BANDI To The Rescue!

Hi everyone!  I wanted to take a moment to talk about something I’ve been using on my recent runs that has been super helpful!  As you all know, I’m running in a place that has lots of potential dangers – bear, moose, ice, etc.  Even in Philly I had to worry about stuff (mostly people) posing a threat to my run.  Because of that, ever since I started running I always carried my phone with me.  It just feels safer to know that I have a way to call for help if anything were to happen.  And if you’re wondering where I keep my phone on my runs, unfortunately I just keep it in my hands!  I’ve never had a way to hold my phone while running.  Now that it’s getting colder, I wanted to make sure I had a place to store my phone and my car keys while I run so that I could be hands free.  While Googling “running belts” I found an awesome new company called BANDI which makes running belts and headbands in really cute colors and patterns.  And after reaching out to the owner, Beth, she let me try out a BANDI belt of my choice!  The website had tons of cute patterns, but I eventually decided on Night Garden because I thought it would match with a lot of stuff that I own.  *Even though I received this belt for free, all opinions are my own*


Things have been crazy with the move and I couldn’t find anything until I started unpacking, so I didn’t get to try my BANDI belt until last week.  I drove to the trail so I needed to store my car keys and my phone.  And I was so happy I had the BANDI belt because it was great running with my hands free for once!  I’m already wearing my gloves for every run and it’s so much harder to carry a phone with me when I’m wearing a glove.

IMG_3269Obviously my phone is not in there because I’m using it to take a picture, but you get the idea with just my keys!

IMG_3282The storage area

So what did I love about my BANDI belt?

  • I love the pattern – it matches all of my stuff and is so much cuter than a plain black belt!
  • It has 2 compartments so I can store both my phone as well as my ID, money, or anything else I might need and it has another key pocket on the right side (although I clearly need to take off my huge keychain before storing them in there again)
  • It’s big enough for my iPhone 5c
  • It closes with a flap that folds over, not a zipper (I hate zippers when I’m running!  My fuel belt has one and it drives me crazy!)
  • It’s super lightweight and I couldn’t feel it while running
  • It didn’t bounce!
  • It’s adjustable which means it will fit most people

IMG_3281Two separate pockets for more storage!

There were a few things I wasn’t a big fan of though:

  • Once I had it on, I had trouble using the clasp to get it off – but as you can see with my zipper issues, I have issues dealing with small objects after running   🙂
  • The material was a bit slippery and I had to adjust it a few times to get it to stay in a comfortable spot while running (it’s made with a moisture wicking fabric so it’s a slippery material)

Overall, I am so glad I found BANDI!  I’m really intrigued by their storage headbands (with room for your key in the back!) but we all know how unlucky I am with finding headbands that work.  Definitely check out their website if you’re looking for a fun and colorful alternative to boring running belts!

Where do you keep your phone and keys while you’re running?

16 thoughts on “BANDI To The Rescue!

    1. I have one of those too (which I only wore once during the Disney Princess Half), but I gained some weight and now it won’t fit 😦 That’s why I’m glad I got an adjustable belt because it will alway fit me and I’ll actually use it!

    1. Oh no! What kind of phone is it? Maybe you need a bigger belt? I know my husband’s phone is huge and it won’t fit in most of the running belts out there. I have a Lifeproof case so I’m not too worried about my phone breaking if I drop it, but I’m just sick of holding it in my hand all the time!

    1. I do the same thing with my water bottle, but as you can see I’m terrible at zippers while running and I hate getting it in and out mid-run. It’s good to know I’m not the only one who runs with their phone in their hands!

  1. Oh that’s cute! I just got a flip belt and love it. It’s very similar but doesn’t have a latch at the back. I do like that it doesn’t have a latch but you have to step in and out. I love this idea though, such a great way to store all our stuff.

    1. I have a FlipBelt too (got it for Disney Princess and only wore it once) and it doesn’t fit me anymore because I gained a little weight 😦 I love that this one is adjustable because it will fit me no matter what is going on with my waistline! Plus stepping in and out is kind of weird haha

  2. The keys , the keys, always an issue! Sometimes I put them in the secret compartment in my shorts (if I can find it) or I get lucky and I did not have to drive. It is an issue for sure. I have been looking for a belt but have not decided on anything yet!

    1. Yes! I can carry my phone in my hand, but not my keys! I really need a smaller keychain, that would probably help!

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