If you’re a runner like me, accessories can make or break a good run. I’ve become dependent on my smart phone for tracking my run, providing music or podcasts, and taking pictures of some of the various vistas in the Bay Area. What I needed for a very long time was an armband that is durable, comfortable, and can do more than just carry my device. After searching for about a year, and trying about 4 different armbands, I finally found the running accessory that fits all of my needs.

The Armpocket Ultra i-35 has kept me company through about 750 miles of road and trail runs. Armpocket makes a variety of cases designed with quality, comfort, and a great list of features in mind. For me, fitting my Nexus 5 with a bumper case was no easy task. At the time that the Nexus 5 was released, phones had not yet started to reached the now standard screen size of  5+ inches. I found that the best fit for my situation would be the Armpocket Ultra i-35. It’s moisture wicking design, coupled with no-slip memory foam makes this ideal for long runs without the chafing I’ve experienced with other arm bands. The Ultra-i35 also comes with two pockets for cash, ID/credit cards, and a spot for your keys. I no longer needed to stash my keys somewhere or have them in a rather uncomfortable spot during a run. There are also two slots for to plugin your headphones. Using the touch screen on your phone is easy on the Ultra-i35 due to its super sensitive plastic covering. Other armbands I’ve used I would have to swipe over and over again to get any kind of feedback. The Ultra i-35 can fit phones with screens up to 6 inches in size with a minimal case. I found that my Nexus 5 along with a Ringke Fusion case has a very snug fit with no room to shift during physical activities.

The two other products in the Armpocket line I want to highlight are the Racer and the Mega i-40. The Racer is has the same features of the Ultra i-35 but with more of a minimalist feel. The no slip memory foam is there, but the Racer only has one pocket for ID or keys. The Racer also has one velcro strap for its device pocket and no place to hold the cable for your headphones. The Ultra i-35 and Mega i-40 both have a small velcro loop to hold the headphone slack that can impair  movement while running. The Racer will only take phones with screen sizes up to 5.3 inches. That differs drastically from the Mega i-40, that has the exact same design as the Ultra i-35, but allows devices up 6.5 inches. That’s right phablet runners, Armpocket has a high quality armband just for you. If you’re interested in picking one up, head over to Amazon for the Armpocket Ultra i-35. Check out armpocket.com for the Racer and the Mega i-40.

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