1BandID Review and GIVEAWAY

>> Wednesday, February 22, 2012

When I first got an e-mail from Joe at 1BandID, I almost brushed it off. "Oh, another 'RoadID-like' product... is that really necessary?..." I thought.

A RoadID
(NOT the 1BandID that I'm about to be talking about)

But I read further. I actually read this part out loud to Pharmie because he made a good point - especially in this second paragraph:

I surely don’t need to give you the hard pitch about training with ID and helping your readers understand that too. However as you probably know, in the past the only things available were separately worn bracelets and dog tags. [...]

I've had other ID bracelets but too often I would forget to put them on before heading out for a run (once is too often). And then it dawned on me – why not design ID differently so it could securely attach and display ID on your watch, GPS or HR monitor wristband...so the wearer doesn't have to think about another thing before he or she heads out the door...so it's unforgettable.

That actually makes a lot of sense. A LOT. Pharmie and I both agreed that it IS different than a RoadID, and that the 1BandID idea of attaching to something you'll ALWAYS be using when you're out is great! Here's a photo from the 1BandID website showing people wearing their ID in different (more PERMANENT) ways:

Secured on a running shoe, attached to the band
of a watch, and placed on a strap of a bike shoe.

He let us both place an order for our own 1BandIDs. Here's what we got:

2 little bags

Unrelated Side Note: The uncropped version of that photo looked like this:

Yep, that's Henry's fingers in the lower right. I had him in the Baby Bjorn yesterday morning as I took that photo.

VERY Unrelated Side Note: Shortly after taking that last photo, we headed outside to shovel the 2 inches of snow we got overnight. Henry was still in the Bjorn under my coat:


OK, back to the 1BandIDs... Here's what they looked like out of the bags:

Pharmie's pink 1BandID and my yellow 1BandID

Showing Pharmie's velcroed together

It looked a little bulky when it was fastened... how would it feel on my watch band? I tried it out:

My "naked" watch without the 1BandID on it

My watch WITH the 1BandID on it

A slightly closer (and slightly hairier) view


So as I mentioned right away in this post, this 1BandID is a bit like a RoadID. Yes, I have a RoadID bracelet. But where is it? It might be on my dresser under some junk. It might be in the basement next to my extra running shades. It might be in my workout bag in my car. Seriously, I DON'T know where it is off the top of my head. That's the whole point of the 1BandID! You strap it to something you'll ALWAYS be using, and you'll ALWAYS have identification on you without having to hunt something down pre-workout.


There's no CON to working-out with an ID. It's a smart idea. But the one CON I could see is that my watch that you see in those photos above is my watch I wear for everything. Heading out on a workout? I wear that watch. Heading to a fancy-schmancy dinner party? I wear that watch. So, oddly enough, the PRO of always having the 1BandID handy is also it's CON.

(However, I think I'm in the minority here. I do NOT train with a HR monitor or a GPS - I just wear that watch for EVERYTHING. If I were like a "normal" endurance athlete [I say that kind of tongue-in-cheek], I'd have something else that I'd be putting on for JUST my workouts.)


It did NOT interfere with wearing my watch "normally" (I did NOT even have to loosen my watch by a hole or 2). It was totally out of the way. There's no way it's going to fall off. It's laser-etched and easy to read. You get to choose from a list of colors, and you get to customize 6 lines of text. You can get a thicker velcro band for larger GPS watches or Nike+ bands. I like it. There's really no issue with wearing it. Being I'm not biking right now, I could see attaching it to my running shoes and just letting it "live" there through the rest of the winter. I love the idea of the 1BandID always being attached to something you'll always be using. Love it.


I almost feel bad that I keep making RoadID and 1BandID comparisons, but they ARE similar. One isn't better than the other. It just depends on what might work better for you. If you always grab that one piece of gear for your workout (HR watch, GPS, stopwatch, etc), then the 1BandID is a GREAT (and SAFE) idea for you!


There will be THREE WINNERS in this giveaway! The people at 1BandID have 3 IDs they are giving you guys, so you have a better chance at winning!


All you really need to do is to leave a comment on this post to be entered to win 1 of 3 1BandIDs. But if you fan 1BandID on Facebook and / or follow 1BandID on Twitter, you can get your name in the hat MULTIPLE times, which better you chances at winning.

Follow these steps to enter:

Step 1 (optional): to earn +1 extra entry: follow 1BandID on Twitter and send out this tweet:

ALWAYS have an ID when you workout. Enter @SteveinaSpeedo's giveaway for a @1BandID - http://iwannagetphysical.blogspot.com/

Step 2 (optional): to earn +1 extra entry: head to 1BandID's Facebook page and become a fan! Simple.

Step 3: (optional): to earn +1 extra entry: click the "LIKE" button at the bottom of this post. All it does is post the link to your Facebook wall saying that you "liked a link." It's a way to share the love and to let your friends know about this relatively new company. And it's super easy.

Step 4: comment on this post to be entered and tell me how many entries you "earned!" If you sent out that tweet and / or fanned on Facebook and /or "liked" this post, make sure to tell me that you did in your comment so I can throw your name in the hat 2 or 3 or 4 times. For example: “Hey Steve, this John Smith from Topeka. I followed 1BandID on twitter and sent out the tweet, and I clicked LIKE at the bottom of the post, so put my name in the hat 3 times! Thanks!”

Step 5: check back to see if your a winner! I'll announce the winners in just over a week - sometime around Thursday, March 1st. It's EXTRA important to stop back if you’re not a blogger, because I have no way of contacting you! The contest is open for a week: NOW through midnight (central time) on Wednesday the 29th (yes, it's a leap year). At that point, I'll print out all the entries, give extra numbers to those who earned extra entries, and then choose one at random by a random number generator, drawing numbers out of a hat, or other random selection process.

Pseudo-legal stuff:
- Contest is open to anyone in the WORLD. Sorry Russian cosmonauts on the space station; 1BandID can't ship to you.
- You may comment now (on THIS post) through midnight Central time on Wednesday Feb 29th.
- The winners will be chosen through a random number selection. If you’ve earned multiple entries, you will get multiple numbers, thus bettering your chances at winning.
- Check back sometime around next Thursday (March 1st) to see if you won! (Especially if you don’t have a blogger account because I have no way of contacting you.)
- If I can't get in touch with a winner(s) within 2-3 days, I'll choose a new winner(s). So check back!
- As with all of my reviews/giveaways, 1BandID has NOT asked me for a favorable review. All these opinions are mine.

Thanks 1BandID for the giveaway!!

So comment NOW on THIS POST to be entered! They'll be 3 winners picked next week!


Mark 8:14 AM, February 22, 2012  

I forget mine from time to time.

Tap 8:41 AM, February 22, 2012  

Put me down for 3 entries, likes on facebook and your blog, plus commenting.... thanks!

longrun4fun 8:43 AM, February 22, 2012  

“Hey Steve, this Mike Harris from Kansas City I followed 1BandID on twitter and sent out the tweet, and I clicked LIKE at the bottom of the post, so put my name in the hat 3 times! Thanks!”

RunningLaur 8:46 AM, February 22, 2012  

Just one for me - very well written review!

Mark 8:49 AM, February 22, 2012  

Already have a roadid but this looks nice too

Beth 8:49 AM, February 22, 2012  

I don't have a RoadID yet, and I'm sure I would forget it (I sometimes even forget my Garmin!), but I haven't yet forgotten my shoes, so I need this! I've done the twitter and the facebook and will hit the like button!

Coy Martinez 8:56 AM, February 22, 2012  

Hey Steve!! :)

Lets see here, I "Liked" them on your page! I also "liked" them on Facebook and I'm here to say that I think I could put this puppy on my shoe and it'll work out just fine :) That's 3 entries for me!

Mark Baker 9:14 AM, February 22, 2012  

I keep thinking about getting an ID but still haven't.

Put me in for 4 or whatever your max is. I sent the Tweet. I liked them on Facebook. I liked your post on Facebook. And I commented here.

Tribecca 9:22 AM, February 22, 2012  

This is Becca from maple grove - Put my name in the hat 3 times please! I am obsessive about wearing my roadID but really like this idea.

Lisa A.,  9:24 AM, February 22, 2012  

3 for me! I commented, I liked, I liked on FB. Hope I win!

Jason 9:27 AM, February 22, 2012  

This is JasonZ. Thanks for putting these out there in a contest!

Put me down for 4 entries - this comment, tweet, like 1BandID and like this post.

Amanda 9:56 AM, February 22, 2012  

Put me down for 2 likes since I liked your blog and left a comment! This tag would be perfect for my husband.

Tigerlilly 9:57 AM, February 22, 2012  

Awesome... put me in for 3!!

commented.. liked on your blog and Facebook!!

Ririnette 10:00 AM, February 22, 2012  

I Liked on FB and commented, so that's 2 for me. I'm keeping my ADD away from Twitter, it makes me feel handicapped. I would have Liked it on your blog as well if I saw a Like button at the bottom of the post. These suckers don't always show on blogs, so how do I bank that one? :-D

saroy 10:00 AM, February 22, 2012  

The thing is, RoadID sells more than just the bracelet version. The ShoeID that I have from RoadID is basically the exact same thing as this. I bought two, one for my running shoes and one for my bike shoes, and they stay permanently on the shoe so I never forget it.

But hey, ID is ID, so no matter who you get it from, it's a good thing to have! :)

Robyn 10:05 AM, February 22, 2012  

4 entries for me please. I often forget to wear my RoadId, but I usually carry a credit card. That way emergency responders will know my name AND can shop online while waiting for the ambulance!

Galit 10:10 AM, February 22, 2012  

4 entries for me, please. I'm still not convinced that I'd like this better than a RoadID - it's no biggie for me to keep that on all the time, but I'm willing to try it out, especially if it doesn't cost anything.

AJ 10:15 AM, February 22, 2012  

3 entries for me. I have left my road id home many times.

Unknown 10:38 AM, February 22, 2012  

I don't have any kind of ID and I probably should.

Jeremy Reichenberger 10:39 AM, February 22, 2012  

Hey Steve!

I've always meant to get around to getting a RoadID - but these look nice as well! Especially considering half the time I can't even be bothered to remember my Garmin when I head out for a run (obviously that's not where I should put the ID then, huh?)

Put me down for 4 entries - the two LIKEs, a tweet, and this comment.

Anonymous,  10:42 AM, February 22, 2012  

Hey Steve, this Jeny B from Florence,Ya'll. I followed 1BandID on twitter and sent out the tweet,liked them on facebook and I clicked LIKE at the bottom of the post, plus, I commented. So put my name in the hat, please! Thanks!

traildiva 10:53 AM, February 22, 2012  

One entry for me please.

Kris 10:58 AM, February 22, 2012  

This is awesome! I had the idea for this the other day...wishing there was a way to attach the road ID to my Garmin! Would love to win this one. Liked on FB and comment, so 2 for me please.

D.R. 11:02 AM, February 22, 2012  

I have all 3 entries! (Twitter handle is s_cita, I liked this post and I liked their FB page.)

I hope I win. I have the same problem! I actually have two Road ID's (one wrist, one ankle strap) and I am forever looking for them.

Greg 11:12 AM, February 22, 2012  

Please put me down for three.


I'M Tri-ing 11:19 AM, February 22, 2012  

If I ever lose my gym bag, the person who finds it will know who it belongs to as my Road ID is hanging from the strap. Now I guess I need one for my watch as I'm never without that...even at fancy dinner parties. 1 entry please!

Kelly Benton 11:20 AM, February 22, 2012  

Put me in for one. Thanks!

The Evil Twin 11:23 AM, February 22, 2012  

I "liked" you on Facebook and I'm commenting. Throw me in twice pro favor :)

Scott C,  11:32 AM, February 22, 2012  

I am in for 1


Wisonsin Scott

TriMOEngr 11:56 AM, February 22, 2012  

I don't have any kind of ID when I work out (though I know that isn't wise) so this would be great!

CollegeRunner 11:57 AM, February 22, 2012  

3 for me! Followed on twitter and tweeted, liked on FB and commenting now!

Great blog and giveaways!

Tiffany Mattes,  12:31 PM, February 22, 2012  

4 for me!! Twitter, Like on facebook, ReTweet and liked this blog

Kyle Schulke,  1:34 PM, February 22, 2012  

This seems like a great idea. I ride a lot without id and I'd love one

Sean 2:18 PM, February 22, 2012  

Put me down for one entry please!

Anonymous,  2:47 PM, February 22, 2012  

3 for me please. I commented, i like on fb and i liked ur story.
Clinton from NC

Josie 2:58 PM, February 22, 2012  

Put me down for one entry! I should have an ID, but hate extra gear...I might actually use this one!

Leigh 4:06 PM, February 22, 2012  

Awesome giveaway! You never know what could happen while you are out getting your sweat on.

I am commenting on the post, sent out a tweet (bestthingislove), followed them on Twitter and liked them on Facepage (as my FIL likes to call it)

RW 4:40 PM, February 22, 2012  

hey steve, i sent out a tweet and liked your post. put me in the pile for 2 entries!

Lane B,  6:32 PM, February 22, 2012  

Hey Steve I liked your post, liked the facebook page, and commented, put my name in 3 times.

KellytheCulinarian 7:53 PM, February 22, 2012  

Please pick me, I need one of these!

Anonymous,  8:15 PM, February 22, 2012  

Hey Steve - this is Mike in Mankato. Two entries for me, please.

I need this - I sometimes forget where I live after a run...at least I'll have an address to head to...

:-) Thanks!

Anonymous,  8:43 PM, February 22, 2012  

I always forget my road I'd bracelet! This would be great. I'm also liking this post so two entries please. AmyD

Sandy 11:24 PM, February 22, 2012  

Hi Steve. I've never registered for any of your giveaways before but am interested in this one!

J.C. 12:30 AM, February 23, 2012  

Three entrys please.

Fanned on Facebook, followed on Twitter and this guy. Thanks!

Unknown 6:37 AM, February 23, 2012  

Mine is currently on my dresser...at home...I'm running today from work. I followed, I liked, I Tweeted and now commented...

Anonymous,  7:34 AM, February 23, 2012  

I asked for one of these from Santa....must have been bad this year since I didn't get one! Put me in for 1 entry please!

Suzy 7:54 AM, February 23, 2012  

Put me down for one entry. I need another ID for my extra shoes.

scottch 8:23 AM, February 23, 2012  

Just found your blog. Great reading.

I have been meaning to get an ID to carry with me. I know it would make my wife happy to know that I would have something.

Put me in for 1 please.


Travis 8:24 AM, February 23, 2012  

Putting it on a Garmin is a freaking great idea....the only time I use my ragged old Road ID is when I race (use it as a timing chip strap) but that seems kind of redundant because the race has your contact info. I've liked them on FB and liked the blog entry AND commented, so please throw my name in the hat times three :o) Thanks Steve!

Katie 8:50 AM, February 23, 2012  

I have the perfect spot on my shoes for a 1BandID - please pick me!

Alexa 9:24 AM, February 23, 2012  

I have never had an ID like this while running and desperately need one, so I would love to win!

stuckeyfisher 10:15 AM, February 23, 2012  

Hi Steve. Nice review. I follow 1BandID on twitter and sent out the tweet. Would love to try a 1BandID. Put me in for 2. Thanks!

Ginger Tower 11:06 AM, February 23, 2012  

I could definitely use one of these since I've been riding the past couple of years without one. What a good excuse to start riding more safely!

Suz and Allan 1:46 PM, February 23, 2012  

Great review! Thanks for clearing up the differences.

I follow them on twitter and tweeted.

I also like their fb page so put my name in the hat 3 times!

Nelson 2:05 PM, February 23, 2012  

I'm in for one, I'm always forgetting my road ID, thanks.

Gillian M,  3:32 PM, February 23, 2012  

Excellent review! I think I'd place it on my shoes.

And just the one entry for me!

Tina Marie Parker 3:47 PM, February 23, 2012  

I like the watch attachment or the shoe.

sswoods61 7:05 PM, February 23, 2012  

Count me in for one. PS I like the picture with Henry's fingers in it :)

Kevin 7:08 PM, February 23, 2012  

Put me down for 3 entries. (kkeevvn on twitter) and I liked the facebook page.

Ian M. 8:10 PM, February 23, 2012  

Hey Steve,
I followed 1BandID on twitter, tweeted the post, liked your post and now commented. thats 4 entries, I believe.

Rachel Elizabeth 8:57 PM, February 23, 2012  

I'm in for 4 entries! Tweeted, liked and liked!

Chris Bab 10:13 PM, February 23, 2012  

i got 2 entries, but that's cause i don't have facebook. then again I still wear a walkman instead of an iPod so maybe i'm not the best tech guy

~Chris Bab

Colleen 11:01 PM, February 23, 2012  

Great idea- sign me up for one entry!

peitricia mae 11:03 PM, February 23, 2012  

One entry - come on lucky lady!

Mr. A 7:21 AM, February 24, 2012  

I'm in for three.

Not sure if its posted for me already but count me in.

Nathaniel 8:27 AM, February 24, 2012  

Count me in for 4 entries please. I did all the above and would love to have one of these.

ann a,  9:18 AM, February 24, 2012  

I always forget my other id. great idea and am following them on twitter.

Heather 10:57 AM, February 24, 2012  

I liked your post and liked 1BandID on fb. :)

Jen from Ohio,  11:27 AM, February 24, 2012  

Put me in for 1 please!

tim hacker 2:55 PM, February 24, 2012  

Great review, Steve as always.

KJR 3:47 PM, February 24, 2012  

Please enter me in the giveaway!! I went through all the possible entry methods so please add me in for 4 entries!

Steel Springs 4:33 PM, February 24, 2012  

Those look great. I really need to start running with an ID, so I'd love to win one!

wronskian 4:59 PM, February 24, 2012  

I just ordered a new roadID because I lost my last one. I'd like to try out one of these!

- Kyndra in Vancouver

WiReifer 6:15 PM, February 24, 2012  

The Band Shall be Mine, MUHAWWW!!!

7 Eights Sane 6:31 PM, February 24, 2012  

I don't often wear ID, but when I do, I will wear 1BandID. Put me down for 4 entries.

marplemk1 5:53 AM, February 25, 2012  

Put me down for two entries - "If you can't get one 10 get 10 ones!"

Leah 7:15 AM, February 25, 2012  

Got dumped after 22 years and need a new phone number.....

Shannon 10:59 AM, February 25, 2012  

I put this on my Christmas list and sadly I didn't get it.

Renee 2:02 PM, February 25, 2012  

I could definitely use this! One entry for me, please

Anonymous,  3:17 AM, February 26, 2012  

Hey Steve, this is Michele Krome from Maryborough, Queensland, Australia. I clicked LIKE at the bottom of the post and I headed to 1BandID's Facebook page and become a fan, so put my name in the hat 3 times! Thanks! PS I think this is an awesome idea!

Katie B 6:41 PM, February 26, 2012  

Hey Steve, this Katie M from nearby SLP. I followed 1BandID on twitter and sent out the tweet, I "liked" 1BandID on facebook, and I clicked LIKE at the bottom of the post, so please put my name in the hat 4 times! Thanks!

RunSomeMore 8:15 AM, February 27, 2012  

So I've ...
... started to follow 1BandID on Twitter and sent out the tweet
... liked 1BandID on Facebook
... clicked the like button on this post.
... and commented on this post.

That should mean 4 entries in your hat.


Unknown 12:19 PM, February 27, 2012  

In like Flynn - for all four!

The Triathlon Rx 1:21 PM, February 27, 2012  

I've got the velcro-on-a-shoe version of the road ID. My problem is I have so many different shoes!! My "main" running shoes... shoes I wear when it's raining/trail running, my "good" bike shoes, my back up bike shoes, shoes for XT.... pitfall of working at a running shoe store. ;)

I feel like I'm more likely to get in an accident on my bike (because it's happened before... knock on wood) but I pretty much never remember to switch the road ID to the shoe I'm wearing.

ANYWAYS. I followed 1BandID and tweeted, and I'm commenting here. So I guess that's two for me!

Anonymous,  7:51 PM, February 27, 2012  

Yup . . . have ID . . . don't know where it is. Also, it once fell of when I took my gloves off during the one cold-weather run we get down in South Florida, and a kind fellow runner called me to tell me he'd found it on his run. This is not how running ID is supposed to work. I'm game to try something new. I'm following RoadID on FB, and I liked this post on your blog, and I'm commenting now, so that's 3 entries in your hat. Thanks for the extra pics of lil Henry!

Karina (Jupiter, FL)

BigBrnz 5:02 AM, February 28, 2012  

Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!

Ohio Triathlete 6:13 AM, February 28, 2012  

Steve, Hook a brother up (not your real brother, but trying out some slang today). I'm in for three (3) entries.
P.S. I haven't gotten on my bike trainer all winter either.

Thomas 7:14 AM, February 28, 2012  

Something I could definitely use
All the best

William Lewis 8:58 AM, February 28, 2012  

Great blog Steve! Just found it via @TriJayhawkRyan on twitter. This is Bill from Houston (recently of KC) and I did steps 2 and 3 for a total of 3 entries. I sure could use one of those 1BandID deals.

Mark Beaconsfield 10:10 AM, February 28, 2012  

G'day Steve. This is Mark from Melbourne, Australia. I would love to win one of these. Followed all the above steps, so put me down for 4 entries. Thanks.

Donna G 1:18 PM, February 28, 2012  
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Donna G 1:22 PM, February 28, 2012  

Liked on Facebook, liked here, plus comment. I'm a pretty new runner training for my first HM in a couple of months, so anything I can do to give myself a little peace of mind when I'm out on the road is a good thing. Would love to win one of these.

Anthony 9:34 PM, February 29, 2012  

Steve, just this one entry for me! Thanks!!!

Swimming for ME 9:47 PM, February 29, 2012  

Hi Steve, count me in for two entries. Love your blog!

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