Disclosure: I received a sample of 2Toms SportShield for Her as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.
Summer is impending in my neck of the woods, which brings up a sore subject in my running world: chafing. It’s something most people don’t like to discuss (or admit happens to them), but it happens to almost everyone. I don’t know of a single runner who’s escaped the discomfort. Luckily for all of us, there are many products out there to help prevent this sort of thing from occurring. There are clothes with flat seams, and there are balms you can put on your skin, like 2Toms SportShield.
While I tend to have these issues during the summer due to sweat, there are a couple of parts of my body where chafing is inevitable year-round, like near my armpit. When I found out I’d have the opportunity to test out their line of anti-chafe products for women, I was curious to see how it would compare to other balms I have used in the past.
2Toms SportShield for Her is a silicone-based anti-chafe solution that is waterproof, sweatproof and easy to use. It can be used anywhere, and can even help protect against blisters. It doesn’t melt in intense heat, and it stays on all day! The “for Her” formulation contains aloe and shea butter for smoother skin in addition to anti-microbial ingredients to accommodate sensitive skin, and it is fragrance and dye free.
My experience with 2Toms SportShield has been absolutely wonderful. I’d go so far as to say it’s my new preferred brand of anti-chafe product. It is just that good. The formula is rich and silky, and a little goes a long way.
To apply, I roll on a little bit and spread SportShield out where I need it to go. Then, I wash my hands. 2Toms doesn’t necessarily recommend touching the product because it will stay on your fingers, but this turned out to be my favorite way to apply it, because I can get even coverage with a small amount. I usually put my SportShield on at home before dressing anyway, because it’s easier to apply, so I have easy access to a place to wash my hands. In general, it’s easier to apply than other products, and I can get a nice even coat everywhere that I need to be conscious of because it’s a liquid formula.
If you’re on the go, the wipes are a perfect alternative, because you can open the corner of the package to use a small part of the wipe without touching the product. The wipes fit easily inside your pocket or fuel belt of choice, so you can carry it with you for long races, just in case.
It also lasts a long time on the body (up to 24 hours). Since I have been using it, I have encountered NO chafing, and no need to reapply. One way I should have used SportShield was when I went to a trade show earlier this month. I forgot that my bottle of SportShield is small enough to pass through security, and I was really missing it when I was walking 6-8 miles a day/getting big ole blisters on my toes. Moral of the story: don’t hesitate to bring it when you’re traveling/walking a lot.
All awesome aspects aside, there were a couple of aspects that I wasn’t too crazy about. While it is a rich formula, it’s also little runny, so it can be easy to use more than you intend to. However, all that means is that you’ll be extra protected; I simply recommend spreading it out if you apply too much. $13 for one package also seems a bit high initially, but I can confidently tell you it will last you a looong time. I’ve been using it consistently for about 3 months now, and I’m not even halfway through the package. You also get more product (1.5 oz) for that price than several other similar products.
Have you tried 2Toms SportShield or any of their other products? What did you think?
Cheers to being chafe-free!