At Macworld, I saw an iPod Nano case called nekfit. I have been running with my iPod Nano using an armband, but the wires always got in the way, so I was intrigued by nekfit. When I stopped by their booth, the marketing guy said if I didn’t like it, give him a call and he’d make it right. So, I went ahead and ordered one. I received it a few weeks back and must say that it looked like something that was slapped together in a garage. If you take a pair of sunglasses, but them on backwards around your neck and attach an iPod to it, that’s what the nekfit looks like.
I’ve taken it for a few runs and after I got all the wires tied up the way I wanted (one of the wires kept getting caught on the side), I think I like it. It’s pretty comfortable and definitely keeps the wires out of the way. I had to turn off the rotate mode on my iPod Nano 4G as I couldn’t switch tracks when it was rotated (it kept going to CoverFlow mode). My only complaint is that I wish I could adjust the angle that the iPod hangs as it kind of rubs against my neck.
Will this last? I have no idea. My previous armbands had to be replaced as the neoprene started breaking down and smelled so bad that I couldn’t use it anymore (I went as far as bleaching it and that didn’t help).
For $35, it is definitely a viable alternative to an armband as long as you don’t mind people thinking you’re a little crazy for having this thing around your neck!