One of the perks of my job is that, from time to time, companies will send me goodies to use/try/have in hopes that I’ll give a glowing review of their products either here, on the website, or on the social medias.
I appreciate getting to try some stuff, but one thing that I’m 100% firm about is that I will only speak honestly about the products that I receive.
If a company wants me to talk about their product favorably? Make a good product.
Send me something that sucks? And I’ll tell my audience it sucks.
Yall remember the Soleus watch review, right?
So today, I’m going to deliver the good, the bad, and the ugly about three products that have been sent to me to use/test/evaluate in the past few months.
Get ready, because I’m about to unleash some truth today y’all.
WIIVV Custom Inserts
I don’t wear inserts, I’m not even that big of a fan of the idea of other runners using inserts in most cases, so I was hesitant when approached by WIIVV to test out their custom inserts.
But I figured why not? My mission is to serve you and not the company sending me their products, so having a chance to try something and report back to you was worth it even though there is a 0% chance I’ll ever buy a set of custom inserts.
The process of creating the inserts was quite easy provided you have a smart phone, decent lighting, and a blank sheet of paper.
Once the app is downloaded, it takes about 10 minutes to go through the entire process of taking some pictures of your feet and uploading them. At that point, you pick the different design elements of your inserts, put in your payment information, and wait a week for them to show up.
So far, so good.
The inserts showed up in about a week, and I have to say they fit my shoes well.
As I said, I don’t use inserts, but I figured I’d at least slip them in my shoes and try them once. I mean, they are custom, right?
The inserts fit in my shoes about perfectly, so I headed out for a few miles in the neighborhood with Bailey.
In hindsight, I probably should have worn them in my shoes to walk around in for a few days before running in them, because my feet were not happy.
That said, I don’t wear shoes except for when I’m running so I found myself between a bit of a rock and a hard place there.
I wore them once, maybe twice, and now they are sitting on my shelf collecting dust. So if anyone has identical feet as me, let me know, and I’ll send you some inserts.
Though if your feet are identical to mine you probably don’t need the inserts either, so I guess that idea is about useless eh?
If you’re in the market for custom insoles, I would say go ahead and give WIIVV a shot.
The one thing that was useful for me from my interaction with WIIVV was that they also sent a solid wood massage ball, about the size of a lacrosse ball, with the inserts.
That thing is a bitch when it comes to massaging out your piriformis, let me just tell you…
I’ve never been much of a Skin Lube kind of guy.
Every once in awhile, I’ll put some on. But I don’t typically chafe that bad, and I hate using that crap because it stains your clothes and feels awkward as hell on your skin.
Enter pjuractive 2skin.
The folks from pjuractive reached out to me shortly after I signed up to run my ultra, so I put their product to the ultimate test: ultra training/racing.
And let me just say, pjuractive passed with flying colors!
The only issues I had with chafing during my training and the race itself was in the places where I forgot to smother in pjuractive.
Of course, I didn’t notice any chafing during my runs but when I got in the shower…
I even carried a small spray bottle of pjuractive with me in my pack for the race in case a hot spot emerged. I felt nothing at all during the race but realized where I forgot to apply when I got home.
Seriously, I need to put a reminder in my phone so I stop forgetting to slather between my cheeks before any run longer than 15 miles, or else I end up with problems!
And fellas, pjuractive works for your nipples too. No band aids, no problems.
Yeah, it’s that good of a product yall.
If you have had chaffing issues in the past give pjuractive a shot, and my bet is you’ll never go back to any other lubes or sprays or gels again.
You guys know I’m a huge fan of the foam roller, and when I started seeing posts from people using their Roll Recovery a few months ago, I decided to reach out to the company about potentially coming on board as a sponsor.
While sponsorship wasn’t viable at the time, they were happy to send me one of each of their products to try out. They didn’t even require a review, which was nice, but I’m happy to give them one because overall I like their stuff.
I still haven’t used the mat yet, but Rebekah has and said that it is fine.
My thought is that it would be perfect for traveling because it folds up nice so it wouldn’t take much room in your suitcase. Then if you’re in a hotel, you’ll have something that’s not as nasty as a hotel room carpet on which to stretch/do yoga.
I see a purpose for it; I just haven’t used it in the house.
On to the products I have used.
The R3 is the little guy that is perfect for getting a little foot/plantar fascia work done.
What I like most about it is that it is non-slip. Since moving my office downstairs, I no long have carpet on the floors, and my trusty golf ball massager doesn’t work as well as it used to.
The R3 works like a charm.
The different ridges are great at getting into the foot and doing some work on a tight plantar fascia or sore foot muscles.
The R8 is the torture looking device that does the work on your legs.
I don’t know what kind of space technology they use to provide tension on your muscles with this joker, but let’s just say it works!
And yes, those are roller blade wheels that do the actual massaging. Needless to say, there isn’t much forgiveness there.
When you find a sore spot you’ll know, believe me.
While I’ve enjoyed using the R8 and will continue to use it regularly, it’s not the perfect massage tool, and it’s definitely not a complete replacement for the foam roller or the massage stick.
What the R8 does well, it does really well. Quads, hamstrings, groin, and IT band get worked over well with the R8.
But the R8 does fall short in some areas. Calves? Nope. Hips? Not much, if anything. Back? Don’t kid yourself.
The reason I bring this up is because the price point for the R8 is $120, and that seems a little steep for all of the areas where it just doesn’t work well.
If you’ve got the room in the budget for a specialty device like this, go for it. It is great.
But if you’re expecting it to eliminate the need for a foam roller, you’re most likely mistaken.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
There you have it folks.
My take on the WIIVV custom inserts, pjuractive 2skin, and the Roll Recovery products.
If you have any questions or would like further clarification on any of these products, just let me know!
Leave a comment below, holler at me on social, or shoot me an email with your questions and I’ll be happy to help you understand any of these products more completely.
***Legalese: I received each of the products in this post for free, and the thoughts/opinions/reviews of each product is 100% my own. My reviews have been in no way influenced by anyone associated with any of the companies or products discussed in this post/episode.***
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