Tired of trying to figure out where to put your essentials while you’re working out, attending a yoga class, running, hiking, cycling, or just enjoying the outdoors?
If so, Hipstor is a lycra waistband featuring four individual pockets that can hold your phone, credit cards, cash, keys, and more, without sliding around or riding up. And because of Hipstor’s reversal feature, you’ll never have to worry about your valuables falling out.
Hipstor can even be worn over or under your clothes, and because of its soft flexi-fabric, it’s guaranteed never to chafe your skin. You’ll get hands-free convenience and comfort!
Then, when you’re finished using your Hipstor, it’s machine washable for easy cleaning, and its material is naturally quick drying.
Regardless of the activity, searching for a way to hold all your valuables—without adding bulk or looking unstylish (we’re looking at you, fanny packs!)—can be frustrating. But have you finally found a solution with Hipstor? We’ll give you everything you need to make a more informed decision.
First, Hipstor’s competition.
Are There Other Products Like Hipstor?
If you’ve read a lot of our ASOTV product reviews here at HighYa, you probably noticed that a common theme is where manufacturers take existing products, slightly redesign them, and then make them look “revolutionary” in their commercials and websites. But really, they’re often nothing special compared to the competition. Is this the case with Hipstor?
In short, we think so. Want to see for yourself? It’s as simple as searching online for “lycra hip belt” or “running belt.” Seconds after doing this, you’ll find hundreds of results, many of which come from major sportswear manufacturers.
In fact, if you compared Hipstor with Flip Belt (likely the original running belt), you’ll find they’re essentially identical. They both even feature a built-in key hook!
In our opinion, Hipstor’s manufacturer (more about this in a moment) probably just copied the same basic design as Flip Belt and remarketed it at a lower price. Speaking of which, how much will you pay for Hipstor?
Will Hipstor’s Price Hurt?
Available in green or black, one Hipstor running belt is priced at $14.99 plus $6.99 S&H. As usual, you’ll also be able to purchase a second at checkout for an additional $6.99 S&H.
All Hipstors come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. Did you purchase the BOGO offer? This means you could ultimately lose more in S&H charges than you’ll receive as a refund!
Nonetheless, you can call Telebrands customer service at 855-668-1655 to request a refund.
Let’s continue this theme and talk more about the company behind Hipstor.
What’s Up with Telebrands?
Despite the fact that they’re the largest As Seen on TV company in existence, Telebrands products seem to have a relatively low online customer reputation. But why?
Taking a look at HighYa reader reviews for popular products like Aero Knife, Grassology, Light Angel, and Mighty Blaster, we can see that they have an average rating of 1.5 stars. And overall, most customers seem to complain of 3 primary things:
- Don’t work as advertised
- Poor quality, often only lasting a handful of uses (or even just one!) until they begin falling apart
- Less-than-stellar customer service, generally related to hard selling tactics and difficulty processing returns
Admittedly, this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll experience the same with Hipstor. But we’re out to help you put the pieces together, and based on the consistency of these complaints, we’d certainly recommend keeping it mind when placing your order.
Taking everything we’ve discussed so far, what does this mean for you?
Shooting From the Hip: Our Opinion About Hipstor
Remember when we talked about how ASOTV companies frequently make products that are just slight redesigns of ones already available? Not only do they piggyback off of existing products, but they also tend to price them lower, too.
So, if you’re focused on price alone, Hipstor might sound like a great deal. In fact, you’ll be able to buy two Hipstors for slightly more money than one from the competition.
But in this instance, we think it’s more a question of value than of price. Certainly price plays a big role in determining value, but equally important is quality. So, from this perspective, while you might pay about $10 to $15 more for some of the competition, we think it’s likely that they’ll be better quality and will last you longer.
Ultimately, this can provide more bang-for-your-buck, which is what the HighYa team is all about!
Before you go: If you work out frequently, keep in mind that many quality sportswear manufacturers (whether we’re talking about running, cycling, yoga, etc.) already include small, built-in lined pockets that are specifically made to carry a small amount of cash, one credit card, and a key.
This way, you might be able to get your hands on some high-quality clothing, without having to purchase a separate product like Hipstor!