I got my first Stridebox in February, which is a subscription box designed especially for runners. It can include all sorts of goodies and equipment, and I was looking forward to seeing what was inside! The cost is $15 a month.
I think the “biggest” item in this box was a pair of touchscreen gloves. I will say that these weren’t super useful to me. My husband had just gotten me really nice touchscreen gloves for Christmas that are wonderful. I wore these a couple of times, including for a 10k race. They are fine, your typical cheap glove material, but the touchscreen aspect didn’t work that well. Kind of a dud for me.
Also included was a Picky Bar, which is an energy bar. I got the flavor Cookie Doughphness. I was a bit surprised at the texture – I expected it to be like a clif bar but it was way more chewy. However, it tasted really good! And I can be very picky (no pun intended!) with this sort of thing.
A stick of chapstick is always something that’s useful, both for running in the cold weather and just in daily life! It had a nice minty flavor. I liked the fact that it was also more “flat” than a regular round tube of chapstick, so it could tuck into my flipbelt more easily.
I was looking forward to this warm energy drink, because a nice warm apple cinnamon beverage before a run in the winter sounds so good! And the taste was fine, but the powder itself was odd. No matter how much I stirred and mixed it, the powder just wouldn’t blend and would mostly settle to the bottom. So that was another dud.
And then comes the two things I won’t use. Protein coffee powder. I’m not a coffee drinker, and if I have to have it then it must be very flavored. This is just not for me.
And I don’t use gels when I run because I can’t get past the consistency. I usually use a chew like the Clif shot bloks. I bet these were fun things to try for other people though!
There was a “bonus” item that wasn’t listed on the included card, and that was a sampling of Nuun energy. Nuun is an energy beverage I really enjoy and buy, so I’m always happy to have a bit more of it!
Overall I wasn’t super impressed with this Stridebox. Some of that is just because of my personal preference, but two of the products I used were disappointing, and two of them are not things that I will use. I like that this box was clearly geared toward cold, winter running. I do look forward to seeing what comes next month!