The band fits well and the accompanying LifeProof case even lets you take your phone swimming, but this Armband/Swimband could weigh you down.
These days even iPhone accessories come with accessories.
I know that concept may sound ridiculous, but that's exactly what the LifeProof Armband/Swimband is. Designed as a companion product to the
Before I begin, I've just a few words about the LifeProof case. CNET's David Carnoy
Keeping with the rugged theme, the Armband also is built to last. The frame that secures your phone/case apparatus is plastic, but it has a thick, sturdy construction and the spring-loaded latch on top wasn't loose. Similarly, the Lycra ArmBand was both stiff and stretchy and the Velcro latch stayed secure on my arm. LifeProof says its product will fit biceps from 10 to 15.3 inches in circumference and you can adjust it within that range by sliding the band through the rings.
On the go
Preparing for your workout takes a couple of steps. First, you have to insert your phone in the case and then you can snap the case into the Armband. It's an easy process even if it takes a few seconds longer than you might expect. Then, I slipped the whole thing onto my arm and I was off on my way. Immediately, I noticed just how comfortable the Armband feels. The thick padding made for a soft cushion against my skin and I liked how the silicone bumps on the inside of the strap kept the Armband from slipping. The fabric is also easy to clean, so go ahead and drag it through the mud (the case will protect your phone from the elements at the same time).
Since both the Armband and case are waterproof, you can sweat as much as you like or even cool off in a sprinkler without damaging your phone. Likewise, if you're skiing and not very good (like I am), you don't have to fear multiple falls. The Lycra dried quickly and the small holes in the strap keep the fabric breathable.
As comfortable as the Armband is, though, it's also quite heavy. And that became distracting after about a half hour. Though it measures only 2.1 inches by itself, it weighs over half a pound (9.28 ounces) when you snap in the case and phone. That's a lot to carry on one side of your body, particularly when you're going a few miles. It's not that it slowed me down or made me feel lopsided, but I wouldn't wear it if I were intent on making a fast time. What's more, I can't imagine swimming for exercise with something measuring 5.4 inches long by 3 inches wide hanging off my arm.
Keep in mind that because the Armband's frame is designed specifically for the case there's no way to lighten the load by using just the phone (if you try it, your handset will just fall out of the frame). Music lovers also need to consider the the LifeProof case's unique headphones arrangement. As David said
Though I understand the benefits of taking your phone on a run -- you can listen to music and or use a GPS run tracker -- I usually leave my phone at home because I don't want to deal with it. Yet, if I were to take my mobile along I'd more likely opt for something smaller and lighter, even if it's not completely watertight. Granted, you may feel differently or you just may get used to it after a while. I'm certain that the LifeProof Armband/Swimband would last me forever, but by then I might be too tired to care.