Do you have a fitness buff on your Christmas list? Then why not get them a fun stocking stuffer that they can use every time they work out – an Armpocket!
Armpocket SPORT i-20 – $29.95
One of the most important parts of my workout routine is music. I have a special playlist of uptempo workout songs, and I never exercise without it! Recently, it’s become apparent that I needed a better way of carrying my MP3 player while working out.
My MP3 player of choice used to be a Creative Zen. They’re an unusual size, so I had ordered a special arm holder for it, which worked pretty well. But my Zen stopped working earlier in the year, so I switched over to using my iPhone for music. Since I’m so
cheap frugal, I used the same MP3 holder with my iPhone – except it was way too big, so I rigged up a way to keep my iPhone in place:
Do you like the Invader Zim button that I was using to hold the MP3 holster together? This had to be the clunkiest, least attractive method of holding an MP3 player that I’ve ever seen. So when I had a chance to try out an Armpocket SPORT i-20, I thought this would be a great upgrade!
The Armpocket is a generous size, providing a space for not only your MP3 player, but another small item, such as keys. There is a strap that holds your iPhone in place, as well as two additional small pockets to help you hold different items. The headphones connect through a rubber opening at the top of the Armpocket – it was a little difficult to get my headphone jack in, but I was able to push it through.
Although I have a giant keychain that doesn’t fit in the small pocket that is sewn on the side, the Armpocket SPORT i-20 expands far enough that I actually have room to stick it behind the iPhone. To give you an idea of the size, my key fob includes four keys, three decorative keychains, a remote for my car’s power door locks, and my LifeShield keychain remote.
The Armpocket’s ability to carry additional items is a fantastic feature – when I went jogging in the past, I would put my house key on a chain around my neck. This is so much more convenient! The Armpocket zips shut, so everything is held securely in place – much more effective than holding the contents in with an Invader Zim badge. It fits very snugly around your arm; my other MP3 holder had the tendency to slide down my arm as I was working out. With the Arm Pocket, I have to be careful that it’s not too tight!
You can control the iPhone touchscreen through the plastic window, which is convenient for switching songs during your workout. I did notice that this became trickier when I tried it out with my giant keychain inside, so if you cram it to capacity with lumpy items it may make it harder to use the touchscreen through the plastic. However, I just tried my keychain as a test for how much it could hold – it’s too big and heavy for me to want to carry the whole thing, so I would just slide off my house key and take that in day to day situations.
I think the Armpocket is an excellent way to carry your music with you during workouts, and I love the fact that you can also use it to securely carry another small item or two, such as your keys, driver’s license or cash; that’s so handy for those times when you want to run to the gym without lugging along your purse. I think this would be well appreciated by the fitness enthusiast on your shopping list!
Armpocket comes in a variety of sizes and styles, and can fit almost any MP3 player, iPod, or smartphone; prices start at $22.95. Click here to view the entire product line and order online. Armpocket can also be found at select brick and mortar locations – click here to see if there is a retailer near you.