Since exercising and listening to music go hand-in-hand for me, I need a way to keep my iPhone on me so it's secure and easy to access. In the colder weather, I had pockets on my clothes, but now that I'm wearing tank tops and shorts, an armband is the way to go. The Marware Eco-Runner ($35) is comfortable, sleek, and the company's first ever environmentally-friendly armband. It's made of flexible and lightweight Eco-Prene, a material made from a combo of sponge-like limestone and recycled PET (plastic bottles). It feels like neoprene, but is far less toxic and considerably more sustainable — it doesn’t contain high levels of petroleum or PVC.
To see if this environmentally friendly armband is runner friendly too, just keep on reading.
I found this armband pleasant to wear as it didn't make my arm feel heavy, hot, or sweaty. The band didn't slip or make my arm feel extra sweaty. I completed my hour-long workout without having to adjust this Marware Eco-Runner one bit. You can control the touchscreen easily through the plastic cover, a serious plus when you're on the move. There's a hole for your headphones, but since I've been trail running, I just keep my iPhone on speaker, and had no problems hearing my tunes through the fabric.
The one thing that I wasn't a fan of is that although the size of the armband is adjustable, it runs pretty big. I had to have it on the tightest setting with the band worn as high as possible on my arm. So if your upper arms are really slim, this band may not fit you.
This armband is compatible with the iPhone 3G/3GS or the iPod Touch 2G. If you normally keep your iPhone or iPod protected with a case, you'll have to slip it off in order to use this armband, since the pocket is small. And that's all that can fit, so don't expect to carry keys, tissues, a wallet, or anything else bulky inside. It's a perfect no-nonsense, easy to use, functional armband, and the fact that it's also eco-friendly makes it even better.