Get into the groove while working out with the ArmPocket XTREME i-30

By DJ Reyes on 6 Jul 2012 12:23 pm EDT

When it comes to physical activities I'm not normally one to shy away but getting older hasn't made it easy. I didn't take part in CrackBerry's Fitness Month back in February as much as other members of the Team CrackBerry, though I continued with my Taekwon-Do classes. However, in the past couple of months I have got back into the groove as I was beginning to feel plump, coupled with some inspiration from the kids. I got back into running, pushed myself more in Taekwon-Do, as well as created a workout regime with the kids that we have been doing for the past three weeks. When I exercise I need some music to help me get through and make me feel motivated so I needed to find an accessory that would allow me to carry my BlackBerry with me at all times. So, I went with the ArmPocket XTREME i-30. Follow me after the break to see how it fit into my workout regime.

I first got one of these armband accessories when I owned a Torch 9800 but when I got myself a Bold 9900 I had to find myself a new one. Instead of getting another one made for only one device I thought it would be best to get one that was universal.

The ArmPocket XTREME comes in three sizes - small (arm size 7-11 inches), medium (arm size 10-14 inches) and large (arm size 13-18 inches). It also only comes in one color, which isn't bad as I don't personally want to use any other color, with the exception of orange (I don't know why).

The fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles to make them eco-friendly and there definitely is nothing plasticky about it. It is very soft and I never had any trouble with it, even during longs periods of use. I also like the fact that the strap is vented. The material is also said to be waterproof for times when you got out running in the rain.

Another bonus feature of the ArmPocket XTREME is that it has interior pockets to keep bank cards, ID, even keys or as suggested an energy bar. There is even a small hole in the bottom for earbud access. Though there are no BlackBerry devices with the headphone jack at the bottom, so I haven't really been able to make use of that part.

When it comes to actually using the device though, it gets a little more difficult. Sure it has a nice large clear window but it's a bit finiky trying to use a touchscreen or even a trackpad. You can swipe across the screen alright but it's difficult to type things or select things. Since I'd be using it only when doing workouts or running I would need to have to type much on it so this is not a major problem. I would just have to set everything in place before fitting it into the ArmPocket. When running I use Endomondo and I can just about select things to get started.

While exercising, running or working out, the ArmPocket gives me no trouble. The soft texture means it doesn't rub and I have had no trouble with it slipping, unlike other ones I've owned. I used it while running as well as doing circuit workouts that include push ups and jumping jacks, I find it never hinders me and I hardly know it's there. I certainly recommend the ArmPocket if you're looking to get this type of accessory.


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Reader comments

Get into the groove while working out with the ArmPocket XTREME i-30


...because I'm trying really really hard not to laugh. seriously is this the80's pouch bag all over again? Someone please hop out and say "April Fools! :D" (in the middle of July) ...because that's the only way this posting makes sense. Did someone from iOS post this as a joke?

If the hole is on the bottom - then did you cut your own hole for headphones or are you using bluetooth?

Another small area that makes BB so much more difficult and annoying to use than other devices. As much as they are constantly reaching out to devlopers these days for applications - they have never and continue to fail to reach out to 3rd part manufacturers for things like sound pods, cases, car mounts etc...

Wouldn't it be nice to have an arm band made for your device? For any BB device? Either BB needs to produce their own, encourage and underwrite these things with 3rd parties or they need to alter their hardware. I've had a BB for 10+ years, when they finally decided to add a media player I was thrilled. Then dissapointed and remain so that there is not a single car mount or arm band case made to fit a BB.

There are lots of universal of each that will fit various devices; but that's not nearly the same thing.

Crackberry did review quite a few smartphone holsters that can be used in and out of the car. They did fit the 9900 and other devices.

Agreed, if you just want to listen to music. If you have an app like Endomondo (or Nike or Addidas) you're going to need a smart phone.

I thought this was another joke like the GoJo..... Pineapple said......just go buy an iPod Nano and be done with that monstrocity!!!

Wow. Who peed in your guys' cheerios this morning? Are you really that image conscious, especially while you're working out and getting all sweaty anyways? It reminds me of those guys that the gym in jeans and just do curls in front of the mirror all day. it's an "all sweaty" sponge absorbing carry on? ... ... Can you even do "curls" in that?

(I'm "comfort conscious" ;D )

Can't say I'd use this. When I'm working out the less bulk the better. There is way too much to this ArmPocket. Imagine working out biceps or triceps with this thing on. Overhead extensions, dips, etc. May be for some people but the belly pouch on the arm look is not for me.

Don't forget to slap yourself in the head with the charger while you're at it.

Quick to judge and that makes you look like an idiot.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA what a joke... it is clear that the "i-30 CRAP" stop selling for apple and now they are trying hard to get some extra sells... why are you even promoting it here CB???? if your intentions was as a joke, you did it... LOL

That isn't a joke. You just cannot appreciate anything. Get over it. Don't buy it if you don't like it, keep your comments to yourself if you have nothing nice to say.

Wow, this thing is ugly. I would rather either run with a backpack or sing while I exercise. Please remove this post and don't put that thing on the CB Shop.

Neenerneenerneener. Can't stand somebody's product or a great review? Delete your post instead. You don't have the right to tell anybody what to do on here.

not a fan of the design...products used while participating in physical activities should have a more streamlined look...this looks cumbersome

Fuck what the naysayers, quick to judge people and haters have to say. This can be one hell of a great product and waterproof case to use. I would especially make use of it, since I cycle allot during any weather. I keep it under the coat when it's freezing cold out, but in the summer, this would be exceptional, the reflective jacket I use wouldn't get stuck on it all the time because of the velcrow.

I'll consider this, it'll be quite handy. At least I appreciate reviews. I don't understand why some cannot.