D-Mom Tested: Tallygear DexCom G4 Case

by Leighann on March 5, 2013

When Q used both the Medtronic continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and the DexCom 7+ CGM, she needed to have the receiver on her person at all times, with the exception of bedtime. At night we placed it on her nightstand. She carried her CGM receiver at her waist using either a waist pack from Too Sweet Boutique or one by SPIBelt.

But the increased range (up to 50 feet) of the new DexCom G4 means that she doesn’t have to have it on her person at all times. In fact I sometimes carry it, particularly during sports or while she’s at practice for the musical. (See my post yesterday: DexCom G4 Platinum has LONG Range…most of the time)

When she got the G4, she wore it using the case that it came with, which was black faux leather. She liked it well enough, but the clip on it was very difficult to get on and off her waistband. And, really, a girl needs options.

When DexCom came out with the new CGM, Donna at Tallygear got to work making a prototype to carry the G4. She has been selling the Tummietote waist pouches for a long time, but developed this product specifically for G4 users and had some DOC (diabetes online community) members test drive it and provide feedback until she got it just right.

Donna was kind enough to let us select a fabric (no easy task!) and she whipped one up for us.

It has several carrying options, which makes it quite versatile. You slip it into a stretchy pouch and the accessories attach to it. You get a carabiner to attach it to a belt loop or your purse and a lanyard to wear it around your neck. If you wear a belt (Q doesn’t), then you can also slide it onto your belt. You can also order a webbed belt and wristlet.

The case is incredibly easy to use and is holding up really well. I like that you don’t have to remove the receiver to charge it. And it’s very easy to switch between carrying modes. The clear window gives it even more functionality. And it doesn’t look like a medical device. In fact one day at school I heard three different kids say to Q, “You have an iPod?!” when they saw it clipped to her waist.

When Q wears it on the lanyard I always say she’s “Flava Flav D-Style.”

DexCom G4 in TallyGearDexCom G4 in TallyGear

Here’s a video that Sarah of Sugabetic made showing the case:

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Disclosure: TallyGear provided me with a G4 case for review consideration. Monetary compensation was not received for this post and opinions are my own. Please read my disclosure statement.

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1 Melissa March 5, 2013 at 10:05 am

I currently use a Vera Bradley case for my Dexcom which works… but I have to take it out to charge it and the clear plastic is a little too thick sometimes to accurately press the buttons. The Tallygear is appealing because you don’t have to take the Dexcom out to charge it!


2 Lizzie March 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I just stick my dexcom into my purse because I haven’t found a case I like. I am tired of having to dig for it in the depths of my purse! This tallygear case looks like it would be the perfect solution!


3 Angela March 5, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Currently Dexie resides in a SPI bag- it works, but I would LOVE a clear window!


4 Katie Hilfiker March 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I just got my Tallygear case (plain black) at the beginning of last week. I LOVE IT! I would love to win a free one! I love to wear it aroundy neck for easy access. I like the clear screen cover for protection. No complaints at all!


5 Cherise March 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I currently wear the case it came with. I run into the issue that it doesn’t fit on my belts right so it tends to slip off and I drop it. I have dropped it without realizing it. I like the fact that it is convertible to where I could clip it on my belt loop to put it on something around my neck or put it on my purse when I’m out and about.


6 Cherise March 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Tweet from @DiabeticMom2


7 Marlo Martin March 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm

My 11 yr old daughter carries hers in a purse with her Omnipod pdm. With this case I hope she would carry it with her when she’s not carrying a purse. She doesn’t care for the case the G-4 comes with, this is much cuter! I shared the link on FB too for other Dexcom users. Thanks for sharing the info!


8 Cherise March 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Posted on my personal facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/cherise.peterson84


9 Mara Rosario March 5, 2013 at 4:40 pm

I carry my daughters G4 in my pocket. I have been looking for a snug case for it. This is awesome. I would also like them to add a silicone case like they had for the 7 plus.


10 alene bailey March 5, 2013 at 4:51 pm

I was just telling my husband that I need some sort of way to attract this to me. Usually I keep it in a pocket or my bra. Lately I will set it down and then have to remember where it is. I’m thinking wearing it around my neck would work great. Thanks for letting us know about this case.


11 Marlo Martin March 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Posted on Facebook for my Dexcom friends to try!


12 Eileen West March 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm

We currently use the one that came with it. I usually carry it or give it to her preschool teacher to carry at school for the 3 hours she is there. When we are home it is on the counter.


13 Bonnie Aman March 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

We are using the case that the Dexcom came with for now. Haven’t checked out other options yet.


14 Jamie March 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm

We use Tallygear all of the time! My daughter wears her belts everyday! Right now, her Dexcom G4 is in her belt during the day. At night, we keep it in our room to alert us. We are amazed with its range and accuracy! We would love to win this new product!


15 Stacy March 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm

The Tallygear G4 case looks like it would be useful… I like the clip and the extra protection that the case provides.


16 Eileen West March 5, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Posted to my FB account! Thanks.


17 Debbie March 5, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I wear/carry the GCM in my bra with my insulin pump. They bump into each other 24/7. I need to get one of these great cases! I talked with the area Dexcom Rep last week and told him about Tallygear. No news from Dexcom on making fun cases. Yea Tallygear!


18 Sarah March 5, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I carry mine in a Vera Bradley ID case or in my pocket. c:


19 Amy March 6, 2013 at 12:35 am

My son currently wears his g4 in his spibelt. We need a case for it!


20 Heather Culbreath March 6, 2013 at 7:18 am

Currently my daughter carries her receiver in her pocket or in her boot. This case looks wonderful a great way to protect it, and I love that she could carry it around her wrist.


21 Alexis March 6, 2013 at 7:31 am

I just got a tallygear case for my two year old’s new dex. Love it!


22 Angela Keiter March 6, 2013 at 8:22 am

I just shove it in my pocket, but the Tallygear is intriguing!


23 Des Sorenson March 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

We are using the black case it came with. I love the clear window feature!!


24 Heidi March 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I would love to win this. I’m really not a fan of the black G4 case..


25 Kristine Sparks March 6, 2013 at 4:03 pm

My 8 year old daughter just got her G4 today so i’m so excited to see this product! She loved the fact that she could clip it to her belt loop or wear it like a necklace when she wears dresses. I would love to win this for her!


26 Jenn March 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm

I currently wear my G4 in the case it came with. I like how the flip open works to see it without having to stand on my head. The one thing that concerns me is.. will the snap wear out or the faux leather wear thin? The most useful feature of the TallyGear would be the clear front. No snap to worry about not working anymore. 😀


27 Tracey March 7, 2013 at 6:46 am

I usually wear my G4 in the case it comes with, however I am not a fan of having it hanging off my pocket. Not exactly fashion forward. I have a Vera Bradley case I also sometimes use with a carabiner. I’d love to have another option and was considering buying one of these. Winning the contest would be way better on the wallet! 😉


28 Dawn March 7, 2013 at 9:30 am

We keep my daughter’s G4 in the case it came with. Since the case is bulky, she doesn’t wear it. We are thankful that with its long range, in most cases we can keep it with her PDM and other supplies.


29 Kati March 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Currently carry my Dexcom in my pocket pr purse ….would love an actual case!!!!


30 Robin Baez March 7, 2013 at 6:12 pm

I think this would be great when we are out and about he can carry it with him right on his belt, or I can attach it to his belt loop with a clip. No we don’t have one yet but we are working to getting one.


31 Cara Nascimento March 8, 2013 at 5:03 pm

This case look perfect for the G4! I have been leaving mine “naked” bc I didn’t know of a case that would fit it so snugly! Thanks for sharing!


32 Cheryl March 9, 2013 at 11:56 am

Riley wears hers in her Ugg boot…it has worked great this winter but we are for a new solution for the spring!!


33 katy March 10, 2013 at 7:32 am

my son doesn’t carry one at all, because ours is ON ITS WAY to us this week! he loves his Tallygear medical ID bracelet. I bet there are great options for boy Flava-flavs too!


34 Karen March 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Currently, at your recommendation, my daughter has a pouch/belt from TooSweetBoutique and she likes it. But sometimes it doesn’t work well with the clothing she wants to wear. The TallyGear case looks like it would be a great option, plus better for the idea of me being able to hold onto it for her during certain activities. Thanks for the give-away!


35 Karen March 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Ooh..that sounded like I was disappointed with the TooSweetBoutique pouch…but we are very pleased with it! Great quality and she loves the cuteness and comfort..so thanks for letting us know about it:)


36 Beaulah Tamboer March 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm

We are currently waiting on our new cgm to arrive so this looks like a very efficent and cute way to carry. Always excited to,see useful new items for diabetes care!!


37 Shana March 12, 2013 at 9:48 pm

My daughter uses spibelts but has been asking for a case that has a see through window. It looks like the tally gear fits the bill. Can’t wait to try it out!!


38 Angie Crawford March 13, 2013 at 7:03 am

Looks like a great design. Will be getting the new Dexcom soon.


39 lynne March 13, 2013 at 8:20 am

Son still uses spibelt but this would be cooler and less invasive


40 Chris March 21, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Just got my tallygear also and it’s the best.

FYI, my Dexcom G4, just 3 weeks old, the book states a range of 20 ft, not 50 ft. You might check on this for your benefit.


41 Christa June 25, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I am still using the dorky and non sport friendly case that Dexcom provides. .. . Not compatible with someone who swims, bikes, hikes, yoga ices, et al. I can’t wait to get my Tallygear case!


42 Leighann July 5, 2013 at 8:44 am

I know, right? Not really functional for someone who is active. And they definitely weren’t thinking of kids when they designed it.


43 Hannah March 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

I keep the dexcom in my pocket, but it likes to fall out, a case would be great!


44 Sheila Watson March 16, 2015 at 5:33 pm

I order things from Tallygear as I got my new Dexcom G4 CGM and I love it and it is very worth for me and it help me so much than poke my finger too many time so all I do is once every 12 hrs and change sensor to check my blood to put in Dexcom to keep run and I love it so much as I got classic black tummietote – 2 band today and I love it so I can put my insulin pump and Dexcom G4, maybe I can put my cell phone in too but I havent try that yet. would love to have some more next month or whatever so I am hopefully to get new insulin pump soon as I havent hear if my insurance proof or not but I cross my finger cuz I have insulin pump for 25 yrs with same company but I want different one as plan to get animas vibe that what I want that so, I have been diabete for 27 yrs now but in May will be 28 yrs diabetes. Also I am deaf, diabetes, kidney pblm, there is too many going on my life as been struggle for long time. as I am fight myself to get new insulin pump real soon that is my goal.


45 Debra April 13, 2016 at 4:35 pm

I carry mine in my pocket and it falls put all the time a case would be great to have a case am afraid if i dont it will get messed up


46 Christine Russo October 28, 2016 at 9:38 pm

you have no problem hearing it thru the case I assume?
think I may need to get one as just got the dexcom g5 for first time


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