For Runners, Two You Can Use

Thu, 6 June 2013 - 1:48 a.m. MT
Credit: ARA Staff - American Running Association

For Runners, Two You Can Use

Certain recurring, if petty, problems sometimes compromise the joy we get out of an otherwise elegantly simple sport. Two new products can help you deal with two age-old problems. The first is the ongoing quest for the best possible storage of personal items on the run; the second, those notoriously foul-smelling gym clothes.

Previously, Running & FitNews® has mentioned a small Austin, Texas-based company founded by a distance runner tired of storing house keys in her sports bra on runs. SPIbelt, the makers of “small personal item” running belts (www.spibelt.com) also manufacture a less conspicuous item called a SPIband ($10), which is a wrist (or ankle) attaching band that can help you carry your personal items on the run without the use of a waist attachment. The wrist pocket uses no zippers or clasps—it simply slips on and with tight-fitting, overlapping folds, and can store keys, ID, or credit cards. The improvement worth mentioning here is storage of your items in a wristband without the annoying jingle or movement of less snug pockets. SPIband also comes in a reflective band ($12), which will increase your safety on evening runs shared with cars or bicycles. Unlike pockets in running shorts, because the band is attached to your wrist, you will certainly be cognizant of any slippage, though the snug fit pretty much guarantees loss prevention in the first place.

If you’ve encountered the profoundly unpleasant odor of wet synthetic workout clothes, you might try a new odor absorbing bag from Moso. The company explains that it uses “high-density bamboo charcoal” to absorb moisture and odor, but without adding fragrance. The bag works by attacking the air around your gym clothes and filtering allergens, bacteria, and other pollutants while dehumidifying. These five-by-six-inch, eight-ounce bags go easily in your gym bag, and the slightly larger one-pound bag could work well in the bathroom or other area where you hang wet workout gear. The bags retail for between $10 and $23. Moso says they will last up to two years, and help prevent mildew and mold as well. Many air freshening sprays work by masking odor but often add unwanted scent—the Moso bag helps minimize the smells from gym clothing (and other odors) by absorbing them. An eco-friendly alternative to aerosol, when the bag is depleted of its odor absorbing powers, Moso says you can cut it open and use the bamboo charcoal in your garden. For more info visit www.mosonatural.com.

 

 

 

(RUNNING & FITNEWS® March / April 2012 • Volume 30, Number 2)




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