Mixed reviews

IMG 4082 300x300 Mixed reviewsI’ve been lucky enough to have some fun products come my way of late so it’s time I share my reviews on them. One, a pair of shoes; the second a snack box, and the third–a children’s book not running related at all, but written by a running blogger, so how could I refuse? Read on to hear what I thought of each:

1. First up, the Saucony Grid Type A6: My very first pair of running shoes was from Saucony, way back when. Same with my first pair of racing flats, a cool electric blue color at that. But over the years, Saucony and I have drifted apart, mostly because they haven’t made my kind of shoe lately. I tried the Kinvara, but it didn’t work for me. What does work for me, though, is the A6. Let’s start with the heel-to-toe drop, which comes in at 4mm, which is where I like to be if I’m not wearing a zero drop shoe, on a fairly low-profile base. Then the weight–there’s nothing to these! The men’s weigh in a 5.4 ounces. The fit is glove-like, as you’d expect from a racing flat. The sole is a bit stiffer than what I generally like, but once I got running in these, I didn’t notice it. These shoes could take me places, I think. Full marathon distance, I’m not quite sure, but for a racing shoe up to the half marathon distance, they are a pretty good contender. Note to Saucony–the colors don’t hurt, either!

2. The VeganCuts snackbox: I’ve been intrigued by these different box services for a while now and so when offered the chance to try the February box from VeganCuts, I agreed (note: I’m not vegan but do eat fairly plant-based). I  wanted to like this, I really did, but it’s just not right for me and my family. You get around seven items in each box. In this case, everything was vegan of course and included things like the Nakd granola bar, VeganSmart nutritional shake, Breaking News veggie chips, and Earth Balance kettle chips. And those chips right there are what I think made this a no-go for me. I just don’t want to bring junk into my house. As with anything, labeling it a certain diet type–in this case vegan–doesn’t “healthify” something like chips. Yes, some of the items weren’t bad for you, but most weren’t going to add any value to my diet, so I can’t give this one a thumbs up. Sorry VeganCuts.

3. The Rabbit Who Wished He Could Fly book, by Erik Ammon: Like I said, Erik is a fellow running blogger and this is his first foray into writing a children’s book. While this particular book is too young for my kids, we all still enjoyed reading it for obvious reasons: it’s a sweet story about a little rabbit (named Kona) who wants to be able to fly like his friends Bella and Morgan. Through a series of events, Kona learns that he has his own valuable talents and that maybe being a rabbit isn’t so bad after all. It’s a subtle lesson for kids wrapped up in an entertaining tale, and the illustrations immediately draw you in. I think it would make a nice addition to spring Easter baskets for the right age group! You can order it from Erik’s site or from Amazon.

Has anyone tried any of the above? What did you think?

The fine print: I was sent all of these items for free; all opinions are my own.

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  1. says

    The Kinvara 4’s were my first real running shoe from Saucony, and well … I liked them but didn’t love them. To the point that my next shoes were New Balance. I did like them enough that I will try another pair when the Kinvara 5 comes along (especially since I can feel the NBs getting towards end of life way before I would like).

    And I am totally with you on the vegan stuff – there is just SO much marketing hype that everything vegan or gluten-free has to suddenly be healthy. Um, no.

    Plus I tend to find that ‘snack-alikes’ tend to taste not as good as the ‘real’ junk food and offer little in the way of nutritional advantage. So at that point … why bother?
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  2. says

    The color of the shoes does help a lot when making a choice (even though I know it shouldn’t!). Saucony’s were my first pair of real running shoes too. I’ve recently gone back and I’m quite happy! And that book looks really cute. My kids would love it!
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  3. says

    I haven’t tried any of the above because I’m a Brooks girl, a Runnerbox lover and I have never heard of the book but I LIKE it!!
    I love your honesty and I completely agree with labeling things “organic” or “vegan” when really, they’re just junk with some different ingredients.
    I’ll have to check out the book since my 5 year-olds may be the perfect age! Kona – Ha!
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  4. says

    Those Saucony shoes are nice colours! I’m still not dedicated to any one shoe, so thanks for the review on these; I may have to give them a try, especially if I’m not running great distances this season.
    That book would be a great Easter basket addition instead of just giving junk food.
    Lastly about the vegan basket, I find it funny when products are marketed as healthy just because they fit a vegan or gluten free label.
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  5. says

    I’ve seen a lot of those snack boxes over the past year, even seen one for dogs. I’m sure everything is tasty, but like you said, do they add value to your diet? Seems like they would add a lot of calories and not much else. I’ll take a pass.
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  6. says

    I’ve never run in Sauconys (heck I just learned how to pronounce it recently), but I do like the look, weight and drop of the shoe. Seeing the Rabbit book makes me a bit teary for the days of reading books like that to my kids who are now MIA most of the time. Looks like a very sweet read.

  7. says

    Thanks again Amanda :)

    I haven’t seen that vegan box before! I’ll have to check that one out. I’ve sampled boxes before and they’ve been hit or miss with what we’ve liked in them.

    I’ve always liked the coloring and feel of the Saucony line, but never really found a pair that had a good fit for me. They usually seemed too narrow. I haven’t been able to run because of the gimp knee, again, so I haven’t tried the Kinvara’s in wide, but I may have to try these out, too!
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  8. says

    I have the A5s, and I agree with you! They are a great shoe once you get used to them, just not sure I would be able to race a full marathon in them. In fact it kinda makes me cringe thinking about the pounding of my legs towards the end. I do have other friends who run for Saucony who do wear them the full distance and love them!

    Thanks for your honesty with the reviews! Cant wait to see you racing again soon!
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  9. says

    I’ve only seen the shoes, but they are super cute! Maybe I’ll give them a try next time I need some. (Or maybe I’ll just get them to wear…the colors are super fun!!)
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