I had a Customer Services message last week from a customer who was complaining that the front pockets on her new CheckMate Breeches were too small to accommodate her Mobile (Cell) phone; my response to her was probably one of the best pieces of advice I have ever given and, given the message, one I think needs sharing!
Some of you will be aware that I spent most of the Summer of 2014 on Chemotherapy following a diagnosis of Breast cancer in March that year; there was no previous history of Breast Cancer in my family although the perceived wisdom is that, as a childless woman, I was always more at risk (apparently, giving birth before the age of 25 offers some protection).
There is something that has come back to me time and again; remember when phones were small? Back in 2010 small ‘Lipstick’ phones were all the rage; measuring only 4 x 12cm they were perfectly proportioned for popping down your bra…and every time I rode this is exactly what I did! Always in the left hand cup as I’m right-handed…and precisely where my cancer grew! I can still hear a Swedish Brand owner who saw me do this at Spoga one year; “you really shouldn’t do that you know – it causes Breast Cancer!” Thing is, I have this awful feeling that he was dead right!
I don’t really trust mobile phones and keep my usage limited (although the fact I can never find it contributes greatly to this…) and always use the speaker rather than have the damned thing pressed to my ear – but the fact remains that, even when not in use your phone is receiving signals from transmitters, which is why they get hot…and those signals don’t reach a body and go around it – they go through it!
So, of course, putting a phone down your bra is hugely irresponsible – and to be honest, the same goes for popping it into your hip pocket; breech/jodhpur pockets lye directly over your ovaries / intestine / pancreas / liver – all soft organs that are prone to tumor formation – do you really want to take the risk?
Of course – there’s another issue to consider - and that is accessibility; if you are out riding and have your phone in your pocket you have to stand up to get the phone out, which isn’t ideal…put it into a designated phone-holder strapped to your leg and you don’t need to perform saddle-yoga to answer it!
We all need to think these things through better Ladies; we know we shouldn’t smoke because of the cancer risk – but we should also act upon the threat that the mobiles and cells we all have pose.
For the month of April Fuller Fillies is selling the ‘Diagon’ phone-holder at 35% discount meaning it is just £6.50 ($6.87 USD as you don’t pay VAT either) – it will fit all standard sized iphones /Androids (not the plus sized ones that are like a mini tablet) and comes in either Tan or Black; the strap is extra long so it will fit calves of up to 22” and still fasten. The best thing about the Diagon? It looks like something Lara Croft would wear!