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Winter Running Essentials (Flipbelt Review)

If you remember, I considered getting a Flipbelt several times this summer, but never pulled the trigger because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to fit my phone in there. I tried one on at a race expo, finally, and guess what! It fit! But, having already spent way too much, I had to wait on it. Well, the running gods must have smiled on me–low and behold, I recently received the opportunity to try out the FlipBelt thanks to Sweat Pink!

Now that I am training for a marathon through the winter, I am in serious need of figuring out the strategy for holding all of the necessary objects! Just because some jackets have pockets doesn’t mean that all jackets have pockets! And have you have tried to stuff winter running tights?? Rather that attempt to accomplish the impossible, I am relying on my new Flipbelt!

Packing My Flipbelt: Winter Running Essentials!

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1) Acure Organics Dark Chocolate Mint Argan Oil Balm (Check out my review here! Also, I was amiss in thanking Ramblen, my association with which enabled my review opportunity! Ramblen is your resource for discovering the ways to stay healthy while you travel. And the Chicago reviews are by yours truly!) This balm is perfect because it helps form a shield around your lips, locking in the moisture and protecting them from the wind as well. I’ll even put some of it around my eyes and under my nostrils, which are likely to get chapped due to my nose running like a freaking faucet.

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2) Tissues See the last sentence. Sometimes a snot rocket helps no one. Your face is just draining. Eyes, nose, who knows what else.

3) Fuel Just because sweat isn’t pouring and you don’t feel overheated and like you are going to collapse doesn’t mean that you aren’t working hard! But the issue with running in the winter lies in the fact that fuels can FREEZE. Something that is pretty great about the FlipBelt is that it holds everything close to your body–meaning that your fuels are less like to freeze solid. A big tip though, is to make sure that your fuel is as easy to open as possible–it is highly likely that your fingers aren’t going to be working so well! I will still be carrying my sport beans, my FRS, and my ginger, and they will still be edible!

4) Hand warmers cheap, hot, and easy to turn on (like I like em ::wink::). These aren’t always necessary,but on really cold runs, they are great to keep in your stash to help warm up your hands that otherwise have turned blue! and you can get them for super low$ at target and other places. And, if need be, stick em down your pants. Just saying. 

5) Emergency Paraphernalia: ID, Credit Card or Cash, Key (copy that I had made that is just to my apartment)

Unfotunately, I can't pack it like my office food drawer.

Unfotunately, I can’t pack it like my office food drawer.

5b) Phone (which fits! YYYYAYYY) This is imperative to safety–there are so many fewer runners out, the lighting is often not great, the footing treacherous, and the conditions just generally more dangerous. Also, I have an app like Uber on my phone, which means that if something happens, I can call a cab to me (for myself or others, or call my emergency contacts) and pay with it via my phone. That way I don’t have to take my credit card with me, but rather can just bring some cash for a hot drink as I finish up!

The best part about the Flipbelt isn’t just that it can hold these different things but that it can do it in a way that doesn’t annoy the hell out of me. The snug fit around my hips/booty (thanks, marathon training πŸ˜‰ ) means that I don’t have to deal with the jingle jangle bobbage of some fuel/pack belts, and I don’t look like a tourist from the 90s.

Don't be these people

Don’t be these people

I was given the opportunity to test out the Flipbelt thanks to my association with Sweat Pink. As always, all thoughts, opinions, and snark included in my Flipbelt Review are my own!

Other Winter Running Posts:

What do you make sure to take with you during winter running season? How do you deal with fueling for long runs?

Have you tried out Flipbelt? Don’t forget that I have 15 discount codes to share with you! To the first 15 that ask!

Thank you to Mar/Cynthia/Courtney, and Jill for hosting the Friday Fitness and Fashion Link ups!

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72 Comments

  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    I have a fuel belt which has worked nicely for me. For long runs I always have my Road ID, Fuel, two pairs of gloves, ear warmers, and most likely two pairs of spandex on. Happy Friday and good luck on your test today!
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    December 12, 2014 at 5:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Apparently tipsy studying does pay off πŸ˜€

      December 13, 2014 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Tina Muir

    Awesome! I am hearing so much about these, and they really are a good idea! Love all the colors too! I rarely take anything with me on my runs, but sometimes I probably should!
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    December 12, 2014 at 5:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just get so worried about being so far from home without a way to really get back. And I hate bobbly things, so this is a great option for me.

      December 13, 2014 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants

    Since moving to Connecticut, most of my workouts have been indoors. We’ll see if I can champ some winter weather and get out for a run soon πŸ™‚
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    December 12, 2014 at 5:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Good luck! We are both going to need it!

      December 13, 2014 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Heather @Fit n Cookies

    I love mine. I definitely considered buying one so many times but kept holding off because I was nervous it wouldn’t hold things or stay put. I’m glad I finally have one!
    Heather @Fit n Cookies recently posted…It’s been one of those weeksMy Profile

    December 12, 2014 at 6:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      ME TOO. Put it off, got lucky! SCORE

      December 13, 2014 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply jill conyers

    Love love my Flipbelt! I’ve been wanting to try one for so long and now I can’t believe I waited. #runnermusthave
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    December 12, 2014 at 6:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      #youknowit

      December 13, 2014 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    I love my FlipBelt! I had the Spibelt which also fit everything but gave me a FUPA πŸ™ Hand warmers are a great idea too- I should add them to my wish list I gave my hubby! πŸ™‚
    Annmarie recently posted…Fit & Fashionable: Winter Running GearMy Profile

    December 12, 2014 at 6:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      AND they are so cheap so he has no excuse!

      December 13, 2014 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I usually only run with my phone and key, but i love my flip belt! I just get nervous to keep my key in there so I usually put it in one of my zippered pockets of my clothes. But Ive never had an issue with running with my phone or gels in my flip belt!
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    December 12, 2014 at 6:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And see, I always worry about my key falling out of my zippered pockets if I put anything else in there!

      December 13, 2014 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    The flip belt is great and I always love your photos LOL
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    December 12, 2014 at 6:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m a ridiculous human. I’m ok with it.

      December 13, 2014 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I have been so tempted to try one. They do look pretty great and not nearly as bulky as my Spi-Belt. I took an athlete out two weeks ago for a 14 miler and when he went to use his Gu it was totally frozen. He looked sooo sad!
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    December 12, 2014 at 7:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve heard about that. I am still trying to figure the whole its winter and my hands don’t work but I need fuel thing out!

      December 13, 2014 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply Ruthie@She'sWickedHealthy

    This thing looks fantastic! Want that code pretty puhleasseee!! That Acure lip balm is such a little treat!
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    December 12, 2014 at 8:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Coming your way!

      December 13, 2014 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Lou @ Mommy Sanest

    Great tips! I used to run outside in the winter in Chicago. I find that I’ve lost my will to do that :).
    Lou @ Mommy Sanest recently posted…DIY Relaxing Shower Bombs for the Bath-Hater in Your LifeMy Profile

    December 12, 2014 at 8:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am not excited about it, really, but it is going to be necessary. Gotta get as prepared as I can for the inevitable!

      December 13, 2014 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    I love my flip belt too. I did pull the trigger and buy and wear one for the first time for a marathon. It worked great. Also hand warmers equal heaven!
    Jen @ Pretty Little Grub recently posted…FYI Friday – Year of Running 2014My Profile

    December 12, 2014 at 8:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      AND I just got new mitts for early Xmas WINNING

      December 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Mary Beth Jackson

    I received the flipbelt too and I am excited about trying it out this weekend! Nice post- you always have cute pics!
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    December 12, 2014 at 8:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks! You know I can’t take myself seriously at all.

      December 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    I have a different type of belt, but I got a bigger phone now… This looks like a really nice option!
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    December 12, 2014 at 8:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Let me know if you want a code!

      December 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Ursula

    I do like easy to turn on πŸ™‚ rut rut rut (sorry I had to). This is great! Ya my running winter pants fit a card and keys but that’s about it. No phone space whatsoever. When it’s really cold I run with a down vest but on the average day the belt would be a better option. You’re such a trooper training outdoors over the holidays! Oh and I always run with my healthcard and ID. I know it’s morbid but if something were to happen and I couldn’t call for help, at least when they found me they’d have knowledge of who I am, my blood type and that I’m an organ donor. Like I said, morbid but prepared.
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    December 12, 2014 at 8:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      There are times when I feel like I should run with a full list of my meds, should anything ever happen. But that would be like running with a dictionary, so I guess not..

      December 13, 2014 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Rae

    I’m a wimp and pretty much give up on outdoor running in the winter. Hooray for the treadmill!
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    December 12, 2014 at 8:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      My hamstrings are not liking the tmill running that I am doing, sadly. Thus why I am NOT running this weekend…

      December 13, 2014 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply jess meddows

    Ah Suzy, I laughed so hard at snot rocket. You are so right there! I lived in Australia up until I was 30, then moved to Canada to be near my husband’s family. I had never experienced anything below a few degrees below 0, and running in -40 Celsius was a little confronting. I remember coming home and saying “OMG, I have SNOTSICLES going on!!!”
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    December 12, 2014 at 9:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      bhahahahahahahahahahahahahah groooooosssssssssss

      December 13, 2014 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment

    I do not run long distances, but I think this would be super helpful regardless. Have a great weekend!
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    December 12, 2014 at 9:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m thinking it would be great for aerobic workouts or cardio like rowing!

      December 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Maggie

    I wanted to replace my SPIbelt with a Flipbelt for awhile and finally bought one at the RnR Chicago expo this summer. And I love it!!! Generally I only bring my phone and keys with me on a run. And fuel for longer runs. Sometimes I’ll bring some cash and m ID. When I’m smart, I remember to wear my Road ID.
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    December 12, 2014 at 9:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      My road id is unfortunately USELESS as it is my old name, my old doctor, wrong address…. Oh moving and getting married!

      December 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    Ive been meaning to check this out. I put it on my runner gift list but dont actually have it myself. It looks great though. I am wondering if it will fit my mega giant super iPhone 6 plus. I guess if not I could throw it in a jacket. I am going to have to get some cold running tips from you bc it terrifies me. Orrrr I may wuss out and just hop on the treadmill.
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    December 12, 2014 at 9:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ll take you out πŸ˜€ It fits my phone, which is big, but I dunno if it’ll take yours. Check the measurements on the website!

      December 13, 2014 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    I have a flipbelt too and it is really handy for all your running items.
    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…5 Winter Activites Runners in Training Should AvoidMy Profile

    December 12, 2014 at 10:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m so pumped to use it. I think it will be good for strength workouts too.

      December 13, 2014 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    I’ve heard so many good things about the Flipbelt, I should give it a try.
    And feel free to send a code my way (provided they ship to Canada!!)
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    December 12, 2014 at 10:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      DONE AND DONE. If it is another company that doesn’t, I swear…

      December 13, 2014 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    I am so glad you got the opportunity to try one out, I LOVE mine and always take it with me when I run outdoors! Such a simple concept but so amazing! I have two now, a blue and black one…you know, so I can color coordinate based on my outfits πŸ˜‰ Enjoy!
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    December 12, 2014 at 10:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, duh. πŸ˜€

      December 13, 2014 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    I don’t know how I’d run without my Flipbelt! I LOVE it!
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine recently posted…Friday Finisher 12/12/14My Profile

    December 12, 2014 at 10:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yay! I am looking forward to getting some serious usage out of mine!

      December 13, 2014 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Tara @ Running 'N' Reading

    Susie, I would LOVE a discount code! I would really like to run my marathon (two weeks from tomorrow) without my FuelBelt; it’s really kind of cumbersome and I think I can manage with a handheld water bottle, which has a pocket, and the pocket in my running tights; however, there’s the matter of the phone. UGH! A friend recently sent me a link to their website, because she thought it looked cool; I’m so happy to read your review and hear that you love it. I’m addicted to lip balm…will definitely look for Acure; thanks for the recommendation! So happy to link up again this week and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    Tara @ Running ‘N’ Reading recently posted…Favorite Winter ActivitiesMy Profile

    December 12, 2014 at 10:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know what you mean! Sending you an email with a code!

      December 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Michael Anderson

    OK, the ‘cheap, hot and easy to turn on’ comment had me LOL’ing πŸ™‚ But I really need to get some handwarmers this winter – I saw Amazon had a great price for a big box, might do that!

    I grabbed a SPIBelt a few months ago, and it fits bigger phones, and also some supplies and doesn’t bounce around … and I have heard great things about the Flipbelt as well. I guess that is the lesson learned – Getting a good belt is DEFINITELY worth it!
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    December 12, 2014 at 11:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And you have a serious phone! I can’t even imagine running with yours. But yeah–you don’t want to have something that you are constantly tugging at. What good is it then?

      December 13, 2014 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    “cheap, hot, and easy to turn on (like i like em)” — lolllzzzz gosh i love that. i haven’t heard of a flipbelt but it looks cool, and if it works for you, that’s what matters. i’m like the most minimalist runner ever…to a fault. i take my phone and my headphones and my key. i’m usually way under hydrated (esp when they turn off the faucets along the highway in the cold weather), have chapped lips and freezing hands, and happy as a clam as long as the 1975 is on. go figure.
    Shawna recently posted…Friday Five: Favorite Winter ActivitiesMy Profile

    December 12, 2014 at 11:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am SUPER minimalist, unless i am going for a long run. But even then, I keep it to the basics. This winter I don’t think that I will have a choice, though!

      December 13, 2014 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC

    i like the flipbelt but what i like most is not having anything on my waist – i usually just use my handheld for my phone /keys πŸ™‚
    Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC recently posted…Friday Five: Five Favorite Winter ActivitiesMy Profile

    December 12, 2014 at 11:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don’t mind if it isn’t bobbing about, and I would rather not hold things unless it is my phone. I’m weird, I know.

      December 13, 2014 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply Jess@Flying Feet in Faith

    First, I am cracking up at your picture bundled up. You’re too cute. I’ve heard of the belt but never took the price plunge. I usually carry my cell in my armband and running fuel in pockets and mace in the hand. Which marathon are you training for? I start training first week in January for Rock n Roll Nashville!!
    Jess@Flying Feet in Faith recently posted…Friday Five: Favorite Winter Activitiesβ€”Running on Hot Chocolate!!My Profile

    December 12, 2014 at 11:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is so exciting! I just signed up for Phoenix at the end of February. One of my friends is doing Nashville, so I’ll be cheering you both on!

      December 13, 2014 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    Lol… this whole post! <3
    Mar @ Mar on the Run recently posted…Friday Five: Favorite Winter ActivitiesMy Profile

    December 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know I am made of nonsense.

      December 13, 2014 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    I weirdly don’t get cold on runs — even in the winter. I mean of course I am AT FIRST haha I’m not a robot…but by mile one I’m so glad I’m not layered up. I never get brushed leggings or anything — the only thing I really need to invest in this year is tech-friendly gloves. I have a flipbelt and I love it!
    Lauren @ ihadabiglunch recently posted…It’s the Freakin’ WeekendMy Profile

    December 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I HATE YOU. I lose all control of my fingers.

      December 13, 2014 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Michele

    Warm gloves/mittens, awesome winter running tights, and sleek but warm layers and a cozy hat with a ponytail window! Plus my headlamp and phone, although those are pretty much year round. With the right gear I feel great running in the cold.
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    December 12, 2014 at 6:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just hate it when I can’t move my fingers. But I”m hoping my new mitts will help with that!

      December 13, 2014 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    Oh no, haha. I’ve actually eaten at a McDonalds abroad before. BUT. Before you judge me, please realize it’s because they had stuff that you can’t get in the U.S.! (SEE?! http://www.brandeating.com/2010/05/whats-on-menu-mcdonalds-hong-kong.html)

    Annnyway. I’ve never really fueled for a long run. 😑 I’m also very much appreciating these winter running posts because of my next-year Tough Mudder ambitions and the fact that it doesn’t look like it’s gonna warm up here anytime soon.
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    December 12, 2014 at 7:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Truth. Yeah, don’t break your teeth on frozen fuel! ANd at the McDonalds in Rome they have gelato πŸ˜€

      December 13, 2014 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    LOL, that pic of you in the big winter jacket is hilarious. I’m addicted to chapstick and mint so I would LOVE that chapstick!! And I just found handwarmers in the dollar section at Target!!!

    December 13, 2014 at 7:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s where I stock up too!

      December 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm
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  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    I LOVE my flip belt…though I think I need to move down to a med. not the large I have. It’s one of my favourite pieces of running gear and I hate to go without as it fits my phone and work keys perfectly…not to mention my GU’s etc.
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    December 16, 2014 at 9:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m super pumped to put it to use!

      December 18, 2014 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Nnena

    Do you have anymore discount codes for the 33% of the Flipbelt? I need one of these!!

    December 17, 2014 at 10:26 am
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