You want a piece of me? Do YOU want a piece of ME?
Bring it on, baby! Iâ€™ll take you on with my huge guns? Take a gander at one of my 11-inch pythons in the picture. Uh huh!
I know youâ€™re scared now! Take a look at that picture again. The Velcro on my XtremeMac SportsWrap iPod Armband is barely holding together because of my bulging biceps.
Donâ€™t let the paleness fool you. My guns are powerful weapons and the SportsWrap looks damn good on either one of them. I used to run with my iPod in the back pocket of my shorts, but because of my muscular buttocks it would skip every so often, so I got the SportWrap, which puts my iPod in an ideal place to minimize vibration and shock. After a month of running with it, I havenâ€™t had one skip yet.
The SportsWrap is made out of moisture-resistant neoprene, so the sweat from my huge arms while running wonâ€™t soak my iPod. It also has a clear mylar cover which protects my iPod and allows me to control it. There are headphone holes on both the top and bottom of the SportsWrap, which allows me to use my iPod in either vertical orientation. Thereâ€™s a convenient place for earbud cord storage and in case my arms get even bigger, the SportsWrap comes with an extension strap.
Itâ€™s simple to slide the iPod in and out of the case, which was made for third-generation iPods. I donâ€™t know if they work well with the fourth-generation iPods, although they are about the same size. If you have a silicone case, like the Jam Jacket, youâ€™re going to have to take your iPod out of it, before you slip it in the SportsWrap.
Despite my huge arms, the Velcro strap holds well. I havenâ€™t had it slip down my arm at all.
The only problem I had with the SportsWrap was the fact that the headphone holes were too small. Or maybe they look small because Iâ€™m looking at them next to my huge biceps. These small holes didnâ€™t allow my headphone plug to be fully plugged into my iPod. Eventually, using my huge, muscular arms and a pair of scissors, I made the one of the headphone holes big enough.
After doing research on the various armbands cases for the iPod, I decided to purchase the XtremeMac SportsWrap because it fully encloses the iPod and it didnâ€™t look as bulky as other cases. My purchase was a good one. Despite the headphone hole problem, it has worked very well for me. I would definitely recommend it to someone who is looking for an iPod armband case to go running, biking, or working out with.
Oh yeah, baby! Feel the burn!
Update: Ever since I washed the SportsWrap in a washing machine (letting it air dry), slight condensation consistently forms on the bottom back of my iPod after I finish a run. I don’t know if in the long term it will cause a problem to my iPod.
Item: XtremeMac SportsWrap iPod Armband
Purchase Price: $27.00 (on eBay)
Rating: 4 out of 5
Pros: Encloses iPod. Moisture-resistant neoprene. Mylar cover allows ability to control iPod. Looks good on my huge arms.
Cons: Headphone holes are waaay to small for headphone plugs, unless you modify them.