Wednesday, May 8, 2013

StrideBox: May box review

I was SO excited to see all the tweets flying around on Monday of all the people that got their StrideBox's in the mail that day, so I couldn't wait to get home that evening to see if my box had arrived.  To my total excitement...IT HAD!!!
Now I was curious how this box would fare after such a successful April box yielding some really great products.  Let me tell you, they did not disappoint!!

The anticipation is building!

I was immediately excited!! JACKPOT!!

HOLY COW!!! Look at this LOOT!!! I was amazed as I was pulling each item out and looking them over. Besides one item, I had not tried ANY of the samples in the box. I was so excited to dive in...I want to try them all...RIGHT NOW!!!

Now I had seen VFuel on some blogs and reviews and was really curious.  I got the flavor Peach Cobbler with Peach extract and cinnamon, it just sounds divine!  I can't find this in any local running stores so I'm really excited to try this! I can't wait to take this beauty with me on my long run this weekend!

I have never seen this product before so I was intrigued as it says there are 7 1/2 servings of Acai berries, raspberries and dates per bar. The funny thing is, the bar isn't that big so it is PACKED with good stuff.  I ate it yesterday and I can say that I'm now hooked on these.  NEED MORE!!
I like to try organic protein powders and the less "stuff" that is in them, the better I feel about consuming it. I've never done brown rice powder before so I'm glad I could have this sample to experiment in smoothies!
PB&J Bonk Breaker - Bonk Bites! PB&J just brings you right back to being a kid again and this looks like the perfect size for a snack while on my longer runs.
I've tried Honey Stingers before and liked the taste and feel of the chews while eating them, but they never did anything for me. NOW I get this sample of a new flavor, Cherry Cola that is naturally caffeinated with White Tea for that extra pep. Looks like Honey Stinger will be coming with me on another long run and I'm really excited about it!
I've had these beans before and love the design of the resealable bag for your runs and races when you don't want to consume the whole bag. This is great to have on hand for a quick burst of energy while running, hiking, or even running through the sprinklers on a hot day!
I can say that I get blisters from time to time and no amount of Glide or vasoline helps when you are trying to run and your sock is rubbing against it.  So I was excited to see this sample! A little cushy barrier can be the deciding factor between a good run and a horrible one!
I almost laughed when I saw this. No joke, I was feverishly scrubbing my water bottle that had hard water stains and rings on it just last week. Then this comes in my box to kinda thumb its nose at me. Touche, StrideBox. It will be good to have this in my cleaning arsenal in the future. I find that normal cleaners don't always do the trick on stuff we (lovingly) beat up and use frequently.
Then I pulled this bad boy out. I was SO giddy when I saw this.  The value of this one item in and of itself is as much as the cost I paid for the entire box and it's contents to be assembled and delivered to me. Now wrap your head around that one!
This is cool because I would rather have my shoes outside of my bag while traveling, whether it's from a race or from the office. I don't like having my shoes inside my bag, I would rather have them outside.
Enter Klitch!
It secures the shoes together and then clips onto the outside of your bag so that you can carry the bag and shoes together without having to hold onto them. Awesome, awesome! I can't wait to use this! Especially with race season ramping up, I have a feeling this will be used quite a bit over the next few months!

So...what do you think? I think it was another triumphant month from StrideBox! I didn't know how they would do after such a great April box, but I was very pleasantly surprised! From samples of products I've never seen or tried before, to the addition of a fantastic solution to the riddle of transporting stinky/dirty shoes. The May box has been a wonderful surprise!

Now I just need to go on some runs to try these great samples!

Question for you: Do you belong to a monthly box service? Which one? Do you like it? Is there one (or like me, several) that you'd like to try?


  1. Another awesome box! I don't suscribe to anything, but this is so tempting!

    1. I'm telling you, it's like Christmas at the beginning of every month when this beauty shows up! I've been surprised (pleasantly) at both of the boxes I have received so far. Just when I think they have topped themselves, they come around and outdo themselves.

  2. I am so happy that I subscribed! This moth was awesome and I'm already looking forward to the June box :)

    1. I agree! This month's box was great, I have so many samples I need to try! Looking forward to June's box for sure!

  3. I love this selection! I used the Klitch wen I went to the gym on Tuesday to run, so handy!!! The Just great Stuff bar was so yummy! I cannot wait to try everything else...though I am trying to ration it all out a bit. :)

    1. It is so tough to ration things out sometimes, especially when it is all such good looking items. I have some long runs coming for these fuels, so I'm set!

  4. Wow! This is a great selection! Thanks for sharing! Makes me really want to try this out!

    1. It is a great selection! I've been looking at reviews of other delivery services and haven't been as impressed with the selection as I have been with StrideBox. I'm really enjoying this!