The Yurbuds Ironman Armband is the perfect companion to any set of Yurbuds Earphones. The armband is manufactured from an ultra-soft neoprene material that stretches to give a secure fit while staying comfortable. Our armband fits a majority of smart phones and music players and keeps them safe from sweat and moisture. It also includes a YurSafety ID which is a custom engraved key that has secondary contact information and important medical notes in case of an emergency.
- Ultra-Soft Neoprene Material
- Secure Fit
- Water-Resistant and Sweat Proof
- YurSafety ID
- Comes with
- Getting Started Guide
- Instructions for receiving personalized YurSafety ID
- Fits Smartphones and Music Players up to 4.8″ tall and 2.5″ wide
- Measured weight – 47 g (1.7 oz)
- Retail – $30
Yurbuds is a pretty cool company. They recently came on the scene with their sport earphones that don’t fall out. I previously reviewed the Yurbuds Personalized Performance Earphones. I was impressed by those earphones and since I have an iPhone, Yurbuds sent me an Ironman Armband to review.
I used the Yurbuds Ironman Armband mainly for running. My runs varied from three to 18 miles in mostly nice weather. We had a really nice fall here in Central Oregon so I did not test it in much inclement weather. Not to mention, I would not be too keen on possibly killing my iPhone.
The Yurbuds Ironman Armband is made of a soft neoprene material. This material has a 4-way stretch and is soft next to the skin. In the front there is a clear plastic type material to allow you to see and use your device. In the back of the main section there is a small slit to insert your device in through. On the top there is a small hole for an earphone jack to plug in through. This lines up perfectly with an iPhone. The armband has two band sections. The long one has Velcro attached the length of it. This is the section that is threaded through the openings in the other side and reversed back on itself to secure the unit. The other band section has two slots for securing the armband through. Between these slots is a spot to put the YurSafety ID and a key into.
The YurSafety ID is a custom made emergency ID that you can get from Yurbuds after the purchase of the armband. You just create it online and use the coupon code given to order it. Yurbuds will then send it to you in the mail over the next 1-2 weeks. This is a pretty cool concept.
The armband uses a super soft neoprene material. Neoprene is a synthetic rubber material that can be used across a wide range of temperatures. There is no reference to whether this is made using any green practices so I assume it is not. Most companies like to tout this whenever they can. The neoprene material has a good stretch to it and helps resist moisture and sweat for getting on the device. The armband is not waterproof. The front of the main section does have a synthetic covering over the material in addition to the clear material over the unit. These will resist moisture as well. While testing out the armband the clear material never clouded up or showed any wear.
One of the issues with armbands like these has always been durability. Whether it is from the constant motion off running or just poor material choice, I have heard several friends of mine complain about their armbands. I would like to note that to my knowledge none of them had the Yurbuds Ironman Armband. Over the course of my testing I used the armband at least 20 times and it shows no wear. I have been impressed with the construction and do not see any reason why it will not last a long time. The armband does come with a one year warranty from Yurbuds against any defect or issues in materials or workmanship. Just send it back to them and they will look at it on a case by case basis.
The Ironman Armband is fairly comfortable against the skin. The neoprene material is soft and does not chafe or rub. Where the comfort issue comes into play is just in how tight you like to wear the armband. It is entirely possible to over tighten it and make you arm hurt. With a little practice you get a good idea of how tight you like it and it is easy to set. Nice thing is that it can be adjusted on the fly.
Ease of Use
There is not a whole lot that can be confusing on this armband. Yurbuds includes in the package a quick start guide with the simple instructions. Not that you will need them. The slit in the back is easily large enough to fit your device through and at least for my iPhone the earphone jack lined up perfectly. There are two adjustment slots for the arm strap but only one made sense for me. I do not know if the other one will really get used much by anyone. The YurSafety ID pocket is a great idea but as a key pocket I think it was just okay. I think it works well with a smaller house key but if you need to use it with a car key it will be too small. If you have a touch screen device (which this is made for), they can be used through the clear material. Just do not breathe on the screen as it can fog, especially on colder nights.
I will be the first to admit that I am not a huge fan of wearing an armband while I run. This was mitigated slightly by having this arm band though. The trouble is that my iPhone has so many features I like form music apps to GPS apps that I really like to run with it. If you are like me, do yourself and get this armband. For the money it is the best option I have seen out there yet and will make wearing an armband as pleasurable as it can be. If you do like wearing and armband, well just get it because it is a good one. The Yurbuds Ironman Armband is available online at Yurbuds and at some running retailers for $30. Now get out and run! As always, your mileage may vary.
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- Fit a wide range of arms sizes
- Easy to adjust and use
- Good choice of materials
- Comfortable against the skin
- YurSafety ID is great
- Key pocket is too small for car keys
- Materials make no mention being recycled or green
Long-Term Check In
I have still been using the Armband on occasion. Since I wrote this review I have swithed to a android phone that doesn’t fit quite as well; the headphone jack is on the opposite side. I have been able to make due. They do now make several different models, which is cool.
The one thing I want to cover is that things have changed with regard to the Yurbud ID. Unfortunately it looks like they are not free anymore. You can create one still on the Yurbuds website, here is the link: https://yurbuds.com/products/armbands-cases/safety-id/ If you have any questions about this, I suggest contacting Yurbuds directly. (888) 987-2831