Name: Banjees Wrist Wallet
What it is: For travel and exercise, the big version of this stretchy wristband has two pockets for storing keys, phone and currency/credit cards. It has one fold-over pocket for a phone or for less valuable possessions and one zip pocket for your most valued possessions.
The good: The zip pocket can fit an iPhone 4 and squeeze in a key or two, along with a couple dollar bills or credit cards. Without a phone stuffed into it, it slips easily over the hand thanks to stretch material. I used it during a run. The phone barely fit, but that snugness keeps it from battering my ulna and radius. Unlike the Velcro armband I usually use to hold my phone around my biceps during a run, this doesn't chafe. The material is breathable, and it doubled as a forehead sweat-swiper in Texas heat (though I suppose one wouldn't want to saturate it with a phone inside). It comes in multiple colors and fabrics, including organic cottons and recycled polyester. Banjees makes a touch-mesh version that apparently allows you to swipe, tap and zoom on your touch screen without removing the phone from the pocket.
The bad: Though the fold-over pocket is designed specifically for a phone, I wouldn't trust it for more than tissues (because I'm prone to dropping phones and shattering screens). As for the zip pocket, it's a bit tricky to get the phone in and out, which would be vexing during periods of peak use if you're not using a touch-mesh version. A wide fabric wristband is not my kind of fashion statement, which is why I prefer this for sport or travel over lifestyle.
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