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.

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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.

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