When heading out on a long run, there’s a lot to bring — fuel, water, a phone and a house or car key. FlipBelt Crops make it easier to head out on a run without having to carry all the essentials in hand.
The FlipBelt Crops feature the FlipBelt built into running crops. This includes two slits in the front, an attachment for a key and a zippered pocket in the back.
The pockets are wide. I have an iPhone 5s, which fit in both the back pocket and the front of the FlipBelt, but the FlipBelt can fit phones as large as an iPhone 7 Plus or Samsung Note, according to the website.
I normally wear a medium and wear about a size 8 in pants, so I decided to go with the medium FlipBelt Crops, and I think they fit well. The first time I ran with them, I thought I noticed the front part slipping, but I have found it stays up better if I put my phone in the front of the crops. I also never had to worry about them falling down — they just slipped a little because my stomach is not flat.
I had no problem with the back of the crops slipping, and I didn’t have to continuously pull them up. I actually donated a pair of other running pants I had because I couldn’t run without having to keep pulling them up constantly.
The material is also very comfortable, lightweight and flattering. I had no problems with chafing between my legs while wearing these, although I might use an anti-chafe product a little closer to the crotch. However, I didn’t suffer any horrible chafing.
For my first run in the crops, I did a fast 5K on my own that was a great pace for me — 8:46/mile average. My longest run in them was 16 miles, and they worked well for the long distance, too. I also liked them enough to wear them for the Coastal Delaware Running Festival Half Marathon. Another run I wore them for was in the rain.
I also purchased a water bottle on Amazon — FlipBelt makes water bottles to go inside the belts. This was convenient. It took a little getting used to, but I’ll definitely run with the water bottle again. I chose the larger water bottle, but I might recommend getting the smaller size if you have places to refill it.
The crops retail for $89, but with code “BIBRAVE,” you can save 25 percent and bring the cost down to $66.75. There is also free shipping for orders more than $20. Here’s the link to order the crops.
Although that’s more than I would usually spend on crops, I do feel like these are a quality product and I have been thinking about getting another pair. I would love to see different color choices and a shorts version.
See what fellow BibRave Pros had to say here: