Carrying stuff (keys, phone etc)

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13/01/2013 at 20:36

Hi all,

Apologies if this has been covered recently - I couldn't see it if it has.  I haven't run much, and hardly at all since moving into my new flat.  I am looking to get back into running again, and it occurred to me that I don't know what I'd do with my stuff anymore. 

I used to stuff my phone and car key in my bra, but I have a huge cluster of keys (I wouldn't need to drive, as I could go straight from my house) and my phone is a bit bigger than the one 2/3 years ago! 

Has anyone got any good suggestions for carrying stuff (coat/jacket aside)?  I was looking at a bumbag type thing, but don't know how comfortable it would be.


cougie    pirate
13/01/2013 at 20:40
Sports direct do a karrimor waist bag that's stretchy. About a fiver too.

Why take all of your keys though ? Can't you just get a copy made of the one you need to get in ?
13/01/2013 at 20:43
I have a key safe (google 'key safe' for an idea of what I mean) on my side of the front garden wall. This means none of us has to worry about taking a key with us if we are not driving. Also means Jr. Schmunks can't lose one either

Have you considered a sportsband/armband for your phone?
13/01/2013 at 20:54

For most runs I just take one doorkey in the pocket of my shorts, but also use one of these when I want to carry phone etc and one of these which will carry a dog lead, waterbottle, gillet, gloves etc.  

Never had a problem with either being uncomfortable.

Edited: 13/01/2013 at 20:58
13/01/2013 at 20:58
Can't comment on the phone as I just don't take one out! But I've got similar to schmunkee.
Brilliant for if you forget your keys
Mines coded so as long as your sober enough to remember (I've nearly came a cropper one Saturday night ) it's easy and safer than carrying keys
13/01/2013 at 21:12

Ah!  Thanks everyone for responding!  Unfortunately I live in the middle of town so a key safe thing isn't ideal (though we're on the hunt for our own place, so will remember that for the future!), but like the look of the Nathan Belt thing. 


13/01/2013 at 21:43

I can vouch for an armband. Mine's all fabric so carries a smartphone without it being on show. Came from Nike a few years ago and can't see to find it online any more I'm afraid ...

13/01/2013 at 22:05

I bought a really cheap Karrimor running belt from SportsDirect initially but have now invested in a couple of tops with pockets. One is a long-sleeved trail running top with pockets on the sides of the hips, the other is a cycling top. Cycling tops are fab as they have various pockets on the back, which I find more comfortable for running with than a belt at the front, and they come in loads of different colours and at different prices. Why you can't get decent normal running tops with pockets is beyond me - manufacturers are missing a trick here!

Edited: 13/01/2013 at 22:06
13/01/2013 at 22:19

I didn't even think about cycling tops!

Thanks all - some great ideas here!

13/01/2013 at 22:44
I can't run in a cycling top as I find that the elasticated bottom continually rises up and I am forever tugging it down
13/01/2013 at 22:44
SRH7, if you can find any of the Run365 (JJB stock) that Sports Direct is selling off, the long-sleeved running tops have a zip pocket at the back. Or at least the ladies' tops do...
14/01/2013 at 08:15

Ooooh, thanks Nykie. Will have a look for them. Only started running last year and started off running in my hiking gear (combat pants!) and old gym trainers. Sports Direct was a lifesaver - got my running shoes (Asics Kayano) and running tights there with about 30% off.

I have asthma so pockets for my inhalers (I always carry one plus a spare) are essential.

14/01/2013 at 10:58

I have a small Nike waist bag which will take a phone, keys, maybe a few other bits and pieces.  It doesn't irritate, is comfortable.

For longer runs I use a bottle belt which (in addition to the bottle holder) has a couple of pockets for other stuff.  That took more getting used to, with the weight of a full bottle, but I soon stopped noticing it.

I would think that things in the pockets of a cycling top would bounce, and keys would jingle - that would annoy me!



14/01/2013 at 11:10

i take an iphone, a couple of quid in change, a debit card (in case i get stuck for some reason) and my keys (unfortunately I need to take 3 keys to get through the miriad gates/doors to my flat). Still doesn't take up that much space, and I use a stretchy runners bumbag thing I bought for a tenner from runners need. doesn't rattle, and because it's carried on my hips I don't feel the weight when running.


14/01/2013 at 21:01

Sounds like you only need one key - so only take one key.  I've a massive bundle like you but I take one off and it goes on my running shorts using a keyring through the fabric (or zip pocket depending on shorts, in which case I may throw a fiver in there just in case).  Phone - just get an armband (I dont bother with a phone).  This way you can run "freer" than with a bag of some sort.

17/01/2013 at 12:25

I've just ordered a 'flipbelt' online.  It looks like a stretchy belt that should sit on the hips comfortably.  It had great reviews so hopefully will be okay.  Has to come from America though so could be a while till it arrives  

17/01/2013 at 12:41

Armband for my phone, and tie my key into my laces.

17/01/2013 at 13:30

I either make sure I have shorts with pockets or use a little magnetic Roosport pouch that hangs over the waistband. The housekey itself is on a small carabiner so I can quickly detach it from the bigger bunch. Shorts with nice pockets are available from Patagonia, North Face, Montane for example.

Bonus: when the key is in a pocket I make sure there is also a metal tag on the same carabiner. It jangles slightly in the pocket and sounds a bit like a dog's collar. I could be imagining it, but when I'm coming up behind a pedestrian I think they get out of the way sharpish because they imagine a big St Bernard is coming up behind them, or something

23/01/2013 at 16:58
Just got a karimor belt with zip up pocket and 2 170ml water bottles! Weighs nothing, fits well and carrys ya juice...all for 7.99! Sport
23/01/2013 at 23:40
I got a Spibelt last summer, very stretchy, holds keys, phone, has loops for gels too. Can sit on hips or waist, bulge at front or back. I ran a half marathon with it and it never bothered me at all. Funky colours too, I went for black tho
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