During the Thanksgiving weekend, we took the SportCommand out to Sunriver, Oregon at the base of Mt. Bachelor for some outdoor, on-the-job testing which it passed with flying colors. Although it looks durable, we opted to pass on the tree-impact test for obvious reasons.
The quick & dirty:
Why it rocks:
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- Weatherproof iPod Remote
- Wireless with good range
- Dual use: armband & clip-on
- Big buttons for gloved fingers
- Upside-down buttons (read below if you don’t know why this rocks)
Why it bites:
- Arm-band extension strap a bit clunky
- iPod dongle is a bit big
Seat-of-the-pants rating: 9.5 out of 10. Highly recommended!
Long Winded Version:
What’s better than an iPod on the slopes? Being able to pause, change tracks and adjust volume on that iPod without having to take off your gloves or pull your iPod out of your pocket. Until now, that’s been a bit of a challenge.
The SportCommand straps on to your arm, leg, neck or wherever you want to strap it on to, or can be attached with a carabiner to a buckle or the like. There’s a wireless dongle that clips onto your iPod allowing you to store it in your inside pocket or backpack.
Belkin’s SportCommand is just about sheer genius. It’s made of a canvas-type material that can take the abuse of being outdoors, and isn’t uncomfortable on your arm. Adding the ability to clip it on with a carabiner to your favorite belt loop, zipper or backpack really adds tons of usability also.
The oversize buttons are perfect for winter sports, and allow you to easily control the iPod with gloves on. With the upside-down markings on the buttons, they’re of course right-side-up when you’re looking down your arm at it. See the inset picture for more detail.
iPod compatibilty is something to take in account before buying an accessory, and you’ll be pleased to know the SportCommand works with most of the iPod models out there.
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