Please help me run in the rain without horking my phone!
October 17, 2013 1:49 PM   Subscribe

I've recently been bitten by the running bug. Yay! I live in Portland and we're entering into our rainy season. I'd like to run listening to music on my smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S3) and not worry about it getting ruined by water damage. Can anyone recommend an armband or other solution?

I have an Otterbox Commuter case if that's helpful. Thanks!
posted by funkiwan to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (7 answers total)
Water resistant SPIbelt. It rests right on your hip and doesn't move while you run.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:53 PM on October 17, 2013 [2 favorites]

I just put my phone or iPod into a plastic ziplock sandwich bag. You can still work it through the plastic (I have an S3 as well) and there's just a tiny hole at one side where the cord comes out. I've even been known to double bag then play games in the bath.

That assumes some kind of pocket or other place to put it. But I live somewhere rainy and have never had a problem with this method.
posted by shelleycat at 1:54 PM on October 17, 2013 [5 favorites]

If it's raining, I also put my phone in a ziploc bag and then stuff it into my somewhat water-resistent but nothing special arm band.
posted by tippiedog at 2:01 PM on October 17, 2013

Yep - I put my iPhone in a sandwich bag in my spibelt.
posted by stefnet at 2:07 PM on October 17, 2013

I second the water resistant SPIbelt (it's water resistant, not water tight). I have one and will not run without it. It's awesome - it holds my phone and car key firmly in place while I run. It also has these neat little clips for race bibs (sold separately).

The only bummer is that if you have a silicone or rubberized phone case, it's kind of difficult to get a phone in and out. The waterproof SPIbelt has a water resistant coating on the inside of the fabric, so it kind of "snags". I just take my silicone cover off and it solves that issue. (I have the Otterbox Defender case).

Made in USA - can't beat that!
posted by ATX Peanut at 2:12 PM on October 17, 2013

Response by poster: So I've tried a couple of times running with a Fuel Belt and found the experiences really jostle-y and frustrating. Maybe it's because I don't have the hips for it (I'm a dude) or maybe it's because I wear it too loose (cinching it down tight seems to cause GI issues).

So I guess in addition to all the helpful answers so far, it'd be great to hear non-belt solutions or maybe tips on what I might be doing wrong with the belt.
posted by funkiwan at 4:59 PM on October 17, 2013

Nthing the ziploc bag.

That's what busy set PA's on rainy exterior film shoots use. And that's a situation where you're outside for 12+ hours per day, in the kind of weather I promise you wouldn't like to run in. A ziploc baggie should be more than enough to get you through half an hour in a pacific northwest drizzle.
posted by Sara C. at 10:26 PM on October 17, 2013

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