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t you think/know others would love to learn about, please contact us.  We are looking for fun loving individuals to help share the wealth of knowledge!    Listed below are the “rules” for our VIP Blogger Program.  If you think you can live up to those, then you may just be the right fit for us.

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  • Please keep your submission between 200 – 1,000 words. Include keyword phrases in your Headline – this is also your Title tag for search engine optimization.

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Triathlete Gift Guide

And our final 2012 holiday gift suggestions for the athlete in your family.  If you haven’t read our other guides, see the Runners, Bikers & Hikers too.

 

So here is it.. Gifts for Triathletes!  Let us know if you have any other ideas.  We’d love to hear them!
Give the gift of ease with 2Toms SportShield.  You can help your triathlete increase their transition time from water to bike and prevent chafing and rubbing that will slow them down.  Help increase their comfort and achieve a PR in their next race!
Help your triathlete be in the know about all things tri.  Give the gift of a LAVA magazine subscription for Christmas.  They’ll be surprised you even knew about the magazine and become their new hero!

 

 

 

Have you tried energy gels?  Your athlete definitely has!  And GU Roctane was created to give them the boost in performance that will last through their high-endurance race.  Give the gift of energy!  Help them finish the race!
Does your family complain about the smell of your athletes’ stuff?  Help them by stopping the complaints with 2Toms Stink Free Shoe & Gear Spray.  This spray will get rid of even the nastiest body odor left behind in shoes.  Pair it with the Stink Free Sports Detergent and you will win your family’s heart!  Give the gift of odor free!

 

 

 

Transitions are so important to any triathlete, even more to your I’m sure!  Help them shorten their race time with a T Mat Pro Transition Mat!  They will thank you!

 

 

And don’t forget about our “Be a Hero” campaign.  10% of all online sales profits will be donated to Bikes Belong Foundation.  Help spread the word about this great cause and support us in supporting them!

Happy Holidays!


Perfect Gifts for Hikers

As promised, the 2Toms 2012 Holiday Guide for Gifts for Hikers.  In New Hampshire, we sure do know how to hike.  Hopefully our experience and your knowledge will work great together to give you some tips for your hiker this holiday season..

 

It’s nice to have extras…Give the gift of Plenty then with Exped Trekking pole Winter Snow Baskets!  Cheap, easy to snap on and great to turn their trek poles into winter trek poles.  They may have them but we know baskets do break!  They’ll be happy for an extra pair!

 

Does your hiker complain of blisters and sore feet after a hike?  Give them the gift of Comfort with 2Toms BlisterShield.  The new shaker will fit perfectly in a stocking and will help your hiker for the whole year through. Blisters are no longer an issue!

 

 

 

How about a whistle?  Yes!  Ascent Fox 40 is the whistle.  Hikers need to be prepared as the scouts say.  Having a whistle allows the chance to be heard in case of an emergency.  By giving them a whistle, you are helping to keep them safe!

 

 

 

Satisfy your hikers thirst with a new waterbottle.  The CambelBak Eddy meets the needs of any hiker and the price of any shopper.  They may have bottles already but you know they need to be replaced!  Help your hiker this year with a new water bottle.  They will thank you!

 

Hikers clothes STINK!  Make your hiker more confident with  2Toms Stink Free Sports Detergent! Our odor eliminator is guaranteed to remove the smell left by sweat in those stinky, smelly hiking clothes!  They will feel confident and their hiking partner will thank you even more!

 

 

 

Once again we hope this helps make your shopping experience that much easier.  And, as always, if you have gift ideas to help out, please don’t hesitate to tell us!

 

Happy Holidays!


Perfect Gifts for Bikers

Not to be out done by our last Holiday GIft Guide.  I wanted to make sure we put together one for our cycling community as well.  Now, of course this won’t encompass everything that there is.. This is just a few of our choices and we had alot more.  But really.. I didn’t think you’d want 50 options!

So for your bikers..

 

Give the gift of BUTT RELIEF!!  2Toms ButtShield allows for no more pain from saddle sores and chafing You’ll be the hero of the day helping your cyclist to go longer and further with more comfort!

 

 

Afraid of your cyclist getting hit when biking at night?  Give them the gift of safety with the Blinky Safety Set by  PlanetBike.  These lights help them be seen by motors and give them a safer riding experience.

 

 

Know someone that is always losing stuff?  Maybe they need a safe place for their ID, keys and phone?  Topeak, a UK company, has the top saddlebag wedges on the market.  It would make YOU happy to not have to worry anymore!

 

Riders clothes STINK!  Make your biker more confident with  2Toms Stink Free Sports Detergent! Our odor eliminator is guaranteed to remove the smell left by sweat in those stinky, smelly biking gear!!

 

 

 

 

Keep your rider warm this winter with Pearl Izumi socks.  You can never have to many socks right?  Pair this with 2Toms Stink Free Detergent and you’ll be on the way to saving your favorite cyclist money all thru the new year.

 

 

 

And don’t forget that as part of our 2012 Holiday Season…2Toms is pledging to donate 10% of profits of all online orders placed NOW thru 12/21 to Bikes Belong Foundation

       

Bikes Belong Coalition launched the Bikes Belong Foundation that focuses on:
  • Bicycle safety projects
  • Children’s bicycle programs

“Now is the time to encourage more children to ride and make bicycling safer. The two go hand-in-hand..”   Click here to Learn More.

 

Hope this helps in your holiday shopping.. and don’t forget to check back next week for our “Gifts for Hikers” Guide.  Please feel free to add other products to out list as well!!

 

Happy Holidays!


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Slowtwitch.com Reviews 2Toms Products

Have you heard of Slowtwitch.com?  If you into triathlons, are training for a triathlon, like to stalk triathletes or just into anything and everything having to do with running, biking and hiking all in one competition… then you know about Slowtwitch.  If you don’t do these things, maybe you don’t.  BUT YOU SHOULD. If only for the sole purpose that they did a great review on the 2Toms products – a truly honest review (the only kind we love!)

This is the link to Greg Kopecky’s review.. but if you want to not go to another page.. just Read ON!

 

Are you a triathlete? Do your running shorts smell bad? Do you buy Vaseline in 5-gallon buckets at Costco because you chafe so much? Does your wife force you to keep your cycling shoes in the garage because they stink like a high school gym locker?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, 2Toms has an answer for you. What the heck is 2Toms? Started in New Hampshire by Tom Lewis and Tom Judd, this company specializes in endurance sports solutions. Specifically, they seek to keep us from stinking to high heaven while chafing ourselves into oblivion.

The first Tom (Lewis) of 2Toms has a PhD from MIT in surface chemistry. He’s also an avid endurance and ‘extreme’ athlete, and knows all about the pain and frustration of blisters. He began developing anti-chafe formulas out of his own self-interest, but lacked a business background to take his product to market. Through a mutual friend, the first Tom was introduced to the second Tom (Judd), who is also an avid endurance athlete. As fate would have it, he is also an entrepreneur and business specialist. The two officially launched their company, dubbed 2Toms, in 2002.

This article is an overview of their current product line, along with my impressions from testing it.

BlisterShield

MSRP $12.99 (8 oz powder or 10 x single packets)

BlisterShield is 2Toms’ core product for keeping your feet dry and free of blisters. While it might look similar to, say, talcum powder – it is very different. In fact, the main ingredients are actually PTFE (Teflon) and PE wax. BlisterShield is intended to create a near frictionless surface on your feet, to reduce heat buildup and the blisters that follow. In addition, it is highly water resistant to keep your feet dry for long periods of time.

As you can see, the container lid allows you to either sprinkle the product wherever you want, or use a spoon for a measured amount. 2Toms recommends about 1 teaspoon per sock for most people. Just measure it out, pour it in, and shake it around in the sock.

While baby powder is rather fine-grain, Blistershield tends to create little ‘snowballs’:

Once you spread it around on your foot (or hand, or whatever), the product really becomes a slick film.

While it may look similar to climber’s chalk, it is definitely not the same thing. Chalk is typically made from magnesium carbonate, limestone, or dolomite. Their intent is to keep the climber’s hands dry, but not reduce friction. BlisterShield, on the other hand, is intended to keep you dry, but really slippery.

Does this stuff really work? I found that yes, it does really work. Put it in your socks, shake, and go. I think it’s a fantastic product for Ironman racing. Just pre-apply it to the inside of your socks, put a rubber band around the top of the sock, and stash them in your bike-to-run bag. If you’re extra-blister-prone, you could even put a pair of fresh socks with more BlisterShield in your ‘special needs’ bag.

The only rub with BlisterShield (pun intended) is the question of whether or not you like your feet super slippery. Also – how tight do you like your shoes and laces? If you prefer looser shoes and/or laces, there is potential that your foot will slide around inside the shoe with BlisterShield. Mind you, your chance of getting blisters goes down by using the product, but some may find the ‘slidy’ feeling to be strange. I personally prefer shoes that are a little more on the roomy side, so I ended up not using BlisterShield as an everyday training tool. I save it for racing, when my shoes are laced tighter, and I seem to be much more prone to blisters in general.

SportShield

MSRP $12.99 (1.5 oz roller or 10 x single wipes)

Think of SportShield like the liquid version of Blistershield. It can be applied with either an easy-to-use roller stick, or via pre-soaked wipes.

And boy, is this stuff slick. Whereas some of the competing products can tend to feel thick or sticky, SportShield feels more like a very slick film that you apply right to your skin. It’s an odd sensation the first time you use it. With something like a petroleum jelly, I see people just globbing a bunch on to create a thick barrier. Once it has all been mechanically pushed out of the way, you’re back to skin-on-skin, and the ever-enjoyable feeling of chafing.

In comparison, SportShield feels like it binds to your skin more. It isn’t going anywhere. I think it might not work as well at ‘saving’ someone who has a very ill-fitting wetsuit; they’re going to be best served by a super thick goop. For just about every other situation, however, I found that SportShield does the job very well. Use it on the back of your neck for wetsuit swimming. Use it between your thighs for running. Guys – and I apologize for the graphic nature of this – put it on your nipples because nobody wants to see them bleeding by mile 20 of the marathon.

You may be wondering – can I use SportShield for my feet? Does it work like BlisterShield? Yes and no. If you really don’t like powder products and prefer a roll-on, you can use SportShield for your feet. It’s really slick, yes. But – it does not have the anti-moisture properties that you get from the PTFE-containing powder.

The mini towelettes are great for a transition bag or ‘special needs’ bag. I should issue a caution, however: Once you get this stuff on your hands, wash them immediately. The product does wash away with a good soap-and-water hand wash. If left on your hands, it will be with you for quite a while. This being the case, I prefer using the roll-on stick. If you grab it only by the handle portion, it helps avoid getting the actual product on my hands.

ButtShield

MSRP $12.99 (1.5 oz roller)

ButtShield? Seriously – ButtShield?! You read correctly. It’s like a knight-in-shining-armor (with a shield) for your derriere. Kind of. Well… not really.

What the heck is ButtShield? Take 2Toms’ SportShield product and supercharge it with shea butter, calendula extract, green tea extract, and horsetail plant extract. They say that the result is uniquely suited for applying to your rump.

Out of the entire 2Toms product line, ButtShield is the one that piqued my interest the most. While speaking with their super-enthusiastic representative, Dave Sullivan, he said that this product can actually be used as a substitute for chamois cream. The traditional (okay… the downright snooty) cyclist in me scoffed. Nothing could be better than my beloved Assos or DZ Nuts chamois cream. How could it? The Assos cost me $23 for a small tub, and my buyer’s remorse is still trying to convince me it was worth every penny. Everyone who’s anyone in the cycling world knows that you must use a proper chamois cream. If it doesn’t contain menthol, sting your skin, and stink up the coffee shop, it just isn’t true chamois cream.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but I’m going to burst your bubble. I think ButtShield IS better than regular chamois cream. There, I said it. In fact, I could see this being the new triathlete’s chamois cream. Let’s keep it as our little secret, shall we? The roadies can keep thinking that their stuff is better.

How does it work? You use it just like SportShield; roll it on. This is where my only criticism of the product comes out. To be frank, you’re fighting gravity. Take a look at the roller:

It works like a ballpoint pen. When you hold it upside down and roll it around, gravity does all the work and dispenses the product. But… when you want to apply it to your butt, the roller must be placed right side up. No gravity assistance = no ButtShield coming out.

The easy fix is hold the roller upside down and dispense some of the product somewhere else before your tender areas. I don’t care what you do – lube up a foot, spread a little around on your chamois – you just want to get the flow started.

I’ll be honest. I was super skeptical of the product before I used it. When I did use it, though, I was quickly convinced of its effectiveness. The sensation is hard to describe. Compared to traditional chamois cream, it’s a different experience entirely. It’s a LOT more slippery. A cream tends to be sticky – and stick your shorts to your bum. ButtShield truly keeps your butt and shorts independent of each other. It’s slick, but not uncomfortable or strange. The best part is it lasts a very long time. Other chamois creams I’ve used can dry up towards the end of a long ride and stop doing their job. While I haven’t done anything over about 4 hours (yet) with ButtShield, my initial tests leave me with high hopes.

Stink Free Spray

MSRP $9.99 (8 oz pump bottle)

Your shoes smell. I don’t even pose that as any sort of a question, because there IS no question. If you’re a triathlete, your shoes stink. That goes double if you race anything half-iron distance and longer, because that means you probably pee in your shoes. Sweat, sports drink, urine, and gamey lake water make for a concoction that a skunk would be proud of.

While we tend to retire running shoes several times a year, we usually want our cycling shoes to last longer. Rather than deal with the smell, 2Toms suggests you try their Stink Free Spray. They say it contains no perfumes, and leaves your shoes (or gym bag, or whatever) with ‘no smell’. They should smell like nothing.

I decided to take the Pepsi Challenge and try this stuff on an old pair of cycling shoes. I’d retired them from use about a year ago, but kept them around as a backup. They’d been washed multiple times with soap and water, sprayed with Febreze®, and aired out for days. They still smelled awful, so I couldn’t stand to use them anymore.

I took them out from the garage, to find that they just smelled like a combination of Febreze® and the remaining old funk. Not good. I sprayed the shoes with Stink Free Spray, set them outside and waited. The next day, I checked back, to find that they did smell better. Not 100% better, but better. 2Toms suggests spraying your shoes two or three times if they’ve never been sprayed before. I gave them another spray, and waited another 24 hours. They were a step better yet again. While I’m not sure you can restore a pair of shoes to a completely-new state, you can certainly get them back to ‘acceptable’, and perhaps squeeze another season out of shoes that would otherwise be headed to the garbage.

Stink Free Sports Detergent

MSRP $14.99 (30 oz bottle)

Stink Free Sports Detergent is like Stink Free Spray for your clothes. 2Toms says that the cause of stinky sportswear is a combination of bacteria and moisture-wicking clothing. In their own words:

“Many of today’s high-tech fabrics are designed to wick sweat away from your skin, absorbing moisture and keeping you dry. The problem is these sweat-wicking fabrics lock in the stink, too. Regular laundry detergent is formulated for lightly soiled cotton-based fabrics, and cannot effectively get the odor out of your stinky socks, smelly shoes, sweat-stained shirt, etc. The only thing that can get your smelly clothes fresh is a sports detergent specifically formulated to eliminate the sweat left in the clothing that causes odors.”

They say that their detergent works on all sports-related apparel. It’s perfume and residue-free, and works in both standard and high-efficiency washers.

This is one product of theirs that I haven’t yet devised a good test for. To be honest, I’ve never had trouble with normal detergent getting rid of smells from my cycling and running apparel. I also don’t know how much I want to endanger my happy home life by wearing the same shorts for five days just to compare detergents. If you or your spouse is a particularly stench-laden person, and traditional detergent doesn’t cut the mustard, this could be the cure you’re looking for. The other good use for it is race travel – you can buy little 2-load sample packets, which pack perfectly in a suitcase (so you can wash out that nasty kit post-race). Nobody likes arriving home and opening up a funky suitcase full of dirty race clothes.

We hope you enjoyed this look at the 2Toms product line. While they aren’t yet as well-known as some other brands, I found their product to work impressively well. If nothing else, I encourage you to try ButtShield. Heck, I don’t care – give it as a stocking stuffer for your chafe-prone significant other. Just be sure to buy a separate one for yourself, for obvious reasons (this is one item you do not want to share). I’m personally curious to see if it really catches on as the discerning triathlete’s chamois lubricant. If you’ve tried it before, we would love to hear your comments – good or bad.

 

Thanks Greg for an awesome review.  and Thanks Slowtwitch.com for helping to spread the word about 2Toms.. my favorite part .. the left out ButtShield in use picture!  🙂


Bridge Run This Weekend!!!

Do you live in North Carolina? Are you going to be visiting this weekend? Close to New Bern?

Well if your answer was YES to any of those questions, then on Saturday, October 15 you better A. participate in or B. watch The Neuse River Bridge Run.

This run is for pros, amateurs, families and newbies! You can run or walk the race and you can decide what length you want to compete.

The race website says “The Neuse River Bridge Run is held in 300-year-old historic downtown New Bern, offering magnificent views of the Neuse and Trent Rivers. There’s plenty to do in and around town, including the Havelock Chili Festival on Saturday afternoon. Or, spend some family time touring downtown New Bern, visiting Tryon Palace, or trying one of our delicious eateries.

Participants can choose between a half-marathon, 10K or a 5K course. Walkers may choose between the 10K and 5K routes. All courses are pending USATF certified and runners are timed. New this year: The Neuse River Bridge Run is part of the 2011 Semper Fit Grand Prix Series.

The half-marathon starts at 7 a.m. The 10K race will start promptly at 7:30 a.m. The 5K race will start promptly at 8 a.m. Please arrive at Union Point Park no later than 7:45 a.m. if you are running the 5K. Race day registration and pre-registration packet pickup will close at 6:30 a.m. Don’t forget to allow time for parking!”

So check out the event, the town and don’t forget to stop by our friends at The Athlete’s Foot in New Bern. Good luck to all that participate and we hope you have a great weekend!