Nike Ventilated Armband Review
Leave it to Nike to design the thinnest armband around! The Ventilated Armband was made for athletic lifestyles and offers an ultra-lightweight structure. It’s the perfect place to keep your valuables while you run and fits most sized cell-phones too! If you enjoy exercising with free hands then this piece of gear is just what you need. Easily store your cash, credit cards, and even one or two house keys so you won’t have to handle anything while you train.
- Transparent Window
- Touch-Screen Access
- Adjustable Velcro
- Several Colorways
- Low-Quality Plastic
- Weak Closure
- Limited Space
The problem with this band is that it’s quite small so you would only be able to bring one or two keys otherwise it would be too tight of a fit. Just be sure that you take your keys off the ring if you want to be able to easily pack them away.
The clear window lets you peek inside to double check on your battery level and playlist selection, or just to make sure that your valuables are still where they should be. Some options don’t have the clear window which can get annoying, especially if you want to quickly switch songs without having to unzip and take out your phone.
This is ideal for wearing the band overtop of your clothing because you can tighten and loosen depending on the thickness of the top underneath it. It’s also handy if you’re working on building up your muscle mass because you won’t have to replace the band altogether when you start to see some added inches!
Luckily, Nike is all about forethought and designed this armband with a reflective swoosh that helps to make you easier to spot in limited lighting. This is perfect for helping to keep you more secure so you can run with peace of mind knowing that you’re more visible than you would be without this handy piece of equipment.
Coordinating the color of your band with your clothing is something that many people enjoy doing and this option makes it much easier to achieve. Though, if you’re looking for the most neutral shade, black is always your safest bet because it can be paired with any other color and still look great.
One of the downsides to this band is that the Velcro closure is rather short. This gives it less strength than a longer option would have and makes it slip more easily. It can be a bit annoying, especially if you have wider arms because it will be a continuous concern wondering whether your armband is going to fall off.
Though these cases weren’t the majority by no means, so it’s just something to take into consideration when you’re making your decision. Having the plastic rip could cause your phone to slip out and fall which would be disastrous if it wasn’t in a case.
Running is a strenuous activity and the pressure of a heavy object bouncing around inside a not-so-sturdy compartment could spell disaster so just keep this in mind while you’re making your choice.
Other people found that the sweat made it slip down their arm and made it difficult to wear. This could really be a problem for some people, especially if you tend to sweat a lot! So it’s something to consider when you’re making your decision.
As for the clothing, the dye should come out no problem when you wash it but for lighter colored items it could actually ruin the item altogether. Though, if you’re wearing black it wouldn’t really matter all that much.
Another aspect that’s pretty darn handy is the clear window that lets you operate your touch screen phone without having to remove it from the band itself. This is great while you’re on the move and can really save you time because you won’t have to stop every time you want to change the song.
The adjustable strap is convenient and comfortable, though the Velcro isn’t really long enough to properly support the band and keep it from sliding down while you’re running. I did like the reflective swoosh that added some additional safety to my early morning runs, but it wasn’t really big enough to make that much of a difference.
The variations of colors available are nice because it lets you choose based on the rest of your outfit but it tends to transfer onto your gear and even your skin when the material gets sweaty!
One issue some wearers had was with the almost too-slim design that doesn’t leave much room for anything more than your cell phone and credit card, but who really needs more than that while they’re running anyways?!
When it comes to this product I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something very basic to hold their phone while they run. It’s really not designed to hold much weight so keep that in mind when you’re making your decision. It’s fairly inexpensive, though there are several options that are quite a bit cheaper and offer just as many features.