Most runners aren't the minimalist kind—the type to set out for a 5-mile run without a phone, credit card, ID, key, and fuel. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. For safety's sake, it's smart to run with some essentials. But that doesn't mean it isn't a pain to schlep everything along—stuffing your apartment key in your shoe, tucking some crumpled cash or a card in the waistband of your shorts (hoping they don't get dislodged along the way), and keeping a deathgrip on your smartphone so your sweaty fingers don't hurl it mid-stride. But is your juggling act detracting from your workout?
Luckily there's a better way that doesn't involve fumbling with your running must-haves. Store them in one of these armbands, waist packs, and more (there's even a pair of compression shorts!) They'll give you a sense of security, keep you comfortable, and best of all, bring the focus back to actually running.
And with the new iPhone 7/7 Plus details just dropping (pre-orders begin September 9 and ship from September 16), you can rest assured these will fit the bill. The iPhone 7 is the exact same size (138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm) as the iPhone 6S but lighter (138g compared to 143g), according to Tech Radar.
This adjustable armband is crafted with sweat-proof neoprene to prevent slippage and chafing. The touch-sensing cover lets you navigate texts and playlists (even with sweaty fingers) so you can control your device without missing a beat. What's more, it's enhanced with a reflective covering for exceptional visibility in fog or at night. There's also a slot to keep your personalized emergency information.
Fits: Most smartphones, including iPhone 6s and 7, Moto X, HTC One M8, LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5/4
Free your hands, arms, and waist. This waterproof compression short has two (water-resistant) pockets: one for media to store your smartphone or music device and another for cash, keys, cards, and anything else you could need on the go. The fitted pockets are constructed so that they guarantee jostle-free movement; so you can hit top speeds without your new smartphone flying out and its screen breaking into thousands of mini micro-fissures mid-sprint. Not so keen to run around town in just such snug duds? Toss some running shorts over the compression.
Fits: Most universal smartphones, including iPhone 7.
This band is slim, secure, yet seamless—almost symbiotic in that it works with your body's movements rather than against them. The actual band is made of a pliable neoprene material that breathes and stands up to hand washing; and the encasing fully protects your screen without adding bulk or hindering your access to the home button, main screen, or headphone port.
Fits: Most universal smartphones, including iPhone 6s and 7/7 Plus.
This running belt combines what you love about arm bands and packs. The clear, touch screen-compatible cover lets you change music or answer a call without stopping to unzip and fish out your smartphone; while the belt lets you store your belongings without fear of them getting lost or damaged—thanks to sweatproof foam and three separate storage pockets. The elastic straps are expandable, so it can fit waist sizes ranging from 27to 47 inches; and once in place, the belt won't budge or bounce. Not in love? There's a 90-day money back guarantee.
Fits: All smartphones including iPhone 7/7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note—even with a case on.
Running with a lot of baggage? Toss your smartphone, keys, credit card, ID, chapstick, chews, and anything else you might need in the classic FlipBelt. It's designed to sit flat and flush against your hips, so even jumps and sharp lateral movements won't dislodge it. And because there aren't any buckles? No pinching or hard bits chafing your skin or putting runs in your favorite workout apparel. Step into and slip on the FlipBelt, settling it over or under your clothes (though it works best over your clothes). Openings around the belt let you secure your items, storing them around the belt's interior; then, when you flip it over, the openings close, sealing in your items. The moisture wicking fabric easily stretches and ensures your electronics won't get soaked in sweat.
Fits: Universal smartphones and large models like the iPhone 6s/7 Plus and Samsung Note 5.
Don't want to deal with belts or bands? Pop your smartphone in the touchscreen-adapted, water-resistant pocket of this hydration bottle. This is perfect if you can't go 30 minutes without your phone... or water. You can even fit money and keys in the pack; there's an internal elastic pocket to keep your stuff organized.
For those of you who love running in the rain (or run in pretty much every condition), this multisport armband is your best bet. Run with your music device or iPhone in tow; no matter how bad the deluge is, this case offers leakproof protection. There's a waterproof headphone jack, a waterproof zipper that seals the case, and welded seams—all of which withstand submersion in 1 meter of water fo 30 minutes... though hopefully you don't encounter that much water on your run. What's more, the cushioned band is made from super-soft nylon and neoprene, and features a key pocket. The screen is touch compatible, so you can access fitness apps, GPS trackers, music, and more with ease.
Fits: All generations of iPhone (including the 7) and iPod devices, and similar-sized devices.
Gear Beast Sports Running and Fitness Expandable Weather Resistant Waist Pack Running Belt
Compact as this belt is, it can expand to 8x6x4 inches meaning it can fit phones encased in bulky Otterbox and Lifeproof cases. Best of all, the zippered, weather-resistant spandex/elastic pack won't bounce—even with your keys, money, wallet, ID, credit cards and other essentials. The belt can accommodate waists ranging in size from 24 to 42 inches.
Fits: All universal smartphones, including iPhone 7 Plus, 7, and smaller; Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and smaller.