PRODUCT REVIEW *Stridebox*

Oh heifers! It's like someone lit me on fire with all of these running delivery boxes!  I never knew of such awesomeness. AND NOW I CAN'T STOP!



Recently, if you recall, I subscribed to and received my Runner Box subscription (read my review post on it here.)  

I can't lie. The box was pretty epic! Not only was it delivered quickly, but the presentation was great, the products were right on, and I am still enjoying them. 

So, what could be better than a good thing?? Duh! MORE of a good thing!  So, once again I took to twitter and found StrideBox.  I mean, are you KIDDING me with all this goodness?

They were super-responsive on twitter, just like RunnerBox. (their twitter handle @StrideBox, in case you want to chat them up - very responsive, fun peeps). Find RunnerBox on twitter, too, @RunnerBox) I ordered my box on a Thursday night.  Because why wait until business hours? The internet is open 24/7! Someone remind me to email Al Gore and thank him for inventing this internet.  It's really changed my life. 

Ahem, anyway..

I kind of forgot I ordered the StrideBox because I was happily sampling through all of my RunnerBox items (which I still love! Including that condom water bottle, it's gotten me a few new friends out on my runs, but I'll save that blog post for later).

Fast forward to Monday afternoon. I know you all realize how glamorous my life is - so after I had gone to the gym, showered (because, really, come on now, I smelled pretty bad), made lunches for the kids for Tuesday, picked the kids up at school, came home, made them dinner (that they didn't like anyway, what the heck....) ... I realized I had forgotten to check the mail. So I sent kid #1 out to the mailbox (why does Arizona not have mailboxes in front of each house? Dumb.  We have a 'bank' of mailboxes for each street.  Who is in charge of that? I should call them and complain) 

Anyway - sent kid #1 to the mailbox and he comes back with this look on his face like, "Another box, Mom?"! ha!!!!! I had forgotten. It was like CHRISTMAS, I tell you! Christmas! Which when you're Jewish, is an even bigger deal.  Because, CHRISTMAS!! Because, BUY ALL THE THINGS!

Here's how it looked:

Pretty presentation! I am the one who smushed that pretty wrapping paper in my excitement to open the box. It arrived all pristine-like and ready for action!

Pretty presentation! I am the one who smushed that pretty wrapping paper in my excitement to open the box. It arrived all pristine-like and ready for action!

Now, having JUST received my RunnerBox, I was kind of thinking I knew what to expect.  It was definitely similar in make-up, in terms of the goodies I received, with a few exceptions.

Here's an overview of all my new StrideThings:
 

The sticker affirming my abilities was a bonus. It made me giggle, and I did appreciate the affirmation. Kind of reminded me of Jack Handey and his Deep Thoughts.

The sticker affirming my abilities was a bonus. It made me giggle, and I did appreciate the affirmation. Kind of reminded me of Jack Handey and his Deep Thoughts.

Here's a breakdown of what was included:

Raw Rev Glo Bar

Nature Nate's All Natural Honey

Glukos Energy Drink Powder (this is HUGE, as in, it looks like you could put it into a gallon and still have extra, even though the instructions say 20oz I believe)


Protes Zesty Nacho snacks

Prince of Peace Ginger Honey Tea Crystals & Candy

Lightload Towels (add water, they expand and give you street cred)

Stridebox Essentials Double Pocket Running Belt (link here)


 

Ok y'all know I'm about nothing if not instant gratification.  I exercised this morning, so, yeah.  I busted open this raw glo bar so fast, my dogs even looked at me sideways.  It was greasy.  I'm guessing that's the raw peanuts and peanut oil that occurs from the natural-ness of this product (I'm a Skippy girl, and I'm kind of embarrassed to even admit that here, on my good health and fitness blogging site, but whatevs, I'm also real. And I LIKE SKIPPY, damn-it.)  So, back to the bar.  It's pictured below. I cropped out my bite mark. You're welcome.  It tasted good and it did definitely fill up my stomach, but it was kind of greasy doing down.  It left greasy-ish substance on the inside of the wrapper too.  I'm guessing that's natural grease though and that I'm just not cultured and health-oriented enough to realize that.  Tasted decent though.  Filling and I was channeling my inner Jillian Michaels while eating it. 

Raw Rev Glo Bar with Raw Superfoods - 11g protein in a small bar.  Not bad!

Raw Rev Glo Bar with Raw Superfoods - 11g protein in a small bar.  Not bad!

This morning, I decided to test out the honey before my workout. I typically am a Fasted Cardio kinda girl.  I cannot lie. It was sweeter than..... well, sweeter than honey.  It's not that much, really, 0.33oz.   One big slurpfull.  But dayuuuuuum, that was sweet. I chased it with some cold water and was good to go.  Did my workout as anticipated, and here's the thing.  IT DIDN'T SUCK AS BAD!! I wasn't dragging as much as I normally do at 0445. (I mean, if you DON'T drag at all at 0445 maybe you're superhuman and you should just go make your own blog about that, because man, that's early).  I LIKED IT! The energy was definitely evident.  I mean, sure, it's sugar.  Why WOULDN'T it give me energy? But it was raw honey.  So - good for my body.  Thumbs up, raw & unfiltered pure honey, thumbs up!  Just a bit sweet.  So, yeah.  I had to pucker a few times.  But I'd recommend it.  I'd probably even buy it at the store.  So, way to go Nature Nate's!!! You won me over, you and your sweet ooey-gooey raw unfiltered goo of goodness.

Get. In. My. Belly!

Get. In. My. Belly!

I think my biggest excitement came from the double-pocket running belt.  This made me as excited as my condom-water bottle from Runner Box. It is just as cool in a different, less condom-y way.  It has two deceptively large pockets (plus, HOW'D THEY KNOW my favorite color is green? It's like they're psychic!!!) that zip closed. I stuffed my iPhone 7 (it's in a huge otterbox case, because I'm a klutz and I drop all my stuff, and my husband got tired of me calling him saying, "broke my iPhone again") into the pocket, and IT ZIPPED! Barely. But it zipped.  The waistband is adjustable in case, you know, Thanksgiving is coming and you like pie a lot.  Or wait. Maybe that's just me.  I think this is a great addition to my running collection.  It retails for $12.99 and the cost of the box is only $15/month so all in all, a great deal.

These little cool-towels have some promise, too. I gotta admit - I've seen these at Disney for like $4million because they have Snow White's pic on them. They never impressed me.  So the fact that I can try them for much less makes me slightly intrigued. I don't typically bring a towel with me (I prefer to sweat profusely, and wipe it on my arm.  Because that seems klassy).  So, I'll give these a try and I bet I'll even look more civilized.  Can't hurt.  Maybe the psychics over at StrideBox know something I don't.  Wait. Did my husband call you about my bad habit? Was he behind this? Either way, I'm open to trying these. And vow to be more civilized.

These look cool.

These look cool.

I'm excited to try the Doritos-esque chips and the little ginger honey candy, too. I'm guessing they'll be pretty good.

All in all.... if you had to ask me which I prefer - Runner Box vs. StrideBox  ...... It's a dead-on tie. I love them both.  Great products, which I'd likely never try if I just saw them at the store, delivered to my door, looking all purty and ready to consume.  My condom bottle leads the race though so far, as my FAVORITE product.  Because, condom bottle. And the folks at RB have some seriously hilarious humor.  I have a runner-box crush on them.

If you're on the fence - I recommend trying both.  Because I'm an enabler. Now, go have some chocolate, because you're looking a little hungry.

For a recurring Stridebox discount, use code c4zzk5 for $5/off each box.

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