Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The North Face - Spring 2016 Review



If you are into outdoor sports, you probably recognize the name The North Face.  I have been using their gear for over 20 years.  Founded in 1966 in San Francisco’s North Beach area, two hiking enthusiasts decided to follow their passions and founded a small mountaineering retail store.  The little shop became known as The North Face, a retailer of high-performance climbing and backpacking equipment.  The North Face gets its name from the coldest, most unforgiving side of a mountain.  It moved across the bay to Berkley in 1968 and began designing and manufacturing its own brand’s gear.  The rest is history.  After about 50 years, The North Face has grown to deliver an extensive line of performance apparel, equipment, and footwear.  Their motto is “Never Stop Exploring.”

The North Face Flight Series Shirt is a quick drying, fitted running shirt that is super light and is made to reduce chaffing.  It has a breathable material that helps improve temperature regulation.  The North Face uses their FlashDry material that is engineered to accelerate the removal of moisture and speed up the evaporating process.    The FlashDry properties will never wash out and doesn’t add weight or bulk to the fabric.  The Flight Series shirt has 360-degree reflection for added safety and has an athletic/fitted shape.  It fits true to size. 

I took this shirt out on a hard tempo run and I was sweating a lot.  What I noticed from the start was how well the shirt fit.  It really conformed to my body without being too loose or tight.  The material was very comfortable and it really did keep me dry throughout my whole run.  The Flight Series Shirt retails for $80 on The North Face website.  While this may seem a little pricey, it’s one of the most comfortable shirts I have ever put on. 

Pros:
360-degree reflective material
Breathable and moisture wicking fabric
Feels great and moves with your body
Helps Regulate body temperature
Ultralight construction to reduce chafing

Cons:
$80 is a little steep for a shirt (but well worth it)

The Better Than Naked Shirt is an extremely light weight shirt that also has the FlashDry material for great wicking and fast drying.  The stich free construction reduces chafing and there is a back mesh panel that improves breathability.  The North Face uses body-mapping to specifically place ventilation where it is needed most to keep you cooler and like the Flight Series shirt, there is reflective material all around the shirt.

The Flight Series shirt conforms to your body where the Better Than Naked Shirt is more light weight and provides a feeling like the shirt isn’t even there, like the name suggests.  I was really comfortable in this shirt, even when trail running up a 3 mile steep hill.  I was able to stay relatively cool and dry.  The shirt fits well and after looking at reviews, both on TNF’s website as well as other websites, I couldn’t find a bad review.  If you give it a try, I think you will love it too.  The Better Than Naked Short Sleeve Shirt retails for $50 on The North Face website, but you may be able to find last year’s shirt for cheaper if you look around.  It’s worth the $50 though.

Pros:
Extremely light weight
360-degree reflective material
Breathable and moisture wicking fabric
Feels great and moves with your body
Helps Regulate body temperature

The Better Than Naked 7” Short is light weight like the rest of the BTN lineup.  It is very breathable and wicks moisture away.  There is a quick-drying knit brief inside that is extremely comfortable and the shorts are stitch-free on all critical seems.  There is a zippered back pocket and it has two pockets on the sides.  This short, like the other products I tested have the FlashDry fabric and I really like how it feels.

I have never run in a pair of running shorts with an inner brief that I have liked, until now.  I usually cut them out and just wear compression shorts underneath, but the brief in the BTN 7” Shorts is so comfortable, that I will be keeping them in the shorts.  Everything about the shorts felt awesome!  I was more than surprised to find out that the back pocket will actually fit my Samsung Galaxy S6 with a case, which is almost unheard of.  The Better Than Naked 7” Short retails for $58 on The North Face website, which is more than most of the shorts I have tried, but it is also way more comfortable.

Pros:
Reflective Logo
Breathable and moisture wicking fabric
Feels great and moves with your body
Zippered back pocket and two side pockets are awesome
Best inner brief ever!

Take all of the best features of the BTN 7” Short and then add a few.  What do you have?  The Better Than Naked Long Haul Short.  The BTN Long Haul Shorts have an inner compression short instead of the brief like with the BTN 7” Short.  Like all of the other products that I tested, it has the FlashFry material, which is breathable and moisture wicking.  The BTN Long Haul Shorts have 360-degree reflectivity and a 7” inseam.  The really cool thing about this short is that the zippered pocket is a little bigger than the BTN 7” short, which still fits my big phone with the case on it.

It also has a wide waistband with a draw cord.  The coolest part about these shorts is that the waistband has pockets sewn all the way around it.  The pockets are great for storing gels, electrolyte pills, an ID, or your car keys.  This is one of the most innovative features I have ever seen in a pair of running shorts.  Even loaded with gear, the shorts feel great and move well with your body.

I absolutely love these shorts.  They not only feel amazing to run in, but they will keep you stocked with gear for a training run or a race.  You can now leave your running belt at home.  I can’t tell you how awesome these shorts are.  Add the lightweight FlashDry material for reduced chafing and you have yourself a winner.  The Better Than Naked Long Haul Short retails for $65 on The North Face website, which is absolutely worth the money.  These are my new favorite shorts, hands down!

Pros:
360-degree reflectivity
Breathable and moisture wicking fabric
Feels great and moves with your body
Zippered back pocket and pockets all around the waistband
Attached compression shorts

The North Face Better Than Naked Jacket is as light weight as you can get for a jacket.  The material is so comfortable that I forgot that I had it on.  The BTN Jacket has reflective materials all around for added safety and has breathable woven underarm areas for improved ventilation.  It also has a zippered front pocket which you can stuff the jacket into and zip it back up.  It can be stuffed into a pocket at that point with ease.  The BTN Jacket has an athletic fit, which does fit true to size.  You also get articulated sleeves and elastic cuffs. 

If you are looking for a full waterproof jacket or even a water resistant jacket, this probably isn’t the jacket that you are looking for, but that’s not its purpose.  The BTN Jacket is made for those crisp morning (even with a little mist in the air) where you need an extra layer, but need something that won’t make you feel like you are in a sauna suit.  I absolutely love the BTN Jacket for a few reasons.   
Even the water resistant jackets that I have retain too much heat for me.  I start overheating within the first few miles.  This jacket is so extremely breathable and comfortable that I forget that I have that extra layer on, even when I tested it out in 65 degree heat.  The Better Than Naked Jacket retails for $120 on The North Face website and if you are looking for something to wear as an extra layer that you can easily stuff in a pocket or tie around your waist when you warm up, this is the jacket for you.  You might even be able to find last year’s model on sale if you look around.

Pros:
Reflective materials
Breathable and moisture wicking fabric
Feels great and moves with your body
Zippered front pocket also can be used to stuff the jacket
Extra ventilation under your armpits
Extremely light weight




The North Face’s Social Media Links:

The North Face makes exceptional gear and while it may be a little more pricey than some of the running gear out there, the quality and feel makes them well worth the price, especially if you can find them on sale.  The North Face offers a lifetime warranty against any manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship.  They will repair or replace the product at no cost to you.  All you pay is for is the shipping to The North Face.  You can pick up all of your gear from The North Face website or find a retail location near you (click here for locations).  Take a chance on some gear from The North Face and you won’t be disappointed.  Be sure to let me know what you think.

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Skechers Performance GOrun 4 -2016 Review



I have been pleased with the Skechers Performance shoes that I have tested in the past.  The GOrun Ultra 2 is a max cushioned trail shoe and its sister shoe is the GOrun Ultra Road, which is made for running on pavement, hence the name.  I really liked both the Ultra 2 and Ultra Road.  They both have plenty of cushion and fit really well.  I have also tested the GOmeb Speed 3, which is an awesome, extremely fast shoe that is great for races, tempo runs, and speed workouts.  Here are links to my past reviews.


I just got the GOrun 4 - 2016 to test out a few weeks back.  It has more cushion than the GOmeb, but less than the Ultra shoes.   Just taking them out of the box, I was impressed with the look, materials, and weight.  More on that in a little.  Many people know about Skechers shoes, but most people don’t know how good their Performance shoe line is. 

The upper material is made of Skechers Performance GOknit seamless mesh material.  It is light weight and conforms to your feet.  There are light weight overlays and translucent reinforcement around the eyelets to increase durability where it is needed.  The GOrun 4 - 2016 has a nice roomy toe box, which is way better than most shoes that compress your toes. 

Skechers Performance uses a proprietary light-weight material, Resalyte, which helps absorb the impact as you land.  The M-Strike technology promotes a midfoot strike and the GOimpulse sensors on the bottom of the shoe (the pods) offer flexibility and feedback for a responsive running experience. 

I know that I am throwing out a lot of terms that are specific to Skechers Performance shoes, so what does it all really come down to?  The answer is a really comfortable, fast shoe that allows you to feel the road, but provides enough cushion to make the miles fly by.  I just tested the shoe again a few days back and my plan called for 6 miles at a pace faster than my best 10k pace.  I had to stop several times, but it was only due to my lack of oxygen.  The GOrun 4 - 2016 performed flawlessly and to be honest, I didn’t even think about the shoes, which is about the best complement that I can give for any shoe.

Pros
Really Inexpensive (as low as $50 if you look around on google)
Low heel drop at 4mm
Super-Lightweight at 7.8 ounces (men’s size 9)
Upper mesh conforms to your foot

Skechers Performance Social Media Links
YouTube

The Skechers Performance GOrun 4 - 2016 is so light weight and comfortable that you could use this shoe for any distance or speed.    You can get a pair on the Skechers Performance website for $105, but I would look around.  My coworker is going to pick up a pair and was finding them all over the internet for as little as $50.  This is another great shoe in the Skechers Performance shoe lineup and you should give these shoes a try, especially if you can get them on sale.

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Topo Athletic Hydroventure Review

If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that I really like Topo Athletic shoes.  They offer shoes with a low heel drop and wide toe box.  This allows your toes to spread out instead of feeling claustrophobic like in most shoes.  The durability of the materials that they use is excellent as well.  The MT is one of the first shoes that I tested out on my blog.  It is still one of my favorite trail shoes because it is so light, comfortable, and really flexes with your foot. 

If you are not familiar with Topo Athletic shoes, they fit snug in the heel and midfoot, while it they are loose in the toebox.  The wide toe box allows your toes to spread out, which has several benefits.  This will not only help you be more stable, but will also reduce foot injuries commonly caused by shoes that compress your toes. 

I have tested 8 shoes from Topo Athletic and have been impressed with every one.  Here are some of my past reviews.

Topo Athletic just released the Hydroventure, which is its first waterproof trail shoe.  Topo Athletic uses a single layer of eVent material that will keep your feet dry while still remaining breathable and durable.  When I first heard about this waterproof shoe, I knew I had to test it out.  I am not a big fan of wet feet and am always afraid that it will promote blisters, so I was excited to give the Hydroventure a try. 

The Hydroventure is the lightest weight, fully waterproof trail shoe on the market at only 9.7 ounces for a men’s size 9.  It features a 3mm heel drop, which is low enough to still allow your body to remain in a neutral alignment. 

I was also impressed by the EVA midsole that has a flexible rock plate to protect your feet against those jagged rocks or tree roots that can end up bruising your foot.  That is never fun and can take quite a while to recover from.  I found that the flexibility and construction allow for a very smooth, but responsive experience.

The front of the shoe has a nice toe cap that will protect you when your legs are tired and you accidentally kick a rock because you didn’t pick your foot up high enough.  I know that has happened on more than one occasion for me (and again during my testing, but more on that in a bit).  Like the rest of the Topo Athletic trail shoe lineup, I was really pleased with the fit and that these shoes run true to size.  The snug heel and wide toe box make for a very pleasurable run and lets your toes spread out.

So let’s talk about the elephant in the room, the waterproofing.  This is my first experience with a waterproof shoe and I had to put it to the test, even before I hit the trails.  I first filled up my kitchen sink, put the Hydroventure on my hand, and into the water it went.  Low and behold, my hand stayed completely dry.  The picture didn’t turn out so I took a picture of the front of the shoe in a clear bowl filled with water.  I was more than please with the test.  Now onto the trail testing.

I took the Hydroventure out for a 6.5 mile trail run with streams and plenty of technical single track fun.  The fit was awesome and my feet didn’t slip around at all.  I ran through streams, stood in them, and other than my feet feeling cold from the water, they were dry as a bone.  The eVent material worked flawlessly.  My favorite part about the waterproofing though is that my shoes were completely covered in mud.  I just stood in the creek about a mile before I got to the car and washed them off.  It was great. 

I also am grateful for the reinforced rubber toe cap.  I got overconfident when I was running down the hill and had my first trail running fall.  My toe got caught on a rock and I probably would have broken my toe (or at least jammed it really bad) but the toe cap worked so well, the only pain I felt was to my knee, shoulder and ego.  No major injuries, just some minor scrapes and swelling. 

Pros:
Light weight (9.7 ounces)
Wide toe box allows toes to spread out
3mm drop allows for better form and posture
Great price ($130 at the Topo Athletic website)
Fully gusseted tongue
Completely waterproof
Flexible rock plate protects feet
Easy to clean

Topo Athletic’s Social Media Links:

Topo Athletic has really stepped up the game with the Hydroventure.  Not only is the Hydroventure the lightest waterproof trail shoe on the market, but it cost less than most waterproof trail shoes.  This feather light shoe comes with a low heel drop, breathable mesh upper, flexible outsole, and a rock plate.  The list of features makes the Hydroventure a steal at $130.  You can get a pair at the Topo Athletic website, or check the Topo Athletic Store Locator for a store near you.  Now I can only hope that Topo Athletic makes a waterproof road shoe later this year.

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Tommie Copper Socks Review



There are numerous reports that say recovery is more important than the intensity of your runs.  Most people train really hard, follow their training plans to the letter, and then don’t give themselves enough time to recover properly.  Having a good recovery plans consists of having a good balance of easy and hard runs, stretching, and nutrition.  One way to recover quicker is to utilize compression gear.  I have tested a decent amount of compression gear from some of the leading companies like 2XU, McDavid, Zensah, CompressionZ, and CEP.  I heard about Tommie Copper from a friend and wanted to test out some of their gear.  I tested out the recovery tights, shorts, and knee sleeve from Tommie Copper and was beyond impressed (click here for my past review).  I have been using the recovery tights at least twice a week since I got them.    

Each Tommie Copper item uses what they call CopperZnergy™.  It consists of a proprietary fabric that is infused with copper and zinc, which they claim can provide several benefits.  CopperZnergy™ inhibits the growth of odor-causing microbes on the fabric.  That’s always a plus; nobody wants stinky clothes. 

Tommie Copper recovery gear can be washed in and dried, although you should not use fabric softener, dryer sheets or bleach.  Just wash them on the gentle cycle and dry them on the low heat setting.  Their website says that they will retain their benefits for at least 50 washes. 


These are a compression sock that support for your muscles and joints.  It can help relieve everyday aches and pains as well.  Compression gear from some of Tommie Copper’s competitors doesn’t use graduated compression.  This is an important feature that you should look for.  Its graduated compression will assist with muscle recovery from the calf through your foot.  Graduated compression means that the compression is tighter near the ankle and looser near the calves.  Basically, it increases blood flow (click here for an article that explains the benefits of compression gear).  When used during exercise it can reduce the amount of muscle vibration, delaying the onset of muscle fatigue.

There is extra cushioning in the heel and toes that not only keep your feet dry, but comfortable as well.  There is a ribbed arch support that really works, adding support and keeping your socks in place.  I have tried several compression socks in the past.  Most of them don’t feel good when I run in them because they compress my toes too much, but I did not feel that with the Tommie Copper compression socks.  I felt that they had the right amount of compression without squeezing my toes to death.  I will be using these quite a bit in the future. 


These are very similar to the calf socks, just think of them as the little brother.  It doesn’t have the graduated compression because they are a low profile compression sock.  It has the same ribbed arch that provides support and keeps the sock in place.  I slipped this sock on and fell in love.  Many running socks tend to feel loose and sloppy, but the Performance Compression Athletic Ankle Socks felt amazing.  It doesn’t move around and feels like a second skin.  This would be a great sock for racing, training, or recovery.


Tommie Copper calls this the “perfect dress sock; combining function, fashion, and feel.”  I think they might be correct.  I have never been able to wear long dress socks because I have big calves.  My long dress socks always are too tight or fall down.  This was the first long dress sock that stayed up and didn’t feel like it was cutting off circulation.  The MicroModal material is really soft and feels great.  The CopperZnergy™ technology eliminates odors, which is great.  For some reason, my feet sweat more in dress socks.  It is nice to have a compression dress sock that I can use the day after my long runs.  These are my favorite dress sock, hands down!


Again, this is the little brother to the calf sock.  It is the same in every way, other than the length.  I really like these (not quite as much as the calf socks though). 

Pros:
Best compression gear I have tried
Great materials (feels great and is durable)
Can be used for extended amounts of time
CopperZnergy™ technology eliminates odors

Cons:
Some of the gear is a little pricy (but worth the money).

Tommie Copper’s Media Links:

I have to say that I love all of these products.  I feel the difference when I wear compression gear, both during my runs and when I am trying to recover.  They are a little pricy, but they are well worth the money.  You can order them on the Tommie Copper website.  Tommie Copper regularly offers discounts on their website (i.e. St. Patrick’s Day was 20% everything).  Shipping is free for all orders over $75 (Free 2-day shipping on orders over $150).  You will also get a 60-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your purchase.  Give Tommie Copper recovery gear a try.  You won’t be disappointed.

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Hoka One One Vanquish 2 Review


Hoka One One was the first company to release an oversized foam midsole running shoe in 2010 and the trend has been gaining popularity ever since.  Now most companies have some variation of a highly cushioned shoe.  The founders of Hoka One One wanted to create a larger sweet spot, much like on oversized tennis racquets or skies.  There have been statements both for and against these highly cushioned shoes. 

While they might not be for everyone, there some benefits that various shoe companies are claiming.  They claim that the extra cushion provides a softer ride, which you cannot disagree with.  They also claim that the extra cushion lessens the impact on your joints and can reduce the amount of recovery time needed after long or higher intensity runs.  Another claim is that the extra cushion provides an increase on energy return, meaning that the shoes will provide more of a spring than lesser cushioned shoes. 

The extra cushion in these max cushioned shoes can be a lifesaver for people coming back from injuries or just can’t handle the impact that they once could.   That is not to say that you couldn’t benefit from a max cushioned shoe if you don’t fall into those two categories.  Your own personal preference will play into what you like wearing.  My training partner loves more cushion, while I tend to run most of my miles on less cushion.  It’s just what feels best to us. 

I have reviewed the Hoka One One Clifton 2 last year, which is still one of my favorite cushioned shoes (click here to view my review).  The Clifton 2 provides tons of cushion without losing ground feel.  The Clifton 2 won the Summer 2015 “Editor’s Choice for Best Ride” from Competitor.com.  Well, The Vanquish 2 just won the Spring 2016 “Editor’s Choice” from Competitor.com.  Hoka One One is on a roll.

If you are looking for a really cushy shoe that doesn’t weigh a ton, you should take a look at that Vanquish 2.  It is the most cushioned shoe that I have ever run in.  The heel is 32 mm off the ground, which is about 10 mm higher than most of the shoes that I run in.  It has a 5mm heel drop, which I like because a lower heel drop tends to put your body in a more natural position.  The crazy thing is that with all of that cushioning, it only weighs 9.8 ounces. 

The Vanquish 2 is made with a dual-layered midsole that is engineered with two different EVA compounds.  It has the oversized cushioning that you have come to expect from Hoka One One.  This extra cushioning allows you to have a nice, soft landing.  Even though there is a lot of cushion, you don’t feel like you are high off the ground thanks to the way Hoka designs their shoes.  Check out the technology that goes into Hoka One One shoes (click here).

The Vanquish 2 features a cradle design where your foot sits inside the cushioning.  Your foot is surrounded by the sides and bottom of the two layer EVA foam shell.  If you are looking for a shoe where you have lots of ground feel, this is not the shoe for you.  The surprising thing for me though is that the shoe was still rather nimble.  The faster you run, but more nimble it is too.  I felt that the Vanquish 2 had a great deal of energy return as well, which is not something I would expect out of a max cushion shoe. 

For anyone looking for any negative comments, I only have two for you.  The price is a little higher than the average price of running shoes at $170 for the Vanquish 2.  I will say that if you are runner that is looking for cushioned shoe, the price is more than reasonable for the value you get out of this shoe.  The only other negative is that the Vanquish 2 runs a little small, so buy it a ½ size larger than your normal running shoes.  I normally wear a size 10 and the Vanquish 2 in a size 10 was rubbing on the outside of my big toe.  I exchanged them for a size 10.5 and they fit great.  Neither of these negative things should be a deal breaker though.

Pros:
Winner of the Competitor.com Spring 2016 Editor’s Choice Award
5mm heel drop (still somewhat low)
Very light 9.8 ounces
Tons of cushion for all types of runs
Responsive ride with a nice spring at toe-off

Cons:
They are a little narrow in the toe box (get a ½ size bigger than normal)
A little pricey ($170) but worth every cent

Hoka One One’s Social Media Links:

If you are looking for a highly cushioned shoe that feels awesome and won’t rob you of energy, the Vanquish 2 is your shoe.  While it is a little more expensive than some shoes, there are many people that prefer or need more cushion because of injuries.   The Vanquish 2 is made for long runs, tempo runs, or progressive runs, but can be enjoyed at any pace.  This will be in my rotation of shoes, especially when my feet are in pain and need some extra TLC.

I am really impressed with this shoe and definitely see why the Vanquish 2 continues the tradition of getting major awards from Competitor.com, just like the Clifton and Clifton 2.   I would definitely recommend this shoe, but as with all shoes, they will not work for everyone.  Check them out at your local running store and let me know what you think. 

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

Friday, March 11, 2016

SportShield Review


Whether you are new to running or are a seasoned veteran, one thing that can plague us all is chaffing.  I know that this is never a fun topic to discuss, but finding a solution can make the difference between waddling like a penguin after a run and walking normally.  We should first discuss why chaffing occurs.

Chafing is caused by friction — skin rubbing against skin, clothing, or other materials. Skin chafing can be made worse by sweat, which forms salt crystals on the skin increasing friction. This is why people who exercise are more likely to experience skin chafing. Running clothes that are made with materials that don’t breathe well or don’t have sweat-wicking technology can also cause friction and increase the occurrence of chafing, as well as wet or dirty clothing.


  
2Toms is the maker of SportShield, a product that can be useful in the fight against Chaffing.  They have three options, a SportShieldRoll-On, SportShieldfor Her! Roll-On, and SportShieldSingle-Serve Packets.  The idea of Sport Shield is that it creates an invisible barrier that eliminates friction when your skin rubs against skin, clothing, or other materials.    

SportShield is non-greasy and non-toxic.  It is made with Dimethicone (a moisturizer used to treat dry skin), Aloe Vera Extract, and Vitamin E.  SportShield will not rub off, it will not wash away from sweat, and it won’t stain your clothes.  It also does not contain any animal products is fragrance-free and dye-free. 

If you have ever tried Bodyglide, which is probably the most popular anti-chafe product on the market, you know that it is like a hard deodorant stick.  It tends to clump and it can be hard to wash away. Bodyglide will also melt if you leave it in the heat.  SportShield is a liquid that will not clump or melt.  You can’t even tell that it is on (because it goes on so thin).

I wanted to see what the reviews online were saying so I looked at several online running retailers as well as Amazon.  Here is the crazy part.  At Road Runner Sports, out of 18 reviews, only one gave it 4 out of 5 stars.  Everyone else gave it 5 stars.  On Amazon, There were 175 reviews.  86% of the reviews were 5 out of 5 stars.  I have never seen a product reviewed that high on Amazon.  The worst review was that there wasn’t enough of it.  That is the worst complaint… really!!! 

I am a huge fan of SportShield now that I have tried it.  I not only love the roll-on, but the single-serve packets are awesome for a gym bag or keeping in the car (remember, it won’t melt).  It worked on my hardest 2 hour runs and it was pouring rain.  My clothes were soaked and the SportShield was still there, protecting my skin.  I love how it is odor free and washes off in the shower.    This is a must have for my long training runs and races. 

Pros:
Odor free
Convenient no-mess formula
Easy Cleanup - Washes away with soap and water
Inexpensive
Available in roll-on or single-serve packets.

2Toms’ Social Media Links

While there may be anti-chafe products out there that work, nothing that I have tried even comes close to SportShield.  It is inexpensive, works well, and won’t ruin your clothes.  You can pick up the SportShieldRoll-On and SportShieldfor Her! Roll-On for $13 and the 10-packof SportShield Single-Use Packets for $15 on the Medi-Dyne (2Toms) website.  You can also find SportShield on Amazon and at your local retailer (click here for locations).  Blisters and chaffing, you have met your match!

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.