Oh! The Places The FlipBelt Crops Will Go! A Product Review

Disclaimer: I received the FlipBelt Crops to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
― Dr. SeussOh, The Places You’ll Go!

I remember first seeing the FlipBelt at the Colfax Marathon Expo a few years ago. I thought it was the coolest thing and idea. I didn’t end up buying one because at the time I couldn’t afford it (in full disclosure, I was running the marathon relay on a free team paid for by one of my jobs).

I finally got my hands on one in the last year and love it. I actually use it quite often. When I got the word that I was selected to try and review the new FlipBelt Crops, I was super excited. The idea of having one less item to wear, on my body, was very appealing!

These capri pants are probably the comfiest, softest and most functional piece of running clothing I own, but what I like the most is how versatile they are and how convenient they are for so many activities! The Dr. Seuss book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” always pops into my head whenever I wear them. In the few short weeks they’ve been in my closet, I’ve worn them to so many different types of runs, events, and activities!

Oh, the Flip Belt Crops can take you….

…On The Road!
Above all, these crops were initially made for runners in general. It’s perfect to have a pair of pants with a built-in FlipBelt to carry your keys safely, your phone so you can listen to music and take pictures, and a zippered pocket for your ID, credit card or money if you need it.  Plus there’s still room if you need to take gels or a water bottle with you!

…To The Trails!
Trail running is a breeze with these pants! And they are moisture-wicking so your legs don’t feel sticky or sweaty.

…With Me To Work!
In fact, I wore them to coach track so many times, my co-workers started calling them my “marsupial pants.” In addition to track practice, I wear them when I’m race directing!

...To The Stadium!
I coach Long Jump and Triple jump for a local high school. You don’t know HOW perfect these are for coaching! I can run up and down the side of the track with my phone, pens, note paper, and tape for my jumpers all on me!

…To The Crag!
PERFECT for climbing and I could easily keep my phone on me for pictures from the top or pictures of my clients (I also own a rock climbing guiding business).

…In The Gym!
It’s easy to keep my phone on me so I can listen to my pump up jams while I’m pumping up the iron!

…On The Yoga Mat!
Super comfy for all the yoga poses!

…To The Store!
My shopping list, phone, money, and keys are safe and sound while I navigate the isles of the grocery store.

…On A Hike!
Even if I’m hitting the trails for just a hike, I can easily carry my phone with me so I can take pictures of the beautiful views.


Features (These are straight from the website, but I’ve added my notes to describe the pros.)

  • 76% Polyester 24% Spandex  (i.e. SUPER soft fabric)
  • Moisture-wicking  (i.e. don’t stick to you even when you’re super sweaty)
  • Antimicrobial fabric (i.e. don’t get smelly)
  • Rear zipper pocket (i.e. safe and secure place for your ID and money)
  • Internal key ring (i.e. secure your keys without the worry of losing them)
  • Multiple front pocket openings (i.e. easy to get your belongings in and out of the pockets)
  • Large phone pockets (i.e. plenty of space to carry what you need)
  • 3M reflective logo (i.e. safety, always)
  • Machine wash and dry (i.e. convenient ’cause who has time for hand washin’ and hang dryin’!?)

Some more pros I’ve noticed:

  • They don’t bounce, twist or otherwise move around when I run EVEN with the pockets loaded up.
  • The key hook is perfect for piece-of-mind while carrying my keys with me.
  • Seriously, I’m going to say it again: These leggings are the comfiest and “softest” tights I’ve ever worn, including the seams; I didn’t even notice them!
  • It is super easy to take your phone in and out of the pockets. No struggling or fumbling while running to get items back in the pockets like I’ve experienced with other running belts.
  • They do fit the FlipBelt water bottles!
  • Having the built-in belt really eliminates the feeling of wearing a ton of items/accessories. I feel way less bogged down by THINGS.
  • Plus, they look GOOD! They are very attractive and stylish!

Cons:

  • They are a little warm. I can’t wear them when it’s about 70 degrees and up outside for a run; I just overheat.  I hope they make a shorts version soon or maybe other, lighter colors!
  • Not waterproof. If I sweat a ton (for example on longer and hotter runs), I notice that my phone gets a little wet, but not much.


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Bolder Boulder – Post Race Recap!

The Bolder Boulder was a great success!! I’m really proud of how the race went and how well I did.

The race itself went just as smoothly as the previous years that I have seen. My friend Theresa that ran with me in New Mexico and at the Color Run met me at the park and ride bright and early in the morning and we made our way to Boulder. We arrived at the starting line amongst the thousands of people and found each of our waves. I chose to run in my own wave because it was a little earlier than hers and I had a personal vendetta with this race and wanted to run with the least amount of people possible. Technically, you are allowed to run in other waves, however, if you run in a wave BEFORE yours, your timing chip will not be recorded; but you can run in waves afters yours.   It didn’t necessarily matter that I ran with my assigned wave because after the first 5 waves, it’s already super crowded.

Warming up in the cool morning air!

We warmed up on a side street and separated into our respective spots. The weather for the day was perfect, not too cold, definitely not too hot – perfect for when you started running.  I nervously bounced around listening to my music and chatting a little with the people around me.  The crowd moved closer and my nervousness grew. Finally, it was our turn! A man on the side played the “charge” song on his bugle horn and we were off!! Instantly I’m dodging people left and right. Within the first kilometer there’s already walkers blocking my path and people staggered all over the road. I feel like I run twice as far with all the cutting in and out I do.

Waiting in my wave

Maybe next year I’ll take it easy and just take in the sights, capture pictures, and even do the slip and slide, but this year I was super competitive with this race for multiple reasons. I talk about them in my pre-race review but I am happy to inform you that I accomplished all my goals!

Goal 1: To finish in under an hour! CHECK!

Goal 2: Finish close to 51 minutes because that’s what I ran in New Mexico. CHECK. I finished in 53:03 official time!! I very happy with this time! About 8 minutes fasters than last year, and to top it off…Last year felt, well, DIFFICULT to me! This year, not only did I crush my time, I felt GREAT!

(Secret Goal 3: Beat a few girls from high school that beat my time last year: CHECK. Oh yeah! Well, only one ran it this year that I know of, and I beat her time by a good 5 or 6 minutes! Shhh…don’t tell them I was racing their times!!)

I feel very accomplished with myself after this race, I also placed 58/638 in my age/gender group! This is amazing to me! That’s the 9 percentile! I have a strong desire to train really hard now and keep working on my PRs to get faster! Shout out to Theresa when she reads this: I believe she ran faster than in Albuquerque with a new PR – 1hr8min! So awesome!

Finishers!

So next year, I can register for even earlier times and maybe break 50 minutes..maybe! I know 2 minutes slower than my PR seems like a lot, however, those two minutes are easily accountable – and I hope that doesn’t sound like I’m making excuses… with 55,000+ people running, as you can imagine, I had to dodge people constantly! I only stopped at one water station and after quite literally running into a runner that decided to stop dead in her tracks, I avoided the rest like the plague.  Also at the end, when there was 0.4 miles left of the 10K, when you’re SUPPOSED to start really picking up your pace, the crowd bottle necked into the stadium entrance and slow people tended to get in the way. As I entered the stadium, I was about to launch in to my full sprint mode because the finish line is just a lap around the football field, when a girl cut right in front of me in such an extreme way that I literally ran into her and had to hold up my hands to brace myself and accidentally pushed her in the process…which caused the man behind me to accidentally push me. This is the only thing that irritated me. Also, this course is considerable more hilly than my PR course in New Mexico.

The course itself was as fun as always…the dorritos people were there, as will as a couple slip and slides, the mile 2.2 marshmallows, LOTS of bands, belly dancers, an Elvis impersonator, and plenty of people cheering on the sides!

Chick-fil-A Cows finishing!

After I met up with my friend, we walked around the sports expo. I found a couple new products I want to look into! Check this out: A flip belt!!! I REALLY want one! We got a free popsicle and other free food samples. After wandering around, walking off our running legs, we headed back into the stadium to watch the pro runners and the memorial day tribute. First was the pro women followed by the pro men. They are AMAZING to watch run it! 5 min miles, finishing the 10K in about 33 minutes!!!  Crazy to me!! The usual paragliders for the memorial day tribute had to be cancelled due to wind, so we decided to head back home for nap time. After my nap, I joined my friend Amanda for a Memorial Day Rockies Game with Fireworks show (I got the day off!!!!!!!!!) Great end to a great day!

colorado rockies

Fireworks from the field

UPDATES:

I registered for another race and will be doing the Buffalo County Stampede next weekend in Nebraska. And I write this write up from Montana…two days till the Missoula Mile!!!!