I’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.