Product reviews: Garmin FR10 and Flipbelt

The FlipBelt Black Medium is an odd product. It’s a tube of attractive stretchy spandex that is, functionally, one big pocket. I put it around my waist, I tuck my phone in, I flip it over so the holes are to the inside, I rotate it so the phone is at the small of my back, and I’m done. My phone doesn’t flap around, it doesn’t bother me, and I couldn’t get to it before it stopped ringing, even if I wanted to. (I actually switch off the ringer, because I really wish I didn’t carry a phone at all, but it does mean I can call Jay after I trip and fall. (In the last year or so, I’ve tripped and cracked a rib, tripped and torqued my knee, tripped and scraped my elbow, and tripped and had no ill effects at all. I called Jay after the knee and he came and got me. That was when he told me I really needed to always have my phone. For his peace of mind.)

(Incidentally, if you click on that link, Amazon will pay me a tiny little commission on the sale of a Flipbelt. In the seven years I’ve been writing this blog, those tiny little commissions have added up to just over $10. Total. This is not a paying gig.)

The Garmin FR10 is a cool gadget that lets me track my running progress in detail. Since I’m a data-driven person and I love seeing steady improvement, it’s been worth every penny in terms of getting myself out onto the trail on running days. It’s GPS, so worthless for things like step counting or treadmill use. The link I gave is to DCRainmaker’s product review. He writes amazingly thorough reviews of fitness electronics. I couldn’t possible compete.