.
It is easy to slide the wrist wallet onto your wrist, where is stays in place without moving. Those with smaller wrists than the size of the un-stretched elasticated section may notice it move around though. Due to the strap being elasticated, and not breathable fabric, I do occasionally get a red mark on my arm where I wear the wallet in hot weather. This can become itchy which is a little irritating, but isn't usually too bad. The seams are soft and do not irritate me.
This Karrimor wrist wallet is one in a range of several designs, which includes ones with pink and grey edging. It is easy to wipe clean, and if need be, it can be washed at 40C with the rest of my running kit. It dries easily and looks like new again.
The Karrimor wrist wallet is currently available from Sports Direct stores or at sportdirect.com for only £2, reduced from its RRP of £5.99. I feel that this is a great price,and I would recommend the wrist wallet to anyone who runs or cycles and needs somewhere to put their valuables. It is also useful anywhere you dont have a pocket, but need somewhere to put your bits and bobs.
I award 5/5 stars, as the wrist wallet does exactly as it says, keeps your belongings safe and close to hand, is comfortable, lightweight and easy to wear.