Disclaimer: I received this box from StrideBox for free in exchange for a review. As always, I keep it real, and all thoughts are my own.
Happy Wednesday! I’m linking up with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Jen from Pretty Little Grub, Michelle at Fruition Fitness and Nicole from Nicole from FitFul Focus for Wild Workout Wednesday.
StrideBox is “a monthly subscription service to fuel your running adventures”. Each box will contain 4-6 items from well established brands or brands new to the market. I especially like having the opportunity to try new brands because that’s the fastest way to discover a new “must-have” product.
I’ve tried a few other subscription services (not specific to running), and I’ve always been a little disappointed. This is actually the first time that I have used everything in a subscription box. Let’s check out what was inside the box!
Bonk Breaker (Mint Chocolate Chip)
I’m a HUGE snacker so I was excited when I saw this energy bar made with real ingredients. I always need a snack at work, usually between 2-3 p.m., and I thought this product would be perfect for that. Each bar is 200 calories, with 5 grams of protein and 13 grams of sugar. Honestly I wasn’t crazy about this flavor (too much chocolate), but it also comes in alter caramel flavor so I’m planning on trying that one soon.
GU Chews (Blueberry Pomegranate)
I haven’t had a long run in weeks, but I was able to use these chews at the gym. I ate one before my spinning class and then two during my class when I need an extra pick me up! I liked this flavor and I also like that these chews are only 80 calories per serving (4 pieces is a serving size). I’m still not crazy about the ingredients, but the chews did the job and didn’t cause me any stomach issues.
OMG..this was SO good! When I first saw the flavor I thought it might be too sweet, but it wasn’t at all. It tasted more like apple with a hint of cinnamon. Also the gel only has 90 calories and 2 grams of sugar. I’m going to check my local running store to see if I can purchase a few more flavors 🙂
I’ve tried Run Gum in the past and I loved it! This was my first time trying the fruit flavor and I think might be my favorite. I tried the gum before two of my runs and they always give me a boost of energy.
VFUEL Endurance Drink Mix (Ginger Twist)
I was a little nervous about the flavor for this one. I find that ginger flavored anything can be a hit or miss – either way too strong or just right. Luckily this was just right! You can easily throw the packet in your gym bag and add it to your water before you class. One thing to keep in mind – each packet is 200 calories. That’s a high calorie count when compared to Nuun.
Shoelaces (No Brand)
There’s no brand for these shoelaces, but I love the colors (orange and green). I’m going to add these shoelaces to my sneakers that I use for Boot Camp to give them a little extra pizazz!
There was also an awesome recipe for Gingerbread Protein Bites by Lauren from Breathe Deeply and Smile.
StrideBox is very affordable at $15 per month w/ free shipping. It’s a month-to-month subscription service so you can choose to cancel at any time. They currently ship anywhere in US and for a fee they offer shipping to Canada. Would I recommend StrideBox? Absolutely! I love that it’s tailored to runners. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I’m all about trying new products this year, so this subscription service is perfect!
my FIRRRRST marathon in April.
Id never heard of this before–probably because I wasnt running 🙂
It’s a great subscription service for runners!
Sounds like this would be great if you want to try out different fuels. Cool that was Lauren’s recipe!
I was looking to try new fueling options this year so I was very happy to see that gel included in the box!
Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner says
I love the Gu chews for long bike rides or runs. Fun way to try out new stuff isn’t it?
I agree – it’s so great to try out new products.
Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home says
How fun! I love the idea of getting all these little goodies/surprises!
I’m all about trying new products this year so this subscription box was perfect!
I’m always a little leary of subscription boxes just like you were! But it looks like you got some useful products. SCORE!
Definitely! I’ve tried two other subscription boxes in the past and only half of the products were items I would use. I loved that I used everything in this box!
I need Stride Box in my life. ASAP.
I think you would love it!
Kathryn @ Dancing to Running says
Your review reminds me that I’m several boxes behind on my boxes. There’s so much to try and keep up with!!!
It’s great when you want to try everything in the box, but you just need time!
Anna @ Piper's Run says
This looks like a fun box to receive monthly! I’ve seen it before but never looked any further into it. It seems like a great way to try lost of new products!
Totally agree! I like that I can sample something before buying a whole cash of it!
Ange // Cowgirl Runs says
I haven’t received a StrideBox in a few years, but I was always a big fan of them.
I really love the variety and quality of products
Nicole @ Fitful Focus says
This box sounds pretty sweet! I want to try that gum!
I really like the RunGum, the flavor isn’t too sweet at all.
Oooh this looks like a fun box! I’d be interested in trying that bar too!
I was pleased with the box, a first for me when it comes to subscription services!
Kimberly Hatting says
I have never done a subscription “box” of anything. I realize some off the recipient the option to send it (or some of the items) back, but I am too lazy for that LOL I love the Run Gum (I’ve only had the cinnamon, and it was a hit!). I’ve never tried Hammer Gel, either…I”m slowly easing gels back into my life for fuel, maybe I’ll look for that.
LoL, it’s definitely hard to find a subscription box where you like everything. I really lucked out!
Jessica @ I Am Teacher Fit says
Ok, tell me about Run Gum! What is it? What does it do? I’m so intrigued by this box, I’d love to try it!
I really like Run Gum! It’s not too sweet at all which is something I always look for. I chew a piece right before i start my run, and a little bit during my run. I definitely feel more energized during my run!
Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says
Wow! A lot of cool things in the Stride Box. I had not heard of the Stride Box before, so will have to check it out!
Definitely check it out! I love that they selected all the products with runners in mind!
Michelle @ Fruition Fitness says
These are all awesome! I love subscription boxes…like getting a present every month!
Definitely! I never thought of it that way but you’re right!