It’s hot in Kansas City this summer. It’s almost to the point of cooking eggs on the sidewalk hot. If you’re an endurance athlete training for a race and running on the mean sidewalks of Kansas City, then friction is your worst enemy. Combine heat, sweat and friction from clothes or skin-on-skin contact and you have a recipe for some serious raw skin.
To be direct, most triathletes are VERY concerned with the saddle region for biking and running. No one wants a raw crotch after leaving your blood, sweat and tears on the race course. There’s nothing worse than getting that much deserved shower after a long event and then HOLY COW you realize you have some serious hot spots when that water runs over the raw areas
- Applying Slather was no different than most other products out there, but it’s less greasy and goopy.
- It’s more akin to lotion and did I mention the cooling sensation and mint aroma?
The packaging is appealing to the Triathlon crowd, because that's their target audience.
- You get a large amount instead of a small tube that usually runs out after 2 weeks of high volume training.
- It works.
Not so High Points
- You may get a large quantity per package, but sometimes you're limited on space in the tri bag and it may not fit well.
- Some people may not like the mint smell or "cooling" sensation.
- Only available online or at shops in 5 states, TX, OK, AR, LA, SD.
- Sometimes a tube is nice to just get what you want instead of diving into a big container.
Overall it appears to do the job. What sets Skin Strong apart is marketing (and the minty fresh smell and cool feeling). They are here for us Triathletes. Others are geared for cyclists or generic sports, but they are here for Triathletes.
SLIK spray - 4 oz, $14.99
SLIK spray travel size - 1 oz, $6.99
SLATHER - 6 oz, $9.99
Writer's note - SLIK spray and SLATHER were provided for the review. No compensation was sent for a positive review.
Ryan Falkenrath writes the blog falkeetriathlon.blogspot.com, married father of two young kids, owner of two dogs and trying to balance life, work and multisport. Ryan has participated in multisport events since 2001 from 5k's to Half Ironmans. Ryan is also the Kansas City Endurance Sports Examiner and you can read more of his triathlon thoughts HERE and he collects race reviews at www.Triathlon-Reviews.blogspot.com. Contact Ryan at: email@example.com or follow him on @TriJayhawkRyan.
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