You get it, you use it for a week or so, you write up your thoughts and move on to the next latest and greatest product. That’s generally how it goes for product testing and reviews here for Examiner and other sites.
Have you ever wondered, what happened to those products? What becomes of the rest of that skin care product or that tri top?
Here’s your chance to peek behind the curtain and find out. Most products are offered up with no conditions of return for the testing and playing. They are tested, the report is written and the product either goes on a shelf, in the trash for one time use products, or into the rotation for training and racing gear.
it’s good gear, there’s no reason to trash it. Use it to its full extent and run it into the ground and see what happens. That’s what’s currently going on with the Skin Strong Slather, BRD Sports achilles brace, and Simple Hydration water bottles.
See the links for each to see the initial review of the products. For the most part, each product testing was a positive experience and the gear was quality and served a valid function and purpose in training and racing.
Skin Strong Slather
BRD Achilles Sports Brace
Simple Hydration Water Bottles
Beware that you will need to get some training time on long runs with the bottle. It fits in the small of your back and is rather unnoticeable, but after 26.2 miles with only a 16 mile training run 2 months before the race due to injuries, the bottle caused some bruise-type pain on the small of the back where it was resting. Runners could potentially slide it to the side or other placement, but the small of the back provides the minimal sensation of a bottle stuffed in your shorts. It’s easy to space out getting used to your gear over long spans of time.
Whether you use Simple Hydration or a belt system, depending on your fluid needs, you may need to reload. Why is this an issue? If you are using your special brew, you are then dependant on the aid stations and what drinks they provide. This can be solved by getting a larger belt system or a second SH water bottle. You’ll pay the price with extra weight, but you won’t be dependent on aid stations.
These three reviews items have persuaded this reviewer enough to continue using them after the review and actually spend money on the products after samples have been used up. Notice these are small companies with big dreams of getting a toe-hold in the endurance market. They aren’t the Gatorades, Nikes or Reeboks of the world with large PR departments or the bucks to spend on advertising.
They focus on their product and the market they serve and try to carve out a living. Props to the small guys.
Stay tuned for more reviews and long range follow-ups.
*Writer’s note, these products and companies in no way influenced or requested a long range review.