While I’m not a crazy serious runner, I have picked it up in the past 6 months – I blame a friend of mine- and since we are planning 15K’s and half marathons so I’ve been opened up to this entirely new world of buying things I “need”. Recently, I decided I needed running headphones since every time I told someone I didn’t run with music, he or she would gasp in horror. Seriously. That started my quest and I ended up with some insanely awesome Adidas Sennheiser CX680 Sports.
It turns out that running with your phone in your hand just to listen to music is kind of a pain in the ass. I figured that would be an issue so I have been on the search for an iPhone 5 armband. Every site seems to have a million types of reviews and are very personal preference, but I ended up seeing the most positive reviews for the pdo Sporteer. Most of the reviews were for the iPhone 4 armband, but after checking out the website, I didn’t think that there were a lot of variances (obviously they had to change where the headphone jack hole is) and decided to bite the bullet.
This is where my experience is insanely good. I went online and purchased the small/medium based on other people’s sizing reviews. When I went to the site, it said if I liked them on Facebook I would get 5% off my order. Not a problem. Then I wasn’t charged tax or shipping on my under $25 purchase. I like that. I had placed my order right before I went to work. For those of you that don’t know, I work an odd shift, so I placed my order around 3:30PM. Before 5PM that day, I had an email stating that my card was charged and the purchase had shipped. That is so productive. A day and a half later, I had my product in hand and I’m only left thinking, why aren’t other companies like that??
Then I tested out the product itself. It has a nice little slot for personal items (key, ID card, cash) and of course the section for the iPhone. I did have to take my iPhone out of the case to use it, but my phone fits very nicely in it. I really don’t feel uncomfortable with it in there. When I put the armband on, the size was right for me. Once I put it on, I didn’t have to adjust it while I was running. It was really hot and humid on my first test, so the armband was drenched in sweat. None of my sweat touched the iPhone though, and that’s what I care about the most.
There were a few things I didn’t like, but I don’t think it is due to the case itself, I think it’s just Florida heat related. My phone got incredibly hot, but then again it usually did when it was hot and humid and in my hand. I also had a difficult time getting the phone out because the humidity had made the plastic front stick to the phone. This problem I know is easily fixed by putting a screen protector on your phone; I know this from working at a cell phone store. To speak more praise about the company, pdo did actually include two screen protectors in my order for free. The third thing that I didn’t like was that I couldn’t really see the screen while I was running. Again, this isn’t a negative regarding the case. Between the glare of the sun and the way I have Nike+ set up, it just wasn’t working. I probably don’t need to obsess over my Nike+ as much when I run anyway.
All in all, I love the case and I loved my experience with pdo. If you’re looking for an armband, I highly recommend them. They sell other accessories, too!
As I use the case on more running events, I’ll update to keep you in the loop of how it’s doing. In the mean time, I still need running music! What do you listen to while you run?