When the people from iStik contacted us to test a new magnetic iPod Nano cases I was intrigued. They claim it holds your Nano tightly to your clothes via a set of four magnets that attach through your clothing. I was a little skeptical. Would these magnets really hold an iPod Nano 3G with all the jolting that occurs during a run? Even worse, if the magnets didn’t hold the case – you’d be left carrying an iPod during a lengthy exercise session. Since I’m not a runner, I had to rely on two eager volunteers. First up – my sister Lynn volunteers to take the iStik for a 26 mile workout… [UPDATE: Congrats to Lynn on finishing her first triathlon on 9-7-2008 -]
The design of the iStik is pretty simple. It’s a case with a magnetic backing. You put another set of magnets inside your clothing. This acts to hold the front and back of the case together through your clothing. There are no clips or other attachments required. The case is held onto your clothing purely by magnetic power.
In order to test this case, Lynn took it out on a running and biking workout. She’s in the midst of training for a marathon and this type of clip is perfect for anyone who works out but does not want the bulk of a clip style case which attaches to clothing and may fall off at the wrong time.
So what did it work like in actual testing? Here’s her feedback after using it:
Great product. Works as promised.
Didn’t move one millimeter while exercising with this iPod holder.
The only downside—and it’s not much of a downside–is that it can be a little difficult to get the holder closed after placing the iPod in it.
It is kind of like Tupperware—you get one corner lined up and the opposite corner pops opened. Only took a minute to actually get closed but it seemed as though it should have been easier.
Magnets worked fantasticly. I tested it running and biking and my daughter used it while riding her horse.
Perfect each and every test! Great product!!
What we liked:
- It works beautifully
- It works beautifully while running a marathon
- It works beautifully while riding a horse
What could be improved:
- Easier to insert iPod