Strap In: The 8 Best iPhone 6 Armbands for Running

Aug 22, 2015

Category: Gear

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ are lovely products that are as thin and gossamer as last night’s dream. This makes them elegant, but also susceptible to damage. If you like to get your exercise by strapping on a set of running shoes and hitting the pavement, but don’t want to miss a call or leave your music behind, then you need an armband built for running. Putting your iPhone into the wrong house for your mobile adventures leaves it vulnerable and any harm will cost you hundreds of dollars. Don’t risk it. Not when there’s plenty of cheap workout wear that straps your device down like Fort Knox.

Since the iPhone 6 has a unique design that is new to the Apple family, you’re going to want to find something that fits them specifically. Any old arm pouch might work, but expect it to bounce around uncomfortably, fit badly, put your phone in danger, or break apart, dashing your hopes, your dreams, and your phone to the ground. With one of the 8 best iPhone 6 armbands for running, these concerns are laid to rest so you can focus on going that extra mile.

Minisuit SPORTY

Minisuit SPORTY

Pro: Threaded velcro band is easily adjusted
Con: House key pocket doesn’t close

Basic Buy: There’s nothing remarkable about the Sporty from Minisuit, but it’s one of the few offerings in the budget arena that performs up to par. It fits tightly on arms as big as 14″, so if your pythons are well-fed, get an extender. A handy slot for your house key, a pouch for your wireless earbuds, and a reflective strip add in a few nice features that you might not even know you need. Built with neoprene it resists sweat and can be hand washed without worrying about damaging it. Won’t stretch over time.

Purchase: $12

SupCase iPhone 6 Armband

SupCase iPhone 6 Armband

Pro: All iPhone ports are accessible
Con: Absolutely no screen protection

Work and Play: Avid runners who also need a battery case for their iPhone 6 or standard protection even when they’re out on the town could spend cumulative hours swapping cases on and off their device. The SupCase tries to offer an ingenious solution for this by creating a case with a detachable armband (or a running armband with a detachable case). The silicone case itself works well at protecting your phone from bumps and drops, while the easily adjustable armband can be threaded through to get you on your way. It’s as elegant a solution as you’ll find for working out.

Purchase: $17

TuneBelt Sport Armband

TuneBelt Sport Armband

Pro: Special cord wrap for workout headphones
Con: Huge

Case Within A Case: If you are a Romo-grade fumbler who doesn’t trust their butterfingers and prefers to keep your phone protected at all times, then the TuneBelt can help you. Meant to work with the Otterbox Defender and Commuter series of cases, this is big enough to let you stuff your iPhone 6 in, case and all, for another level of protection. Besides the size, the fit is fairly snug for limited jostle, though without a case your phone will have tons of space to jump around, so lock that sucker up.

Purchase: $18

Belkin Sport Fit Plus

Belkin Sport Fit Plus

Pro: Multiple color and style options
Con: Cannot accommodate an iPhone 6 case

Known Quantity: We were a little surprised at how few big names were willing to jump into the iPhone 6 armband arena, especially when it came to running. We were happy to see Belkin throw in their hat, as they make solid, affordable gear that does its job without breaking down or smashing the bank. That is precisely what you get here. The stretchable, washable, abusable body fits and breathes well. It’s slim which lowers protection but cuts down on bulk and bounce as you move. Gives easy access to heaphone port, home key, and a small pocket for keys or cash.

Purchase: $20

Griffin Trainer

Griffin Trainer

Pro: Keeps sweat from reaching phone
Con: Tends to wear out quickly with normal use

Tried and True: Fans of the Griffin Trainer armband for the iPhone 5/5s/5c will find there’s a lot of the same DNA here…like, exactly the same. Old-school stretch style elastic band works for arms up to 18″. Sweat resistant neoprene body and splash guard in a slim profile design have all carried over. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but if a simple wheel is all you require, then this will keep you happy.

Purchase: $20

TuneBand

TuneBand

Pro: Included screen protectors to prevent scratches
Con: No water resistance or splash guard

Most for the Money: There’s plenty of cheaper armbands out there, but if you want a load of features for easy use packed into your product, drop the few extra bucks and buy yourself a TuneBand. They cracked the code on making the band fit arms of all sizes without either flopping like a fish on a hook or cutting off blood flow to your fingers. The straps are large and comfortable with a pair of them in the package for the scarecrow to the beefcake among you. Silicone skin keeps the phone up away from your sweaty body and guards it against impact both fore and aft.

Purchase: $23

Annex Quad Lock

Annex Quad Lock

Pro: Lots of optional accessories
Con: No iPhone 6 Plus model available

Dual Purpose: Take notice triathletes. This is part armband and part bike computer mount for those who aren’t sure if they’re going to be putting on their trail running sneakers or lacing up their road bike shoes when they need an endorphin fix. It also lets you mount your phone in the car if you decide your body is perfect the way it is and you can drive to your destination like a sloth. You can add a mild amount of weather protection if you invest in the Poncho accessory. The Quad Lock has a good fit that puts the phone out from your body, and a secure locking mechanic that snaps shut with a click. There’s a lot to love here and it earns the price tag.

Purchase: $40

Incase Designs Sport

Incase Designs Sport

Pro: Easy to adjust phone inside the case without opening
Con: Headphone jack opening is very snug

Distance Runner: We were torn on whether the Incase Designs Sport was worth the money, and we’ll say for many, it isn’t. However, those who put hours of time and miles of road into their running habit will probably love it. The perforated back avoids sweat buildup better than any other armband we tested for a more comfortable marathon run. Hard plastic on the back makes it easier to adjust on the fly, so no need to break stride. Secured down with velcro to keep it in place and easy touchscreen access, plus enough room for a slim case makes this a good, if mildly overpriced purchase.

Purchase: $40

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