Carrying a phone

I’m switching from an iPhone se to an iPhone XR. Currently carry the phone on runs in a zone 3 belt and on rides in a Rapha essentials case.

I fear the new phone will be too big for either of these. What do you guys use?

Iirc Rapha do a large version for plus sized phones

I’ll have a look. Any suggestions for running?

I like the zone3 belt I have as I can carry the phone and a house key/id but the new phone will be too big. I hate carrying anything in pockets when running.

I had an 8Plus, now got an XR (?) small one.
I’ve a large Rapha case / grey, blue and orange are in the sale currently.

For a run belt, I use an SPI belt.
Not cheap, but way better than an arm band, they don’t bounce and I can fit a couple of gels in there.

Yeah, the run belts are decent. I have a spibelt equivalent. Would accommodate most phones I’d imagine. I always make sure the phone is at the base of my spine. Seems to be the most stable place.

Out if interest, why do you carry your phones? Is it when you’re running from A to B, so you need it on you, or another reason?


I don’t personally. Hate running with anything on me

Music. And emergencies.
For longer runs.

For my shorter 30-45 minute easy jogs, I’ll now just use my Apple Watch (as I usually swing past Waitrose on my way home so the payment thing is useful.

I often meet my wife at the station after a run, and if you’ve read the Rant thread, you’ll know about Northern.

Same. 90% of my runs are with nothing at all. Longer off road stuff i’ll take my pack for water/nutrition and chuck the phone in for emergency purposes.

Very, very rarely run with music.

I normally always run at around 5am. Wife prefers me to have it on me in case of emergencies.

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Guess my wife just doesn’t care :sob:

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I listen to music constantly.
Even if it’s something like 4 hours of jazz-strumentals, or beat-strumentals (jazz/hip hop instrumental versions of popular songs)
I listen whilst riding, too.

Swimming and walking the dog are about the only times I’m not listening to something.

Mainly podcasts. Long runs need something to break the monotony. But they’re about the only runs I take it for. Even those midweek MP lap sessions were done without a phone, and they maxed at nearly 20 miles, so still well over 2hrs. The challenge and focus of holding pace gives me something to think about. But when I’m just running “steady”, I enjoy listening to something. The trainerroad podcast is normally in the 2hr range or so, and that’s the kind of relatively dull chat that occupies my mind sufficiently!

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I’ve pretty much stopped carrying mine now i’ve got music and podcasts on my watch… I just stick my parkrun band on with emergency contact details… but then I rarely run far enough away from home that I couldn’t walk back…I too appear to have a wife that doesn’t give a shit… :joy:


Fucking Hell. Millenials.

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This is one of the main appealing things about upgrading to the 945

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Surely you need your phone to take the photos for your strava feed?


Hah hah… not even my kids are young enough to be millenials…

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:rofl: Millennial? I’m 51

Due to some health issues, it makes sense for me to carry a phone.

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Unless you need it for maps/location when you’re off the beaten track, I can’t see the need for carrying a big phone. I work in the industry and I have access to pretty much any phone I want.

For general use, I use bog std employee phone that we are given. I run with it and take on my my bike sometimes but it’s really too big and I never listen to anything, very rarely call anyone and never take a picture (as I have no SM accounts). My BC race licence is a better form of ID, as that has my address on it.

My company does sell these incredibly small dumb phones though, they are £2 outright and can make a call and send/receive txt. They are about the size of a matchbox. I don’t see why you’d need anything else but I don’t need music as a crutch to run or ride.

Only downside is you need to take the sim out of your regular phone and insert it into the small one. Hopefully E-sims will get to a point beyond watches and become fully duplicates of your main sim. :crossed_fingers:

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