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Running is easier with music in your ears: 5 of the best iPhone armbands

Exercising is great for the body, and it’s made even better (and sometimes more tolerable) when the right music is playing. Sure, you can put your phone in your pocket and have your headphones dangling across your chest, but a much better option is to use an armband to keep your phone close to you for quick access, and your headphones out of the way.

It’s not as difficult to sort through iPhone armbands as it is to choose protective cases, but there are still a few things you may want to look out for when shopping for one. Is it adjustable? Can it hold your headphones? Can you wash it after a sweat-inducing run? We’ve done the hard work for you and sifted through the available armbands for the iPhone, and here are the best ones out there that we recommend.

TuneBand Go ($15)

The TuneBand Go isn’t made specifically for the iPhone — it works with Android phones as well — but it is compatible with every iPhone from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 7 Plus, as well as the iPod Touch 5th and 6th Generation. The TuneBand Go uses two elastic straps to fit around your arm, and four elastic clips to secure the phone in place. The screen is easily accessible, as are the ports and buttons. One downside is that the armband may not work as well with phones using bulkier cases. The OtterBox Defender case, for example, will not fit, but a slimmer case will. If you want to be certain your phone and case will fit, measure it beforehand. The TuneBand Go’s dimensions start at 5 x 2.4 x 0.30 inches (127 x 60 x 8 mm), and can reach a max of 6.5 x 3.4 x 0.50 inches (165 x 85 x 12.5 mm).

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Incase Active Armband ($38+)

Incase has made several Active Armbands in order to support a range of iPhone models, from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 6 and 6S Plus. While they don’t sell any specifically for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the aforementioned 6 and 6 Plus products should work just fine. The Active Armbands are lightweight, they have small holes to let air in, and they’re sweat resistant. They also feature reflective materials, making it easier to see the band in low light. You can get these iPhone armbands in a range of colors, including Heather Grey, Mint, Lava, Black, and Stratus Blue.

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LifeProof LifeActiv Armband with QuickMount ($27)

If you’re a fan of LifeProof’s waterproof cases, you should look into their LifeActiv armband, which is made to be compatible with all of their cases (and many other cases), meaning you could use this particular armband while swimming, surfing, or running in the rain. It does so by forgoing the typical phone sleeves that armbands employ, in favor of a special phone mount that clicks into place to let you know it’s secure and ready to go. It can be removed with a simple twist. It supports all iPhone models, and is adjustable to fit 8.5 inch to 19 inch biceps.

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Belkin Sport-Fit Armband ($17+)

Belkin’s Sport-Fit armband is available for several different iPhone models, starting with the iPhone 5. Like others on this list, it’s lightweight, sweat-resistant, and adjustable to fit just about any arm size, but it also comes with a built-in screen protector that’ll protect your display from debris without interfering with your phone’s touchscreen capabilities. Best of all, it’s hand washable, so after a particularly long or demanding run, you can quickly and easily wash it, getting it ready for your next outing.

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JOTO Sport Exercise Armband ($8+)

Joto’s armband is the cheapest option on this list, and if you’re looking for an iPhone armband that won’t break the bank, you can’t go wrong with this one. It can fit arm sizes between 9.5 inches and 16 inches, it’s sweat resistant, and it has a few storage compartments for a single house key, and a couple of credit cards or IDs. It also has a screen protector, which is useful, but unfortunately, it does interfere with the iPhone 7’s home button. This means you’ll have a harder time unlocking your phone with your fingerprint. There are ways around this, such as enabling Assistive Touch to make a virtual button, but this could be a turn off for some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus owners. If you’re not bothered by this, however, it’s still a great, inexpensive armband that’ll serve you well on your run.

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Amazon