Nike Lean Review

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Since the day we were born, it seems, we’ve been told nonstop that an active life is a healthy life. The problem today is that even if we do get out and get active, we’re dragging along half of our house with us. You know, all of those things we can’t live without, like phones, keys, wallets, ID’s, credit cards, cash, headphones, emergency medications, etc.  

Typically we’re struggling to figure out the best way to carry it all. When you’re active, purses aren’t logical. Fanny packs were the thing for a long time, and when smartphones became a thing, the armband was next. However, the armband only holds a phone, so people were doubling up and using an armband and a fanny pack. Now, this doesn’t sound like a comfortable way to go through any day, let alone an active one.

Yes, this waist pack is similar to a fanny pack in concept, however, it is extremely modernized and geared more towards sports than vacations. Therefore, you can have a phone in it without it bouncing around all over the place while you’re trying to keep a decent stride. This waist pack is even slim enough that it can be discreetly worn underneath your shirt. Ditch the wallet, purse, armband, and fanny pack. Once you go hands-free with a waist pack like this, you won’t want to go back to anything else.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Adjustable
  • Reflective stripes
  • Bonded zipper pocket
  • Convenient
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Limited space comparatively
  • Not waterproof
Brand

Brand

In 1964, the company Blue Ribbon Sports was founded by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight. Bill was a track coach at the University of Oregon and Phil was one of his students. Their first retail store was opened in 1966. In 1972, they launched the first shoe from their brand Nike. This shoe hit the market so hard and stayed so popular that the company decided to change its entire name to Nike in 1978. Nike now has retail stores and distributors housed in over one hundred and seventy countries around the globe. The Nike logo, the checkmark with the curve that is known as the “swoosh”, is now known worldwide.

Starting in the late 1980s, Nike began expanding its business by diversifying its product lines through contracts with other shoe companies such as Cole Haan and Converse. As well as Canstart Sports, Inc and Umbro. Nike came out with the all-conditions gear line in 1996, marketing products designed specifically for sports like mountain biking and snowboarding. In the early 2000s, Nike dove into the sports-technology world and began selling products such as wrist compasses that work in high altitudes and heart-rate monitors you can take with you.

Nike’s success has always been helped along by endorsements from athletes such as Mia Hamm, Roger Federer, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods. Briefly, Nike’s image struggled in the 1990s due to its’ employees working in poor conditions in factories overseas. However, they handled that and have had no issues since.
Material

Material

No matter what you’re shopping for, the material that goes into creating that product is important. You want to choose a material that’s going to get the job done and last for a while too. You want to make sure it’s going to be a comfortable material that comes with benefits.

The material used to make the Nike Lean waist pack is nylon mesh. Nylon is a man-made material that comes from petrochemicals (thermoplastic). The fashion industry loves this fiber. It is as versatile as can be, being used for car parts, stockings, carpets, parachutes, and even packaging.

Next to polyester, nylon happens to be the strongest and most resistant to abrasion. It doesn’t absorb a ton of moisture, which is good because it won’t become saturated and weighed down. You don’t want any more weight than necessary around your waist, or anywhere really. If you treat the material, it can have quick drying and wicking properties.

Because the fibers in nylon are so long-lasting and smooth, they are a lot more durable than polyester. However, compared to polyester, nylon does absorb more water. This means that when nylon becomes wet, it will feel colder than polyester would. It will also stay wet longer unless treated with moisture resistant products.
Environmental Impact

Environmental Impact

Something that the entire world needs to become more aware and cautious of is their effect on the environment. When shopping, try to pay attention to whether or not your products are recyclable. See if they harm the environment when they’re being created.

When it comes to nylon, there are pros and cons as far as its carbon footprint. When nylon is in production, it releases nitrous oxide. This is a greenhouse gas and it contributes significantly to global warming. Furthermore, nylon isn’t biodegradable. It will remain indefinitely in the environment. Nylon fishing nets are one of the largest contributors to the microplastic pollution that is in our oceans. Unfortunately, the aquatic environment is impacted significantly by nylon.

However, the fact that nylon is so bound and determined to last forever just means that it is also able to be recycled for just as long. If the world decided to halt the production of new nylon right now, we could still have enough nylon to meet demands if we recycled all of the nylon that is already created. That is a large dream though. We would have to make recycling a lot more convenient and accessible so that more people are inclined to participate.
Fit

Fit

There are a lot of products circling the market today that are modern versions of the famous fanny pack. Some of them are made of spandex and don’t have an option for adjustments. For some body types, this is fantastic! However, somebody types don’t work with those products. If you have more of a curve here or less of a curve there then the spandex waist pack will just slide around and up and down and you’ll be more focused on adjusting it then what you’re actually trying to do.

A perk of the Nike Lean waist pack is that it is adjustable. It has an elastic strap to be able to move more naturally with your body and comes with buckle closure. This way you can set it to the desired snugness and then buckle and unbuckle it instead of having to revert back to the beginning and find the right snugness again the next time you wear it. If you do need to adjust mid-run, that’s when it’ll be convenient to just adjust the strap instead of having to unbuckle the entire thing.
Safety

Safety

You don’t have to be a runner to benefit from safety measures. Anyone could be caught outside in the dark at any time for any reason. Having a waist pack with reflective striping details on it would be incredibly beneficial in an emergency. In less extreme scenarios, you could be out to dinner with a friend and get caught up in conversation just to realize that it got dark while you were inside. You have to walk home through the park, but you’ve got your Nike Lean waist pack with you, so you’ll feel more secure knowing you’re visible.

If you’re a biker, you can wear the pack backward so that the reflective stripes will light up for vehicles approaching you from the rear. The more visible you can make yourself, the better, even in the daylight. Distracted driving is an issue today more than it ever has been before. Between changing music, movies for the kids, eating, drinking, doing makeup, texting, talking, you name it, there is always something begging to take our attention away from the road.

If you’re going to be on the road in any capacity, it’s always best to be safe. So why not use a waist pack that will keep you visible to those around you? You never know when it will be exactly what you need.
Item Security

Item Security

There are some models of waist packs and stretchy storage belts that have slits or openings to put your items into. They don’t close up. They don’t seal. They are just there. Yes, you can flip the belt inside out to keep the openings against your body, but it’s still hard to put all of your faith in something that doesn’t even close. If your items are important, valuable, expensive, or you simply don’t care to risk losing them, why put your trust in something like that?

The Nike Lean waist pack has a bonded zipper pocket to store your items in. While it’s not a locking mechanism, that’s not a very common characteristic for this type of product anyway. It is a major step up from just leaving the pocket to hang open. This is an extra layer between your valuable items and a pickpocketer. This is an added layer between your items and the pavement should you fall. This is an added layer between your things and the environment, should it rain. No, it’s not waterproof, but it’s an extra layer.
Style

Style

If you grew up in the 1990’s you’ll understand when I say that it’s so hard to believe the “fanny pack” style is coming back. Our parents wore those things everywhere! They were the most convenient storage accessory of the time and people were obsessed. And then all of a sudden someone decided that fanny packs were nerdy and lame. And slowly but surely people stopped wearing them. Instead, someone should have been putting in work to redesign them to keep up with the changing times.

Well, thanks to sportswear, we’re finally getting our reinvented fanny packs with a completely fresh, modernized, functional, minimalistic design. The thin design is not only completely for functional purposes, but it also just looks better. Even in casual situations, a thinner waist pack will draw less attention and be more capable of meshing with a wider variety of outfits.
Colors

Colors

The Nike Lean isn’t limited to just men or just women, nor to just athlete’s or gym rats. Soccer moms, amusement park dads, casual strollers, serious shoppers, and bingo ladies alike can enjoy all of the convenience of a waist pack. That’s why there are a variety of color options available. The colors are volt/silver, black/silver, orange/black/silver, pink with a black zipper, and pink with a pink zipper. All of the belts come with a black strap.

If you want to be extra visible, you can choose any color that isn’t black. The volt, orange, and pink are all neon colors and will be hard to miss wherever you are. Add the reflective tape to it and you’re double protected. The colorful packs could be more fun when it comes to your outfits. Pair them with equally loud clothing and have a burst of personality everywhere you go. Or pair them with neutral colors and have the pack stand out above all else.

When it comes to the black pack you can pair it with loud colored clothing to make yourself more visible or more flamboyant. Or you can go classic and wear black with black. Whatever your style, you're sure to be able to make it work with one of these belts.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

So, whether you’re fifteen or ninety-nine, the Nike Lean waist belt could be an advantageous addition to your inventory. Keep one handy for daily use and keep one stashed in your trunk for emergencies. You can use one for walks on the bike trails and days at the parks. Pack it with antibiotic ointment and bandaids, hand sanitizer, bug spray, etc and you’re all set for a day on the move.

Whether you plan to wear it to the grocery store, on a run, hiking, biking, to an amusement park, or to the gym, this waist belt will keep your items safe and secure in the single pocket behind the bonded zipper. The belt is even slim enough that you can wear it under your shirt and it will be discreet. It will also be comfortable against your skin unless you happen to be extra sensitive to certain materials or skin stimulation. You can’t beat the price for the convenience and style that comes with this waist pack.