When I first saw the DBelt advertisement above, I thought, “well that looks slick,” because the DBelt team did a great job of showing how seamless the accessory might be for the multitasking runner.
I can see the value, however, in the ability to walk or run with your phone without feeling like you’re wearing a blood pressure sleeve the whole time. Throw in your keys and a little bit of cash and it’s the 2.0 version of a “fanny pack” but thin and flat instead of a bulky pack.
In fact, I wonder if in a branding brainstorm meeting, someone may have throw out the option of naming the DBelt the “Flat Fanny Pack” to which everyone groaned and they quickly moved on, because we all know no woman wants a “flat fanny”.
Does The DBelt Work?
So, does the DBelt (retail $39.95) work as advertised? The short answer is an emphatic: Yes!
The long answer is for everyone who, like me, wants the things they bring into the house to serve more than one purpose. When it arrived, I thought it looked great but wondered where and why someone would use it besides going out for a run? I mean, why not just put these things in your jeans, fleece vest, or jacket pocket if you don’t want to carry a purse or bag? Within just one day of using the DBelt, I got my answer.
When you’re running or walking, the DBelt stays snug and secure against your body and doesn’t impede your movement. The design allows for the headphones cord also to stay out of your way and a couple of keys will fit nicely and stay flush with your body so there is nothing at poking you. With my phone and keys in each of the pockets of my lightweight vest, the keys make noise, and the phone may bounce up and down or bang against my body while I’m walking. This discomfort doesn’t happen with a DBelt.
The zippers open and close easily and the iPhone (with a slim case) fits just as you hope it would. I don’t know, however, how well an iPhone with a thicker silicone-type case might fit.
I joke about it being a “flat fanny pack” but for me, the concept of a fanny pack has always had a valid purpose. It’s a better option than a backpack or purse when all your need are the essentials and you want to be “hands free”.
At the cost of just $39.95, you will easily get your money’s worth if you’re someone who likes to carry as little with you as possible when you go for a walk. If you’re a runner, the ability to use it while you walk or run means it’s a cost effective solution to carrying the essentials and keeping yourself safe while on the run.
I have been using the DBelt regularly for long walks where all I need is my phone, some ID, and a little cash and it continues to be the best barely-there option.
The Wrap-Up? The DBelt is more than just fitness fashion – it is a multipurpose accessory for people on the go!