It's no surprise that more and more people are exercising with their smartphone in tow. Whether you like to listen to music, podcasts or simply stay connected, having a phone handy while running, biking, hiking, or working out in a gym is a fact of life for many people. The problem arises in just how to transport the phone without impacting your movement. That's why the interest in smart watches has risen, as many of the functions of your phone can be replaced with a smaller device strapped to your wrist. Not bad, but now have to shell out another couple of hundred dollars (plus you've got another gadget to learn).
The Super 5K Smartphone Armband from Nathan Sports is a decidedly low-tech solution that works surprisingly well. The water-resistant neoprene armband is lightweight and holds most smartphones snuggly against your arm. A clear plastic screen allows you to manipulate your phone while under the protective coating. It doesn't take long to forget you're even wearing it – and reflective material makes you more visible to others in low light. And at just $20, you can spend your money on a good pair of wireless headphones to make it even easier to run without constraint.