Gear Beast Fitness Running Backpack Reviewed
Our latest review of fitness gear comes straight to you from Gear Beast. If you haven’t already, check out our previous review on the Gear Beast Universal Handheld Smartphone Holder with Water Bottle.
Today however, is all about Gear Beast Universal Smartphone Fitness and Running Backpack (aka the Gear Beast running backpack).
The Gear Beast Running Backpack is designed for comfort as well as performance. Perfectly sized to carry your phone, keys, ID, credit cards, sunscreen, gel packs and other essentials you want to take with you, this lightweight sport pack keeps your items secure and out of the way while running, cycling, hiking or engaged in countless other activities – even golf.
(Features found on GearBeast.com for the Universal Smartphone Fitness & Running Backpack)
- Universal Phone Compatibility: Accommodates the latest smartphones from Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Kyocera, Motorola, Samsung & ZTE including iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge, Note 8, Note 5 & all other phones, including cases, less than 6.6 inches tall by 3.8 inches wide. Supports cases from Otterbox, Lifeproof & more.
- Universal Fit & Accessory Storage: Soft elastic arm straps can be easily and quickly adjusted to accommodate men and women of all sizes and provide a secure, comfortable fit. Padded shoulder extensions and adjustable chest strap provide additional comfort and stability preventing slipping even during rigorous activities. SEPARATE STORAGE POCKET is perfect for ID, credit cards, money, passport, keys, etc. The strong Velcro closure makes sure your phone and other items stay put.
- Lightweight, Bounce-Free, Sweat Resistant: The water resistant neoprene pouch, extended padded mesh wings and adjustable shoulder straps create a sleek bounce free alternative to traditional running belts, running waist packs, fanny packs and sports armbands. Perfect for running, jogging, marathons, triathlons, 5K and 10K road races, cycling, hiking, snowboarding, fishing, rock climbing or engaging in countless other activities. Also use as travel pack to hold phone, passport and wallet.
As we did with the Gear Beast Universal Handheld Smartphone Holder with Water Bottle, I wanted to test out the Gear Beast Running Backpack with a hike in the mountains of beautiful North Salt Lake City, UT.
Initially I had quite a bit of difficulty adjusting the straps to my liking. I preferred that they were quite tight but in doing so I felt that the “backpack” portion of the unit was sitting too high on my neck.
Any looser, and I felt like it would really just bounce too much for my liking. After about 5 minutes of tinkering with the product I can assure you I was able to find a comfortable position.
My iPhone 6+, house keys, I.D and chapstick all fit comfortably in this backpack without ever creating awkward pressure points, bouncing or getting the slightest bit damp from sweat!
I would say the only drawback for me as a runner and hiker was that I enjoy being able to easily access my phones screen, particularly to change songs when I am working out. That is why I LOVED Gear Beasts Handheld Smartphone Holder with Water Bottle from the previous review. That being said, there are multiple outlets for headphones to fit through conveniently in the backpack so if you have headphones that will change the song for you without having to touch your phones screen, then you will have no troubles at all and this would be the running/fitness backpack for you.
Usefulness For Athletes
One thing we LOVE to find for athletes are affordable products that are GREAT quality and that is exactly what you have with the Gear Beast Running Backpack. Many running backpacks will cost you a pretty penny and granted they are larger, but why would you want to carry more items on your back if you are training?
Please be mindful when purchasing that this backpack will not support much more than the products I listed above and is designed to streamline your training rather than be a bulky, heavy-duty backpack that can support things like water bottles.
Overall we have scored this product as a 9.5
I will note one last thing- I have used this backpack in many settings, including the gym and my morning sprint sessions as I physically cannot function unless I have music! (terrible habit I know). Even in just a sports bra I did not experience any chaffing whatsoever. There was absolutely no bounce as promised and it felt as if the backpack was merely an extension of myself rather than something I was carrying, you really do forget its even there!
The Gear Beast Fitness & Running Backpack is here to bring athletes the most sleek and easy-to-use device to supplement your training and free your hands! All for just $19.99
- Suitable For All (or most) Phones
- Headphone Capabilities
- Useful For Athletes