When I made the switch to the Moto X, I was in the market for a new workout band. My previous one only fit an iPhone 4 so I knew I needed to something completely different.
If you listen to music or use a mobile app while running or exercising, a good workout band is a must. It’s definitely not something you go cheap on because replacing a mobile device is not in my budget (and probably not yours).
When I started shopping, I had a couple of key requirements: a cover that goes over the face of the device and it has to be black.
The cover is important because it can protect from sweat or rain. My iPhone would consistently get something on it: rain, snow, or sweat. My iPhone never broke down because of it, but I didn’t want to chance it with the move to Moto X.
The color black is important because, well, it just is. I thought about red but then it would match my running shoes, and I have a few red running shirts. I don’t want to be that guy that’s decked out in all matching running rear. I digress – let’s move onto the review!
First Impressions of the Vangoddy Workout Band
I came across the Vangoddy workout band and liked the neoprene material. I have found this material held well against sweat. It’s also breathable and comfortable on the skin.
The cover that I was so keen on was what I was looking for. The plastic cover responded well to touch and even prevented moisture from reaching the Moto X. I ran a number of times in snowy and rainy conditions and never experience any issues with moisture.
On the Run
The workout band was secured nicely to my arm. It was also easy to access while running or while working out.
The touch screen was a little finicky though. I found I had to be pretty exact when I pressed. During the extreme cold, the cover did manage to sense my touch even with my running gloves. I still had to press firmly but I was able to still toggle songs or settings on Strava.
The workout band performed fine if I didn’t need to touch it. Where I did experience some issues was putting on the band. As mentioned above, the workout band was secured nicely to my arm but takes a few tries. The Velcro doesn’t adhere cleanly or securely as I would’ve liked. Actually, part of the Velcro was exposed so it kept getting caught on my shirts.
The slack bar moved a lot. It was a challenge to properly pull the band tight with it moving horizontally when it should’ve remained vertical. This became an issue on a few runs. I wound up having to readjust to secure it.
The Vangoddy workout band is just OK. I can’t give a high review because of the fit. I love the moisture protection and the overall look of the band. The slack bar is just a pain to deal with if you can get it just right. For the money, you might want to consider another workout band that’s a little less maintenance.
You can find the Vangoddy Workout Band at Amazon.