Your guide to the best iPhone cases and armbands to help you get the most out of your daily workouts
Looking for the best iPhone case or armband to help get you through your workout at the gym? Regardless whether you're lifting weights, doing some cardio, or working on your abs, carrying phones and dealing with cords can be a pain. It's #MobileFit month here at Mobile Nations and we're taking a look at all the best apps and accessories to help you get and stay healthy. When it comes to hitting the gym, if you want to listen to music, or even podcasts, having an armband or case made for the use while working out is a great idea. But which cases and armbands for iPhone are the absolute best?
Griffin miCoach Adidas Armband
miCoach is a service by Adidas that tracks your workout plans through Adidas' iPhone app. Griffin makes a miCoach armband that is made of ultra lightweight nylon. The screen of your iPhone is also protected with a plastic shield that still allows you to access and control your device. The band is also rated as being sweat proof so you don't have to worry about that or running in light rain.
If you use the miCoach service or just want an affordable sweat and water resistant band, the Griffin miCoach Adidas Armband is a solid choice.
The Incase Sports Armband Deluxe is actually many cases in one. When you're at the gym, attach the adjustable armband and clip your iPhone on with the included case. When you're done, just remove the armband and leave the case on for protection outside of the gym. There's a clip on the back which makes it easy to clip your iPhone to your belt or to another bag. Since this particular case doesn't cover your screen at all, you always have full use of your iPhone, just be mindful of sweat and water.
If you're looking for a super convenient case that has multiple uses, check out the Incase Sports Armband Deluxe.
The Slim-Fit Plus armband by Belkin is compatible with not only the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5, but the iPhone 5c as well. It is available in both black and pink and is made to be lightweight and breathable. The band also features cord storage so you can be sure no matter what length your headphones are, they won't be dangling down in your way. If you plan on running at night, the Slim-Fit Plus also has a reflective strip on the side so passing vehicles always know you're there.
If you plan on running at night or need a place to tuck excess cords, the Belkin Slim-Fit Plus is a great option.
Like Belkin's Slim-Fit Plus offering, the Ease-Fit is made of the same lightweight, durable material — a combination of neoprene and Lycra. The adjustable band is short enough that those with small arms won't have a ton of excess material hitting the back of their arm. The Ease-Fit is not only comfortable to wear, but still gives you access to your screen when you need it. It's a simple, no frills package that works great for mild intensity workouts or for quick daytime runs. There's also a key pocket to store your house key or gym locker key in when you need to.
For a simple solution that's hand washable and easy to put on and off quickly, check out the Belkin Ease-Fit.
If you're willing to splurge a little and happen to need headphones as well, Bose and Reebok have partnered up and made a great pair of sport headphones that go with Reebok's custom designed armband. Both the headphones and the armband itself are sweat and water resistant. The Rebook armband has a protective plastic screen protector that still allows access to your iPhone's screen while working out. Inside the armband you'll find a key pocket to store any keys while on the outside you have a loop to hold any extra code. The Bose headphones themselves also come with an additional attachment piece to make the cord longer if you need to. You can choose between many colors and all of them will come with a Reebook Armband to match.
For those looking for not only an armband, but sport headphones as well, the Bose SIE2i headphones and Reebok armband combo gives you the most bang for your buck.