Why Your Running Shorts Need a Phone Pocket
If you want music, podcasts, route tracking or the ability to phone a friend while on a run, here’s how to safely carry your favorite fitness accessory — your phone — while on the go.
If you're looking for some extra encouragement in your running routine, one way to boost motivation is to run while listening to an inspiring playlist, podcast, or audio-guided run in the Nike Run Club App. Of course, to do so, you'll need to bring your phone with you on the run.
Holding a phone during a run can get cumbersome, and with a phone in hand, you may run the risk of tripping and smashing it, or your hand might get too sweaty and your phone could slip. To avoid that handheld trouble, you'll want to consider what gear to wear on a run to make sure your phone is secure. After all, you probably spend time picking the right running shoes, gear, and other essentials for whatever the weather brings, so don’t forget to think about having a safe spot for your phone when it’s time to run.
Why Bring Your Phone on a Run?
How to Carry Your Phone on the Run
- Wear running shorts or pants with phone pockets. Nike has options for running shorts with pockets in all shapes and sizes. Runners can find pairs with traditional pockets that zip or with a deep side pocket just the right size for your phone. There are breathable shorts with an inner pocket along the interior waistband, and some even have a back pocket that securely holds your stuff. Any of these options can help keep your cell phone safe while you run.
- Strap it to your arm. There are special phone armbands with a pouch designed to carry phones, which is a great option for many runners. If you’re open to adding an extra accessory onto your body during a run, this could be the right method for you.
- Hold it in your sports bra. Your phone will probably be secure this way, but it can be uncomfortable — depending on how your sports bra fits — and the phone will certainly get sweaty once your body is warmed up and working hard.
- Hold it in your hand, with a strap. A no-slip phone case with an adjustable strap can help you carry the phone by attaching it to your hand, instead of just holding it with your bare hand. Your hand won't get tired as quickly as if you were holding it without the strap, but you still have to hold something for the duration of the run.
There are also vests, belts, and backpacks that can work to hold your phone, but your comfort level with them may vary while you’re running. Adding yet another layer to your running outfit could reduce your range of motion. You may end up buying a bunch of different phone carriers only to return them because they feel bulky or unnatural while you’re running. To avoid these issues, work with what you’ve got. Wear running shorts (or pants, tights, or leggings) that already have a built-in pocket.
Stop Holding Your Phone
Another reason not to hold your phone while running is because it can cause distractions. Looking down at your phone while you’re running can lead to a stumble or fall if you make a misstep and lose control of your footing, and you don’t want to damage your phone or yourself. Take extra care to secure your phone somewhere safe.
A Pocket Keeps Your Phone Safe
The Best Running Bottoms With a Phone Pocket
Once you narrow down the pocket running shorts or pants you like the most, runners should look for features including:
- A stretch fabric that gives you great range of motion, like Nike Dri-FIT
- Breathable, sweat-wicking and quick-drying material
- Some compression to keep them in place
- Ample coverage
You’ll have preferences when it comes to length and fit, so let those guide you in picking your best running bottoms, rather than prioritizing the pocket itself. The fit of the shorts or pants matters most, rather than the exact location of the pocket. Just make sure the phone holder is the right size for your phone.
Zipper or No Zipper?
Often, running shorts that have multiple pockets will have at least one that zips. This could be large enough for a phone, but it might not be. If it’s too small, the best items to keep in this particular pocket are the other valuables you may run with. You might stash your keys, cash or credit card, and an ID in a phone holder pocket, too. The zipper is definitely a great option for a pair of running shorts, but it’s not always necessary when it comes to keeping your phone safe. Go with whatever works best for you.