XtremeMac SportWrap Armband for iStuffs [GirlGuides Review]


  • Made of neoprene – durable and washable
  • Adjustable strap – will fit some big guns as well as little ones
  • Textured window covers phone face – non-stick and non-sweaty finger-printy
  • Earphone cord management clip

If you’ve been to the gym lately, and with summer coming up I’m pretty sure many of you have, you may find, as I do, that the music they pump out of their speakers is not exactly to your taste. Perhaps it’s not fast enough for the speed you run to, not loud enough to psych you up on the bike, or just absolutely not your taste. Enter the iPod or any other MP3 player out there, and you have yourself a solution.

Unfortunately my last iPod – a first generation Nano that I was given for Christmas in 2005 (yes, I know – that’s ancient) has packed up on me, as did the armband I was using it in, and my iPhone is just a pain to carry around with me in the gym. The last thing you want when you’re battling it out with the treadmill is a bulky phone, attached to your ears by earphones with a cable that is inevitably not long enough, or too long.
And this is why I love writing these reviews. I may never have found this armband, or at least not for a very long time, if one hadn’t been sent my way. The XtremeMac SportWrap armband fits all iPhones and iPod Touches. The armband is beautifully put together and it looks and feels like it’s going to be one to last. I haven’t chucked mine in the wash as yet but sometimes you really can just see the quality. The material used seems sturdy but with adequate stretch to ensure comfort, and the edges have all been overlocked (a type of sewing) which keeps anything from fraying or coming apart.
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The band itself is very lightweight so if you’re worried about carrying extra weight when you’re running, I’d be much more concerned about the phone itself. There are also 2 different holes to slip the strap through, which results in the band being more flexible when it comes to fitting the bigger guns of boys versus the generally smaller guns of the girls.
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The material on the back of the armband is nice and soft and there isn’t anything that catches or scratches. It also comes with a cord clip for those extra long earphone cables that need to folded up and tucked away neatly. The only thing I have found with the cord clip is that sometimes it pinches my skin if I makes the armband too tight, but otherwise it’s pretty handy. It’s also removable if you find you have no need for it, and just slides off the band. I haven’t had any problems with it slipping down or needing to be readjusted – it seems to stay put really well.
The armband is designed that you have access to all your buttons, and there is a hole for your earphones to come out at the top if you are using an iPhone, and there is also a space for them at the bottom if you have an iPod Touch.All in all I was thoroughly impressed with the SportWrap. I would definitely buy one, and I think it alsomakes a really nice gift for that someone in your life who has just taken up running or ventured near the gym for the first time in a while.

Turn Ons

  • Beautifully made
  • Nice and comfortable
  • Firm and stable
  • Cord clip organiser
  • Fits iPhone and iPod Touch
  • I even like the orange accents that are the XtremeMac logo etc

Turn Offs

  • I haven’t found anything I dislike about it

Price: R299.95

Available from KNR Flatrock

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Garmin ForeRunner FR70 In-Depth Review

My latest gadget review is up on GirlGuides – I got a first look at the Garmin ForeRunner FR70 – a newly released Heart Rate Monitor on the market. It’s gorgeous, easy to use, and has all the great functionality you could hope for.

Check out the full review here

The #SleekGeekChallenge

The Sleek Geek Chllenge came about after a random Twitter conversation in which @elanlohmann asked @jonathanab for suggestions on how to get a six pack in 6 weeks, at which @idale, @el_burro and myself all chimed in that we were keen to do the same. It started as a bit of a passing comment and from there has evolved into a 6 week challenge in which we are all going up against each other, with a R500 entrance fee, and the winner at the end wins the whole pot.
There is a Facebook event page up and running with all the details of what is required for entry, as well as the rules and regulations – find it here.

As far as I’m concerned the R500 entry fee is a good motivation to try and stick to it and the winnings at the end should be even further motivation. And if worst comes to absolute worst, if you don’t win the money at the end of the day, at least you should have made some progress with the bo-day!

All are welcome and anyone can join – in fact the more people who get involved the greater the pot will be for the winner. If you’re worried about the handing over of money – check out @elanlohmann on twitter I think he’s pretty legit ;) (2 legit to quit). All you have to do is email your measurements to Jonathan before 5pm today and get the money to Elan during the course of this week (you just need to ask him for his banking details and make a deposit).

I’m in! And I intend to win ;) So I’m planning to update my blog with progress coz hopefully the accountability will also motivate me get my ass into gear. Fingers crossed anyway!

Here’s to being the sleekest geeks around :)