Running Buddy Pouches

Running Buddy makes some pretty slick little "belt pouches" designed to clip to a pair of running shorts or the like where you don’t have or want to wear a belt. They also seem popular with some travelers, including a crowd who has posted positive reviews for using them while at Disney. If you’ve been to Disney, you know that hauling a bit of "stuff" with you can get annoying after a while and people come up with all kinds of solutions for that.

This is an odd product, in that my initial impression wasn’t that great. Well made, certainly, but just didn’t seem to fit me well. Since that time, my opinion has changed, and I’ve waited a bit in writing this to let things settle in to make sure I gave things a fair shake.

I ordered their "Super Saver Bundle! Buddy Pouch and Buddy Pouch Mini (3 Colors)" (although I only got black, but that was my choice) straight from the Running Buddy web site. At the time I ordered (and still, I just checked) they were offering $1 shipping.

There is also a discount code "Travel10" that I found that gives you a 10% discount that you can apply during the checkout process.

I’m not getting any kickback on these, and don’t know how long they are good for.

Anyhow, they shipped USPS, but in some manner that actually had tracking information that was updated promptly and I could follow along. That’s a novelty for my local Post Office, but anyhow. Package came promptly (2-3 days) and I opened it up.

I played with the two pouches a bit, trying to find the best fit for some of my gear I wanted to use them for. Then attempted to put the bigger pouch on my pants/belt.

Please note that I’m wearing this on a pair of pants/slacks with a belt, not running shorts. That’s my limitation, not the vendor’s 🙂

Anyhow, I couldn’t get the large pouch anywhere on myself that seemed "right", so I moved to the smaller pouch. A little better. Wore it to dinner and it didn’t bug much, but "wasn’t right".

So, a bit frustrated and disappointed, I gathered everything up and put it in my bag to return the next time I’m at the office where we have a mailroom that makes shipping easy.

A couple of days later, for whatever reason I dug the small pouch back out and tried again. The only real difference is that I had on a different pair of pants. I’ve juggled what I have in it a little since, but I’ve been wearing it daily since then, across multiple pairs of pants (including the first pair that I couldn’t get comfortable with) and have been very pleased.

It takes a second to get on and "latched" (although that improves with practice). The instructions that come with it mention the criticality of ensuring the magnets "latch". I can see their point, and I’m careful to check it, but it honestly latches pretty easily.

Since my second try, I’ve found it to be very comfortable and useful. I truly do forget its there, and it doesn’t move around like a normal "belt loop" pouch like I’ve worn for years. I consider that a good thing.

It also holds well during "clothing adjustments" (to put the process of going to the restroom politely). The pouch just stays with the pants and doesn’t require fiddling when you get redressed.

I intend to loop back and try the larger pouch again. It may still not work for daily wear, but I can certainly see it for "travel" uses.

Hope this epistle helps somebody.

Carry a flashlight

I know this doesn’t really apply to much of anything, but I’m going to post my opinion.

Carry a flashlight.

Always.

In your pocket, on your belt (my choice), in your purse, whatever.

In this day and age of unexpected emergencies, it can literally be lifesaving. Don’t be fumbling in the dark for your doorlock.

More commonly (especially as you age), you will find things you just can’t see. Maybe you can’t make out that instruction card with the small print. Maybe you can’t find the screw you just dropped.

Having that light close at hand can make the issue just "go away".

Many people will bring an umbrella with them if there is a 25% chance of rain. Most nights come with a 100% chance of dark. Where’s your flashlight? – Foursevens

There are many, many flashlights available. You can go to the local Walmart or whatever and get something that probably is decent. If you are really going to carry all the time, I would recommend something better, though.

I feel that many people don’t see the use, because "it’s always dead when I reach for it". I believe that’s mostly because you aren’t buying a decent light. Get a good, LED based light (practically never burn out, and dropping them won’t blow the bulb). Buy batteries for it and keep them changed.

There are lots of lights and sellers of "tactical" lights. If you are really interested, check out Candle Power Forums. There are more discussions and experts than you would believe.

For myself, I recommend the Sunwayman V11R very highly. Many of the tactical lights have multiple modes and features. That’s all fine, but I find the only thing I care about is light, and how much of it. The Sunwayman has an easy to adjust, twisting ring that just dims the light as required.

I’ll probably write more about flashlights and other EDC (Every Day Carry) gear I think everybody should have at hand, but for now… find a light and carry it.