This is my second month getting StrideBox– a monthly subscription box geared towards runners with all kinds of goodies to try! Initially I was a little weary of doing a subscription box because I wasn’t sure if I would like what came in it, but I’ve really been enjoying StrideBox so far! It’s only $15 a month and comes packed with nutrition products and various extras such as water bottles or this month’s Rundana (a multi-function headband that can be worn a variety of ways). In this month’s box?
This is an all natural energy bar infused with a full cup of coffee…so naturally it was the first thing I went for the other day when I got the box! It definitely helped with my energy- pretty much felt like I drank a cup of coffee and perked me up in between workouts. It tastes like a strong cup of coffee, so if you don’t like the taste of coffee this might not jibe with you. But I love coffee so I enjoyed it. Verdict: I’d buy it. Retail: $36.00/12 bars
Last month I didn’t get anything in the box I’d used before, but I have used and love Sport Beans! These have carbs for fuel, electrolytes to help maintain fluid balance, vitamins to optimize energy release and 50g of caffeine in the extreme packs (though some flavors do come without caffeine). While cherry isn’t my favorite, the watermelon flavor was pretty good and overall I really enjoy the Sport Beans products and have used them on several occasions. Verdict: I do use them, but not by the case. I prefer individual units so I can try #alltheflavors. Retail: $31.20/24 pouches, or $1.30/pouch in running stores
I’ve never tried Muesli before, but according to the blurb on the StrideBox card it’s ‘packed with almonds, cashews, raisins, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and whole grains.’ Seems pretty legit to me. Verdict: Retail: $1.99/package
I’m always up for trying new types of drink mixes, though this is the first time I’ve heard of this brand. It’s made with natural ingredients and organic flavors and can be mixed with 20-24 oz water for electrolytes and hydration! Guess what’s in my cup as I head out the door for track workout? It has a mild taste and doesn’t have any artificial coloring in it. I thought it was quite a lot of powder to put in one drink, but it didn’t taste overly flavored and I liked it. Verdict: I’ll probably purchase a variety pack of sticks. It seemed to do it’s job of keeping me hydrated and energized. Retail: $16.05/7 sticks
Honestly, the amount of times I drink tea can be counted on one hand per year. Ok, less than that. I’ve had the same box of tea in my cupboard from my detox 3 years ago and it is still there today. I’m just not really a tea person. This tea is a high performance, great tasting, energy providing blend…which is still not really enough to persuade me to purchase it on my own. Verdict: Not a tea person. I wouldn’t use this. But it’s pretty good if you like tea! Retail: $9.98/7 bags
While I see the need for anti-chafing gel for a lot of people, I’m just someone who has never needed it. That being said, it’s great for people who actually use this product! Verdict: I don’t use anti-chafing gel, but recommend it if you do! Retail: $11.99/5 packets
This time the box also came with a recipe card, which I’m trying out for my long run fuel Saturday. The recipe was submitted from Run Eat Repeat and is for pre-run chocolate chip cookies. I’m always up for something that includes chocolate!
StrideBox is totally worth the subscription. It’s an inexpensive way to try new products and see which ones work for you and which ones don’t. I didn’t end up purchasing any of the things in last month’s box, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be picking up a thing or two from this month’s box to keep on hand! In case you’d like to try it, I have a referral code (y7jj6y) you can use when you sign up for a box.
*This review is 100% my own opinion. I was not compensated nor asked to provide a review of this product. I do not get any compensation for use of my referral code.*
Do you get subscription boxes? Have you ever tried one before? Pros/cons?